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Forum topic by MatthewG posted 10-17-2010 02:06 AM 4987 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MatthewG

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10-17-2010 02:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw dw746 tablesaw question

Hi,

New to Lumberjocks, but serious WW hobbiest. I inheirited my dad’s shop, so I am combining his and mine. This is about which tablesaw I should keep, which to sell.

I have an older Unisaw (3HP, single phase) with a Jetlock fence (non-Unifence type). I bought the Unisaw from him maybe 30 years ago—he ran a cabinet shop—and it was at least 10 years old then. It is in average shape—a few marks on the table, but no serious issues.

He had a DW746 with the accessory sliding table, maybe 10 years old or less. I have used it some, but not nearly as much as the Unisaw. I do like the DeWalt fence much, much better, and the dust collection seems better than on my Unisaw.

So I guess I am leaning toward keeping the DeWalt; cannot keep both as I simply do not have the space and don’t really want to store one. Thanks in advance—Any advice, comments or opinions would be appreciated.

Matthew

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA


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knotscott

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 03:41 AM

The Unisaw is in a different league for power, build quality, longevity, etc. You can put a better fence and sliding table on the Uni, but you can’t build the guts of the Uni into a hybrid like the DW746. The mechanical advantages are heavily in favor of the Uni, but you should get whatever you like best.

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 04:48 AM

Use the money you make from selling the Dewalt to upgrade the Uni with a new fence. Just a thought.

-- Mike

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 04:52 AM

UNISAW!!

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 04:56 AM

unisaw hands down, I’d use the money from selling the dewalt and upgrade the fence and such, but in terms of power, quality, heft, and longevity there’s no comparison.

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 04:59 AM

I support the earlier posts, Unisaw by a mile (uh, kilometer)...

And, WELCOME to Lumberjocks, Matthew!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Bob Aquino

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 02:51 PM

Stick with the Uni. Dewalt is not in the same league. You can upgrade the fence as others have suggested and you can retrofit a slider as well, though I honestly don’t see the need. If you are cutting lots of sheet goods, there are better methods and tools for that and you don’t need to dedicate as much free space around the saw for it.

-- Bob Aquino

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MatthewG

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 03:20 PM

I am getting the impression that a clear consensus is forming :)

OK, now I am rethinking my position. I’ll have to look into better dust collection for the Unisaw. Clearly, the fence upgrade is straightforward. I’ll search the forums for fence recommendations. Thanks to all!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 04:11 PM

For Fences check out the Incra TS-LS its currently at the top of my shopping list. Watch some of the videos on their website about it, it will give you an idea of how it all works and the benefits.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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truxton3

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 04:40 PM

Go with the Delta Uni-saw, it is a joy to use and very accurate. I have had mine 10 years now and every time I use it I am pleased I bought it. My Uni-saw has the 52” extention, the Uni fence on a HTC mobile base, IMHO three essential accessories to add.

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