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Bob Fowkes

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1079 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question delta unisaw

There are two delta unisaws are being auctioned locally. The only difference in the description is the one painted white comes with a “51” rip capacity biesemeyer fence” while the blue-grey machine comes with a “52” rip capacity unifence”. Both are 3HP, single phase (whew), w/ the extensions pictured.

I’ll go check them out before hand, but wondered if anyone here can tell me, based on the pics, (1) if there is a difference between the two, perhaps approx. date of manufacture, and (2) what I should look for when I inspect them. Thanks.

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g415/bobfowkes/th_deltawhite.jpg

http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g415/bobfowkes/th_DeltaGrey.jpg

-- Bob


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 1079 days ago

Bob:

The links are to the same picture, a bit small. However, the white one would be the Platinum edition of the Uni that came out in the late 90s. If the gray one has the same placard, then it too will be in the 90s era. Mine looks the same and it is a 1993 model.

If you can get the serial numbers for the saws, then pinpointing the vintage will be a slam dunk.

BTW, depending on the condition and completeness of the saws and accessories, a great deal will be in the $500 to $800 range and a good deal in the $800 to $1100 range. Mine was $500 on CL, which I’ve since outfitted with an Incra fence and miter gauge. I liked doing it this way because I was able to put the money into the accessories I wanted.

You will want to check to see the following:

- Does it run? Does it vibrate too much and does it sound normal?
- Is there rust on the table top? Superficial or deeply pitted? Dings, scrapes, and scoring? Cracks in the casting underneath? You can live with and address much of this, but it’s something to check.
- Check the belts for cracking and looseness. Belts can be replaced, but poor condition will affect the run test.
- Is it complete with fence, miter gauge, blade guard, and motor cover?
- Does the blade have a full range of movement? Check both adjustments.
- Do the adjustment wheels have their locks screwed into the center of each hub?
- Check the electronics and motor power cable for cracked or frayed wires?

Not much else to worry about. They are solid saws. If they are deficient in any of those areas, then account for that on the price. Replacing such things are quite painless, but even something such as the wheel locks will cos you $25 to $50 a piece to replace, unless you are like me and just make your own.

EDIT: Looked at the pictures again…they are different saws…just hard to tell. They both look complete. The gre one has the power switch on the right hand side, like mine, so it’s probably early 90s. I think the white one came out in 1997 as a limited edition, if memory serves.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 1079 days ago

I remember the white saws being some kind of special limited edition , mid -90’s as I recall (sorry I can’t be more exact, going on a fading memory). I thought they really looked nice. If you can get the serial numbers I believe you can get the date of manufacturer from that. I have a Platinum Edition (more silver than gray) from the very late 90’s and really like, but would much prefer the white. I still remember one of their ads showing Norm standing next to that saw.
Edit in:
I found the reference for the serial numbers. Saws made after 1982: They went to an 8 digit serial number, the first 2 digits are the year of production, the third the month (based on a fiscal year, so 1 is actually Oct., then go up from there). The remaining 5 numbers are the machine specific serial number. Hope this is of use.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Bob Fowkes

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#3 posted 1079 days ago

Thanks, guys. I have the serial numbers (97191336 for the white machine, 95A94542 for the blue). Is there a site I can go to ID the vintage?

-- Bob

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Loren

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#4 posted 1078 days ago

I’d say if you’re bidding over $650 or so you should really want the saw.
People can get emotional at auctions – I recommend you not be.

With new laws mandating riving knives and shops going belly up all over
the place, the secondhand market is flooded with late model cabinet
saws. Good opportunity to buy useful machines, but I think resale
values are taking a permanent hit with the flood of affordable imports
glutting the tool market. Some guys will always proclaim that old
Powermatic and Delta and Oliver are better than anything being made
today, but with the safety, precision upgrades and electronic features
of some newer saws the 1980s era argument that old ‘arn is always
better is loosing credibility.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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EEngineer

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#5 posted 1078 days ago

To ID vintage, go here

These look like recent machines, specifically Sept ‘97 and Jan ‘95

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 1078 days ago

That chart is the one I referenced…I misstyped in my earlier reply. Obviously A is Oct. (not 1). I hadn’t dated my saw before. It was made in 01, so that’s where the Platinum stuff came out. Still wish Delta would go back to the Ivory color.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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EEngineer

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#7 posted 1077 days ago

Read closer…

On April 12, 1984, Pentair purchased the Rockwell machinery line. Sometime shortly thereafter the date-coding system changed to calendar year instead of Rockwell’s fiscal year. The letter codes changed to A (January) through L (December).

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Bob Fowkes

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#8 posted 1070 days ago

Oh well. The ‘95 standard Unisaw went for $1250. The ‘97 limited edition went for $1650. Hardly the bargains i was hoping for :-(

-- Bob

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1070 days ago

^Sorry to hear, Bob. I would not have paid that.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 1070 days ago

Boy, I’ll say…that sounds like auction fever took over on those bidders.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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