|Forum topic by GregD||posted 1483 days ago||1107 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
1483 days ago
I am trying to decide whether I should upgrade my 17 year old Delta Contractor tablesaw (model 34-444) or replace it with a cabinet saw.
On the positive side the top is in good shape, no measurable runout on the arbor, and over time I have added the following upgrades: 30” T2 fence, link belt, PALS, and a dust collecting blade guard (not yet installed). When I am careful I can get the saw to cut to my satisfaction. (Can any saw make up for poor technique?)
There are several negatives that bother me, however. The alignment of the blade with the miter slot goes out by 20 thousanths after 2 or 3 months of light use – fortunately the PALS and my Align-IT make it not too annoying to set it straight when I need to make critical crosscuts. Both sheet metal wings have a high corner and frequently leave gray smudges on the work. I would like to have good dust collection with the blade other than 90 deg. to the table. I would also like to mount a narrow outfeed table, about 12” wide the length of the table & wings, to the saw.
These problems would go away or become a lot easier to resolve if I replaced it with a hybrid or cabinet saw.
The upgrades I am considering are:
1. Make a plastic laminate covered plywood or MDF router table board that extends from the cast iron top to the right end of the rails and add a dust collection enclosure around the router. BTW, MDF is the usual choice but what are the disadvantages to using plywood?
2. Replace the left wing with a plastic laminate covered plywood or MDF board.
3. Mount a 12” wide outfeed table along most of the length of the rear rail.
The rails on the T2 fence system are 1/8” angle iron, 1-1/2” on the back, that or 2” on the front. I would thing they would have no problem handling the extra weight. But the rails are bolted to the cast iron top which is bolted to the saw cabinet. Are either of those likely to have an issue with the additional weight?
If those upgrades would work well I think I can live with or resolve the blade-alignment and dust collection issues.
-- Greg D. -- the price of freedom is tolerance