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Shadowrider

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02-03-2015 07:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw

Found a circa 1993 Delta Unisaw out of a school.

Cabinet is pretty much pristine.
Table has ZERO rust or staining but has fairly considerable scratching though it’s not deep. Just seems from normal use.
It has a 60” rail and unifence with extended table.
Only has one iron extension on the left side.
Blade guard and all hardware is there in decent condition.
3HP 1 phase motor runs great, arbor appears straight.
Blade tilt is good
Blade elevation is very tight in both directions but mostly going up (just seems sticky).
Inside of cabinet and trunnions appear clean and in good shape but it has been setting for awhile.

Seller is very negotiable, he is even willing to work with me on only buying the base saw and keeping the fence, rails, table extension, etc. I plan on moving the left side iron table wing to the right side and using an Incra TS-LS with a router table on the left anyway (the full meal deal, if you will).

Does $700 sound like too much for the base saw? I don’t mind a bit of elbow grease going through and cleaning the internals, planning on it anyway. It’s either this or a brand new Grizzly G1023RLX which will bump the price considerably by the time I add all the Incra stuff to it. What do the experts think?


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#1 posted 02-03-2015 08:01 PM

Last saw you should ever need.. I’d take it over an import any day. $700 is a very good price for a 3HP model, particularly one in the condition you describe.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 08:14 PM

That seems like a very good buy, I’d grab it while you can.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 09:55 PM

not bad. Not the best deal without a fence but it seems ok.

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 10:23 PM

I’m no expert, but in MY opinion I think you should be on your way to picking it up

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 11:36 PM

with fence yes, without 500 is what they go for on flea bay

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 11:59 PM

If you can swing it, I’d get the fence, rails, boards…the whole 9 yards…..Without them, you’ll have to get replacements…..Don’t know what a new fence, rails and extras would cost, but it will be more to replace with new ones…..Especially with the way prices are today…

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 12:16 AM

with fence yes, without 500 is what they go for on flea bay

LOL – I imagine that shipping a Unisaw might be a bit pricey.. and you generally can’t inspect it in person before forking out the bucks!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 12:44 AM

Yes he has the fence and everything else, but I’ll never use them as I’m going with the Incra system from the getgo. His listed price was $1200 which was too high but he was negotiable from the start. I think the stars aligned or something because he is fine with keeping the parts I don’t want and selling them individually. I go pick it up tomorrow and it’s only 2 miles from my house!

I’m pumped because I’m getting into this saw WITH a complete brand new Incra Combo package for the same money as the new Grizzly G1023RLX alone was going to cost me.

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#9 posted 02-04-2015 06:46 PM

Well it’s officially mine. Edit: Took me a bit to figure out image posting, but I got her done…

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#10 posted 02-04-2015 07:59 PM

OMG, don’t you dare leave the uni-fence behind. Get and learn how to use the fence. Best fence out there and the dummy’s quit making them. If you don’t want to use the fence stick it away. I think in the future you could sell it for nice a profit.

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#11 posted 02-05-2015 02:14 AM

Got it in the mobile base, the top off, vacuumed out and working on cleaning the crud out of the gear racks for the tilt and elevation. No issues underneath except for the cleaning and some lube. The elevation is 98% better but I’m not finished yet.

I put a dial indicator on the arbor and it had about .002 runout on the flange. No endplay, the bearings feel good and they were quiet yesterday when we fired it up. So I marked the high and low spot and spent about 30 minutes with a Norton fine India stone and now have it right at .001”. I’ll probably tinker with it a bit tomorrow to see if I can get another 1/2 thousandths out of it or so, but it’s light years ahead of the Craftsman contractor saw I just got rid of. The mineral spirits are working on the rest of the gunk and I gotta fire up the air compressor and get my electrician friend to answer his dang phone. I needs me some 220v! :D

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#12 posted 02-07-2015 04:35 AM

Been busy and have made a bit of progress. So I got the arbor stoned in pretty good, then I was looking at the arbor and admiring my work. Then those bearings started talking to me. They said “you know you’re really going to be cussing yourself when we go out right? It’s much harder to change us out with the top on, you know that right? You see that we are right here in the open and easy pickings right?”

I said “Oh alright! I’ll change you guys out”. So I went in and ordered some good Nachi Quest series bearings off of Amazon and got them in this afternoon. After about two trips to Harbor Freight I got a bearing separator kit that would work for the arbor bearing. Simple job, but extremely frustrating without the right tool. They are all installed with a fresh set of belts now. I put the dial indicator back on and now have .002 runout and guess where the low spot is. Right where I was stoning before I decided to change the bearings. Found a bit of misalignment in the belt pulleys and that’s rectified too. I’m away from home tomorrow so Sunday’s project is getting the stone back out and going to Lowes to make a temp extension cord to run to my unused dryer plug. Can’t wait to get thing switched on!

Next week the top will go on and I’ll get it cleaned up and lined up.

Next up comes the Incra TS-LS and router table, I’ll get that ordered Sunday.

Oh BTW, This stuff is just plain awesome for lubing the gear racks and ways. It dries to a hard wax and doesn’t attract dust. I got all the controls running like butter in a hot cast iron skillet with this stuff.

http://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/other-products/cleaners-and-protectants/heavy-duty-metal-protector/?code=AMHSC-EA

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 02-07-2015 12:14 PM

Sounds like you’re trucking right along. Good call on the bearings, while you had it all apart.

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#14 posted 02-07-2015 01:21 PM

Congrats! I was going to suggest you go for it, but you already did! Good alignment, good blades, enjoy!

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#15 posted 02-07-2015 03:27 PM

I’ve got a 93 unisaw and love it. Mine came with a little more than yours plus a router and was in stellar condition. Got the whole deal for $1050, so pretty comparable to yours. Good deal. There’s something to be said for getting a saw, setting it up, and getting to work now. Some people lolligag around looking for the best deal, but doing that wastes a lot of shop time. This was a good deal and gets you in the shop working. A win in my book.

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