Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I'm not a fan of the Unifence. So when looking at the first one and realizing that it is a three phase motor.... Three phase means that the saw probably came from a commercial shop and is well used. If the saw has been well maintained, that's not a problem.
The first saw is a right tilt saw which is a big plus for me.
Assume about $500 for a new single phase motor and you're ready to go. (Even if the saw has a magnetic switch the phases do not matter.)
The second saw has the 36" fence system but it is a Biesemeyer fence. IMHO, much better than the Unifence.
Unfortunately the second saw is a left tilt saw.
The bottom line is:
If you have three phase in your shop, the first saw is by far the better deal.
My UniSaw is almost the same as the second saw except right tilting and has the commercial (a.k.a. 50") Biesemeyer fence. My saw is was purchased in 2006 or 2007. I paid about $1800 delivered and the saw "package" included a PC Belt sander and a PC 690 router.
IMHO the second saw is prices at about what it cost five years ago. I would expect that saw to be in the $900 range, tops.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.