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Salvagable or not?

Found this old Unisaw. Think it can be saved?



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post #2 of 16 Old 03-06-2009, 09:40 PM
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Thats nasty but I'm sure it can be brought back to life . I'd tear it all down ,maybe sand blast the cabinet and repaint . The table top is the real concern and probably the deciding factor .

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No way! It's hopeless. I'll just pick it up to get it off your hands.... send address, quick!
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That looks like a old Delta My wifes uncle has one that he got from his father. It's like 40-50 years old. It looks just like that one Well what I can see in the Pictures. The motor is a 3/4 hp. (Yeah that big motor ). Anyway his looked like that after Hurricane Katrina he cleaned it up, replaced all the bearings and belts rebuilt the motor and I think it works fine. If it is the same type it would be worth it for sure. They made things to last for sure back then.

Of course its a Delta, I din't see that how I'm not sure.

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YES it can be revived. And it will be a solid and stable saw to use. It may not have all the new fancy gadget's that come on the new models but who need that junk. While you are in the getting mode, go ahead and buy the tool on the right side of the saw in the first pic. Not sure what it is, but it's old and you need it to.

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I am impressed. And I was setting you guys up, but I can see now that this forum is above the caliber of .... well... a couple of other forums I read.

Yes that saw was totally restorable and was restored a couple of years ago. Hard to believe it ever looked like that.



BobbyfromHouston asked about it in the OSS thread. It was in the background of one of the photos. it's a 1946 Unisaw with a 1hp motor. It was a mess when I got it but it was mostly cosmetic. I have been using it regular and I love this saw. Even my FIL who always finds flaws with everything you do loves this saw.

BTW it is really a Delta gray. The flash on my camera makes it look blue, but it a traditional Delta Gray.
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Ha! I thought the original pic looked familiar! I remember the post from a while back...still an amazing feat that gives hope for other nasty looking old relics.
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I just sold one just like it...1HP...It pollished up real nice...all original. I had to shift the top a bit...but it was one smooth running saw!! Rick

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I'll be honest, I read from the newest post up... So I saw the result before the starting point...

BUT.

Having plenty of experience with automobile restoration, and seeing how well made the Unisaw is, actually almost all of that old iron is... I would have said absolutely yes. BUT... It will take an enormous amount of EFFORT. That effort would be greatly rewarded in the long run though.

I am surprised those old saws were rated at a paltry 3/4 and 1 HP... I guess they had stronger horses back then...

Now that we have seen the before and after shots. How about the photos of the process?

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Kudzu You are a sneaky one for sure. But as a collector of old tools, I know a good tool when I see one. And there's something about a guy that will revive an old tool that I like. I say 2 thumbs up for Kudzu.

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Nice work on an old machine.

Was the restoration just cosmetic, or did you go through the motor / wiring / mechanicals as well?

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You did a great job Kudzu. You cant beat red oxid primmer.

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Did you have the table ground? I couldn't tell if it was pitted. I have bought many of my tools at yard sales and auctions. They are not always pretty, but the price is right. Nice job
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Looks familiar. I thought I had seen this before. An incredible job. I would love to find one and rebuild it like that. Great and outstanding job Bobby
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