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Forum topic by Caseycarpentry posted 03-03-2012 02:36 PM 896 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2012 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

I am a new member and joined because I found great info while researching this question. I just bought a Delta 10” hybrid table saw (right tilt) with a 52” Biesemeyer fence for $600. The seller is giving me a two day unconditional return. Bit of rust on top but clean inside, however when I fired it up it had lots of wobble. Looks like slight damage to the arbor and a bad bearing. I think a machine shop can fix the arbor and a new bearing is $25. I know the saw is nothing special but it has a 2 hp 230 volt motor and a cast iron top. The fence is in great shape and probably worth $400.

Should I walk away until I can save another $600 for a cabinet saw or is this worth the investment? My main concern is with the quality of cut. I’m looking to use it for mostly small precise work.

Thanks for your replies- Casey

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 03:20 PM

That’s only something you can decide.
I would fix it and move on, that way you know what you have.

I would also remove the bearing(s) and get the part numbers directly from them. They will be cheaper and of better quality usually from alternate sources. My reasoning is that all the mfg’s are in business to make money from parts sales and they mark the prices way up. You can also upgrade the bearing for a lot less than the price of the OEM part. They generally use bearings and other parts that just minimally meet the requirements. I took a Delta planer apart not long ago and found the bearings were rated at 2500 RPM but the motor ran at 3450. When you pass the bearings rating it will soon become wobbly as inconsistencies build up. Delta wanted $35 for the bearing X 2. I replaced them with double shielded, sealed bearings rated at 5000 rpm for $10 for the pair plus $5 shipping.

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 03:36 PM

I agree with Dallas. You can really get attached to a machine that you yourself rehabilitated! You’ll have to do some soul-searching, whether you can best spend your time fixing your machinery or be in the shop working your craft. You have to weigh your budget versus available shop hours of your own time. Avoid getting in over your head with machine-shop solutions, if you can’t find exact replacement parts you could really get into a jam. But with that Biesemeyer fence, yeah, I’d lean towards rebuilding, and a year from now you won’t even remember what you’ve paid for it all.

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 03:56 PM

Like Dallas said “That’s only something you can decide” My thoughts about it is that you can probably buy another saw in that price range with out the hassle of repairing a saw you just bought. On the other hand just the fence can cost around $400-500 for another saw. If the seller did not know the saw had these problems perhaps he will discount the price by a couple hundred dollars, then if the repairs don’t work out at least you have a good fence.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 01:33 AM

Well, I’m working on fixing it, bought a new belt and bearings, a local machine shop is trueing up the arbor. Total cost $65. Should be back together later this week.

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