<< I have a home shop and am I'm in the market for a new cabinet saw. I've
narrowed down the choices to a Delta Unisaw. There are a few models I have
in mind, but I'm having trouble deciding on what horsepower to get. I'm
sure I only need 3 HP for my needs, but I can't help noticing that for only
about $200 more, I can get a 5 HP >><BR><BR>
I had a 3 hp Unisaw for 12 years (I've just sold it because the Felder is
coming--end of gloat). I used the 3 hp for ebony, rosewood, 8/4 white oak,
maple, ash, you name it. I now someone who has the 5 hp, and he has yet to give
me a reason, unless you are going to 3 phase, whhic I doubt.
When I got the saw, it came assembled, and dead accurate. Now a buddy got one
this year, and he had to assemble it himself, and a number of things were
misaligned. So by all means, go with the 3 hp. BUT
I chose the Unisaw over the Powermatic 66, figuring there would be more widgets
I could buy that would fit a Unisaw but not a 66. Turned out not to be true,
and the 66is a better saw. Heavier, better castings, much better top.
My ideal saw for that type of unit is a 66, but with the Unifence (which I
likemore than the Biesmeyer), plus a Biesmeyer overarm guard.