I'm in the process of gathering information about a unisaw for my small
shop. I am looking for a 3hp left tilt unisaw with 2 cast iron wings and a
Biesmeyer fence. I don't want any extension table however due to the space
limitations of my basement shop. I've looked all over but can't find this
combination of features. Can you tell me if this setup exists who might
It doesn't seem to be a package they sell today (I know, I looked). On
the other hand, there's nothing to prevent you from not installing the
extension table and cutting the fence rails down to whatever size you
want. Or cutting the extension table down to something less than it's
I'm not sure how the mobile base would work, though. The lift mechanism
is in the part of the assembly that goes under the extension table. If
you wanted a mobile base without the extension table, you might have to
go with a third-party one.
The Delta mobile base I recently purchased has mounting holes for the lift
mechanism on the saw part of the base and on the table part of the base. In
fact, it came with two different levers... one with a long extension arm and
the other just a foot lever.
I doubt this exists - you probably have to get it with at least a 30" rip
capacity. The extension wing + saw table is about 40" wide anyway, so this
only adds 10" to the width. I think you'll appreciate having greater than ~
20" rip capacity, as well. I have the 50" Biesemeyer Unisaw in a pretty
tight shop area, and I feel the capacity more than makes up for the space
hindrance. If you can fit it, even tightly, it should be worth it. I am in
a garage, though, so I can open the door and make use of the entire saw
capacity when needed.
|I'm in the process of gathering information about a unisaw for my small
|shop. I am looking for a 3hp left tilt unisaw with 2 cast iron wings and a
|Biesmeyer fence. I don't want any extension table however due to the space
|limitations of my basement shop. I've looked all over but can't find this
|combination of features. Can you tell me if this setup exists who might
I'm going through what you're going through. It seems that most of
the manufacturers have decided that everyone needs a huge table and a
50" fence. (and now they've added routers and router cabinets....)
Unless I'm missin' sumpthin (always a good possibility but if I am,
several people will let me know in short order) in my situation I fail
to see the need for anything more than 30" rip capability. I want to
do some cabinets where I will be using sheet goods, but nothing is
over 22"-24" deep so if I can handle that what more do I need.
Without an expanse of in-feed and out-feed tables (ain't gonna happen
in my workspace) I'm not about to try and slice up 4 x 8 sheets; I use
a straight edge and a circular saw for that.
The Grizzly G1023SL has two iron wings, 26" rip capacity and what I
believe is a Beismeyer clone fence.
For only twice the money the Powermatic PM-66 P/N 660802 comes with
one iron extension and one made of cardboard...I mean "a laminated
Other than those, General, Jet and Delta all seem to have forgone the
Good luck with the hunt.
I think part of it is that it just doesn't save any significant
manufacturing cost to build a 30" fence. Everything is the same except
for the length of the rail extrusion and the piece of particleboard they
give you for an extension table. The small amount you save in materials
on those two items is probably lost in the extra overhead of stocking
two different items.
Have you guys actually talked to a DEALER, or simply browsed online?
I'll bet you can get all of the above with a 30-31" fence if it's
ordered in. I've heard rumors that some saws can be purchased with no
fence at all, but the option is not normally stocked, especially by
Personally, I went with a 52" fence because it gives me 20 something
inches of area to put my clipboard, jig clamps, etc... down, and still
have 30" of rip capacity. <G> The saw, long table, and matching
outfeed make for a nice, big assembly area, as well.
Even if you get a short fence, an extension table an outfeed that
match the saw can be used for assembly.
You can order a Unisaw in almost "any" configuration.
You want a "base" Unisaw with a 30" fence.
The 30" fence is the shortest fence available unless you
cut it off.
On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 20:57:39 GMT, Pat Barber
|You can order a Unisaw in almost "any" configuration.
|You want a "base" Unisaw with a 30" fence.
|The 30" fence is the shortest fence available unless you
|cut it off.
Thanks. I have their paper catalog right here and don't know how I
missed that one. Just lookin' at the pictures I guess.
FWIW, where you to buy from a local tool dealer, you should be able to
specifiy the setup you want. Back when I bought a Unisaw I originally wanted
a 36" fence and was told "No problem, we'll make it however long you want,
to up max length".
Online, you are likely stuck with standard configurations.
I too looked and looked, called Delta and several suppliers, and found you
can't order a Unisaw except in a package and none had a right side cast iron
I had to buy the regular Unisaw plus a right side cast iron wing. Then I
had to cut down the extension table so the wing would fit. Extra work,
extra expense, but I wanted both wings made of cast iron.
Could you explain WHY you had to cut down the extension table?? Just
let the extension table hang out the extra 13 inches or so unless you
are just so cramped for space that it was not possible
On Thu, 29 Jan 2004 02:09:07 GMT, "Preston Andreas"
Call Redmond Machinery in Atlanta. 1-800-428-9898 They shipped me a
factory reconditioned Unisaw with two cast iron wings, no extra table,
and a 30" Bies Fence. Cheap too, and I can't tell it's not brand new.
The fence IS brand new.
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