As you’re probably already aware, Delta completely redesigned the Unisaw two years ago with many new features. Up top, the saw has a two-piece split guard that offers a clear, open line of sight to the blade and pops off with a flip lever. A single riving knife supports it, and it’s simple to shift the knife to high or low positions or remove it for dadoing, thanks to a pull lever under the front fence rail. A versatile design.
Other controls are also user-friendly: the two blade tilt and elevation wheels are positioned in front where they’re easy to reach, and the dial-style bevel tilt scale is both enclosed and accurate to within one-quarter degree.
Delta’s new, beefy one-piece trunnion — the biggest of the test group — and American-made Marathon motor form a solid, low-vibration power platform. And, the Unisaw has updated dust collection provisions: a shroud below the blade is coupled to a hose that directs dust out the back of the cabinet. Plus, the dust port adapter cover on the cabinet has openings on the bottom to catch debris that escapes the shroud. I only removed one handful of dust after my cutting test.
You also get more table area in front of the blade with this machine — 15-1⁄4″ when the blade is raised to 1″. It’s very helpful for wider crosscutting.
Other tempting features of this saw include a storage drawer with full-extension slides, a precision miter gauge that has nine adjustable detents and a true Biesemeyer rip fence with a fine, easy-toread cursor.
At $3,299 in 2010, a saw should be feature-rich and heavy-duty. While the Unisaw costs a bundle, I still think it delivers admirably on both accounts.