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Forum topic by jtylerp posted 09-10-2010 10:50 PM 1340 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtylerp

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09-10-2010 10:50 PM

I’ve been reading here for a few weeks and am now in need of your great knowledge base.

I’m going to see this saw tomorrow and plan to purchase it on the spot.

I’ve been woodworking for a couple of months and gradually accumulating tools. I’m attracted to this saw because it has a large capacity via its factory extension and it has a unifence. For 200$ it seems like it will be hard to go wrong. The main things I know to look for are a running motor and a flat cast iron table, since everything else can be replaced or adjusted. Are there any other deal breaking potential problems I should know about?

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie


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#1 posted 09-10-2010 11:04 PM

Check that the arbor doesn’t have play. Doesn’t make funny noises and no metal shavings. Also see if the person has the splitter. Looks to be same vintage as my saw. I have a 34-410.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 02:07 AM

Thanks mrg, I’ assuming you like the saw if it’s that old and you still have it. I follow you on the arbor, but from just reading around it seemed they can be replaced, just a PIA. Where would the metal shavings be and what would they be from?

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 03:16 AM

I’d check to see that the blade lowers, raises and tilts smoothly, and if it doesn’t why it doesn’t.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 06:10 PM

I bought the saw and so far so good. The blade had no lateral play so I’m assuming I’m ok on the bearings. It cuts well but sounds like the belt is stiff, but I’m already planning on putting one of the twist belts on it with new pulleys so that’s a manageable problem.

In researching the purchase I read the trunnions on contractor saws always wear out eventually. I randomly came across these used trunnion brackets for my exact saw today at a good price on ebay. Are these what will wear out eventually or are the actual trunnions something else?

Joe- Thanks for your help. I didn’t get a chance to read your post before the purchase but the blade goes up and down well, I haven’t checked the 45-90 tilting yet.

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 03:01 AM

I guess from a theoretical standpoint they could wear out. The pieces you’ve shown only experience “wear” when the blade angle is changed, and I can’t believe that most folks could change the angle enough to wear those parts out. I keep mine lubed with a spray on dry moly so saw dust doesn’t stick like it would on grease.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 11:00 AM

Trunnion brackets on an old Delta shouldn’t be an issue, but if the price is right it won’t hurt to have them.

The link belt is a good move, as are the pulleys, but you might hold off on the pulleys to see if they’re even needed….the money for those might be better spent elsewhere. Like an aftermarket splitter if necessary, and/or a really good blade. Alignment and blade choice are the key factors in the end performance. Good luck!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 04:34 PM

I agree with knotscott. I would recommend the link belt and a nice blade.

-- Derek, Iowa

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jtylerp

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#8 posted 09-14-2010 06:09 AM

I just ordered the link belt. I also bought a Freud Diablo blade, the really nice ones were 100 or so and I just can’t drop that on a blade right now.

The blade doesn’t tilt easily at all. I’m thinking that as a I take things apart and clean them in the next few days this should get better.

Thanks for all the responses.

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie

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