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KipD

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02-23-2018 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 1989 unisaw weight

Just bought 1989 Delta Unisaw 34-806 type 2 with Biesemeyer, new Leeson 3HP single phase motor, magnetic starter assy, two wings, no extension on right- looks pretty original. Has sawed off 52” rails (probably 40”)- or I may get it with 24” rails. Found PDF’s online of owner’s manual and parts diagram.

1) Are we only able to guess at weights, or has someone found official specs somewhere or know? No Delta manual I have looked at has weights. I’ve contemplated going to public scales with my pickup, and weighing with and without saw in bed- a bit of work.

2) Is there a preferred standard mobile base brand/model? The seller is a machine shop/saw repair facility, and is offering me a base “designed” for Unisaw but I can’t remember brand/model.

3) I read in these forums of a way to lift the saw to slip the mobile base under using combinations of 2 X 4’s. But no matter how manytimes I read it, it was never clear to me. Would appreciate tips here if possible. Or place tall saw horses under the wings?

4) I have heard that there is 10” steel disc dummy blade without teeth for aligning- but couldn’t find online yet.

I am not a professional woodworker. But, so far, I’ve done OK in some projects for my home. Being a career mechanic and RC aircraft builder helps. This saw is overkill for me, but after reading woodworking forums for 10 days, seems other saws (Rigid 4512, Grizzly G0771 [not available till April], Grizzly G0715P [couldn’t find used], various “contractor” saws had so many alignment and other issues causing multiple re-box and return (fun!), frustration with service depts/warranty, DIY mods and work-arounds, downtime, and “shoulda bit the bullet and spent the extra for a better saw” that I wanted to bypass all that. My theory is that this saw will be something I will have for life- and I’ll be unlikely to have any of these issues. The seller says he will rectify any arbor trueness issues should there be any. Other thing I like about it is that it’s HEAVY- more difficult to steel (had a Rigid 4512 almost new and well dialed in stolen while I was gone two years ago). I have not picked up the saw yet- he’s gonna finalize the assembly next week.

Thanks in advance for any replies, Kip…..


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hairy

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 04:32 PM

Here’s what I did. It had the original Delta base. http://lumberjocks.com/hairy/blog/11363

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 04:53 PM

1) Never worried much about it, it in the neighborhood of 400#. I imagine the wieght varies a little with the number of cast iron extensions bolted to it, along with some other minor stuff….maybe that’s why it wasn’t published.
2)I used the Delta base made for it and the 52” table and really liked it.
3) I lifted mine with an engine hoist and nylon slings under the table top, If the boards are under the base seems like they would be in the way trying to slide the base under it.
4) I have this one and it was given to me. Not sure I would buy one since a good saw blade will do just fine. You need to set the square so it doesn’t touch the teeth, just the plate.

Lastly, congrats…it is a lifetime saw.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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KipD

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 05:20 PM


Here s what I did. It had the original Delta base. http://lumberjocks.com/hairy/blog/11363

- hairy

Started me thinking (been known to happen). I’ll try stacking 8×8×16 cinder blocks with 1 X 8×16 planks on top as base for the bottle jacks under the right and left wings. If that works, I won’t need the 4×4’s.

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KipD

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#4 posted 02-23-2018 05:25 PM


4) I have this one and it was given to me. Not sure I would buy one since a good saw blade will do just fine. You need to set the square so it doesn t touch the teeth, just the plate.

Lastly, congrats…it is a lifetime saw.

- Fred Hargis

I thought it would be a round 10” disc. I’ll just use a thick new saw blade- I don’t see how that tool would be usefull- especially at $50.


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MrUnix

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#5 posted 02-23-2018 05:40 PM

Shipping weight of the saw + motor is listed at 475lbs, so add a bit for the extension wings.
I like the original Delta mobile base (Cat #50-273) as it’s a solid welded affair instead of being bolted together.
Getting it on the base is easy if you have a helper. Tilt, slide, drop.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 02-23-2018 06:03 PM

2) Is there a preferred standard mobile base brand/model?

This is the one I bought, the Grizzly heavy duty. You don’t really have to lift the whole thing at once, just tip one side at a time to get it on there. I did it myself with out jacks. You do have to cut the side bars to fit your machine, not hard to do with a hack saw.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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KipD

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#7 posted 02-23-2018 06:07 PM



Shipping weight of the saw + motor is listed at 475lbs, so add a bit for the extension wings.
I like the original Delta mobile base (Cat #50-273) as it s a solid welded affair instead of being bolted together.
Getting it on the base is easy if you have a helper. Tilt, slide, drop.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

475#- that’s a lot- especially without the wings…...

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coxhaus

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#8 posted 02-24-2018 06:36 AM

I moved my Unisaw when I bought it by myself. I took the top off and the motor out. This allows you to man handle the Unisaw with one person. This would work for putting it on a base. The motor just has a big pin holding it. The top comes off pretty easy.

I forgot I bought the Unisaw without the fence so you might want to remove it.

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KipD

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#9 posted 02-24-2018 12:07 PM



I moved my Unisaw when I bought it by myself. I took the top off and the motor out. This allows you to man handle the Unisaw with one person. This would work for putting it on a base. The motor just has a big pin holding it. The top comes off pretty easy.

I forgot I bought the Unisaw without the fence so you might want to remove it.

- coxhaus

I like this: a bit of extra work, but foolproof. Avoids the drama and potential back injury. Easier when installing on mobile base as well. Maybe leave table center section on to avoid having to realign. This way one knows that one could do it alone, no question. That’s what I was looking for- a foolproof way to do it alone and avoid having to do risky macho stuff or wait for someone to come along to help….....

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avsmusic1

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#10 posted 02-24-2018 01:20 PM

Don’t be intimidated by the weight. Moving it really shouldn’t be too tough if you have a truck or trailer, and a hand truck. I’ve moved a unisaw and a pm66 that way and never took off more than the extension wings. You’ll need one more person but it’ll be easy work w/ a hand truck and and kind of ramps- my brother and I moved mine w/out much issue and we’re both 5’9” and <200lbs

Conversely, if you’re going to replace bearing or anything like that anyway, by all means take the motor or top off to move. You could probably do it by yourself if you did

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