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Forum topic by ihadmail posted 01-20-2017 11:51 PM 1938 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ihadmail

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01-20-2017 11:51 PM

I’m in the market for a real table saw. I cannot safely cut some things I need to cut with my Dewalt, although it has served me very well so far.

I don’t need to cut a lot of sheet goods with a table saw as I have a track saw for that.

So far I’m building cutting boards and wine racks. I want to work up to building some furniture.

I’m working in an over size two car garage. I can add a 220v circuit into it.

I found this unisaw with a lot of add ons but I’m not sure if I should go this route or buy a smaller saw with less accessories. Here’s what I’m looking at: http://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/5966836851.html

Any input would be appreciated.


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Loren

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 11:57 PM

It’s a cool setup but it’s about 9 ft. wide and the
work envelope is even larger. That saw is set
up for making cabinets from plywood sheets.

I would pass. I don’t have a lot of space either
and I break down sheets in ways other than the
table saw. I have a big saw like that and it takes
up a lot of space. I sold it but I’m holding onto
it until the guy gets his shop built and picks it
up.

The table saw is only a do-everything machine
if you don’t have other machines. Having a lot
of square footage few sane woodworkers would
pass on a table saw set up for cutting 4×8s but
if the machine is competing for space with everything
else in the shop the fun goes out of it.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 01-21-2017 12:15 AM

IMO, it’s way overpriced. Here is another one that is more reasonable, but still on the upper end:
http://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/5951001697.html

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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ihadmail

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#3 posted 01-21-2017 12:26 AM

Thanks for the input! I really wasn’t sure what that sliding table was for exactly.

I didn’t see that other unisaw. I do like the fold down outfeed table and the mobile base a lot for my needs.

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#4 posted 01-21-2017 07:03 AM

The second saw is a good deal, the first is not overpriced considering you get an extension. You don’t need the extension so go with the second Delta tablesaw around here they go for 1600.00 +.

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JackDuren

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#5 posted 01-21-2017 01:06 PM

Maybe he will eventually want the extension and may not want the unifence.

Nobody can really tell you. Only you can decide… Price is normal on each…

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 01-21-2017 04:04 PM

I’m with Brad, no sense paying for the slider and scoring blade (although a cool item) if you don’t need them.

I added a full width out feed table to my 52” Unisaw. A long piano hinge allows it to fold down when in the way, but typically it is up 100% of the time.

These are great saws that will last “forever” so if you have the room and cash, there is little down-side to ownership.
Be careful with an overly large/heavy out feed table, The saw can tip over with the added overhang weight if not supported to the floor, especially if it is support a large, heavy board that has just passed through your blade.

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alittleoff

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#7 posted 01-21-2017 04:27 PM



IMO, it s way overpriced. Here is another one that is more reasonable, but still on the upper end:
http://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/5951001697.html

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


What Brad said.
Gerald

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toolie

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#8 posted 01-21-2017 04:44 PM

at Least the second one was a lift tilt saw. The first one was a right tilt.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 01-21-2017 04:47 PM

I think somebody needs to add up the features on the first saw to determine the value. I think you people miss something… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/60839

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ihadmail

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#10 posted 01-21-2017 04:54 PM

The guy with the second saw is willing to negotiate a little on the price. I’m having a hard time spending my entire budget on a saw though.

While I have enough space for a saw that large I don’t believe I’ll ever need that wide of a rip capacity. I can dado with my track saw track and router attachment for it. I break down sheets to final dimensions with my track saw, and can do so with precise repeatability due to another attachment for the track.

I do like that the second saw is a left tilt vs a right tilt. I don’t like that my girlfriend keeps reminding me that I don’t have to spend all of the money I have extra just because I have it. As a hobbyist I’m not even certain I need that large and powerful of a saw.

Thanks again everyone for your input.

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JackDuren

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#11 posted 01-21-2017 05:07 PM



The guy with the second saw is willing to negotiate a little on the price. I m having a hard time spending my entire budget on a saw though.

While I have enough space for a saw that large I don t believe I ll ever need that wide of a rip capacity. I can dado with my track saw track and router attachment for it. I break down sheets to final dimensions with my track saw, and can do so with precise repeatability due to another attachment for the track.

I do like that the second saw is a left tilt vs a right tilt. I don t like that my girlfriend keeps reminding me that I don t have to spend all of the money I have extra just because I have it. As a hobbyist I m not even certain I need that large and powerful of a saw.

Thanks again everyone for your input.

- ihadmail

You have to buy what you feel your needs are. Good luck….

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#12 posted 01-21-2017 06:59 PM

Don’t know how far you are from this one, but here is another one with an asking price of $900. Has a Biesemeyer fence and extension table, and also comes with what looks like a Grizzly dust collection system as part of that price: 10-inch Unisaw/Fence/Dust Collection - $900 - Canton

To me, that isn’t exactly a steal, but it’s a pretty good deal. Around here, Unisaws typically go up for sale in the $600-$1200 range depending on condition and accessories (there are two out there now for $650 and $700). If you are patient, you can find them even cheaper if you keep an eye out and are ready to pounce when it shows up (they don’t last long – OWWM Rule #5).

The difference between right and left tilt is purely personal preference. I have both a left and right tilt saw, and have no problems with either or switching between them. Well, on the left tilt, I have to adjust for the blade width when using the fences tape measure, particularly on dado blades… which is unnecessary on a right tilt machine. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#13 posted 01-22-2017 03:06 PM

Depending on the saw, A left tilt often places the motor access door outboard, freeing up room under the extension table for more storage.

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ihadmail

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#14 posted 01-24-2017 02:43 AM

So after thinking about it more and weighing my options I picked up a Dewalt 746 today. I know it’s not even close to the same league as the Unisaws I was initially inquiring about. It does meet my needs without taking up too much space though.

It has the left side slide table and the 30” fence. It’s mounted on the dewalt mobile base. It’s had very little use, the gentleman showed me what was left of his right thumb from the last time he used it about 8 years ago. It’s relatively quiet and has less vibration than my job site dewalt saw. The table slides freely.

The bad is it needs a full setup and all of the cast iron has surface rust. I may find it slightly underpowered for some tasks. I probably paid more than it was worth, but after driving two hours I didn’t feel like coming home empty handed.

Now to go download the manual, partially disassemble it and clean it up.

Here are a couple of pictures:
http://m.imgur.com/gallery/4Zd1R5S
http://m.imgur.com/gallery/NnMAveO
http://m.imgur.com/gallery/7zoJVzv
http://m.imgur.com/gallery/7zSsjH4

Thanks again to everyone for your input.

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ihadmail

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#15 posted 01-24-2017 03:04 AM

Cleaning up decently.

http://imgur.com/2D1dFAz

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