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Forum topic by Eastelite posted 01-29-2016 07:55 PM 1090 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eastelite

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01-29-2016 07:55 PM

Hello all! I found a good looking Delta 34-441 with a 52” unisaw fence on sale on craigslist for $300. I really like the way the saw looks and it runs decently also and of course its a great saw. However, after searching for main parts online that could be needed in the future, I see that pretty much everything besides nuts and bolts has been discontinued and nobody carries them. IE. arbor shafts, cast Iron wings, Dado insert, pulleys etc.

Is it worth passing up on this saw for that price and just getting a ridged 4512 or should I still consider it.

I know this has been discussed in a few different places. However, my decision is based on availability of parts and maintainability of the delta saw. I know they are both quality machines


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TheWoodRaccoon

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 08:16 PM

For $300? No question, get the Unisaw, if it has all the parts. I’m not so knowledgable on wether or no it would be worth it to get it if you would need parts…others on the forum would know that. You said you “may need in the future”...do you mean that it doesnt have the wings or shafts?

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 08:18 PM

It has been discussed to death, buy the Delta and own a quality saw, or gamble on the Ridgid and own a mediocre saw or defective saw.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 08:41 PM

The Delta is a contractor saw with very similar basic capabilities as the Ridgid. The Unifence, however, is a big step up from the stock fence on the 4512.

Most of the parts you mention are pretty easy to come by, even if not from Delta. Pulleys and shafts are standard fare for a repair shop that deals with electric motors. There are new cast iron wings that will work from a couple places and used ones can be found frequently. Dado insert is easy to make or there are aftermarket companies that would have one to fit. Other parts are out there on the used market, as well. The reality is that you probably won’t need to worry about them, but they are out there if something happens.

For the savings over new and the better fence, personally, I’d go with the Delta. The only real advantages to the Ridgid are the riving knife (vs a splitter on the Delta) and warranty. Only you can decide how important those are to you.

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 09:00 PM

You will be passing up a great deal on the Delta if you don’t get it. That saw was my first table saw and had the Unifence. While it’s true that parts aren’t available for it anymore, that’s less of a problem than you might think. That fence alone might be worth $200. One other thing, some of those are the saws that had derated motors, if you looks at the motor plate (OEM motor) it might show 1.5 HP at 120V, and 2 HP at 240V. It’s actually a 2 HP motor that Delta derated at 120V to meet UL requirements.

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 09:19 PM

Jay speaks the truth. That model of Delta is compatible with any Unisaw CI wings, fwiw. There are no shortage of them.

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 09:33 PM

Be sure to post pictures when you get it.

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#7 posted 01-29-2016 10:28 PM

Wow i never expected a 100% wash decision for the delta. I was leaning towards the ridgid but jeez im so proud now of this find that im gettting the delta! Pictures to come! Thanks guys!

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#8 posted 01-29-2016 11:46 PM

I hope that in the time it took you to get these responses and make a decision… that nobody scooped it out from under you!

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Eastelite

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#9 posted 01-30-2016 12:41 AM

Haha right! No i have been in conversation with the guy on cl… Im suppose to go inspect it and pick it up tomorrow afternoon… Maybe some pics will help you guys convince me even more? ... And yes the tennoning jig is included

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 01-30-2016 12:35 PM

You also get the mobile base?

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Eastelite

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#11 posted 01-30-2016 02:13 PM

Fred,
Yes! Is that the de-rated motor?

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#12 posted 01-30-2016 02:17 PM

Get it. That’s a plenty capable saw with a nice fence. Get it aligned, and put a good blade on it, and enjoy.

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 01-30-2016 02:52 PM

No that’s not one of them. The derated ones were labeled as 1.5HP/120V, 2 HP 240V. Don’t fret, you did good and that will be a great saw.

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#14 posted 01-30-2016 03:16 PM

Tenoning jig, massive table, good fence…good score!

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#15 posted 01-30-2016 04:39 PM



Get it. That s a plenty capable saw with a nice fence. Get it aligned, and put a good blade on it, and enjoy.

- knotscott

And learn how to safely use a right tilt saw. They can, on occasion, be a bit more prone to kickbacks than left tilt saws, at least according to shop notes magazine. or was it wordsmith?

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