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    unisaw...new to dad

    well ever since i shut down my business my dad has been wanting to get back into doing more woodworking. he came across an add in the paper for a part time cabinet shop worker, just so happens he knows the guy who owns the shop. so he hired him to work 3 days a week, that has since turned into 5 days a week for now.

    on to the point, the owner had a unisaw as the main shop saw. well yesterday i get a call from dad that he needs me to help unload a saw at his house. "what saw?" he preceded to tell me that one of the workers tilted the saw to a 45 and it got jammed, the worker forced the saw and the gears got jammed up. sometime around this happening the saw quit working. so the owner took the PM66 he had stored on a shelf in the shop and hooked it up, so dad asks what he's gonna do with the saw and he says toss it in the dumpster, to which dad quickly replied, i got a dumpster in the back of my truck

    long story short the owners electrician told his it would be 2,000 to fix the gear and whatever was wrong with the electrical. well, by the time i got to dad's yesterday he was all excited saying he didn't think the transformer was blown like the electrician said, it looked like some wires broke. so he cut and restripped them, hooked up the plug, plugged her in and she made a sweet hummin sound.

    so it looks like dad got a 52" biesemeyer equipped unisaw for free. unless you count the plug he had to buy.

    this leads me to a questions, the saw says it's made in the USA, i am pretty sure you can tell the year it was made by the serial number right? anyone know for sure? the serial number begins in (89) and ends in (91), i figured it had to be one of those. i looked on the motor and it says marathon electric, any input on this brand of motors?

    thanks
    chris

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    Wow, congrats to your Dad, Chris! Both on the saw and the job he wanted.

    Marathon, IINM is a very good motor. Here is a little blurb about them. Others will chime in, I'm sure.

    http://www.mecomotors.com/motors/?subpage=marathon

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    WOW that's a deal for sure! He didn't even need to go into a dumpster to get it.
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    Chris,

    On this page serial numbers are listed for several Delta versions of the saw: http://wiki.owwm.com/Default.aspx?Pa...ookieSupport=1
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 03-24-2009 at 03:29 PM.



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    thanks for the info, i found it on that link frank provided. after 1982 the serial numbers changed to be the fiscal year 89, then a letter code for the month, then a number for that machine.

    so dad's newly acquired uni was made in 89.

    which brings me to my next question. does the made in usa really mean it was all made in usa, or was it just assembled here. just trying to figure out when they started the overseas stuff.

    thanks
    chris

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    You know, we always hear stories like this, but it is so nice to hear one that we know the guy that got the deal!

    I'm sure he will really enjoy that saw!
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    Dumpster diving with the diving - Great! I hope it brings him many hours of joy.
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    good fer him that was one sweet bonus!
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    Man, talk about the deal of the day. Congrats to your dad for being in the right place at the right time.
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    Sweet deal. The owner might want to look for another electrician though.

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