Is there an elephant graveyard of Unisaws?? Have they been discovered
by those outside of our country, similar to muscle cars and old hotrods,
to be packed into shipping containers and shipped overseas?? Are they
just slowly forgotten and end up as a shelf, supporting boxes of
christmas decorations in the dark corner of a garage. Does the high
school wood shop send them to the auto shop for a forgotten repair,
where they then end up pieces in a box to be dumped while beautifying
the school? Since it's creation in the late thirties, the Unisaw has
been a top contender. Where have all these old beasts gone?? For years
and years, hundreds and hundreds of Unisaws have been made. Where are
all these old soldiers? They can't all be land fill. They can't all be
in service. If they were, owwm.com would have more than just the
handful of photos they tease me with. My local paper is of no help.
For a moment I thought I had found one but the seller was describing a
saw that was not in front of him. All other calls return "Well, it has
four legs." So where do all the old dead table saws go??
(Pronounced "Ohm" and chanted while sitting in the lotus position in
the contemplation of rare and dirty paper.)
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret)
Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet
I have started my own graveyard in my basement...no room in the shop or
workshop & too valuable for parts to toss out until well stripped...two
Delta contractor saws on stands...two Makita benchtop saws with sliding
tables...three Makita saws without sliding tables...half a dozen lightweight
imported junk saws etc etc.
I try to make the customers take the whole saw if they want parts from it
for the price of the parts or I would still have twice as many.....some
will, some won't.
I'll have to sit them in the driveway on a nice sunny weekend.....no
reasonable offers refused type of thing.....anything left on Monday morning,
in the truck to the dump.
Owwm mahni padme owwm......innit?
One, complete with repulsion/induction motor, is still regularly and soundly
abused by students at our HS daily.
OTOH, I know one which has stood in the center of a 40x60 tin shed full of
junk - unused - for almost 20 years. I've tried to buy it twice....
This is a troll, right? Let me get this straight, you want to know where
all the dead Unisaws go. I don't own a uni, but I've read this NG for years
and have learned that Unisaws NEVER die. Good try, but come up with a more
plausible question Mark...
Larry C in Auburn, WA
"Mark and Kim Smith" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
No troll. I'm looking for suggestions besides the usual classified
hunt. Old Uni's never die but, unfortunately, their owners do. Looking
at local "used machinery" businesses, I can find anything I want that
will turn a chunk of metal into a useful product but not a piece of
wood. On the left coast here, old ww machines seem to be a rarity.
Anything eBay produces is usually expensive plus a bundle to ship (
don't fool yourself, eBay is not buyer friendly.) I don't mind the
hunt, the question is where to hunt.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm an ol' balloon tire bike nut.
In that hobby, everyone knows that the bulk of prewar / postwar
ballooners come out of the mid west. On a regular basis, a rarity will
be plucked from a barn and put on the market. Those bikes just don't
come out of California ( although they usually end up here. ) Can the
same be said for old ww machines? I remember high school had 5 or 6 of
these machines in shop ( specialized technical school, lots of machines!
) After all the teachers and students that have come and gone, these
machines are still maintained and in use?!? They were old when I was
using them 25 years ago!
So where to look? Auctions? Bug the local schools for their surplus?
What seems to be successful? Do specialty shops exist that deal owwm
only? Again, I don't mind the hunt. I'm just looking for leads on
where to hunt!
You can take a peek at the machinery exchange on woodweb:
Perusing that link, you'll find some outfits which deal in used machinery
(some of it older). In my very limited experience, the great
buys/gloats you see on the wreck are not found at such outlets, but
at auctions, estate sales, garage sales, etc...
Jeff Thunder, proud owner of Roger Cliffe's "old" shaper
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
You need to hang out at http://www.owwm.com/ for a month or
two... There are usually several saws that show up either for
sale or auction...
Getting a "clean" and "cheap" Unisaw are damn near impossible.
There will be the "odd" deal from time to time but the good
old web has driven up the prices of old iron by a good bit.
Here is place to "start":
BUT these dealers are NOT fools... they know the prices quite
Your best bet is a "fixer upper" and some sweat equity but
you should know that a "fixed up" saw will run close to
$1,000 for a total overhaul...
Old school auction table saw(Unisaw) with no fence and 3 phase motor.
The above saw probably has a fence(Jet Lock) and fairly clean.
Average selling price $500 - $900
New Marathon single phase 3hp motor $380
New 50" Biesemeyer Commercial Fence $360
New mobile base $100
New paint job $ 50
New set of belts $ 50
New set of bearing $ 50
Do you SEE what I mean ????
You get lucky and find a "killer" deal for $850
on a saw that's 30 years old and the guy took care
Here is "my" "fixer upper":
It cost me $165 at a school auction...
BUT it's single phase and ran like a race horse when I got it home.
I added the fence and the mobile base and paint job.
It "ain't no Unisaw" but a 1966 12"-14" Tilting Arbor table saw.
It cost "around" $2,000 brand new in 1966.
What do you think it's worth now ????
Mark and Kim Smith wrote:
Awesome!! Nice find!! Where's a good place to find info on school
auctions? How much of a hit and miss is the usual "general" auctions
where they have cars, bikes, jewelery, etc? In other words, is there a
decent ratio of machinery at these general auctions? ( If you have
experience with those.)
That's exactly where I'm headed. A restoration. Which would not be
beyond my capabilities. I already plan on the elbow grease, fence, and
motor. The rest is easier to come by ( for me, anyway.) As with any
"collecting", I would love to find the "used only once, get it out of
here for $10" deal. But I'm also aware that it just might not happen in
my lifetime. I'm okay with that. I'm prepared to spend for the good
foundation that can be brought back to life!
Whoa! The next time you need an OWWM tuned up and
painted just let me know. That's good money for a
couple days' work.
Of course, I could get a motor for $70, the base
for $50, paint for $10, belts for $25 (linkbelt),
and bearings for $20. I guess I'm a better shopper
than you and could probably find lower-pricing for
the fence, too.
Life is short. Eat dessert first!
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On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 14:04:47 -0500, "Norman D. Crow"
Let's see, I think she'd approve. She's smilin'.
Original cost $90 (he wanted $100, I offered $80)
Paint - $6.85 (alkyd machinery paint, D&W color)
2 saw blades - $4.99ea (HFT 40t carbide, I drilled to 5/8 arbor)
220v twistlock socket & plug - $20
crosscut sled - $4.50 (1/4 sheet BB ply)
outfeed table - $6 (1/3 sheet BB ply)
Total so far: $137.33
I cleaned her up but (didn't strip her) and painted
her, lubed the metal casters, greased her trunnion,
put the new blade on, and had at her. She really liked
having a blade--one with _all_ the teeth on it. If you
recall, the one I took off had 5 missing and 9 chipped.
I also took the time to cut and paint some 1/4" ply
to enclose her for dust collection when I got the
Griz G1029, so now she's air-conditioned. I'm glad I
did. She still spits a bit off the top, but 93% of
the dust is handled.I suppose I could add a smaller
hose on top. Maybe this summer. I need to get some
of those 0.3u bags, though. (Do I install one fine top
bag and put a plastic sack in the bottom 30u bag? Who
has done the superfine upgrade?)
She still has the built-in vibrator (she won't even pass
the prone-nickel test as she comes up to speed). I
haven't spent the time to determine if it's a bent
motor shaft (99% probability) or bent pulley (what a
totally weirdass job THAT is--the motor stays put as
the trunnion moves with the belt angling up more space
on the 5" wide pulley face.) Since I cut @ 90° 95% of
the time, it doesn't make too much difference. Ditto
the broken hand-gear to make said angle adjustments.
I'll find some pics and put them online somewhere soon.
Thanks for asking, Nahmie. She appreciates it. ;)
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Sorry Mark, I know you aren't a troll, I was just trying a feeble
attempt at a good natured poke of fun at Unisaw owners. I wish I could
answer your question. I've probably been to 200 auctions in the last 10
years and I don't think I've ever seen a Unisaw available. I've run
across many Crapsmans though. Maybe the answer is they really don't
fall apart and they get passed down from father to a son. With most
families having 2-3 kids it might actually be feasible that dad's
beloved saw would pass to one of the kids.
Larry C in Auburn WA
Were those next to all those B29's at China Lake?? I bet you if Tony
Mazzoli let's use look inside Doc at Witchita, we'll find them!!
http://b-29.boeing.com Time to fire up the Terraserver and the GPS to
If you're in St. Louis, I know a guy who knows a guy who has a
Powermatic 65 or 66 (he's not sure which). 1 HP motor, table needs
some work and no fence. I think it was 3 or 4 hunnert.
They're out there - you just need to keep your eyes open.
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