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Forum topic by ewell posted 08-26-2011 02:49 AM 1030 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2011 02:49 AM

Hi all, long time follower of the site but new member. Been a carpenter for a while now and I am starting to get more into the woodworking/ furniture making as a hobby. My wife thinks i am crazy to work with wood all day, then come home to work with it for fun haha. Anyway, i have been looking to upgrade my small overmatched hitachi table saw used on my jobs for everything on earth. I just came accross a delta unisaw that is a 10” 220v that “runs great and in excellent condition.” It has pictures posted but doesnt mention a year of production. Trying to match it with pictures of other models it looks like it is very old, like 50’s or 60’s. It is for sale for $250, should I jumpon it or is it not worth the hassle with its age? I am thinking this is a steal, but I may be over excited. Help set me straight.

-- Ewell, SC

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 02:53 AM

$250 and running? Id say its a good deal from what i see around here in CT. The best deal ive seen is $550 and i think it was 3 phase. Id give it a peek for sure.

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 03:05 AM

In Oklahoma that would be on Craig’s list for $650 or up.

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 03:17 AM

A unisaw for $250 is a great deal. Now, the ad may say 220V but given the year range it may be a 3 phase machine. If so, its still not a deal breaker. There are ways to get 3ph in a home shop environment. If you are going to look at the saw take a very careful look at the teeth on the blade raising and tilt trunnions. This is especially true if the saw was in a school shop. Also, spin the blade by hand without being powered up. Listen for any clicking or unusual noise, this could indicate bearing wear. A saw that age should have the arbor bearings and motor bearings replaced anyway. They are both easy to do and good quality bearings are available at any good bearing supplier. I like Accurate Bearings in Illinois. The saw if a 50-60’s vintage will NOT be grounded, so a little electrical work will be needed there. Take a straight edge and a flashlight to check for top flatness. You should not get any light under the straightedge. There may be some slight wear around the throat plate. Also, if the motor opening is oval, and the motor is 3ph and you dont want to deal with the 3ph be advised that finding a replacement single phase motor that will fit without modifying the cabinet will be difficult. The newer longer motors will NOT tilt to 45 degrees. That reminds me of another potential issue. On the trunnion at the front of the machine there is a little cast “ear”, that is the 45 degree stop, I have seen more than one broken off. Again, not a deal breaker but a hassle. There is a lot of unisaws out there and parts are readily available if yo know where to look.

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 04:37 AM

Welcome! That is a GREAT deal and MedicKen’s advice is good. I would go see it first thing in the morning before it is gone. Throw some pictures up when you get it for all of us to see :). Good Luck

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 04:43 AM

For $250 I think you got a good buy on the Unisaw.

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#6 posted 08-26-2011 04:52 PM

Well the saw is gone. I was the second person to contact the womanso it was first come first chance. It was a 1hpsingle phase 1949 unisaw. Lesson learned i guess. Sure it will make someone a happy woodworker. Thank you somuch for all the info and help.

-- Ewell, SC

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 05:12 PM

I put off checking on a Powermatic pm66 once. I ate then went to check on it. The guy that bought it was pulling out of the driveway when I pulled in! $500 and he didn’t even use a gun (for the robbery).

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