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Forum topic by KBX500 posted 05-22-2011 04:39 AM 2175 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta benchtop planer delta miter saw

Hello. This is my first post, but I have been a frequent reader here the last year or so. That’s why I’m posting in Lumberjocks – I know I’ll get some real help from the members here.

I’ve been replacing my motley collection of woodworking equipment with better brands & models in an attempt to get better results. So far I’ve gone from a used up Craftsman tablesaw and bandsaw, to a Delta Series 2000, Grand Edition contractor saw and Grizzly G1019Z bandsaw – they’re used, but in great shape, and that is generally my approach to buying tools. Buy good, proven used machines from people that I know have treated their stuff well, and spend the savings on new, high quality blades or accessories, and more equipment.

Which brings me to the Delta 10” sliding compound miter saw which I can get for $100. A woman is selling it for her grandfather and has no idea what the model number is. She does say that her grandfather only used it a few times, then left it to sit for a few years. I’m assuming that is accurate. I don’t know much about Delta’s miter saws, which ones are good and which aren’t. It does have a bag with Task Force on it. Is/was that Delta’s budget line ? What should I look out for on a unit like that ? The saw is about a 45 minute drive, one-way, and at least $40 in gas. What do you think ?

The Delta planer is a similar deal. I can see from the photo that it’s a benchtop model, about 10 years old, it works and they’re asking $75 for it. It’s nearby and I’ll probably head over tomorrow and get it. But, again, I’m not familiar with Delta’s benchtop planers. What should I look out for on a unit like that ?
I know it’s capabilities are limited, so I’m not expecting a lot from it. I’ll keep looking for a good used 8” planer. Grizzly’s 8” model is a tempting deal, for a new one.

Thank in advance for your advice.


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#1 posted 05-24-2011 04:53 AM

I don’t know much about the planer, but if I could find a sliding 10” miter saw, I’d jump on it quick before it was gone. Even if it is off for accuracy, most of these saws can be adjusted and fine tuned. If it was a brand new Delta anything I’d check it over carefully. It sounds like we’re talking about older Delta equipment though. Up until a few years ago, Delta made some of the best tools around, in my opinion.
I do a lot of scrolling, and my now discontinued model Delta scroll saw is so good that before they discontinued them I bought an extra one just in case.


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#2 posted 05-24-2011 05:12 AM

If you have pictures,, and model numbers posted it would be a great help to answer your questions, I always ask whomever for the model number,if you ask nicely they will look and try to get it for you.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 08:22 AM

Thanks for your responses William and Bubinga.

The woman selling the saw still has it. I talked to her today
and she insists that it’s a Delta and the model # is 234937.
Lowes sold a Task Force miter saw # 234937 some years
ago and I’m beginning to think that’s what it is. Which
isn’t a Delta. I’m going to give up on that saw.

I did buy the jointer, Delta # 37-070, for $60. It’s no bargain,
but I think I can get it to work well enough to joint shorter
boards which will help some for now. I’ll keep looking for a
“real” jointer.

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 01:54 PM

For the miter saw, what I’m pulling up online is a Task Force model. That’s a bummer, but not the end of the story. If you can afford it and have no other miter saw options on the horizon, I’d still jump on it for $100. Well, no I wouldn’t. I’m a cheapskate. I’d offer about $75 first just to see if the seller would bite.
I’m currently using a non-slider 10” Black & Decker. I paid $99.99 for it several years back. It’s done what I needed it to do, but man I wish I had a slider.


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#5 posted 05-24-2011 07:03 PM

My dad had a Delta 10” non-slider and I wasn’t crazy about it.

The problem with cheaper saws occur in two main areas: cheap
plastic locking mechanisms that wear and get sloppy, and slop
in the slider. Some really cheap-o saws are lemons that can’t be
made to cut straight.

I’m not biased against TaskForce. I’ve never used one so I don’t
know if they suck. In terms of miter saws I’ve had 2 Dewalts
and they were good Italian-made saws.

Delta made a very cool 12” saw several years ago. Non-slider,
but it had a design that allowed cutting wider crown moulding
than other 12” saws.

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 09:29 PM

William, yeah that’s what I figured out. The ad for the saw is down from CL,
but the pic in the ad clearly showed a saw with Task Force on the bag, and
Delta in the desciption and the saw had Delta-like colors. Hence, the confusion.
She had advertised it as a ‘table saw’ because someone had mounted it to a table.
I’m glad now I didn’t waste the gas going to look at it. I’ll just keep looking for
another one.

Loren, a cheap saw is not something I want either. Particularly, a cheap used
slider. From all I’ve now since read about the Task Force saws, which isn’t good,
it would be a bad choice.

Ideally I’d like to have a 12” compound, double-bevel, non-slider miter saw for
use oncrown moulding I’d like to put up in three rooms, as well as new baseboards,
andchair rail in two of the rooms, this summer. Then in a year or so, trim out three
bedrooms and parts of the finished basement.

I hate to tie up $700-$800 in a new saw, but it’s looking like what I’ll have to do.

Thanks to all for your help.

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