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Forum topic by tlide posted 09-08-2011 05:35 PM 3088 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2011 05:35 PM

I have found a Delta Unisaw model #34-814 that the guy is willing to sell for $600.00. He is the 2nd owner of this saw (has never used it). He believes it to be about 10 years old. It is a right tiilt with a 50” biesemeyer fence. He could not tell me what size motor that it had ( he says its 230v 20amp). Wonder if this would be a good buy. I tried to look up the model number but did not have any luck. Any advice appreciated.



-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 05:49 PM

Depends on what your local area is like. Some places in the country sell cheaper then others. Check your local craigslist and see what folks are charging. I live in Maryland and around here that would be about right assuming the saw is in perfect running condition. If you have to do things like replace starters, motors, or other things like that then its way too high.

Have you seen the saw yet in person? If so what does the table look like? Light surface rust is no issue it comes off easily enough, but if there is pitting or if someone decided to use the table as an anvil, then they are asking too much. Also are the table extensions present?

Is there a reason why this guy never ran the saw? If its because he doesn’t have the power, does that mean you will not be able to test the saw? A burned out motor on a unisaw is a 200 to 500 dollar replacement.

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 06:03 PM

I have not seen the saw as it is about an hours drive from where I live. The average price on craigslist is around $700.00. This guy bought it from another shop but has a saw and just has not needed it. This is a shop located in an industrial park area. He will run the saw for me if I decide to go look at it. From the pictures, the saw looks to be in good shape. Not sure about the table extensions.

Thanks for the reply

-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 06:15 PM

Sounds reasonable if it is in good running order. The fence has a lot of value.

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 06:35 PM

20 amp @ 230v (aka 220v/240v) should be 3hp. $600 sounds like a nice buy if it’s in good shape, and is a saw you’d want.

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 07:57 PM


Definitely sounds like a good buy. But take note…my 3hp Unisaw runs at 230V at 12.4 amps. 5hp Unisaws typically run 230V at ~19 to 20 amps, IIRC. If the seller is telling you “230V at 20 amps,” ask him if that is the rating on the saw’s plate or if he’s just stating the breaker size?

Chances are, that’s 5 hp machine, single phase machine. (!) It wouldn’t likely be three phase since, I think, those run at ~13 amps. Even so, confirm this with him…many commercial shops do run on three phase.

Confirm the motor rating. Give him $600 if it’s in good shape. If it’s 3hp, it’s a good deal. If it’s 5hp/1ph, it’s a great deal.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 08:06 PM

I might add;
without table extensions you will not like the sawIMO.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 10:13 PM

Jay, thanks for the info. He could not tell me the motor size as it was up inside the base.
Tom, I looked at the photo’s and I believe that it has the extensions.
Thanks to all who replied!


-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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