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01-29-2014 05:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw table saw for sale

Hi everyone – I’m hoping someone might be able to help me price a used unisaw? Here’s everything I know:

220V 1.5 HP Rockwell motor 83-621
Serial #: PA145TCR7003AH
53” Biesemeyer fence T-square guide
angle push bar
6” dado blade kit
10” blade
Year is uncertain but probably late 80’s to mid 90’s.

Searching for the serial#, I found a similar saw at auction:

Any thoughts on a fair price?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 05:10 PM

FWIW – I paid $500 for a 34-459 unisaw manufactured in 1994, 3 hp with 52 inch/extended fence in decent but not pristine condition.

Hopefully LJ members Toolie and or Knotscott will chime in and will be able to give you some guidance on the value of the saw you’re considering.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 05:10 PM

I bought an older but in very good shape 3HP Unisaw for $400.00.
I would not buy any 1.5HP saw, this is just not enough power for serious work

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 05:28 PM

Condition and completeness are big factors. A pic or two would answer several questions….

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 05:36 PM

Many thanks for the insights thus far. I do not have photos, but have seen the saw in person. It was used daily in a shop until they upgraded. It looked in good condition to me – what you’d expect of a saw used everyday, but not abused.


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#5 posted 01-29-2014 05:50 PM

No more than $500. And well worth it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 06:15 PM

Condition is the ultimate value guide. make sure it tilts smoothly and locks in well. Most things can be adjusted for smooth square cuts and a complete setup is probably in order. I somewhat disagree about the lower HP. The key here is quality blades. I had a 1.5hp saw years ago and found Forrest thin kerf blades worked excellent. Your feed rate may be slightly slower but a few seconds per cut seems reasonable.
The Bisemeyer fence is worth as much as the saw and is top of the line in my opinion.
If all looks and works well I think $400 to $600 is a bargain if it’s a cabinet saw.

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 06:24 PM

400-600 depending on market, and condition of saw and accessories included (cheap, decent, better, great dado blade? as an example…)

good luck on the sale.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 02:42 AM

I would not buy any 1.5HP saw, this is just not enough power for serious work

while i would agree with this statement for an industrial/production environment, it’s not at all accurate in a hobbyist’s shop. WOOD magazine routinely demonstrates project work piece fabrication with a ridgid 3650 (1.5 hp CO contractor saw).

blazer50’s comment about correct blade and modulated feed rate are right on the money.

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

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 03:52 AM


Generally a 3 horse motor is preferable on a cabinet saw to be
used in furniture making. Some businesses like plastic shops
buy cabinet saws with lower hp motors. Woodworking can
be done with a 1.5hp motor of course, but if there’s a lot
of sawing to be done, the work goes quicker with a bigger
motor. Really, most of us spend a lot more woodworking time
doing things like sanding than we do sawing.

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 10:15 PM

Hi everyone – many thanks for all the advice. I was able to purchase the saw for $600.


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#11 posted 02-04-2014 11:03 PM


New we need pics of the new to you TS :o)

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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