What is the Unisaw "classic edition" 36-815 and is it a good saw?

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11-21-2012 10:09 AM

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I’m in the market for a second hand cabinet saw and am finding a few listings on Craigslist for the Unisaw classic edition model number 36-815. For similar features and condition, they seem to be listed for considerably less than other unisaw models. The saw appears to be out of production and very little information is available from Google searching. Can someone shed some light on this saw for me? Was this a lower end unisaw version for the hobby market or something like that, and would this saw potentially be a good value for a serious hobbyist? Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 10:36 AM

You could look on the site or the site. I just did a quick search and it looks like it may be a unisaw junior. Those were made for a short time. Not a bad machine , but it is not a unisaw. Look for an older unisaw or a tilt arbor saw which was like a contractor’s saw , but had the solid cast iron top of the unisaw. Expect to replace bearings and belts on any old machine. It is not that expensive and worth the trouble. bob

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 12:17 PM

Not to contradict bob, but when I looked at the parts drawing, it does appear to be a true Unisaw. Mine is a 36-955 which makes it pretty much identical to that one (I think). Delta went through a period where they would paint a tool a different color and call it it a special edition. Mine is a “Platinum Edition” (silver instead of gray), and there were some nifty looking ivory colored ones made for a short time. If it’s a newer model Unisaw it will probably have a 3 or 5 HP motor (be sure it’s single phase, 3 stabs on the plug. 3 phase will have 4 stabs). there is very little that can be wrong that can’t easily fixed. Listen for grinding sounds and evaluate the overall condition of the saw. On those models, the SN should indicate manufacturer date. The first 2 digits will be the year it was made. My 955 was made in ‘01, so I would expect that one to be mid-late 90’s (just a guess). Not having a fence would be a big hit to the value, and I’ve seen a few show up that way (how can you lose a fence?). A Unisaw is a Unisaw, the only thing that would make it lower end would be the lack of extensions, different fence, or some such marketing magic.

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 03:09 PM

Yeah, that’s a real unisaw…I believe those special edition versions were made in 1998.

It is a great saw, essentially the same thing as my 1992 version.

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 01:51 AM

The center piece in my shop is the Classic edition I purchased when originally offered. It’s a standard Unisaw painted white but came with only one cast iron extension. On the opposite side you had a choice of two different size plastic laminate extension tables. You could also specify whether you wanted a Biesemeyer versus the Delta fence system. A coupon was included for having a metal plate engraved with your name which fastens on the base with sheet metal screws.

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