|Forum topic by adamclyde||posted 82 days ago||661 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
82 days ago
First time poster here. I’ve been in the market for a good table saw for a while and had settled on a Grizzly Hybrid saw (Polar Bear G0715, I think). But after lurking here on this site for a long time I figured I’d go with the prevailing wisdom here and hold out for a good deal on a cabinet saw. After a few months of looking for the right deal, I scored this baby from Craigslist on Monday for $600 even:
It’s a 2004 Delta Unisaw X5, 3HP, with a 52-inch Biesemeyer fence system, Bench Dog router table insert and a mobile base. Even threw in a crosscut sled and great Magswitch featherboard. It came with all original manuals, bolts, etc. All except a blade guard and splitter (more on that below).
So first, thanks to all the folks over the years who have been suggesting holding out for the cabinet saw. I spent much less on this than I would have getting a hybrid new. (after wiring my workshop for 220, it will be about even, but I feel it’s the right investment).
Clean up was easy as it was in great condition. No rust at all on the top, a little on the fence rails, which cleaned up nicely with some WD-40. A little more clean up and Wd-40 and the gears turn like brand new. The Biesemeyer fence is in good condition (need to replace the knob), except for a blade mark on the face. I think it was a great deal. I hope so!
So first question (total embarrassing rookie question): Alignment has been pretty straightforward. But, in trying to make sure if the table and blade are perflectly parallel, I’m trying to do the trick where you measure from the miter slot to one of the teeth, then spin the blade and measure from slot to the same tooth at the far end. BUT… how do you spin the blade? While engaged with the pulley, it doesn’t seem to move freely. Do I loosen the motor/pulley so I can freely spin the arbor?
Second question, and more importantly: The one thing missing from this is the entire blade guard assembly, including splitter. I’m kinda paranoid about kickback and really like all 10 of my digits and my face. I see a ton of great aftermarket blade guards, but at this point, my concern is safety, not bells and whistles. I spent all my money on the saw and the electrical wiring, so don’t want to drop another $500.
It looks like buying the original parts from Delta will be around $170 (if I understand their replacement parts website correctly… very confusing). Is there another option that will yield the same or better safety for about the same price? I think in a year or two I’ll buy the overhead blade guard with integrated dust collection… just don’t have the $$$ for it now.
What would you recommend? Help me keep my fingers!