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Forum topic by phils_66 posted 02-23-2011 10:57 PM 1657 views 1 time favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2011 10:57 PM

New to LJ and this is my first post. Big thanks again for the warm welcome from everyone. Glad to be a member.

On to my question. I am looking to buy my first table saw. I check the local craigslist daily. I have recently run across a 10”delta in pretty good shape and at a decent price. Here is the link – http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/tls/2200808257.html
I wanted to get your input on it to make sure its something worth getting or hold off until something better comes along? I have read through similar discussions and see that brands such as Powermatic, Delta, Grizzly, Sawstop and Jet are all worth the consideration. However, most, if not all of these brands, when purchased new, are out of my price range. I know there are a few affordable brands out there if I wanted to go the “new” route, but I think I would rather go with something more quality and used instead of less quality and new for my table saw.

Thanks ahead of time for your input.
Philip


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#1 posted 02-23-2011 11:03 PM

That’s a decent saw and a good price. The fence looks like
a Biesemeyer style fence so that alone makes it worth looking
at seriously.

If the saw had been used hard the paint on the side tables
would be worn. It’s a fair guess the saw is in good operating
condition and should give you accurate cuts.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 11:16 PM

I have the older version of that saw 34-410 and it still runs good. The saw your looking at has the better fence. The blade guard and splitter are still available for these saws. If Delta does not have the splitter and guard you can get an after market one, email me if you need to know the company.

For 200 it looks like a good saw from the pics.

-- mrg

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 11:49 PM

Nice saw for a great price. I skipped on several similar saws due to the lack of bladeguard. A fellow lumberjock turned me onto:
http://www.leestyron.com/sharkguard.php
for a fraction of the price I’d been looking at.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 12:23 AM

In my opinion, you’re better off with the line of thinking you’ve established in going with a better quality, used saw, rather than a cheaper, new saw.

That does seem to be a good price for that saw. Looks like a little elbow grease will be required on the top, but that shouldn’t take too long to clean it up.

(As a friendly reminder, remember, safety first! Familiarize yourself with proper tablesaw setup and operations and adhere to those practices every time you use it.)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 12:45 AM

Thanks to everyone so far for your input and additional information youve given. Sounds like it might be a pretty good/solid saw for me to start with. I will make him an offer on it and see what happens. If it doesnt work out, I will continue the hunt for a good quality/used saw. Thanks again.

Philip

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 01:02 AM

Tablesaws are expensive in the long run…Mine cost $350 and it turned into a $50000 hobby.:D

-- New Auburn,WI

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 02:58 AM

I’m pretty sure that saw is a 36-600, TS300 or some other variation of that compact model with a direct drive universal motor. If I’m correct, the dimensions will be 22” deep (instead of 27”d on a full size saw), and $200 is too much for that saw used IMHO….they’re known for burning out the motors, and they’re cost prohibitive to fix. I’d look for a full size used contractor saw with a belt drive induction motor instead of that one.

Find out a model number, and/or check to see if it has a motor hanging out the back before laying down any cash. If the motor is inboard it’s a direct drive compact saw in this case.

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 06:33 AM

Hey knottscott,

You are correct. I emailed the seller and its a 36-600.

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 06:37 AM

Must not be the one….......

There is a sale pending on the saw, so I will just have to continue my hunt.

If you guys know of any specific table saws out there to watch out and look for, feel free to let me know. I am somewhat limited on space, so some of these larger saws might be difficult for me to do. I would have to talk the wife into parking back outside the garage…..and I dont see that happening anytime soon ;)

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#10 posted 03-01-2011 05:20 PM

Ok, so the other saw didnt work out. They sold it to someone else. Now I have a shot at a Grizzly G0444Z table saw. The guy has had it for about 3 years and said its in good condition. Going to see it this evening. I made an offer for $300 (my budget) and he said that was a bit low, but he would consider it.

Looks and sounds good to me. What do you guys think? Good first saw that will last me a while?

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/tls/2210629725.html

As always, thanks for the help and input. Once day, I hope to return the favor.

Philip

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#11 posted 03-01-2011 05:28 PM

Here’s another posting on LJs about the same saw from 6-7-months ago:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/20103

I believe the G0444z came with a 2-HP motor from the factory, not a 3-HP motor.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 03-01-2011 05:36 PM

Great, Thanks for the reference Jonathan. You are right, I checked Grizzly’s site and it came with a 2HP motor. I will inquire more about that in person when I see it.

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#13 posted 03-01-2011 07:36 PM

That’s a slightly larger and more substantial saw than the 36-600….heavier, better drive system, better fence, stronger motor….should make for a nice saw once aligned and fitted with a good blade. $300 is a fair price IMO. It’s worth noting that the 2hp motor on that saw has a pretty healthy amp draw, so you’ll want to be sure your circuit is up to snuff.

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#14 posted 03-01-2011 08:51 PM

hey knotscott, thanks for the info. To be honest, we just moved into the house were in. It was built in the 60’s and there are electrical outlets all over the place. Not sure what kind of circuit or amp draw I will have. I am not too up on my electrical knowledge. Is there a way to see what it can handle? Or if the saw would even work with the ampage we have?
I do know that I have run my dewalt mitre saw, sawzaw, makita drill and makita circular saw with no issues to speak of. Now, they arent all running at the same time, but no outages to speak of so far. I know that the table saw is more ampage than those, so not sure.

Thanks again!

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#15 posted 03-01-2011 09:06 PM

We’re beyond my knowledge zone now. Maybe one of our resident electricians or those with more electrical knowledge than me can help. The optimist in me would think it’d be fine on a 20 amp circuit that didn’t have any other loads drawing from it, but there’s not much science behind that belief!

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

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