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  • how much is a delta unisaw worth?

    Have an opportunity to purchase a used Delta UniSaw. Its a '87 model I believe as the serial number starts with a 87. Its 3 phase but not sure on the HP. It's a little rough but seems solid, no cord so i can't try it.

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    Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?

    S/n: 87b00964 cat#: 34-806f

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      Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?



      Difficult to say.

      Does it have both wings? how about the fence, what shape is it in?

      Every reference I could find online says that model is 5hp 3ph.

      I found one (2007 model) that sold at auction recently for $455

      I'd say that's about tops for a complete saw in decent condition.
      Without being able to even bump the motor over though its a gamble.
      Do you have 3ph or are you planning on a phase converter? Don't forget to figure
      that into your overall cost, and use it as a bargining point to get the price down.

      Not sure how the numbering system worked on the old saws.
      Mine is a 2010, the model number is 36-L336
      The L is for Left tilt
      the 336 is for 3HP and 36" rip

      A 36-L552 would be a 5HP with 52" rip capacity.

      The 36 I think is the model series.
      Last edited by Bob D.; 11-29-2012, 07:54 PM.
      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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        Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?

        Try here to decode your serial number

        The Delta Vintage Project - Part One: Serial Numbers - VintageMachinery.org Knowledge Base (Wiki)


        You'll want to read this too.

        http://wiki.vintagemachinery.org/How...%20Unisaw.ashx
        Last edited by Bob D.; 11-29-2012, 08:02 PM.
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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          Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?

          FWIW, i just sold this single phase 3hp 1972 delta rockwell unisaw for $800:

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          there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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            Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?

            Thanks for that link Bob, and it was built in 1987 according to that link. Model number as you stated does indicate its a 5HP 3Ph saw. Guy said he wanted 600.00 for it. The throat plate is about had it, shaft seems to turn without any wobble. The BIESEMEYER fence is a little rough, but the rails look ok, probably could use a new fence and me ok.

            We dont really need it, but figured if the deal was good enough, why not. It does have both cast wings on it and a pretty rough right hand extention table. We already have a 5HP 3Ph Powermatic (gold body) LHT and a Delta Unisaw 5HP 1Ph RHT saw, so it might not be that useful, but again, its nice having different saws setup for different things. My thought was maybe use this one and build a sliding table top for it. Anyway, thanks for your help guys.

            Bob, although not the most effective way, we have a solid state phase converter on the Powermatic. Its been on there for over 20 years and still running strong. You cannot stop that saw and only one cap in the converter has failed in that time. An electrical engineer rebuilt it this last time and made a couple changes to it from the original configuration and I think that is the smoothest that saw has ever run. So, if I go this saw, I think we would probably do the same and build another one.

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              Re: how much is a delta unisaw worth?

              Well, for an 87 and since you don't have a problem with running a phase converter I'd say go for it.
              I don't see how you will lose money if a little later you decide not to keep it. Should be able to get
              your money back. Fence faces are easy to replace. If it's square and the rails are not damaged or bent that's the important thing.
              Some people like to drag their saws around by the rails thinking that big sq tube is strong enough to take it. But like any other rail
              that's not what they are meant to do.
              "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

              https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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