Two months ago I purchased a 5HP Delta Unisaw with 52" Unifence and
industrial grade magnetic switch at a local auction for a mere $500.
As the auction was crowded with various items, I had to struggle to
get close enough to the saw prior to the sale to perform a visual
inspection. I noticed that the saw cabinet paint was in great shape
and that the motor was 3 phase. I didn't expect that the motor would
be a problem as I expected that a replacement 3HP motor would cost
$250, but the saw would still be a good deal for $500. Soon after the
saw arrived at my house, I realized an unfortunate fact about the
Unisaw assembly process; a Unisaw loses 25% to 50% of its value from
the beginning of the assembly line when the first bolt is attached to
the end when the saw is prepared for shipping.
The saw apparently belonged to a school system. I started finding
that a couple items that were missing or broken:
* No power cord - OK, I should have expected that, as three phase
equipment must be hard wired
Matched belts - missing, ten feet of link belt should be more than
* Arbor nut - missing
Plastic handle on the elevation wheel - missing
* Tilt angle indicator arrow - missing
Arbor bearings were in rough shape - had to be replaced
* Bearing preload spring - missing
Arbor wrench - missing
* Arbor spanner nut - missing
Outer rim of a Woodworker II registered at least .012" to .015"
run-out at the rim.
* When fully lowered to the bottom-out point, a 10" saw blade
protruded 1/4" above the table surface.
* Plastic handle on the Unifence - broken
One of the two plastic knobs on the side of the Unifence - missing
* One of the two Unifence slide assemblies (nylon pads that push
against the front of the Unifence rail) - missing
One of the two Unifence nylon set screws that control alignment -
* Unifence cursor - missing
Special studs and nuts used to mount the Unifence rail to the saw -
* Adapter plate that mounts to the right of the Unisaw - missing (I
had to order this item 3 times from Delta before receiving a box that
was not empty)
3 angle brackets that mount to the adapter plate - missing
* Laminated table board for the Unifence - missing
Metal label on the Unifence - badly gouged
* Unifence's aluminum rip fence was badly gouged and was hit a couple
times by a spinning saw blade - replaced with a Uni-T-Fence with all
Electricals in the magnetic switch were designed for 3 phase
operation - had to be converted to single phase
* 3HP Baldor motor - to replace the original 3 phase
220 volt plug and outlet
After replacing or repairing all of the above, I might be able to turn
the saw on for the first time tomorrow. Anyone want to take a guess
how much this Unisaw cost? Keep in mind, a Unisaw loses 25% to 50% of
its value from one end of the assembly line when the first bolt is
attached to the other when the saw is prepared for shipping.
At what point does a $500 Unisaw no longer qualify as a bargain?