LumberJocks

Rockwell Delta 34-395 (12-14) vs Delta RT-40 Table Saws

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by dcg4403 posted 02-05-2017 05:18 PM 1018 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View dcg4403's profile

dcg4403

18 posts in 1424 days


02-05-2017 05:18 PM

I’m a professional woodworking and going to invest quite a bit of time in building my dream cabinet saw setup. So I’m selling my Unisaw for a larger capacity saw that has virtually unlimited HP. My shop does a lot of live edge furniture and we frequently cut 2-3” thick stock material.

So I appreciate older vintage equipment especially the good old fashion stuff built in the USA. I know the RT40 is a Brazilian made saw (it is a rebranded Invicta) and this distinction really doesn’t matter. Most important is features and accuracy.

I can’t find any information on pro’s / con’s of a RT-40 vs an older vintage 34-395. The RT-40 was a replacement to the 34-395 (12-14). I like the fact that he 34-395 has interchangeable arbors. Not sure if the RT40 offers this but regardless a 1” arbor is pretty standard anyway. Both come with 3PH 7.5 HP motors.

Is anyone familiar with both saws? Any reason why you would select one over the other assuming same price point? I can get both for around $1000-1500. In fact, I found a 34-395 for $1100. It is a 1974 in very good condition. I like the vintage aspect. I’m 40 and expect this entire setup (once fully complete) to be a lifetime keeper.

-- Refined Elements LLC & TX Urban Sawmill LLC, Owner


4 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile (online now)

MrUnix

6010 posts in 2037 days


#1 posted 02-05-2017 07:53 PM

Can’t help with a direct hands on comparison, but the RT-40 is a 16” machine, offers better dust collection, greater depth of cut, larger table and generally more robust. It’s not a replacement for the 12/14 (the RT-30 would be more comparable), but a step up from it. Here is a brochure detailing some of it’s features:

Rockwell RT-30 RT-40 Tilting Arbor Saw.pdf

You would get a lot of opinions from current owners over at OWWM. There is quite a bit of info about both saws to be found there… this might get you started – here is a thread comparing an Oliver 270 with the RT-40 that provides some good insight. If the condition of the two are roughly the same, the RT-40 is much more machine.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View unbob's profile

unbob

800 posts in 1742 days


#2 posted 02-06-2017 02:20 PM

I have the 12-14, the changeable arbor was nice because, I could use the 5/8” arbor blades I already had. I think either saw would be great.

View TheGreatJon's profile

TheGreatJon

337 posts in 1072 days


#3 posted 02-06-2017 02:42 PM

I’ve used both machines and seen them side by side. They are not the same class of saw, either in use or simply in physical appearance. The RT-40, as MrUnix has indicated, is a much beefier saw. It is larger and made for constant ripping of thick stock. You could put a power feeder on an RT-40 and pay someone to feed stock into it all day. It would never complain. (EDIT: That is not to say that it can only rip. It is a well made saw that is designed to do just about everything).

The 12/14 is a great saw and is often undervalued at auctions and on CL. I have the Powermatic equivalent in my home shop (PM72) and I absolutely love it. If it will do what you need it to do, you should be able to get one for much less money than an RT40. When I helped a company liquidate a bunch of table saws, we sold the 12/14 for $650 and the RT-40 for $1700. The 12/14 sold quicker, but we got calls from people as far away as South Texas asking about shipping on the RT-40 before we found someone local.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

View dcg4403's profile

dcg4403

18 posts in 1424 days


#4 posted 02-08-2017 04:24 PM

Thanks for all the insights. I hope this is helpful to others who may be debating these two saws in the future. I’ve noticed that both these saws can be found for at or under $1000 fairly often if you are willing to keep your eyes on the look-out.

I ended up going a slight different direction. I purchased a new / old inventory Jet XACTA 12” table saw for only $2100 vs $4600. Compromised on the power with a 5HP, 3PH and the overall beefiness of construction but I do like the fact that Jet offers a 80” cast iron top, modular guard system with quick change riving knife, pushbutton arbor lock for quick blade changes, and the XACTA deluxe fence (based on Biesmeyer basically). So has many added safety features and quick change features that I really like while still being a well constructed unit. Rarely have need to run a blade large than a 12”, too.

-- Refined Elements LLC & TX Urban Sawmill LLC, Owner

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com