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Forum topic by Winny94 posted 03-14-2018 02:09 AM 773 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Winny94

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03-14-2018 02:09 AM

I have late 80s Craftsman 113 tablesaw (cast iron wings) that I picked up for nothing. Im about to put about $250 into it (new fence, new pulleys, new belt, etc.). I saw this unisaw pop up, and it got me wondering what its value would be and if its worth saving the money i’d put into the 113 and put it towards something like this.

these are the only images available, and im not even sure which questions to ask the seller, so any advice would be appreciated. The only description is “110v 30amp locking plug saw works”.

thanks


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#1 posted 03-14-2018 02:27 AM

im not even sure which questions to ask the seller, so any advice would be appreciated.
- Winny94

Ask them how much, when and where. There is no comparison between the c-man contractor saw and a real cabinet saw. That Unisaw is a 1958/59 model and built like a tank. Looks complete except for the homemade motor cover – however, the motor cover was an optional item so it may not have left the factory with one.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 03-14-2018 02:36 AM



im not even sure which questions to ask the seller, so any advice would be appreciated.
- Winny94

Ask them how much, when and where. There is no comparison between the c-man contractor saw and a real cabinet saw. That Unisaw is a 1958/59 model and built like a tank. Looks complete except for the homemade motor cover – however, the motor cover was an optional item so it may not have left the factory with one.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

If you had to ballpark a value, what would it be? I tried looking, but values seem to be all over the board, I didn’t find any of this vintage to compare

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#3 posted 03-14-2018 02:42 AM

$300, maybe more. Most woodworkers want
the 3hp ones.

I’ve seen plenty of 3hp ones going for $400.

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#4 posted 03-14-2018 05:18 PM

A used Unisaw is better than a C’man any day. I probably wouldn’t go any higher than $500, preferably less. A machine that has lasted so long, is a testament to it’s quality.

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#5 posted 03-14-2018 05:35 PM



$300, maybe more. Most woodworkers want
the 3hp ones.

I ve seen plenty of 3hp ones going for $400.

- Loren

It is a 3hp motor isn’t it? 110v and 28 amps is a modern 3hp, at least from what I can find.

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#6 posted 03-14-2018 05:51 PM

Considering the 30 amp plug it’s not inconceivable
that it’s 2 or more hp, but you won’t know until
you look at the motor plate.

3hp at 30 amps would be pushing it. That’s
unorthodox wiring.

28 amps is lower than I would expect for a 3hp
motor. More like 2.5 in my experience.

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#7 posted 03-14-2018 05:55 PM

I’d jump on anything 500$ or less that isn’t a heap because I could clean it up in a couple days a resell for 700$ the same day listed.

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#8 posted 03-14-2018 06:05 PM

In the year that was made, they only offered a 1.5hp single phase repulsion/induction 115/230v motor, and a 2hp three phase 220/440v motor. If it’s something else, then it has been swapped out by a PO at some point in its history. Just because it has a 30A plug, doesn’t mean that is what the motor is rated at. I’ve got a 50A plug on mine, and the motor (3hp) is only rated at 7.4A FLA :)

Cheers,
Brad

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



In the year that was made, they only offered a 1.5hp single phase repulsion/induction 115/230v motor, and a 2hp three phase 220/440v motor. If it s something else, then it has been swapped out by a PO at some point in its history. Just because it has a 30A plug, doesn t mean that is what the motor is rated at. I ve got a 50A plug on mine, and the motor is only rated at 7.4A FLA :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


I was actually overlooking the fact that they were talking about the plug and thought that was the motor draw, thank you for being more observant than me.

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#10 posted 03-14-2018 10:04 PM

Nobody’s mentioned the fence. I have had saws with that fence, and hate it with a passion. Should be swapped out for a T-square type fence (there are several brands). That will set you back some $.

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#11 posted 03-14-2018 10:54 PM

Nobody s mentioned the fence. I have had saws with that fence, and hate it with a passion. Should be swapped out for a T-square type fence (there are several brands). That will set you back some $.
- runswithscissors

Depends. That saw probably has a micro-set fence, which is a bit fiddly due to the way it locked the rear. The Jet-lock fence was an upgrade to the locking mechanism and still has micro-adjust feature. Both are t-square type fences, although the main disadvantage is that you can’t just lift them up and off the rails, but have to slide it off the end if you want to remove it. Those fences were used by thousands for many decades and are quite serviceable.

Cheers,
Brad

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#12 posted 03-17-2018 12:29 AM

Looks like the original switch and switch cover and it has the dust door. Those are pricey items if they are missing and you want them. I paid $350 for mine. It was missing the dust door and the goose egg motor cover, but it did have the original RI motor and it ran fine.I drove from Birmingham to the far side of Nashville to get it and chalked it up as a massive winner. I think I would have paid more for the one you pictured.

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#13 posted 03-17-2018 03:39 AM

Okay, I think we have a difference of perspective here about the fence. If the fence has a finger at the back that wraps around the back rail, I would not regard it as a T square fence, which does not require that back finger. One reason I dislike (ok—despise) that setup is that the finger does not in fact lock the fence square. Just smack on the side of one with your fest and you will see what little power it has to prevent sideways deflection of the fence. The whole principle is simply wrong.

And I have seen some guys in this forum admit that the fence requires measuring from both leading and trailing teeth to ensure squareness every time you change the setting.

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#14 posted 03-17-2018 10:24 AM

Figure what a restored 3hp model with a modern fence and guard would be worth and subtract from there ($750-$1000). I figure $350-$400 with the intention of swapping the fence, and some elbow grease.

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