It’s sad to reach the end, but we learn to accept it. And that’s where we are in the Delta Unisaw Rebuild videos.
Episode six (click here) has more than a couple tidbits of information to absorb. In this segment, Popular Woodworking Magazine Publisher Steve Shanesy walks through a simple comparison of the 1944 vintage saw and the 21st-century Delta Unisaw. The differences are huge from the standpoint of safety and convenience to operate.
He talks about how the blades raise and lower, about the differences in table size (does size matter?) then he wraps up with a comparison of the fence setup found on the vintage saw and the newest version of a Biesemeyer found on today’s Unisaw.
Then Mr. Shanesy does something that many old-woodworking-machine owners might find upsetting , off goes the old fence and on goes a new Biesemeyer. In the end, not only does the World-War II era table saw have a rebuilt interior and reworked motor, it has a new fence system and is ready for use in any modern-day shop.
Take a look at the video, then take a minute to be part of our survey. We want to know if the vintage fence system should have been left on the saw, or should the table saw have been fitted with the newest Biesemeyer design. But before you answer, take a minute to think. Are you making your choice based on the machine’s appearance? What role does usability in the shop play? Or are you thinking something entirely different.
By all means, leave a comment and let us know what you think.
To watch the previous episode (and link to the earlier segments) click here.