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Forum topic by txn posted 10-13-2014 10:46 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2014 10:46 PM

tell me what yall think of this deal. A 1998 unisaw top looks to be decent shape but it has had the fence and rails stolen along with the starter switch,throat plate and side panel guy is asking $400 but won’t even be able to see if it works would you jump on this deal or just call it a dud?

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 10:56 PM

Depends on how common and cheap used cabinet
saws are in your area. If a used cabinet saw is
$1000 in your town, then you could put $300
into it and have something.

A starter bought from Asia on ebay is about $40.

You can buy used fences on ebay too, or pay
$250 up for something new.

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 12:06 AM

Any feelings on trustworthiness of this fellow? I had one guy I bought a lathe on not even sit around long enough to see me begin loading it in my truck, he just up and left. Another fellow not only helped me load up a mortiser but threw in some lumber to held wedge it in place in my SUV. I have had fellows who have a shop full of tools behind them and a number of projects in various states of finish try to tell me they don’t know anything about a drill press that was missing a start button. No idea if it works or not, never tried to turn it on, its just that machine in the corner. And I have had folks go through a whole history of former owners on a tool talking about what each previous owner did and how they used it and if they fixed it or replaced parts etc.

If the fellow seems trustworthy and they say the motor runs and nothing is wrong, then I wouldn’t hesitate to jump on it. If you have feelings that the motor is no good then I would be very hesitant. A new motor pushes this unisaw from the great deal category into the luke warm kinda deal. A new fence is 200 dollars pretty much anywhere you look so keep that in mind as a needed cost before you can cut a single piece of wood.

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 12:35 AM

He seems trustworthy but still don’t trust craigslist people unless I can verify. It’s also missing the rails not just the fence and those are another $200-$250 all in all I’d probably be around $900 into it if it works and bearings are good just a lot of possibilities that could be wrong

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 12:38 AM

The missing parts will be too expensive

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 12:42 AM

A brand new shopfox classic fence (which is really a great fence) is 311 dollars rails included.

But that does push your 400 dollar saw into the 750 dollar territory assuming you can get a cheap starter. There are likely complete unisaws in your area for that price. I know there are in Maryland.

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#6 posted 10-14-2014 01:48 AM

One can bypass the starter to test a 220v motor.

It is possible the saw was stripped because the
motor went out. Unisaw motors use a proprietary
mount which makes it difficult to find replacements
at a competitive price…. unlike more standard
mounts where NOS or used but fully functional
motors can be had for a much lower than new

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#7 posted 10-14-2014 06:40 AM


Don’t spend good money…...... and maybe more real big money ….........with no real in sight.

No way would I touch that deal.

Too many others out there



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#8 posted 10-14-2014 11:25 AM

I line up with the “pass” opinions. There are too many things missing to pay $400 for the saw.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 10-14-2014 12:25 PM

I’d pass as well. I know prices are regional, but I got a used unisaw for $450 with the unifence, 52” extension table and a custom built outfeed table. I think you can do better on CL. Either that or talk him down to $150 if you want a project tool.

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#10 posted 10-14-2014 01:43 PM

I would think about it, only because I have a Unisaw and a spare motor as well as a spare Unifence front rail. I would have to check the motor on the saw too as it’s part of the value in the package and replacements are expensive. If the motor runs (and is quiet) I’d offer around $300, more like $200 if the motor can’t be tested or is confirmed as non-working.

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#11 posted 10-14-2014 02:09 PM

Looks as if you take all of the risk. And you have the possibility of making only $100 or less, when compared to another saw of which you can confirm the operation.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#12 posted 10-14-2014 02:39 PM

I can get ones around here with starters intact and the tube rail fence for $300-400. I wouldn’t pay $400 for one with missing parts. Talk him down, it might be a good project in the $200-300 range. As mentioned above, do test the motor.

-- Nicholas

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#13 posted 10-15-2014 04:30 PM

Info Update

I said “Pass” in Forum Topic the other day about one of us trying to figure out if he should buy a Unisaw that was in multiple pieces for a pretty steep price.

This is why I said PASS:

Here is a link to a School District auction (they are swapping out for SawStops…… at different months and different years…. and these are usually great machines. This one is a 3 phase, which is a bummer for a lot of us, but, at least half or more of the Unisaws are 220/240 single phase. But check out the condition of this saw……….because it is typical, (actually a little rougher) than normal).

They usually all just put Condition: UNKNOWN, but that is just to protect their butts. Occasionally they will list a piece as GOOD or NIB or PARTS ONLY.

Some equipment is from the student workshops and some equipment is from the school shop where the maintenance guys work. I haven’t decided yet if the students or the maintenance guys take better care of their equipment and which is best when they put stuff up for sale. I tend to lean towards to the student shop stuff. A student using a table saw is usually watched like a hawk.

This saw auction currently has 3 more hours to run and is now at $360.00. I follow this site and this one has the usual gang of guys trying to steal a machine. I strongly doubt this will sell for much more than $400. It is loaded with all the gizmos. There will be a flurry of $5-$10 increased bids just before the auction closes, but these Unisaws usually go for $400-$450.

This Auction this week is way loaded with good stuff.

If someone wants a deal this is a good place to go. It is very sporadic. Sometimes a lot for sale and then months with nothing. If you sign up you can be emailed when something you are interested in goes up for auction near you. This is a national auction site.

And yes, they allow, even encourage potential bidders to go down and run/check out the equipment prior to the auction ending, so you can check the stuff out yourself prior to bidding.

For something important like this, I know there are several of us that would go check the machine out if you were a ways away. This saw is in Salt Lake City.

This is a particularly “great” auction day. Most are just a couple of items of interest…. at least for me……each week.

This one has LOTS of goodies.


Other Pretty Good Stuff:,ut/browse/cataucs?slth=&catid=6&page=0&sortBy=timeLeft

Plug in your State and see what is up for sale near you. Might be surprised.

Best, Bruce

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