Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central North Carolina
There is a school inventory label on the saw (partly in picture). School saws were never run that hard, so likely there is very little wear on the saw. Back in the 1950's when I had wood shop class the shop teacher would not allow any kids to use the saw, except those few who took the cabinet making class, which required 2 years of previous wood shop classes to get into. There were only 8 of us in cabinet making, and the teacher allowed us to use the table saw, but only while he was standing there and watching every move. Before we could even touch the saw he had several safety classes on it's use too. For all of the other classes, the teacher used the saw and pre-cut the blanks for each student's projects. The 1.5 hp motor should do you just fine for home workshop use. I think the saw in my school's wood shop had the same motor. I think that saw may need new belts, and it definitely needs legs on that side extension table. Since the bearings in the arbor and motor are likely the originals, I would replace them too. With those upgrades, you will likely have a saw that one of your children will inherit. I think the price is a little high, but Unisaw prices vary widely from one area of the country to another. It's a very clean looking saw though, and likely kept that way though out it's life.
My Unisaw is a mid 1980's that was owned by a small cabinet shop for a short time, but then owned by another woodworker hobbyist, before I bought it from him. It is also the 52", but came with a Unifence. I replaced the bearings and the belts and cleaned up the cabinet right after I brought it home. It had no motor cover, so I bought one of the molded plastic ones. My saw has the 3 hp motor and I doubt that I have ever used more than 2 hp of it in the 12 years that I've owned it. It is the most repeatably accurate table saw that I have ever used. My #2 son will inherit my Unisaw as well as my other tools, since he is the only one of four who has any interest in hands-on work. I found and fixed up a Delta Contractor saw for him a few years ago. It should satisfy his needs until he inherits my Unisaw.