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Forum topic by ribaldplaner posted 05-15-2018 08:24 PM 1242 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ribaldplaner

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05-15-2018 08:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta unisaw 34-801

Hi -
I have the opportunity to purchase a used Delta Unisaw 34-801 table saw. Much like this one:
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=9172

Since I am new to woodworking, I’ve been using an “cheap” Bosch contractor type saw. It’s been “OK”, but it’s loud as hell, and the fence isn’t always true.

The Delta is in good shape – not a lot of rust.
I think it’s left tilting.
the trunnions look to be cast iron.

It’s the original motor, which the person selling it say’s is wired for 110V. I believe he said it’s a 1.5HP motor.
He said it’s plenty powerful.

Fence looks OK – at least a lot more rigid than what I am used to. Asking price is $500 which I think is high, but we’ll see.

Overall – is this a decent deal? I’ve had good luck sourcing older/used tools on CL…back when things were made to last – and not disposable crap from China.

It doesn’t have a riving knife, which makes me a bit nervous – as I’ve been hit with one kickback (ouch!).
I believe the arbor can take a dado stack.
Dust collection appears to be just whatever falls into the cabinet. I might be able to fabricate something.

Overall, I want something solid, square, a good fence and in cabinet form. Something I can use and take care of for a long time (and modify to my hearts content).

Thank you.

Tim


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#1 posted 05-15-2018 08:44 PM

$500 for a Unisaw in working condition is a great price for my area. You cannot compare that to your current set up. They are just too far apart.

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 08:48 PM

The Unisaw is the standard by which all others are compared… prices range from getting paid to haul one away, to several thousand dollars depending on location, condition, accessories included, etc… Since we have no idea what you are looking at, telling you if it’s a good deal or not is rather difficult.

In any event – it would most likely be the last saw you ever purchased.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The Unisaw shipped with a splitter/blade guard, and there are lots of alternative aftermarket solutions out there – so the lack of one is not that big of a deal.

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

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 09:29 AM

In addition to what brad said, there is a member here who developed a riving knife for the unisaw, I’ve got one and I also have a shark guard for it. The knife setup will run you about 150 and the guard is about 200, I’ll have mine out back together and get some pictures and videos soon

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ribaldplaner

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 03:58 PM

Thanks everyone. From what I am hearing this is a very good deal, even without the splitter/riving knife. The saw doesn’t have any accessories from what I can tell, jsut the base saw, and throat plate and fence. But, I am ok with that. It’s a heavy cabinet saw, with cast iron top, and a solid fence. Plus I get the impression I can modify it, if need be. As I said, I want something solid, square and in good shape. This hits all those points.

If folks have any recommendations for 3rd party riving knives, fences or whatnot – feel free to share!
Thanks

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#5 posted 05-17-2018 04:04 PM

If folks have any recommendations for 3rd party riving knives, fences or whatnot – feel free to share!
- ribaldplaner

Best bang for the buck IMO is the disappearing splitter, which you can get for ~$80 new.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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