I need info, and I need it quick, on if this is a good Offer: 1984 Unisaw[$600]

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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 12-04-2010 05:30 AM 1126 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2010 05:30 AM

The guy says it runs perfect. I am hoping to get it cleared with pops, and go take a look. And hopefully buy it, if its a good deal.

I do hope to bring the friend-shop teacher along.. to make sure it sounds fine, but it seems to me a good price.

He said it can run 120/240v. So I assume its single phase, although I asked him in an email.

There appears to be some light rusting.

It lacks a guard.

It has a Jet fence.

Its the baby blue colour.

It might be right tilt, since the motor penetrates on the right side(it has the motor shield on that side).

I might try to talk him down to $500…

If anyone jumps on this, from this forum, before me, Ill skin ya….lol

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 05:51 AM

Not a bad piece of equipment

definitely right tilt based on the hole/arc in the front of the cabinet for the tilt control

I am surprised it is 1 horsepower. That woudl explain being able to run it on 120, but you should have a really solid stable saw.
I would talk him down to 500. I have a 2004 model 3HP single phase which has the extensions and Biesemeyer fence and you can hardly crack a grand for one of them these days.

You would likely want to (At some point) put on an aftermarket fence. What is there will work, it is the same as my father in laws I believe, in that when you pull down the handl it engages the front and back rail. You have to be careful that it doesn’t lock down a bit crooked, so there is a bit mreo care needed day to day.

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 10:21 AM

Talk him down to all you can. You will need at least a 2hp motor and that will run you over 300 bucks.That old Rockwell fence was junk when it was new.
Of course this just my opinion.

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 02:50 PM

you won’t be satisfied with only 1 HP. 600/500 bucks could be well spent elsewhere. Just MHO.

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 03:10 PM

First off, on that old saw, they rated horsepower differently back in the day. I have a Rockwell band saw that only has a 3/4 hp motor and I have never even come close to stalling it, even resawing 6” thick hard maple You might be surrprised at how powerful that 1 hp motor is. That said, this saw is pretty old and will need some TLC. Also, as noted, when you can, you will want to upgrade to a better fence. $600 sounds a bit high to me. I would find out if cash talks and try to negotiate a better price. Personally, I would not want to pay more than $400 for it, but that is talking prices here in Alabama, not in Boston. There is a difference.

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 03:12 PM

Well, it’s a nice saw and seems to have been taken care of from the looks of the base. However, the 1 HP would be a killer to me. You need to hold out for a 3 HP for your shop. You’ll be glad you did. I’m sorry that my opinion is the bringer of bad news but it is my honest opinion.

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 04:03 PM

Here’s some food for thought.
I bought a used type 1 Dewalt scrollsaw and stand for 250.00 2 months ago.(everyone said the type one was the best) My next choice was a NEW porter cable for 189.00.
Saw worked good for 10 days and I was very happy with it. Then the motor burned up. Hah, new motor 214.00 plus shipping. Now I have 464.00 plus in a used saw and I could have bought a new one for 499.00 with a warranty. Do I blame the guy that sold it to me? No, he did so in good faith and I used it for 10 days, no way he could have forseen that.
Point being you have no warranty and you are taking a chance any way you go.

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#7 posted 12-04-2010 04:32 PM

Barrie, I didn’t know that about those motors. I will say this, when we first started out in the woodworking business way back in 1968 we had a Delta Unisaw that we bought new and a 24 inch radial arm saw (German saw I think) and we made inexpensive leg tables for the mobile home and rental trade. We turned those tables out like hotcakes. We would get in whole flatbed loads of 400 sheets of 4×8 foot particle board and rip and crosscut all of the tops and skirts on that Unisaw and RAS. Now this went on for years and it would be impossible to say how many miles of rips that TS made and never did we ever have any trouble with it. About 8 years later we bought a sliding table saw and a couple of years after that our first big panel saw. But I have never forgotten how much particle board that Unisaw busted up. It was a fine machine. However, we eventually became Powermatic people when it came to table saws and shapers. But, no kidding aside, the Delta Unisaw was one hell of a saw back then.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-04-2010 06:05 PM

I would love to hop on it… but alas the bank isnt open on the Weekends… and I dont generally keep $5-600 under my matress…

It pains me to let it go…. but there have been a strain of Unisaw’s going on CL recently, in my neck of the woods. One Thursday, from the 60s(green) went up for $500… I emailed the guy, but he never got back to me…

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