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Jrypka

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02-20-2018 08:51 PM

There are a couple saws on CL right now that I’m considering:
Ridgid 4511 https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/tls/d/ridgid-rgranite-top-table-saw/6502989187.html
Delta https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/tls/d/table-saw/6487582285.html The Ridgid is 2 hrs away, the Delta almost 4. Leaning towards the Ridgid but curious to hear your input. Thanks!

-- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. -Einstein


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#1 posted 02-20-2018 08:55 PM

Gimme the delta. All day every day.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 08:57 PM

There is no comparison. The Unisaw is what the Ridgid want’s to be when it grows up.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 08:59 PM

Yeah, what they said ^. I wouldn’t even look at the Rigid. The one thing you might want to consider is whether the Unisaw is 3 phase power. If so, you’ll probably need a VFD to run it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 09:00 PM

Agreed. This shouldn’t even be compared. The unisaw is the choice… now, RIGHT NOW. Call and hold it and then get in the care and go buy it. They are almost different animals in quality. The Unisaw will do almost anything you want within the bounds of a hobbiest woodworker.

The only thing that would stop this deal is if the Unisaw were three phase. Verify that before leaving, but if it is, it’s a great buy.

Not to sound like a jerk, but the next post from you had better be the pictures of your “new” Unisaw!!!

Go Get It!!!

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Jrypka

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 09:04 PM

OK OK, I get the picture! :) Love the enthusiasm! Problem is, I’ve been calling/texting/emailing that guy since Friday. I can’t get a hold of him…

Is $500 a bit high for that machine? How well do folks like that guard system? I assume there is a splitter too? I want a function guard that I will want to leave on and use, which is one reason I was leaning towards the newer machine. I’ve also read many people don’t really like that fence setup on the Delta. I’m just a beginning hobbyist, so I’m sure it’s fine for me, but nevertheless looking at getting the best I can afford, and that is roughly my price range. Other option would be a new Delta hybrid from Lowes.

-- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. -Einstein

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 09:09 PM



OK OK, I get the picture! :) Love the enthusiasm! Problem is, I ve been calling/texting/emailing that guy since Friday. I can t get a hold of him…

Is $500 a bit high for that machine? ...

- Jrypka

If that’s been posted since Friday, I’d bet my last dollar it’s already sold. Sorry but that’s not high at all for that saw. Pretty low actually depending on location. If it were in my neck of the woods, it would be at least $200-300 higher and would still sell within a day most likely.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you but the chances of it still being there ain’t good…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Jrypka

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 09:10 PM


OK OK, I get the picture! :) Love the enthusiasm! Problem is, I ve been calling/texting/emailing that guy since Friday. I can t get a hold of him…

Is $500 a bit high for that machine? ...

- Jrypka

If that s been posted since Friday, I d bet my last dollar it s already sold. Sorry but that s not high at all for that saw. Pretty low actually depending on location. If it were in my neck of the woods, it would be at least $200-300 higher and would still sell within a day most likely.

I ll keep my fingers crossed for you but the chances of it still being there ain t good…

- HokieKen

Guessing your right, but then delete the darn post! Grrr.

-- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. -Einstein

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 09:12 PM

That Unisaw has been out there for almost two weeks… so if they are not responding, there is a very good chance you missed your chance and OWWM rule #5 has reared it’s ugly head.

But if you do get lucky… that Uniguard overarm guard is nice, and as you mentioned, can be left in place. They shipped with a disappearing splitter, so check to see if it’s there. I would not worry about the Jet-lock fence. They are a quite functional T-square type fence and work just fine when properly adjusted. The only real disadvantage is that you can’t just lift them up and off the saw, but have to slide them off the end of the rails.

If it is three phase, you may be able to negotiate a lower price. Figure an extra $200 for a VFD in that case, and you will have an almost bullet proof machine that will last you several lifetimes.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 09:21 PM

I’d drop everything for a saw 500$ and under in that shape (even though I have 2) because I could immediately repost it at 800$ and get that.

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

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Jrypka

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 09:23 PM

Well, there is another one posted for $500, but it is 3 phase, so figure $700, plus whatever it would cost me to add a guard and splitter ($200?) so i’d be pushing up towards a grand, which is getting out of my price range…

-- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. -Einstein

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 09:33 PM

Your concern with the guard is noble and I would encourage you to keep safety as your #1 priority. Having said that though, I probably know a dozen guys with tablesaws and a dozen tablesaws without a guard. They’re not stupid guys without concern for their well being either. Guards on a tablesaw just aren’t practical and most of us end up taking them off. And it’s a splitter or riving knife that’s gonna prevent an accident more often than not anyway. An aftermarket splitter can be had pretty inexpensively.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ruger

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 10:07 PM

this is my first post.been lurking for a year. i have been looking for a nice unisaw with a unifence for a few months.on craigslist. live in central wisconsin in the woods. a lot of information from brad and others have been very helpful.

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#13 posted 02-21-2018 01:33 AM

I agree the Unisaw is the better saw. My only gripe is with the Jet Lock fence. I had that same fence on a Rockwell contractor’s saw years ago, and switched over to a T square type fence as fast as I could.

The granite table sounds appealing, but I see 2 issues with that. One is that magnetic jigs won’t work, and the second is that the granite wouldn’t be hard to crack or chip, especially on the corners.

I have an oldish Unisaw, with a custom fence that I made, and am very happy with it. I did have to replace arbor and motor bearings, but that isn’t expensive or difficult. I suspect you would have to do likewise on that old one (which is a lot older than mine).

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#14 posted 02-21-2018 03:35 AM

The saw is a right tilt. You need to be aware of that. These aren’t as desirable as a left tilt. I have become so used to a left tilt saw that I wouldn’t be interested in a right tilt at any price. If you have not used a left tilt saw then it mostly won’t matter.

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#15 posted 02-21-2018 06:10 AM

I have only had right tilt saws all my life, and don’t regard it as a significant issue. To bevel cut, you simply move the fence to the left of the blade. Problem (if it is one) solved.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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