Delta Radial Arm saw reviews please?

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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 10-21-2016 12:33 AM 795 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2016 12:33 AM

I have the opportunity to get a Delta Radial arm saw for a really good price. I know crasftsman reviews are not good. How are the Delta saws and any specific things I should be looking for.
Thank you.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 01:30 AM

Which Delta model?

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 10:59 AM

It will depend on which Delta saw it is, the turret arm models are generally considered excellent saws.

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 06:54 PM

For a few years I had a Delta, I bought it used. 38-990, I think. I got rid of it because it was outside in a shed, not easy to get in and out. Once I solved the storage problem I picked up an old DeWalt 925 made in 1959. It is much better, probably 40 years older, than the Delta. One big difference is the DeWalt height and angle adjustments are on the pole, Delta’s adjust at the front of the arm and below the table. I much prefer the Dewalt set up, I think it is more reliable. The old DeWalts are very well built,more so than Delta.

I use it only for crosscuts, dado’s and half laps. For that I think RAS is superior than other methods. Ripping is safer on a table saw.

If you have time, wait for an old DeWalt to show up.

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 07:31 PM

If you have time, wait for an old DeWalt to show up.

- hairy

I’d have to agree with hairy on that score. I have a DeWalt GWH-6 built in 1954. Absolutely, dead on accurate and built like a tank. The old DeWalts are coveted by those in the know but can be had for dirt cheap by others that just regard them as old and dated machines. If you can find one on CL or eBay jump on it.

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