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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 07-03-2012 04:14 AM 6894 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2012 04:14 AM

My boss recently foreclosed on a large warehouse building that a company used for a shop. there were numerous tools left behind that he is going to liquidate to recover some of his money. Well, among all these tools (mostly metal working tools) is a 3hp delta unisaw x5. I expressed a little interest in it, not thinking I’d be able to afford it. He approached me today and asked if I was still interested, he’d take a couple hundred and it comes with a delta dust collector. Well, the more I get to looking at the saw, I notice it’s missing some parts. Best I can figure is it’s going to cost me between 3-5 hundred to buy the missing parts. One of which is a fence. Now, I’m just getting into woodworking (slowly), but I don’t think I can run anything through this saw to see how it cuts without a fence, right? So, I’m looking for some better educated opinions. Should I take a chance and jump on this? Should I pass it up, not knowing exactly how the saw operates. If I do go for it, what are some of the less obvious things I can check out on the saw? BTW, I’m not really at point in my woodworking where I was ready for a table saw, I just hate to pass up a good deal, because I know I’ll be looking into table saws a couple years from now. Thanks for any input.


-- Gary

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 04:36 AM

What is it missing? Just the fence? A couple hundred is a fantastic price if it’s in good shape (and even if it isn’t as long as it runs). When sold, IIRC, the “X5” moniker was just a marketing promotion.. it was a standard Unisaw with some options included that a plain Unisaw didn’t.. kind of a package deal. I seem to remember those extras were an upgraded fence, long extension table and mobile base. Might of been something else but I can’t remember now.

I don’t see why you could not run a couple of pieces of wood through it to make sure it works as expected. Does it have a miter gauge? I would probably jump on it before someone else does.. heck, look at it as buying a dust collector and getting a Unisaw thrown in for good measure :)


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#2 posted 07-03-2012 04:43 AM

Get some pictures uploaded to this thread, there is enough collective experience with Unisaw’s here on LJ’s to give you some good advice.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 07:04 AM

Post pics please.

You could clamp a 2×4 parallel to the blade and easilly test it out. It sounds like a good deal but post pics. It should not take much for an after-market miter gauge and T-style fence. Check the cranks also to make sure they operate easilly.

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 07:50 AM

I have that exact saw and it is worth all of that price if it runs at all.

Brad is right the package included the unifence, my vote for best fence ever, mobile base, extension table and as I remember an extra blade or two.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 09:41 AM

The ‘X5’ Designation was a marketing thing, and referred specifically to the warantee; 5 years. Other than that,, and some badging and chrome, what you have is a late model unisaw, with all of the flaws and foibles of the breed. If you are just wanting to make a test cut or two for now. clamp a straight piece of something to the table, ensuring that is parallel to the blade and have at it. There are lots of after market parts available(fences, miter gages, and guards) . Actual saw parts are a little hard to come by these days, some are still in stock through Dewalt Service net, and ereplacement parts, but Delta Machinery is still ramping up their parts department, and older models are still not supported. The good news is that parts from any late model uni will fit, and there are a lot of hangar queens out there yet. With a little poking around, you should be able to come up with whatever is missing to complete this thing, and have a saw that will likely last the rest of your life. I have full documentation of the parts lists for all of the x5 units and would be happy to scan one and send it to you if needed.

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 10:59 AM

A Unisaw AND a dust collector for $200? Jump on it! UNLESS it’s three phase and you don’t have access to three phase power (a VFD will be expensive for this saw, and other deals will pop up once you start looking). I picked up a new-in-box Unifence for $150 off Craigslist, so I would look to there or ebay for a Unifence or Beismeyer or whatever afterward. Just be careful and make sure he has the legal right to sell the equipment. In some states a registered written notice of back rent needs to be sent to the owner of the contents and if they can’t pay within thirty days, THEN it’s the landlord’s property to sell at auction.

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 12:57 PM

I’ll post some pictures tonight. From what I can tell, it’s missing the blade guard, the side cover for the motor, miter gauge, fence, the toothed fingers that hang down from the blade guard (not sure what they’re called). I did check the cranks and they seem to operate smoothly and it is single phase. Haven’t looked much at the dust collector so I’m not sure what condition it’s in. I’ll post some pictures of it as well.

-- Gary

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#8 posted 07-03-2012 01:52 PM

I paid $1,400 for a reconditioned Unisaw X5 a few years ago with a 52”table and a Biesmeyer fence. Sounds like you have a great deal without the fence. I don’t believe you would have any problem in getting a fence for a couple hundred.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#9 posted 07-03-2012 03:25 PM

More fence options…

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#10 posted 07-03-2012 04:39 PM

You can test the saw with a crosscut using any standard miter gauge, or you can clamp a straight edge to the saw.

I’d also check to see whether it’s single phase or 3 phase. If it’s 3 phase you’ll need a converter or a new motor.

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 05:05 PM

It’s single phase, which brings me to another issue I found while taking some pictures. The electrical plug is different than any of the 220v we have here. Guess I’m going to have to wire up another plug to make sure the saw even powers up.

-- Gary

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#12 posted 07-03-2012 05:23 PM

Perhaps the ol’ chief will take $100 and the second bill if the motor runs. You don’t really need to go to the trouble of “running something through it.”

1. Take a good flashlight and stick your head inside and look for anything amiss inside, like cracked casting, etc. Not likely, but worth a look.

2. You could loosen the belts and check the arbor, but now is the time to replace the bearings anyway.

3. Check the pulleys to be sure they’re snug on their shafts and not galling anything.

I like the assertion that this tool could last you the rest of your life. That is true, and you will never regret this purchase.

If you’re not Gary, raise your hand if you bought something because it was interesting and a good deal in spite of the affirmation that you’re “not ready for it yet” and ended up with calluses on your forehead from slapping yourself and saying, “I should have done this a long time ago!”

See that Gary? Nearly every one of us has been in this position, be it a stationary tool or a specialized hand tool. Grab the brass ring.



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#13 posted 07-03-2012 05:51 PM

-- Gary

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#14 posted 07-03-2012 05:54 PM

-- Gary

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#15 posted 07-03-2012 06:02 PM

ill quote a song “Take me home tonight. I dont wanna let you go until you see the light. Take me home tonight”

Even if it sits in your garage while you await the funding for the parts it appears to be very well worth it. Id even be willing to bet that if you scrounge around that old warehouse you might find the fence for it. You can fab up a motor cover out of sheet metal too.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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