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BigLeafBen

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04-11-2017 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw bandsaw dust collector planer drill press tools woodworking

I’m new to the site. Thanks for having me!

I have the opportunity to buy a bundle of key power tools for my Woodshop and wanted some fellow woodworkers opinions on if I’m getting a good deal and any opinions good or bad on any of these tools.

I would be making payments of $100-$200 a month until I pay in full a total of $1000. I get all of the tools upfront right away. All tools are in great shape.

Tool list:
Delta dust collector 50-850

Jet 15” planet JWP-15h

Jet 14” bandsaw JWBS-14csw

Jet Drill press JDP-17mf

Delta unisaw table saw 34-444

Everything works great and comes with accessories. Any feedback would be appreciated.


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Loren

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 04:35 PM

good deal.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 05:14 PM

I’d jump on it at that price.

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 05:24 PM

Yeah I’d say get that, definitely worth the asking price.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 05:28 PM

Good deal for getting started. Definitely upgrade stuff later.

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#5 posted 04-11-2017 05:42 PM

I on the other hand would be cautious it just seems to good to be true, Price seems too low, RJ

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#6 posted 04-11-2017 05:51 PM

Sounds like a good deal, but the Delta 34-444 number referenced is a contractor saw NOT a Unisaw.
Looking up the tools and what they cost is a good deal.

-- mrg

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#7 posted 04-11-2017 06:47 PM

Thanks for the advice thus far everybody. Ya, I was thinking it was a good deal but was hoping for some advice on each tool. Like pros and cons if anyone has that knowledge maybe they can shed some light on that for me? Is there any one of these tools you would not purchase? Essentially each tool is at $200. I could skip one if it’s not great or not worth that price.

Also mrg, I thought about the Delta 34-444 a bit and what it looked like and realized that I thought it was a Unisaw because the fence was a Unifence guide system. It had really extended guides too with a table built off the right side. The table wasn’t anything to brag about. I will replace that but it does have the extension guide rails. The fence looked like this picture but darker blue. Is this considered a good fence? A good upgrade for this saw? I also noticed it does not clamp down on a rail in the back of the saw. The end of the fence sits freely. Is this normal??

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#8 posted 04-11-2017 07:37 PM

yeah sounds good,im becoming a big fan of jet tools,i have a small lathe and one of there 16”drum sanders and love em both.since your making payment and not paying for the whole bundle up front you have plenty of time to test drive and make sure everything is in good shape,id go for it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 04-11-2017 07:49 PM

I had a 34-444 saw with a Unifence. I replaced it with a Unisaw just so I could stay with a Unifence. they are one of the best, IMHO. Many of the good fences do not clamp in the back, it’s nothing to be concerned about. As for the total package, this sounds like a really good deal for the price.

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#10 posted 04-11-2017 08:00 PM


Thanks for the advice thus far everybody. Ya, I was thinking it was a good deal but was hoping for some advice on each tool. Like pros and cons if anyone has that knowledge maybe they can shed some light on that for me? Is there any one of these tools you would not purchase? Essentially each tool is at $200. I could skip one if it s not great or not worth that price.


There’s nothing wrong with those tools for that price which is made even sweeter with the no interest easy payment plan. It seems like an excellent once in a lifetime deal. No question. You could drive yourself into an anxiety attack comparing the pros and cons of one tool/brand vs another but there’s nothing wrong with Jet or Delta. Take a deep breath and like Nike says, “Just do it!”. (as long as u know the seller and they aren’t stolen)

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#11 posted 04-11-2017 08:03 PM

That sounds like a great deal to me if the tools really are in that great of shape. If making payments directly to the seller I would draft a purchase agreement that both of you sign, include make, model & serial numbers for everything that has them. The last thing you want is to make the first payment (without a receipt) and haul everything off then have the cops at your door a couple days later saying you stole everything.

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#12 posted 04-11-2017 08:17 PM

Good advice from bigblock. Would be just as bad if later on you found out they wre stolen and you end up losing them after paying for them. Might happen anyhow but get that detailed receipt. larry

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#13 posted 04-11-2017 08:51 PM

In my experience, a fence that does not attach at the far (back) end is better than one that does. I read good things about that particular fence all the time, though I have never used one.

And I agree, as long as you are confident this stuff isn’t hot, it’s a good deal.

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#14 posted 04-11-2017 09:42 PM

I agree with Andybb I have a Delta Unisaw over 35 years old (I know…I know there different saws now :) ), it came with a “T” style fence as shown. There is no locking mechanism on the furthest end of the fence. The fence is very secure when lock-down and accurate once you set if up parallel with the miter gage grooves. The fence can be rotated so that you have a “high” fence or a “low” fence to be used on different thicknesses of stock. You can also pull the fence back and use it as a material stop when using your miter gage to make repeatable cut offs. I only changed my fence out this year, and that was only because of faltering eyes and not any issue with the fence … I couldn’t have been happier. Check the machines … operate them … make some cuts … get the instruction manuals.
Seems like a great price …. Good luck.

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BigLeafBen

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#15 posted 04-12-2017 02:01 AM

Hey, thanks so much for the advice everyone. I think now he is going to also throw in a router table and about 50 bits! None of these tools are stolen. Unfortunately his father passed away and left him all of this stuff. That was 8 years ago now. Now he just wants it gone. He is a good friend of ours. He is a member at our local entrepreneur group along with my wife and I.

I am positive on all of the tools but one.. the Delta Contractors Saw 34-444. You see I already own a Craftsman 113.1298843. There are 2 reasons I’ve considered replacing it. The fence sucks. Soo bad. and the leaves are cast iron but somehow bent in the middle of each so toward that back of the saw they both go above the center flat cast iron part of my saw. I’ve tried everything to sit level with the center let alone just being able to get them below the center at least. Now I can’t find a good comparison on these saws so maybe you guys can help.

Which is the better saw? My Craftsman is in good condition yet but the Delta is definitely in good condition. I think it was stored indoors it’s entire life. But my Craftsman is also in my heated shop. Either way, I just want to make sure I’m not downgrading here.

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