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Forum topic by Bill60 posted 05-11-2011 06:32 AM 2772 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill60

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05-11-2011 06:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Hi,
I only have a benchtop Mikita table saw that is about ten years old and runs great. I really want to be able to do some bigger projects and I think my best option is a contractor saw. I went to look at a Powermatic 64 through Craigslist for $329.00, but the guy lost the original fence and rails and it seems that a new one will cost about 400. He also has a newer Delta contractor’s saw that he priced at $500.00 with a Delta t-2 fence that seems real clean but I can’t seem to fins anything but older Delta to compare with. I could sure use your thoughts on brands, prices etc. Thanks


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#1 posted 05-11-2011 06:59 AM

Approaching $500 I’d go with a (new) Bosch 4100 which is what I own and use and really enjoy or maybe even a Grizzly. www.grizzly.com Just make sure to check around and compare (I use Amazon to see what other people think)

Chris

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 07:02 AM

If it doesn’t have a belt going from the motor to the blade don’t buy it! I had one of those Deltas with the blade mounted right on the motor shaft and when the motor fries it cost almost as much to replace as the saw did new.
If it is a belt drive then it might be worth considering.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 07:06 AM

i bought my delta contractor saw 1.5 hp induction motor cast iron top bese fence 30” cap for 550.00 at lowes brand new no sale nothing so a used one for 500 no way i would buy it

-- As Best I Can

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 07:14 AM

Thanks so much for the advice guys. I sure like the idea of having a Powermatic saw for $329.00 but he installed a 52” fence on it and wants to keep it and can’t find the original accufence that came with it. I am finding that the fence and rails are more than the saw. The Delta does have a belt, and seems really clean, he has both saws running on 220v which he says is better. By the way he also has a unisaw for $799.00 but once again no fence. He shut down a shop and has a garage full on saws, huge grizzly machines etc.

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 07:32 AM

hey cabs4less, how long ago did you buy that saw from Lowes?

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#6 posted 05-11-2011 08:33 AM

I have a good Made in the USA Delta contractors saw I’ll sell you. I haven’t use it in 5 years since I got my Unisaw.

It also has a router lift in the wing.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 11:13 AM

These are both nice steps up from any jobsite saw, but neither are great deals IMO. As Cabs4less mentioned, the Delta w/T2 fence sold in the $550 range new….I’d offer no more than $300-$350 for it used, and even then I’d want to be sure what model it is….as mentioned belt drive motor out the back indicates a full size saw with an induction motor. A depth of 27” is another indicator that it’s at least full size and not a compact saw.

The PM64a is a nice contractor saw but it people tend to consider it something special because of the PM moniker on it. It’s a pretty typical Taiwanese contractor saw that came with a good fence and solid cast iron wings….very similar to the GI50-185, Grizzly G0576, etc. You could put a new T2 on it for ~ $150 from Tools-plus, so you’d still be sinking $450+ dollars into a used contractor saw. I’d offer $250 if it’s in nice shape.

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#8 posted 05-11-2011 03:39 PM

Thanks again for the input guys. Garyk could you email pictures? I am in San Antonio, when I started looking I really wanted to buy an American made saw. Of course I found out that only the Unisaw has come back to U.S.

One other question, if I may; does anyone know what a Delta T-3 fence will fit? There is a listing for one that new in box, but mentions that it would not fit his saw.

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#9 posted 05-11-2011 11:26 PM

Bill60 – I have it in the garage and my wife has it buried with all her stuff. I will have to get her to move it all to take pictures.

Until then here’s a picture of it when I first got it: Saw

I took the wing off the right side and put a piece of melamine with a Jessem (Master-R-Lift) Router lift in it. I still have the wing I took off, as well as all the manuals and even the original sales receipt for $648 with tax back in 1997. It’s model 34-444 so you can look it up.

I made a lot of nice things with it:

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I’m looking to get $450 for it and the router lift. The router lift will fit a large Porter Cable router and I also have an adapter to fit the standard 690 model also. I also have a bunch of plates to accommodate different sized router bits.

Let me know if you’re still interested before I have the wife move all her stuff to take pictures.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 01:44 AM

I bought mine bout 5 years ago but a buddy bought one bought six months ago the newer model wiches includes the mobile base and dust bag for 600.00 again right off the aisle at lowes

-- As Best I Can

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 06:56 AM

kenstonge has a fence and rails for sale on here. look for fence and tubes for Delta contractor saw.

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 06:08 PM

I’ve got a newer Delta 36-980 contractor saw. If the one you’re looking at is the same one I have, I wouldn’t go very far over $300 (what I paid for mine). It’s not a bad saw, but $500 is getting very close to new. I’ve been pretty happy with my saw. It’s not perfect, but it works. The T2 fence is good. It doesn’t have the heft of a Biese, but it’s accurate.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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