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Forum topic by irish620 posted 03-16-2012 12:03 AM 2662 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2012 12:03 AM


I am going to check out a Delta Unisaw from 1995 tomorrow. The gentlemen says it has seen light commercial use ( THEY ALL SAY THAT) and would not be getting rid of it unless he needed the money. He seems sincere enough. The saw has been sitting on porch of a friends business for a little while. I will find out tomorrow how long its been sitting in the elements, but how long can a cabinet saw withstand the weather in March, especially overnight ( I’m thinking motor issues, not rust ) ? He said he moved it out there for CL users to see it, hopefully its only a handful of days. Plus, we need to get it under load so i can see and hear it.

He wants $800 for it, its a 3hp single phase saw. He is willing to throw in a bunch of descent blades, middle of the road dado set and who know what else. I have done my homework and been looking awhile for a good saw, but i am going into this with reservations. What do you think is a fair price ?

Oh and does anyone know of a way to test for arbor run out without a dial indicator or gauges ? My main concern is being absolute about the integrity of the motor. Can anyone offer a motor check list for a used saw?

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Thanks For the advise !

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 12:11 AM

no tips on the motor or arbor un out without a dial indicator. One tip I do have is to grab the arbor and try shaking it to see if there is play. make sure the the tilting mechanism and blade raising mechanism is functioning.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 12:12 AM

I would maybe ask to see if you can make some cuts on it…..

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 12:22 AM

Sounds like a good price!

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 01:03 AM


That’s a decent price if the saw works well, I would think that a straight edge and some feeler gauges might work to check run out, but a dial indicator is a very useful shop aid and not too expensive, so you might think about getting one. Turn the motor by hand and see if there is any roughness in the bearings and try and push the shaft in and out and up and down for play.

I hope you end up with a good saw and deal,

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