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Forum topic by playsk8r posted 02-17-2013 12:59 AM 2412 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2013 12:59 AM

while browsing Kijiji, I came across this add. What do you guys think

I have a Delta cabinet saw with both a 52” biesmeyer fence and a 32” biesmeyer fence. In excellent condition. The saw can be coverted from 110/220 volt. I currently have it running at 220 volt, but will change it back to 110 if required. I still have all manuals for fence and saw.

I also have a 8” Craftek Jointer. It’s barely used and in excellent shape. run’s on 220 volt. The knives are very sharp and plane hard maple like butter. Still have the manual..

Lastly, I have a small 4” dust collection system roughly 825CFM with 1 micron filter bag and a 13” Delta thickness planer.

I no longer have the room, nor the time and need to sell them. I’m asking the following.

Table Saw: $450.00. The fence alone is worth $300.00 to 400.00 alone.

Jointer: $575.00. Brand new are over $1000.00

Vacuum system $150.00

13” Delta Thickness planer $150.00

Will sell everthing together for $1100.00. To buy everything new would cost over $2400.00 easily…

Best way to have an instinct wood working shop…

What do you guys think, if I can get pictures, should I buy it. However, it’s about and hour to and hour and a half away. If it’s a delta hybrid I think i will pass, but if it’s a legitimate unisaw, then I might

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 01:08 AM

If its in decent shape I would buy it all in a heartbeat!! You could probably decide which fence you want to keep and sell the other one for almost what you paid for the saw… Man thats a smokin deal IMO!! Go for it!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 01:13 AM

I’m not a Unisaw expert but I think those usually have a 3 or 5 hp motor, which normally requires a 240V circuit. So I’d get more info on that, and get pictures for sure.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 01:18 AM

Yes, I agree. In my longing for a Unisaw, I have probably done more research about them than most, and looked at more ads than most. THe 110/220 tells me two things. Either it’s one of the later “unisaw” hybrids, or it one the the Rockwell’s from the late sixties to early seventies. For some reason, the 3 HP motors were 110/200 V

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 01:19 AM

From the tone of his presentation I get the sense that he knows what he is talking about and most likely has taken very good care of these tools. If it’s in your range I would buy it all, sort it out later. Keep what I wanted (probably all) or try to re-sell what I didn’t want.

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 01:25 AM

I’m going to wait until I have the pictures. I have found two other leads on Kijiji, and they both seem promising. I have a 2000’s> unisaw with left tilt and a 52” unifence for 800$. I this saw requires any work, I may go with the other, and in fact, I probably will. Here’s a link to the add. Could you guys tell me what you think.

thanks for replying to this topic so quickly

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 01:27 AM

Sounds like a pretty good buy on the saw and on
the whole package. The seller wants somebody to
come and clear it out and be done with it.

If the cabinet saw can be wired for 110v it is probably
a 2hp or less saw. It’s a matter of semantics, but
Delta did make a “10 inch cabinet saw” and “Unisaw”
simultaneously. I’m not sure what the differences
were, but they are surely minor.

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 02:40 AM

it one the the Rockwell’s from the late sixties to early seventies.

here’s the data plate from the OEM baldor motor on the unisaw i refurbed and sold:

dual voltage 3hp single phase motor on a ‘72 rockwell unisaw.

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

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 02:49 AM

While it is technically possible to run a 3hp motor
on a 115v circuit, it is an uncommon thing because
the breaker should be about 40 amp.

30 amp at 115 volt is more common in residential
because some garages are set up for charging
RV auxiliary batteries at 30 amps.

Blah blah. It’s a pretty good deal regardless of
what wiring you have now.

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#9 posted 02-19-2013 02:51 AM

Yeah. It’s definitely a good deal as far as value goes. Worst case scenario, you just get into the headache of having to resell it all because you don’t like it.

As far as the saw goes, how good of a deal it is really depends on what the HP is. If this is a 1.5 or 2 HP saw, then this is still probably an above average deal, but not stupendous. If it is a 3 HP saw, then it is a really good deal, I just hope you have a 50 amp breaker for your garage 110 outlets. I would guess that it is a 1.5 HP, and thus is a pretty good deal.

Just for comparison’s sake, I just bought a Mid 90’s 3 HP unisaw with an excalibur fence and an older, japanese-made ryobi 3 HP router for $1050. The saw was in excellent condition, and had been modified with superb custom rails. I don’t necessarily think my deal was great, more like good (I couldn’t stand to let another great saw pass by, not to mention I was getting sick of getting on Craigslist every hour to check). So I probably paid $900 for a excellent condition, Made in the USA, unisaw with a 42” excalibur fence. By the way, this is in Texas, so regional availability may have some effect on my market compared to yours. Hope this helps you get a picture of the current market.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#10 posted 02-19-2013 06:14 AM

If that 13” Delta thickness planer is a lunchbox type, that’s just an ordinary deal. If, on the other hand, it’s one of the older models (like an RC33, I think) with a 2 hp induction motor and a cast iron build, that’s an excellent deal. You can put a Byrd cutterhead on those (about $895). I had one, and it was an excellent planer—powerful, smooth, reliable. Sold it because I went another direction.

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