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Forum topic by toolie posted 05-29-2012 07:19 PM 1230 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2012 07:19 PM

came across a CL ad for a 10” unisaw and a RAS being sold as a pair. now, i already have 3 10” TSs, two of which are stationary tools on mobile bases, so i don’t really need another TS. turns out the tools were left in a house recently purchased by the seller. no 220v power for a test of the unisaw but, after going to see them on friday, i went back on monday morning and picked up both saws.

the RAS is a crappy 9” craftsman RAS, the type not known for accuracy. after looking the saw over, i can see now where the term CRAPSMAN came from. no harm, really, as it’s recall elligible so at least it’s worth $100. the unsaw seemed to have promise.

apart from an above average amount of rust on the table, rails and lower half of the saw cabinet, the saw is pretty clean. motor and arbor both spin with no grinding noises and the arbor bearing feels solid. i threw a digital gauge on the arbor flange and got a max reading of 0.002” as i rotated the arbor flange. next i’ll check the arbor. i sprayed some liquid wrench in the raise/lower and bevel gears and ways and things are starting to loosen up.

first surprise was that the arbor nut is a left hand thread. next, the fence is going to need a considerable amount of work to get it to move freely. and the saw was kept under a tarp outdoors for a while. so there’s a possibility the motor, a dual voltage 3hp 1ph baldor (made in the usa) currently wired for 220v, might have gotten wet. checked inside the switch and the contactor and there was no evodence of moisture anywhere. spoke to my electician regarding the possible rain exposure and he advised leaving it in my shop till next weekend, then try to fire it up. any water or dampness should have dried/evaporated by then.

so here are the pics:

oh, and it was $100 for the pair of saws.

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 07:27 PM

yup thats right im gonna say it … you suck! Killer score.

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 07:38 PM

I guess your trying for a record of how many table saws you can put in one shop? LOL Seems like a good deal.

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 07:49 PM

We had a unisaw about this age and it was tough as nails. We used it for at least twenty years but it was still going strong.


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#4 posted 05-29-2012 08:33 PM

Thief! what a great steal er buy er steal-ish kind of buy. Alistair

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 08:40 PM

Nice buy…. but why, oh why would someone do that to a poor unsuspecting old Unisaw? Aren’t there cruelty laws to prevent such treatment?

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 11:00 PM

Nice deal, Good saw that needs some tlc and will be good as new….. Put a small fan running around the motor to circulate the air some…...I bought several older Powermatic 7hp shapers and had tons of table rust and damp, Top now looks like new…. Took some time about 3 hours but she is pretty now. I actually bought 2 and sent one back cause it did not have a miter slot, then the company called me back and wanted to know how I got the top to look so good….. Amazing I cleaned the whole top from rust and only when I finished I realized no miter slot…. ;-0

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 11:36 PM

Great score! Good luck on bringing her back.

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 12:48 AM

i’ve see the steve shanesy (?) set of youtubes on unisaw restoration. anyone found anything better and more specific, like not skipping motor belt removal when discussing changing the arbor bearing?

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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