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Forum topic by eric4716 posted 07-13-2017 02:11 AM 846 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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eric4716

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07-13-2017 02:11 AM

Someone locally listed a Rockwell unisaw for sale. I think it’s listed pretty cheap. What would be the value of one like this?


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jonah

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 03:22 AM

You didn’t mention the price.

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eric4716

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 03:24 AM



You didn t mention the price.

- jonah

They have it listed at $600.

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#3 posted 07-13-2017 04:41 AM

Looks to be an early 80’s model, and is surprisingly complete – only appears to be missing the blade guard and motor cover. Depending on what motor is in there, $600 is certainly reasonable, and hopefully that roller outfeed table comes with it. Figure on another $100 or so for bearings/belts and perhaps new wiring.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#4 posted 07-13-2017 02:58 PM

The older Unisaws were great saws. I also thing newer Unisaws aren’t half bad either (but others would probably disagree). I agree that $600 is fair, but you might see if they will bite at $500. And if the rollers aren’t already included, get them to throw them in for the price of $600.

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eric4716

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#5 posted 07-13-2017 03:33 PM


The older Unisaws were great saws. I also thing newer Unisaws aren t half bad either (but others would probably disagree). I agree that $600 is fair, but you might see if they will bite at $500. And if the rollers aren t already included, get them to throw them in for the price of $600

I was just curious, it seemed like a good deal to me. But a saw like that would be well out of my price range. If anyone in the Virginia area would be interested in it, here is the listing:

https://harrisonburg.craigslist.org/tls/6217007372.html

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jonah

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#6 posted 07-13-2017 03:35 PM

Is it single phase? If it’s three phase, $600 is steep. If single phase, $600 isn’t bad. I’m not a huge fan of the round fence rails, but they’re certainly serviceable.

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#7 posted 07-13-2017 05:58 PM

3hp single phase per the listing…. would be a good price in my area (not the same area as the sale)

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#8 posted 07-19-2017 11:39 PM

Our machines looks quite similar. I got it for $600 too.

Mine has smaller motor (2HP single phase), but came with magnetic switch and 52” biesemeyer.

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#9 posted 07-20-2017 01:14 AM

Looks identical to mine, except I have a 54 inch rip capacity and extension table.

Mine has a shop made motor cover (plywood) courtesy of the prior owner. I had new arbor bearings put in mine when I bought it over 20 years ago. It’s been flawless since. Mine has the blade brake. It stops just a few seconds after shutting it off, which IMO is a huge benefit.

I think I paid $900 for mine from a local dealer—was a trade-in. A lot of money back then—1995? They put the new bearings in it for me.

I’d pay $600 in a heartbeat for that machine.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 07-20-2017 01:17 AM

Mine has the blade brake

What blade brake?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 07-20-2017 01:34 AM

600$ is good. Less is even better of course.

I just picked up a ‘59 complete but miter gauge for 450$. A steal around here 3ph or not. Vfd was 80$. You can get a Chinese vfd for 100$.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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sawdustdad

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#12 posted 07-21-2017 04:01 AM



Mine has the blade brake

What blade brake?

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

THE blade brake. The motor stops the blade in under 5 seconds after turning the motor off.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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MrUnix

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#13 posted 07-21-2017 04:06 AM

THE blade brake. The motor stops the blade in under 5 seconds after turning the motor off.
- sawdustdad

Then it is a well kept secret by Delta :)

Now… if you have a 3 phase motor and VFD, that’s a different story!
I would love to hear more about this blade brake you have.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Loren

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#14 posted 07-21-2017 04:12 AM

Electric motor brakes are available. I’m
not aware of that being a stock item on
a unisaw but I’ve seen them installed on
industrial saws in auction listings a few
times.

Some newer saws like Felder have electric
brakes standard.

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Aftermarket_Brake_for_an_Old_Saw_Motor.html

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MrUnix

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#15 posted 07-21-2017 04:17 AM

Electric motor brakes are available. I m not aware of that being a stock item on a unisaw but I ve seen them installed on industrial saws in auction listings a few times.
- Loren

Yup… they are out there – typically DC injection on a single phase motor, but as you mention, not a stock item. The reason I inquired is a lot of people hear the centrifugal switch closing, which does slow the motor down, and believe it’s a brake.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: 5 to 7 seconds is a pretty typical stop time on a table saw.

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

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