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Forum topic by boardmaker posted 03-09-2011 09:31 AM 3281 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 09:31 AM

First, I would like to say hello to everyone.

I have an opportunity to buy a Rockwell Unisaw model # 34-461. It’s an industrial model 3 hp, 3 phase. I have a vfd so the 3 phase is not a problem. There is so much info about unisaws that I’m having trouble sifting through it. The saw does have an older fence on it so I think I would like to replace it. I know some say that some saws are better than others. Is this uni worth looking at? Saw looks in used, but well kept condition. It doesn’t look like the motor cover is in place. Starting price of 350$. I think I could talk them down a little. Is this one of the unis worth looking at or should I pass.


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#1 posted 03-11-2011 01:40 AM

I am not an expert on Unisaws, but I had one. Sort of like playing a doctor on TV.

This all sounds real good. There is just one consideration: Left tilt versus right tilt. The Unisaw tilts right. Some prefer it, but I think left tilt would win the saw-off because most of its adherents view it as a safer design.

$350 seems reasonable. If you can get it for less, even better. Add a real good fence and you’ll have a lifetime tool.



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#2 posted 03-11-2011 02:25 AM

$250 is more like it for a 3 phase saw with a missing motor shroud and
a “Jet-lock” fence (or whatever).

Of course, if you really want the saw, $350 isn’t bad. 3 phase equipment
has a higher likelihood of having a great deal of mileage on it.

Supply and demand of common used machinery varies regionally so that’s
a factor. In major metro area $250 is about what I’ve seen realistic sellers
selling older 3-phase cabinet saws for. Unrealistic sellers of course should
be educated about why you’re offering less than what they are asking.

10 years ago old unisaws weren’t as common on the used market as they
are today. The glut of newer Pacific-rim saws available to pro shops at
reasonable prices have pushed those old saws onto the secondhand
market and depressed prices due to missing parts, outdated fences,
and a not-growing-very-fast market of vintage machinery enthusiasts.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 07:01 AM

I think its definitely worth a look.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 08:33 PM

Think I’m gonna have to get a better look at it. Thanks for the comments fellas.

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