which is really the better saw delta unisaw or powermatic 66

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Forum topic by liketosail posted 02-10-2013 09:59 PM 3148 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2013 09:59 PM

I just bought a used unisaw and would like others opinion.

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 10:09 PM

What’s really better….chocolate or vanilla, Pepsi or Coke, Chevy or Ford? If there was a definitive answer, only one would sell. It’s subjective. The end performance really boils down to setup and blade choice. so if your’s is set up well with a nice blade, yours is best!

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 10:15 PM

Dude enjoy the classic saw you have! Both the PM and Uni are awesome like both the GTO and 69 Camaro SS are great cars….

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 10:19 PM

Since you bought a Unisaw, I’d say that’s the best one…......

Between the 2 I believe it comes down to little more than personal preference. I prefer a left tilt saw and Powermatic offered both in the 66. Beyond that, they are both solid machines. Hopefully the parts availability issue with Delta won’t be a problem for you.

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 11:03 PM

I think you have a great saw! Nice!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 11:07 PM

Isn’t this the 4th tablesaw you’ve bought in the past two weeks? Or maybe I’m mistaken?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging. I’m jealous. I’d love to own a dozen table saws, hire a bunch of grammar school drop outs, and make big bucks with a back-alley sweatshop.

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 11:25 PM

Yes I have been buying a few saws. Been working my way back to a cabinet saw well I got there.

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 11:47 PM

I do need a one phase motor this oe is 5 hp three phase.
Does anyone have one or a converter?

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 12:43 AM

Enjoy the Delta, great saw, especially the older American made, I bought one a few years ago and did a full rebuild, new motor bearings, new arbor bearings, etc, replaced the tri belts with link belts. Smoothest running and quitetest table saw I ever owned. When I decided I needed a Saw Stop, I told the dealer the SS had to be as smooth as the Delta, I can stand a nickle on the table of the Delta and start it and the nickle stands there, it does too on the SawStop, deal was made. Enjoy!

-- Jim B

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 12:53 AM

They are comparable. Most old pros would probably say
the Powermatic. The Unisaw uses a proprietary motor
mount while the Powermatic uses a more standard
one and that makes it easier for a shop to replace
a motor on a no. 66 mid-job.

Powermatic was known at one time for a practice of
aging castings in the “boneyard” for longer than other
manufacturers. Iron castings move in the course
of several months and thus Powermatic would let the
iron move before machining it. The net result tended
to be flatter machine tables and straighter jointer

The Unisaw is a great quality 10” saw and will last
you a lifetime with a little maintenance.

I recommend getting a static phase converter. You
should be able to find one to run a 5hp saw for
about $100. A Unisaw motor will cost you a lot more.

A VFD is another economical phase conversion option.

You can also get a motor mount adapter (about $100
I think) to use a standard frame motor on a Unisaw.

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 12:59 AM

I seen this saw run before I bought it ….it ran super smooth. Came with white jet fence. 52” saw was very cheap. But I had to drive over. 230 miles one way to get it….but was worth it.

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