I've been looking for a Uni for awhile now and one has popped up that sounds
really good. I'm going to look at it Saturday. It sounds like its a great
saw, except the price is quite a bit lower than what I was expecting to hear.
The guy wants 375 and according to a mutual friend who has seen it (but doesn't
really know saws) it doesn't look trashed. Motor and bearingds supposedly work
fine. It sounds like its an older model which is actually what I wanted. I
thought I knew a little about Uni's, but am I missing something? Is there a
model year or something I should avoid?
PS- No, you can't see it before me for informative purposes!!
On 08 Jan 2004 02:39:19 GMT, email@example.com (GBsCards) wrote:
You mean like AMF Harleys?
Two things that I know of that will drive the price down are 3 phase
motors and the saw not actually being a Unisaw.
Delta made (makes?) a tilting arbor cabinet saw that Keith calls a
"Unisaw Lite" which I understand is basically a contractor saw's guts
in a cabinet. It was (is?) considerably less beefy and sold (sells?)
for considerably less than a true Unisaw.
The aforementioned Keith will be able to answer the Harley/AMF
question in the context of Unisaws or direct you to a place that can.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
As an aside, I have seen Unisaws sell for in the two hunnert
and less range. They've usually needed a new fence ($300)
and at times a new motor ($300) and in the end they end up
costing about what you'd expect to pay for a good used one.
In fact, after spending the money, they are a good used one.
Even if they don't, at that price you can always tell your
Mom that you are buying on the installment plan.
Typically anything built by Rockwell International is
considered dicey. You'll know these because they will have
the RI Peace Sign logo and the plinth (the base/part that
sits on the ground) will be sheet metal. These will have
been made anywhere between 1974ish and 1984. After 1984
you're into the Penthair era and on your own. I try and not
pay attention to the newer machines.
Anyway, it's way too early for me to be telling you
everything I know so ping me on the back channel and I'll
point you to a resource or three that should get you up to
snuff in a short period of time.
But you will be sending a picture when you get it, OK?
The only other Unisaws I've ever run are the machines at
work and they are horse anna half three phase so I really
can't answer this.
Oh! I do know one plus on the new machines. The blow
molded motor covers can be used to divert rain water from
your down spout. Can't do that with my cast iron goose egg
On Fri, 09 Jan 2004 09:13:50 -0800, Slowhand wrote:
There is not quite as much difference as one would think. The older
motors (I believe rated at 1 1/2 horse) are 1725 RPM motors, the newer
ones are 3450. I am not sure how the blade speed is affected but I know
in our school shop (ages ago) we ripped all the 2x12's from the football
field bleachers down to 2x4's for projects and did not have any problem
with the old unisaw. It sure did not bog down much but would occasionally
kick a breaker off (no magnetic start).
I currently have an older unisaw that I put a 3 horse motor on. It is not
too hard if you are good with a welder to fabricate a mount that changes
the unisaw pin mount to a universal plate mount. It makes it easier and
cheaper to find motors. I also had to change the pulley to accomodate the
change in motor RPM.
Nope. He was referring to the one horse. If memory serves
me the two horse was only available for a short period of
time. I'm thinking in the middle/late 60's. I'd have to
dig to find out which I won't.
What's wrong with leaving well enough alone? My 3/4 horse
is suiting me just fine. But then again, it's
Now this sounds interesting. Is there a particular vintage
of water I should be looking for? Is the water from one
region more highly sought after than another region? I have
some water and I was wondering what it was worth? I can
supply pictures of the water upon request.
Thanks in advance.
Please provide them if you would - I would be interested in puchashing but
would need specific information as to location and details of capture as
this helps determine value. Please don't forget shipping logistics.
On Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:39:19 +0000, GBsCards wrote:
I bet there are many more bad woodworkers than Unisaws. I have a Unisaw.
It is sweet.
If you can pick one up at a fair price, go for it. If it needs some
tweaking or minor repair, you will still end up with a very good saw.
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