Having a hard time finding info on this Unisaw - is it good?

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Forum topic by mcg1990 posted 01-07-2015 01:22 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2015 01:22 AM

I had another thread but it was fairly generic, so I’ll ask this question here..

I’m in the market for a table saw, with a budget of $800. 99% of it’s use will be ripping oak boards I’m reclaiming from a gargantuan 100yr old barn. These are between 1.5” and 3.5” x 10” – 12”. Heavy duty stuff.

Also, my shop is only small – 13” x 22”, so I don’t have the space for a wide fence.

So I know that a contractor saw is unlikely to have the power I need, yet it seems to be all CL has to offer, apart from a few…

This Delta Unisaw is in my sights as the most likely candidate, but I can’t find much in the way of reviews. I had the owner send me these extra pics:

I hear that the fence is less than great, and the method by which I must attach a riving knife is also not perfect, but seeing as I’m not in the business of building fine cabinetry it might do just fine.

The owner is asking $1000, which from what I’ve seen online is very high. What’s a fair price for a saw like this, providing it works?

Basically – I know nothing about this saw.. or any saw to be precise. Any information or advice you could give me would be appreciated.

Thanks all

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 02:00 AM

Yeah, I’m thinking you can do better for a grand. That saw looks a little unloved and neglected. I picked up a Delta X5 with a Biesmeyer fence and ShopFox sawdust vacumn for a Grand. Keep looking and bide your tim. Do some research and the right one will jump up for you. Mine was to good of a deal to pass up and it was 10 blocks from my house. I really wanted a Powermatic 66. Hnag in there.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 02:36 AM

A lot of old Unisaw’s are right tilt. If you do bevel cuts often, that can be a royal hassle. There are some left-tilt versions but you need to check.

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 02:56 AM

A Unisaw is a Unisaw.. pretty much the same for decades until very recently when they moved some controls. The various model numbers just indicate what accessories, fence, motor, etc.. were included with the saw. The guts are still a Unisaw on all of them. That one appears to be a pretty standard 1.5HP Uni built in July of 1987. Can’t really tell by the pictures if it’s worth a grand or not.. but for that price, it better be in pretty good shape and include mucho extras.


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#4 posted 01-07-2015 02:57 AM

May be a bit high on the price. Don’t think 8-900$ is horrible with the rolling base and the folding outfeed rollers.

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 08:57 AM

The rolling base and the outfeed rollers are good. The fence is awful. You should not only get a new (T-square) fence, but the rails to fit it. I speak from experience about the fence.

Most Unisaws came with a 3 hp motor. 1.5 hp. puts it almost in the hybrid saw range, which is acceptable if you only have 110 power.

Beveling on a right tilt saw simply requires cutting on the right side of the fence rather than the left. Not really an issue, in my experience.

The price is way too high. Around here (N.W. Washington state), I would give no more than $500—maybe six if it was in really nice, clean condition, which it does not appear to be. The miter gauge is the usual inadequate original equipment.

That saw does not have a riving knife, a significant safety feature. It will take a BORK (bolt on riving knife), however. See Knottscott’s review of the BORK (and others). On the insert plate it can be seen that it came with a splitter and blade guard. Most people throw these away, as they are a nuisance.

All that being said, the Unisaw is a truly great TS. I just think you could do better, especially if you have 220 power.

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 12:23 PM

As I read the intended use of the saw, I’d pass on this particular one. That’s not a statement about value/price/whatever, but more about ripping that much oak with the smaller motor. I’d really shoot for a 3 HP saw for that kind of use.

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:32 PM

Yeah, I suspected I need 3hp. There was a nice 3hp Grizzly on CL for $700 with a great fence but a) I needed to get the price down a bit (as per advice on another thread here) and b) he just told me someone is supposedly on their way to get it, so I was too late.

Well, any other ideas/places to look? I’ve exhausted CL/eBay and time is running out to get one to be able to complete a project I have coming up. I wish I had $1500 in my pocket but that’s just not going to happen.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 03:41 PM

I don’t know how far you’re willing to travel, but get Search Tempest and search CL for a certain distance. I’m in the middle of no where and found quit a few within maybe 100 miles or so.

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