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Forum topic by chunter_ksu posted 08-06-2014 05:05 AM 1750 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2014 05:05 AM

I have been a member for quite sometime. Learned a lot from this forum but never had much to say. Today I am in need of some help.

I have acquired a new saw and won’t actually get to look it over close for a week. I can’t wait that long to find out more about it though. I don’t even know what model it is or an approximate age. I was at an auction last weekend and was drawn to it and 2 other Deltas they had. One if them was 3phase with a uniifence. The other was a contractor saw with a Bies. Fence and extension table. This one was definitely the only one I would consider worth enough to get in to shape and justify parting with the tuned R4512 and all the sleds and out feed bench I have made.

It was also obviously out of my price range so I didn’t pay a ton of attention to it outside of running the blade up and down and playing with the fence a bit. Just enough to know that it needed a bit of elbow grease but it was in good enough shape that I couldn’t afford it right now. That didn’t stop me from leaving a bid on it before I left for the day though. My father in law left one on one of the others as well. Turns out that was a good idea because I was informed today that it is coming home with me.

I am ashamed to admit what i got it for to be honest. I think my first post just might be gloat worthy After taxes and fees I will owe $54 and some change. My FIL paid the same for the contractor saw.

Unfortunately it did get rained on in between the time it was taken out of it’s shop and brought to this auction. The top has a bit of rust as you can see. I saw it in person and it is minor surface rust- nothing a little scotch brite won’t fix. Same with the strips on the fence. The fence needs new faces and the melamine table needs replaced. My FIL plugged it in today when he called to give me the news. He said that he 3hp motor runs fine and the elevation and tilt work as expected. It is right tilt which is new to me but not a problem when compared to what I am gaining. I will tear it down once it is home just the same.

Can anyone tell me anything about this saw from this blurry picture? I am first and foremost trying to figure out the model #, age, any potential issues this has.

I am interested in overhead dust collection for it and some type of upgraded blade guard and/or splitter. Any suggestions for other safety upgrades I will need?

What is the best bet for a mobile base on these saws with the extended fence/table?

As for the fence,where is a good place to get the parts needed to rebuild it?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 05:59 AM

That is a ridiculously, amazingly, obscenely fantastic deal.


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#2 posted 08-06-2014 06:20 AM

Haha. Yeah I am still trying to wrap my head around it. Believe it or not, my wife wasn’t really thrilled about it. She wants to know why I didn’t ask her opinion before buying another saw that will fight with her car to fit in the garage. I am having a hard time making her understand that my bid was as much a joke as anything. There is no rational reason why I should have expected to own this saw.

The worst part is that she hasn’t even seen the thing yet. She will really flip her lid when she sees that fence and table extension . It is entirely possible that I will sleep out there for a couple nights before this is all said and done. Not that I would have a problem with that…

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 11:29 AM

No sense being at war with the wife (you’ll lose anyway) ...

So I tell ya what I’ll do. I’ll DOUBLE your money … sight unseen!

Yeah, that’s right. I’m a sucker for helping out a buddy in need. Just crate it up and ship it to me (prepaid of course) and your worries will be over. Your wife will be happy and you can thank me later

Oh and by the way … YOU SUCK !

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 12:52 PM

This is a guess based on the color I think that saw is painted. It appears to be ivory/off white/something. As best I know there was only a limited run of them in that color (if indeed that’s what it is). In the mid-to-late 90’s Delta thought introducing a new tool meant you painted them a different color, included some otherwise after market gizmos, and give the “new model” a sexy name. In this case I think they named the ivory tools the “Grand Edition” and advertised them with a picture of Norm standing next to the Unisaw. As I recall, it included a bandsaw and maybe a couple of other tools. This was replaced later with the “Platinum” edition, which was replacing the gray paint with silver. Anyway, regardless of it’s history, it’s a great saw and you really did steal it. Once you have it hand, look at the SN number, the first 2 digits should be the years of manufacturer.

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 12:52 PM

Nice! It looks like their is plenty room for sleeping on the saw. :)

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 01:06 PM

Take her to dinner with the profit from your R4512. All will be well!

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 02:37 PM

Thanks guys – I appreciate the help on bringing my wife around. I think I will take Knotscott’s advice first. She will come around sooner or later. In the meantime I will need to make sure I have enough beer in the garage fridge for a couple nights.

Fred Hargis -
Thanks for the info. I appreciate the help on dating it. I figured it was a mid 90’s saw and I will definitely give an update on it when I get it home. This is my first foray into a cabinet saw since high school and there really aren’t many of them that come up on the market in my area. Typically I only see contractor saws – mostly Craftsman with the occasional Jet and Delta thrown in. Regardless they are either beat up badly or priced close to new.

Being that this saw is a fairly “recent” model, how effective is the dust collection on these? Will it take quite a bit of modications, or were these outfitted for it from the factory?

Either way – it should be in my garage by Monday. I need to pull a 220 plug from my subpanel in the garage over the weekend. I am fortunate that I can run the saw a bit when I get it home and make sure what I am dealing with before I tear into it. I know that I will refurbish the fence and replace the belts. Being 20yrs old I will probably take care of the arbor bearings as well while I am at it. I am looking forward to this project and not needing to upgrade again anytime soon.

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 02:47 PM

You are in the Little Apple. While the wife is simmering down, I’d just
spend my evenings at Auntie Mae’s.

There can’t be too many Unisaw’s out that way. That’s a hell of a deal.

Next time I’m in Manhattan you’ll have to show it to me in person.

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 02:53 PM

You are one Blessed SOB…lol

I spend more every week on cigarettes…

Enjoy it, I’d love to own one.

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 03:01 PM

You’ll find a plate with all the info you want on the backside of the saw cabinet. Take the Serial number from that plate and go here – – to find all of the parts and with any luck drawings for your exact model. You can also go directly to Delta, sometime they can help, if the saw is new enough, sometimes they can’t. Mine is about 40 yrs old and Delta was of no use to me, I found everything I needed on

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#11 posted 08-06-2014 03:04 PM

That’s a gloat by any definition, a single phase 3hp motor for a Unisaw alone can run over $300 used! That model appears to be a late 90’s, maybe early 2000’s. Scotch brite pads and WD-40 will be your friend getting the top back into serviceable shape. As for mobile bases, can’t help mine just sits on the floor and never moves.

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#12 posted 08-06-2014 03:14 PM

Being that this saw is a fairly “recent” model, how effective is the dust collection on these? Will it take quite a bit of modications, or were these outfitted for it from the factory?

- chunter_ksu

I can tell you that my 2001 Unisaw has great DC…but it’s less due to the saw and more with the DC. Mine (that platinum edition I mentioned) did not come with any hookup for DC, only a rectangular opening under the motor cover. I fashioned a plywood blank to cover it, and squeezed a 6” piece of PVC into an oval to fit onto the blank. There is never any dust in my cabinet when i run the DC, but it’s a fairly large one. Also have an over blade pickup. In any case I think you’ll have to get the saw and see what you have, then plan the DC set up.

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#13 posted 08-06-2014 03:27 PM

It blows me away when I hear of people like you picking up a nice saw that actually works, for a fraction of its scrap metal price. Incredible find.

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#14 posted 08-07-2014 11:47 PM

That’s one bodascious gloat.

For info on splitters/guards


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#15 posted 08-12-2014 01:03 AM

Thanks for all the help everyone.

I brought the saw home today. The dust collection port was covered up in the back. The fitting was included though so in worries. The internal parts move smooth even though they have a ton of dust and ribbons from the sheets of plastic this saw was apparently used for.

The serial number starts with 02F so it is newer than I thought.

About the biggest surprise was that I was wrong on the motor size. It isn’t the 3hp motor I was expecting. Nope – I have a 5hp Unisaw. Is this good or bad. Is it more valuable/desirable than a 3hp? I rarely ran into anything that I couldn’t cut in the past. Right now I am looking forward to getting it cleaned up more -but definitely a little nervous having never ran a saw that size.

I will post some pics once I get the top cleaned up a bit.

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