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07-20-2008 08:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw cabinet saw tablesaw question

Hi -

I’m looking at purchasing a new (to me) table saw in the near future. I’ve been using a Rigid TS3660, but have been wanting something more solid and with more power.

In any event, I found a Unisaw that appears to be of an early 1970’s to mid 1980’s vintage. It is a single-phase 220 3HP model, and has the older fence. The seller has advertised it as being in good condition and is asking about $500 for it.

Does this seem like a decent price? I’ve spent some time looking through, but haven’t been able to find much info regarding price, etc.


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#1 posted 07-20-2008 08:38 PM

I forgot to add that I have no problem doing a bit of refurbishing (disassembling, replacing bearings, repainting, etc) if this is a decent saw for the money.

Thanks in advance to all for any advice offered!

Thanks again!

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#2 posted 07-20-2008 08:44 PM

I have a 1950’s version of the same saw. I wouldn’t sell it for 500 dollars. I say go for it!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 07-20-2008 10:17 PM

You haven’t bought it yet ? I wouldn’t wait too long, it will be gone before you know it.

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#4 posted 07-20-2008 10:20 PM

$500 is about the going rate for Unisaws now days. The only thing that it seems to be missing is the “goose egg” cover for the saw which is an accessory not a necessity. (Helps with Dust collection, very expensive to buy a real one).

That OLDER fence has the only micro-adjust that I would consider worth 2 bits. I recently sold an extra fence like that with 26” rails for almost 200 on epay. Because its a good fence, its all cast iron and steel no light aluminum extrusion there.

If it runs, buy it. You won’t be sorry. The seller should let it run for a few minutes to get the bearings warm then you need to wiggle the arbor and see if you feel any play. That is the only tricky part to checking out a saw. But 500 is the lowend price on a Uni so you may want to just go for it.

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#5 posted 07-21-2008 12:31 AM

The responses so far were, more or less, what I was hoping to hear. I’ve been trying to convince myself it’s a decent deal, and that I should get it, I’ve just needed a bit of pushing.

The fellow selling the saw has agreed to give me first dibs and, as a result, I’m going to look at it tomorrow night. I was planning to check for excessive vibration and noise, ease of blade tilting/raising/lowering, and was going to look for any obvious signs of damage to the cabinet, top, and internal castings. Is there anything else I should be looking for?

Thanks for the help!

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#6 posted 07-21-2008 01:14 AM

I screwed up a couple of years ago and passed on the chance to acquire one for about $400.00 If the table is flat and the motor runs well I say jump on it!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 07-21-2008 01:24 AM

I suggest you get a Biesemeyer fence or the Delta Unifence if you get the saw. A good quality fence will make your woodworking more enjoyable and accurate. I sold one of these in almost new condition that has the Unifence to a friend a few years ago. I am thinking of buying it back from him to have a saw that tilts to the right and is more compact than my slider. They are great saws and will give you good performance. Good luck, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#8 posted 07-21-2008 05:51 AM

Actually that Unisaw doesn’t take the goose egg cover, it takes the box style cover, and the fence thats on it needs to go away someday, there are far better fences than that, such as a Biesemeyer, a Delta Unifence, a Vega, a Delta T2, etc.

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#9 posted 08-07-2008 09:35 PM

Thanks to all who responded! This saw is now sitting in my garage in a state of partial disassembly, waiting to be brought back to like new.

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#10 posted 08-07-2008 10:19 PM

Can’t wait to see the restoration pics!

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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