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ShermanC

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03-05-2018 07:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools tablesaws advice

Hey everyone, I have a question that I am hoping that someone with more knowledge than myself can help me with. I have been in the market to buy a new table saw. I, like many of you, have struggled with the decision of which one to buy. I have researched many of them pretty hard. However recently I came across a deal on Craigslist that I would like some advice on. It’s is a newer style Unisaw. I am not sure the year model but it is a newer model with both wheels on the front. The saw looks to be in great shape according to pictures. The guy is asking $2100.00. It has the 52” rip capacity. It comes with a mobile base and a few jigs he said he would throw in. I have read some forums that concern me on the newer delta products and that’s why I am writing this post. Hoping someone can say rather this is a decent deal or not. The guy did say it was made in the states so I would guess it old enough to be made here. Not sure when they moved overseas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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ShermanC

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#1 posted 03-05-2018 07:57 PM

Here are some pics of this helps

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#2 posted 03-05-2018 08:02 PM

The new design has been well received, and of the current crop of 10” cabinet saws, it is the best in class for several items. It has the largest table (31” deep), most table in front of blade (13.5”) and can handle a 1-1/8” dado stack, compared to only 13/16” for the others. Not sure how important a warranty is to you, but I don’t believe they are transferable and only valid for the original purchaser. If that plays into your evaluation, you can get a brand new one for ~$2,700 with a 5 year warranty.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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ShermanC

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#3 posted 03-05-2018 08:18 PM

Yes a warranty would be nice but so would saving nearly a grand when you add the mobile base that runs over 300 I think. I suppose I won’t know if I will miss the warranty or not until I need it or not. Hopefully I won’t. That is something to think about though. I appreciate the input.

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#4 posted 03-05-2018 08:29 PM

I think it is a fabulous saw. And this deal includes nice extras. Try to get it for under $2k, just for grins, but then as you say – cash saved is cash you have to use elsewhere, and $2100 is not a bad number.
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Quick advisory note:
Now that you have asked this question, you need to be prepared for a steady flow of
1. Safety advisors to tell you not to buy anything other than a Sawstop; and
2. Folks that want to tell you that Delta machines aren’t what they used to be.

. . .

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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ShermanC

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#5 posted 03-05-2018 08:37 PM

Thanks Jim, I have been expecting someone to tell me about sawstop. I have not read a table saw forum yet that that was not mentioned. I have looked at them quite thoroughly and to be honest, it’s the safety feature as to why I opted out of buying one. I just can see that being a real pain in the butt. And I hate that it does not come with the dado brake. Another 100 dollar purchase on top of a 200 dollar blade on top of a 3000 dollar saw on top of ruining extremely expensive blades if I hit some wet lumber really detoured me from it. I do love the saw but o think it will end up costing me more than saving me. Hopefully anyway.

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#6 posted 03-05-2018 08:41 PM

I have a Delta X5——5 h.p. that I bought new in 2010…It also has the Biesmeyer fence, and outfeed tables… I’ve never had one minutes’ problem with it, and yes, mine was made in the U.S. also…..It’s a good saw, and you prolly won’t go wrong with the one you’re looking at…..With all the extras, $2100 isn’t a bad deal….Go for it..!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 03-05-2018 09:25 PM

I’m still waiting for a dual tilt (left & right) Unisaw. The new one looks nice and I’d take it over anything from the hotdog saw company or Grizzly right now for sure.

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#8 posted 03-05-2018 10:02 PM

me thoughts are a fella or gal can’t go wrong with a uni saw, have had one for almost 30 years or so, and can say, have had no issues what so ever, nada, nyet, and it gets a work out. keep it clean, and tuned, and it will make some of the purdiest dust one can imagine, good luck with new unit if you get lucky
Rj in az

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ShermanC

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 04:10 AM

So I went to look at the saw tonight and found out it comes with 4 different saw blades as well. One being a Forrest woodworker 2. He’s throwing in a grizzly mortise and tenon jig and some cross cut sled that I have no idea how to use yet but I couldn’t pass it up. The fence was not near as smooth as others I have looked at lately but it may just need some adjustments and some TLC to smooth it up. Guy let me run about an 8” piece of 2×4 through it and WOW what a cut. I am picking it up Saturday so if anyone wants to come help me unload it that would be great lol.

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 03-06-2018 04:50 AM

Sounds like you made out like a burgler….Did you find out what year it was made, and is it a 3 hp or bigger..?

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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ShermanC

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#11 posted 03-06-2018 01:35 PM

The serial number had a 2010 in it. I wasn’t sure if that was a year or a coincidence. I was going to try to look it up by that and see. The motor is a 3 hp which is more go than I will probably ever need. The cut that thing made was just slightly better than my porter cable Jobsite saw. Actually it was slightly better than my job sight saw after an hour of sanding.

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ShermanC

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#12 posted 03-06-2018 02:35 PM


Sounds like you made out like a burgler….Did you find out what year it was made, and is it a 3 hp or bigger..?

- Rick Dennington

Called delta and it was manufactured October of 2010. I’m ok with the age cause the thing was in really good condition.

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#13 posted 03-06-2018 02:58 PM

That seems like a fantastic outcome for you, Sherman. I assume that it is a 220 volt machine. I think you’ll very quickly wonder how you ever got along without it.

I will never forget the thrill of running mine the first time, which was in 1999. This past weekend I used it for ripping 8 ft long 2×4 pine studs. It’s impressive what these type saws will do. Those boards were not straight – twisted and curved – so I use a plastic shim and stick it into the saw kerf behind the blade once I have the first 12 inches or so ripped. It keeps the kerf open, and I had no binding problems.

That mobile base is also wonderful. I only rarely move the saw, but it is beyond convenient when a move is desired.

And, welcome to Lumberjocks. It’s a place for good info and ideas, creative projects, a bit of technology discussion, and fun banter.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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rwe2156

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#14 posted 03-06-2018 03:25 PM

Very nice.

Don’t forget to go thru the standard alignments, just as a check.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 03-06-2018 04:07 PM

Sherman I have that saw and love a lot about it. It has a large top, a lot of room in front of the blade for starting cuts and a wide throat for large hands. It also has a lot of nice little features such as a true riving knife that can changed out or removed by pulling the lever on the front of the machine rather than reaching down into the throat. Controls on the front mean no reaching under the machine and the captured washer, spindle lock and the single wrench for blade changes make it user friendly.

Good luck and enjoy your new cabinet saw.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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