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Forum topic by William Shelley posted 09-22-2017 07:05 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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William Shelley

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09-22-2017 07:05 PM

A friend of mine works at a large shop/factory that was getting rid of six Delta Unisaws, as they had replaced everything with SawStops in an attempt to curb employee injuries. I got one for $700, it has a new 3HP single-phase motor (less than 6 months old), 52” beisemeyer fence, and over-arm dust collection / blade guard setup. It’s unfortunately not the newest generation with both handwheels on the front, but it should be a huge step up from the Ridgid R4512 that I’ve had up to this point.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective


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#1 posted 09-22-2017 07:30 PM

Awesome. Welcome to the club. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 07:39 PM

I have exactly that saw and I love it. You should be pleased, great price.
The only thing that could improve it would be if it had a unifence ….. love my unifence!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 07:52 PM

Nice saw and good price. That sucker is as big as my shop.LOL

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#4 posted 09-22-2017 07:53 PM

You suck! (congrats! that is quite the deal)

Any idea why the motor needed replacing?

First thing I would do is to level the tables to each other and then do a complete squaring and setup.

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#5 posted 09-22-2017 07:53 PM

I didn’t realize they made the X5 in right tilt.

Nice score either way.

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William Shelley

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#6 posted 09-22-2017 07:56 PM



You suck! (congrats! that is quite the deal)

Any idea why the motor needed replacing?

First thing I would do is to level the tables to each other and then do a complete squaring and setup.

- splintergroup

Not sure about the history on the motor. Could have gotten sawdust in the centrifugal switch and they just swapped it out rather than repairing? Often times commercial shops are willing to trade $$$ for time on things like that. I should ask though…

It definitely needs to be gone through, also I will probably have to disassemble it to be able to get it out of my van without a forklift (they loaded it with a forklift). It tipped over in the van when my load straps failed and I don’t think anything was damaged but still needs a run-through.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#7 posted 09-22-2017 08:55 PM

I dream of having a saw like that, well done. How did you move the thing?

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#8 posted 09-22-2017 08:57 PM

Congrats…

I think you’ll like having a right tilt saw.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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William Shelley

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#9 posted 09-22-2017 09:05 PM



I dream of having a saw like that, well done. How did you move the thing?

- bobasaurus

I recently bought a big 14’ chevy P30 step van (think: FedEx / FritoLay / UPS delivery truck), it has a roll-up door in the back and the shop I bought it from lifted it with a forklift, and two other guys got in the van and the three of us drug it off the pallet. I haven’t gotten it out of the van yet… that’s going to be an adventure.


Congrats…

I think you ll like having a right tilt saw.

- Mainiac Matt

Honestly I don’t really know if it’ll make a lot of difference to my workflow. My Ridgid R4512 was a left-tilt but the fence has about 15” to the left of the blade so sometimes I’d move the fence to the other side for some cuts. For the projects I’ve worked on in the past, I haven’t done a lot of ripping at anything other than 90 degrees.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#10 posted 09-22-2017 09:12 PM

That’s a great price. I bid on one in an auction a few weeks ago. I gave up when it went to $1200… well I gave up long before that.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 09-22-2017 09:17 PM

Getting it out of the truck is dirt simple (and you have gravity helping you)... take off the fence and extension wings, put down a couple 2by’s as a ramp (2×8, 2×10, 2×12 – whatever you got) and it will slide right out. They are not all that heavy. After you have it on the ground, you can easily move it around with a handtruck or dolly. You can do it by yourself, but it helps to have a second pair of hands to keep it from tipping as you slide it down.

Cheers,
Brad

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William Shelley

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#12 posted 09-22-2017 09:21 PM



Getting it out of the truck is dirt simple (and you have gravity helping you)... take off the fence and extension wings, put down a couple 2by s as a ramp (2×8, 2×10, 2×12 – whatever you got) and it will slide right out. They are not all that heavy. After you have it on the ground, you can easily move it around with a handtruck or dolly. You can do it by yourself, but it helps to have a second pair of hands to keep it from tipping as you slide it down.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Yep, this thing is nowhere near as ridiculous and heavy as my Baileigh 16” jointer/planer, which was pushing 1200lbs including the pallet.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#13 posted 09-22-2017 09:42 PM

Nice looking saw

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#14 posted 09-22-2017 09:43 PM

Very nice

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#15 posted 09-22-2017 11:04 PM

That thar’s a keeper! Nice!
(I cut my teeth on one very much like that one.)

It will be worth whatever you need to invest to get it in top shape.
Congrats!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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