10" Unisaw on craiglist - your suggestions

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01-22-2011 02:42 PM

Hello LJ’s

I saw this ad on craiglist. It sounds like a good deal though I have not seen it yet. I would like to get your opinions before I make a decision. Lazyborn

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 03:38 PM

Wish I lived in NO.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 03:44 PM

Check out the condition of his shop while you are there as that should give you a reasonable clue as to how he treated this thing. Eyes wide open, but on the surface this does sound good.

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 04:28 PM

Today’s version of the Unisaw would run in the $3200 range that he stated but there’s no way that back in the day that setup would have cost nearly that much. That saw appears to be in very good shape but the asking price is on the high end IMO.

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 04:32 PM

i would say it is an average deal. That saw brand new was about 1800. the blades were 100 apiece.

If it is in good shape it’s fair, but it is not a once in a lifetime opportunity.

-- PaulMayer,

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 06:15 PM

Looks pretty much like the perfect package. Unisaw, premium fence, premium blades, and a movable base. I doubt this saw will be around long. Price seems fair, and these don’t come up every day. My bet is he’ll get his price quickly.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 06:24 PM

It looks like a good Unisaw, like the others says. Offer a $1000 bucks!

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 07:17 PM

If memory serves, that would be a mid-to-late 90s “limited edition” Unisaw…hence the “Jet” white color.

For perspective, my 3hp 1993 Unisaw (gray) was purchased around 2 years ago on Craigslist here in the DFW area for $500. The saw did not have a motor cover, bladeguard, miter gauge, and the Unifence was chewed-up pretty well and missing the fine adjustment knob.

No big deal to me, since I knew I’d be adding accessories of MY choice anyway. But starting at $500 and trying to outfit it like the white Unisaw in the link, I’d estimate the following…

Miter gauge – $100
Biesmeier 52” – ~$400
Motor cover – Build it for ~$30
Bladeguard – ~$100

So let’s say you put another $600 to $700 into mine…and you’d get $1100 to $1200.

Now, despite the fact that you could probably consider my saw a very good deal, I’d say that $1350 is VERY fair for the Unisaw in question…and possibly a GREAT deal depending on condition (and year) and any possible added value due to the “white” factor.

EDIT: Oh, and since saw comes with two Forrest blades and another Freud (another ~$250 when purchased new) as well as the rolling base (which mine didn’t have), I’d say that’s it’s probably a pretty darn good deal, especially if those are the accessories you really wanted in the first place.

That guy will have no problem selling it at that price, IMHO.

Regardless, if you consider it…make sure you get to push a board through it (bring one with you) and test its vibration. Have him verify the serial number before your visit…which will provide the manufacture date. And also the volt/amp rating for saw, which will reveal if it’s truly 3hp.

-- jay,

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#8 posted 01-22-2011 10:11 PM


The advice is “soft” because nobody can say for certain…but yes, anybody is smart to consider other options, like a Grizzly. Then again, for $1350, that’s a lot of saw if it checks out, even if it is used. As a 90s Unisaw owner, I’d have no desire for a new Grizzly myself, but that’s just me. I’m not that big on the Chinese vs. USA-made argument, but in this case, it’d be a concern for me.

The original poster asked if this was a good deal…not if there are better deals out there. So, hopefully he can make his own decision based on our posts. There’s a lot of gray in this issue, which is a pretty “soft” color.

Oh, and by the way, I TOO dislike it when ads like these try to compare the price to a newer model version. While I don’t think it’s intended to be disingenuous, it’s nonetheless silly.

-- jay,

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