I have a 1945 Unisaw for sale in Milwaukee. It has a 1 HP, 1 PH
bullet style motor that runs like new. Jetlock fence, original switch
plate. Internals are in great shape, the cabinet would need some work
if you want it to look pretty. Email me at wowbagger9 at yahoo dot
com if you would like pictures. Local pickup only. Asking $750.00.
Because that saw is every bit as good as one that costs $1500 or more
today, and those old 1HP motors are more like today's 2HP, or so I'm
told. Even if you bought a Baldor replacement, you'd have as good or
better saw for a little over a grand. Still less than new, by a third.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Basically my response would be the same as above. This saw will
outlast you and your kids if taken care of properly. The mass of the
unisaw provides a more stable saw, with little to no vibration (mine
will actually pass the "dime test" much less the "nickel test").
These older repulsion-induction motors, while rated for less
horsepower than the newer motors, deliver a greater amount of torque
and provide at least the same amount of cutting power as the new
motors. The design of the unisaw has not changed in 65 years, except
perhaps that the older ones are actually beefier in terms of their
internal components, and the base is cast iron, not sheet metal like
on the newer ones. Also, down the road if you want to sell it, you
could get your money back. As soon as you walk out the door with a
new contrators saw, the resale cost would be a lot less than what you
paid for it...
Not really George. Just find a reputable motor shop - they love working
on the old R/I motors, and they have no problem locating brushes.
Besides, you only need to replace them once every 5-10 years, unless
you're using the saw 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Resto Rick, proud owner of an old Unisaur...
Last set for our shop had to come _from_ Milwaukee. Guess that's one of the
problems of living where there are more trees than people. We have two
motor shops, but they had to get out of their normal ordering catalogs to
We've got four RIs in various tools, from cabinet saw to jointer.
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