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Forum topic by Lynchee posted 12-31-2014 12:27 AM 905 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lynchee

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12-31-2014 12:27 AM

Hi. I’m a newby (here and woodworking). I’ll save you the story, and get right to it.
I have been using my “orange” jobsite saw and want a “real” saw. I found a Unisaw locally, and I know they have a great reputation. They want $450, it’s single phase, has the large side table and full-length fence, and is a newer model.
Probably can’t go wrong at that price, right?
Thanks, and I am loving the forum so far. There’s so much info here for us newbys (ies).


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Minorhero

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 12:42 AM

Assuming there are no obvious problems like cracked trunions or motors that need to be replaced then yes. Buy it and you are way ahead of the game.

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Woodmeister

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 01:38 AM

Lynchee.. Make sure you check everything on it. All the visible and Normal stuff.. See if you can find out what model it is.. By the sounds of it, it sounds like one hell of a deal… Wish you luck and I hope that it is as good as it sounds..

-- Duane

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runswithscissors

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 04:33 AM

If the saw has the original steel tube rails and fence, that is the one part I thoroughly dislike about Delta/Rockwell saws. Mine lacked the fence, which was fine because I’d had it in mind to build a custom rack and pinion fence for a long time, and that is what I did. If that is the setup you have, I’d replace the tubes with a T-square and square tube set up. That makes a for better fence in every way. There are a number of brands, some more prized than others (Biesemeyer, for example), but Grizzly makes a couple of worthy versions that cost less.

Also, I’m guessing this saw is old enough that it lacks a riving knife, which is a very worthwhile feature found on newer saws. One option is to put on a BORK (bolt on riving knife, which has been reviewed by Knottscott for Lumberjocks. I also have developed a riving knife for the Unisaw, which i am doing a VERY LIMITED run of (15); but I’m not there yet, so don’t ask. If you should happen to be interested in making your own, I do have a Lumberjocks blog on it.

Knottscott is the most knowledgeable TS man around here, so I suggest you check out his write ups.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Lynchee

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 04:40 AM

Thanks for the replies guys, but the saw is gone. I missed it by an hour apparently.
The search continues. I keep telling myself to just spend the money and get a Grizzly cabinet saw and be done with it.
Until then, I’ll be lurking and searching.

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runswithscissors

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 02:21 AM

You could do worse.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Lynchee

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 04:10 PM

Well, going to look at another Unisaw. It looks brand new/refurbished and has an uninstalled 52”Beisemeyer fence, table, and mobile base. Asking $800 obo. He wants to sell fast so I am headed over now. Luckily he’s 45 min away, and I’m the first one to see it.
Also has a powermatic 60. Maybe I’ll try a bundle…..
I’ve been reading the “found saw” posts and figured I’d add to it.
Really a great site!

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RogerM

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 04:59 PM

As a Unisaw(with Beisemeyer Fence) owner for over ten years I am quite bias but I really love the Unisaw and use it almost daily. I think both of the stated prices appear quite reasonable.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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toolie

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#8 posted 01-02-2015 06:11 PM

just make sure its not a right tilt.

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

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Lynchee

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#9 posted 01-02-2015 06:17 PM

It is right tilt.

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NoThanks

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#10 posted 01-02-2015 06:19 PM


just make sure its not a right tilt.

- toolie


What’s wrong with a right tilt?
I’ve had both and they both have their place, but nothing wrong with it to me.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 07:44 PM

You will do just fine with a right tilt, there are fervent opponents to this, but the truth is that right tilt saws are used by thousands of folks on a daily basis, and they are just as safe as those with a left tilt (the main argument for the southpaw group is the safety aspect). Don’t be deterred one bit by a right tilt saw (from someone who currently owns one of each).

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

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Lynchee

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 07:51 PM

well, I bought it. The guy lives in a beautiful house, on the top of a mountain with 360 degree views and a beautiful garage, so I took him at his word that it was single phase. I didn’t bother to look at the tag on the side but the tag indicates three-phase. The saw was refurbished two years ago at a place in Vermont that specializes in unisaws, so I’m hoping it was changed to a single phase. I’ll have to check when I get home.

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Lynchee

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#13 posted 01-02-2015 08:30 PM

Phew….. it has a 3hp single phase motor.
That could’ve sucked

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 01-02-2015 09:36 PM

There is a rule aournd most of these forums that goes something like”No pics, didn’t happen”. That said, how about some details….and you get a congrats.

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

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Lynchee

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#15 posted 01-02-2015 09:45 PM

Tomorrow I will get if off the truck, in the shop, and wire uo some 220.

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