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Forum topic by aliasbane posted 03-08-2018 06:45 AM 749 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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aliasbane

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03-08-2018 06:45 AM

Hi Everyone,

I have a line on a old Unisaw, Looks to be around the 40ish model maybe a little earlier or later. It has a old green paint job and red handles. The kicker is it comes with a big 50” Biesmeyer Fence and 2 Crosscut Selds (90 and 45).
It has the old Bullet Style 1.5hp motor no motor cover of course. I really like the motor cause its induction so its great low per motor and its wired to 110v.

Is 500$ a decent price on it?


-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw


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caboxmaker

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 06:49 AM

$500? Are they selling it as a saw or an antique?

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aliasbane

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 06:50 AM

they are selling it as a saw, based around my area and other listing it dosent seem to far off.

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 06:59 AM

I would say it’s a bit on the high side but not outrageous. The goose egg motor cover was optional and not all of them had them. Should clean up nice, and appears to be complete which is a plus. Those repulsion/induction motors are beasts. The Biesemeyer fence is the commercial version (BC50) and is not original to the machine, but is a nice upgrade added by a PO at some point in time. If you can get a serial number, you can date it.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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aliasbane

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 07:06 AM

Yeah I wish I could date it, but I will have to do that with cast numbers its missing the original plate for it. Tho I could be wrong thats what the guy said.

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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Andybb

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 09:51 AM

Seems like unless you want to expend quite a lot of effort restoring an older machine you could find a better saw for $500 or find a Unisaw in better shape.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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aliasbane

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 12:45 PM

Is it really that bad of a saw? What would be a better alternative in the 500$ range?

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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Gentile

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 02:03 PM

I’d jump on it.
There’s nothing out there, new, comparable.
Be sure and check if it runs ok.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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aliasbane

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 02:08 PM


I d jump on it.
There s nothing out there, new, comparable.
Be sure and check if it runs ok.

- Gentile

Thanks, so why do you say I should jump on it?

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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ArtMann

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 02:10 PM

It takes a considerable amount of skill and knowledge to refurbish a machine that is that old. I am more interested in woodworking than equipment rehabilitation.

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BoardButcherer

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#10 posted 03-08-2018 02:21 PM

It’s not that bad of a saw. I think a lot of guys responding are thinking in the context of how much it’d cost to make it nice and shiny again.

Which is a good idea. Personally when I buy used equipment I try to restore it to like new or better than new condition that way I don’t have to worry about it wearing out or failing later because the last guy was slack on his maintenance.

However if you’re looking to buy it and use it as is, you’ll probably get your $500 worth before the smoke puffs out of her.

If you’re going to restore it, just go ahead and add another 500-1k to the final price tag, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are. Knowing that it’s now going to cost you $1,000-1,500 if you restore it, do you still think the saw is a good purchase?

There are going to be some people who come behind me and grouse to the effect of “Grarbrarbrar it doesn’t cost that much to restore a saw, I can do it for pennies!”

Sure, you absolutely can do it for a few bucks, now that you own all of the tools, have a few cans of leftover paint, piles of gummy sandpaper you can’t use on wood any more over in the corner, and a pile of spare parts from your previous restorations that is as large as the Unisaw itself sitting in the corner.

When you’re just doing your first or second restoration, costs add up quick.

The upside is that they literally, unequivocally, don’t make them like they used to. So in the end, assuming that that saw hasn’t been rode hard and put up wet, you’ll have a superior machine. A simpler machine without all of the bells and whistles, but a superior machine.

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JCamp

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#11 posted 03-08-2018 02:23 PM

To me it seems lik a good deal. In my neck of the woods one that nice likely wouldn’t b that low. I say nice because it’s not all rusted up or out. To me it looks lik it could just use a simple paint job. If everything works good go to it. Since it has sleds I’m guessing a actual wood worker has owned it so it should suit another WW good as well. Not as fancy as a SS but its 1/6 the cost too. Sure u can find better saws but probably not at the price point Plus if $500 is asking price they will probably come down some

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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aliasbane

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#12 posted 03-08-2018 02:34 PM

Thanks everyone, glad to have a few reassuring responses. And yeah I have all the supplies an paint laying around from when I did stuff on my truck so refurb sanding greasing and all the power and hand tools I need to fixing the thing up is a breeze =)

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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aliasbane

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 02:51 PM

nevermind

-- First purchase! 1978 10" Craftsman Table Saw

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bigblockyeti

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#14 posted 03-08-2018 02:55 PM

I had a pre-1941 that was in slightly better visual condition than that saw and in perfect working condition with an original fence and a 1hp bullet motor that I sold for way more than $500. That saw would make a great user, especially with the newer fence which alone would be at least a $300 upgrade from what was available from the factory when that saw was made.
If you’re going to check it out, make sure there’s little to no rust on the moving parts inside and that nothing binds when moved through it’s range of movement when tilted and elevated.

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Notbrick

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#15 posted 03-08-2018 03:00 PM

For comparison, I bought a very nice 1945 Unisaw for $550 here in Missouri, made a post regarding it. Had extension wing. 1HP Bullet motor. But also came with newer Unifence, Motor Cover and original miter guage and blade guard. I would say you are in the right ballpark

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