|Forum topic by jcox||posted 06-15-2012 01:10 PM||4735 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-15-2012 01:10 PM
I am looking at a couple of used table saws and was interested in a Delta 36-979 with the biesemeyer fence that looks to be in good shape and has good reviews on this site and others…listed for $350, though I don’t know if the seller will move on the price. Based on past reviews and discussions, this price does not look to be unreasonable, though I would probably be more willing to pay $300 if possible.
However, a Delta 34-445 popped up for $100 more ($450) that includes the Model # 34-914 accessory table and some built in shelving beneath the table. I similarly do not know whether the seller will move on the price.
Both come with a mobile base, but it looks like the 979 has cast iron tables, whereas the 445 appears to have a left extension made of aluminum or something similar. The 445 also has the unifence system instead of the biesemeyer.
Is there any reason to prefer one of these saws over the other? I’ve done some research but cannot determine whether one has a better motor (both are 1.5 HP) or what other qualitative differences might exist between the two other than the fences and tables. Any opinions on whether one of these is a “better” saw for the money or what either is worth? I think the 445 is an older model than the 979 but I am having a hard time finding much on the 445 other than parts lists and discussions about building dust collection systems on it. I like the accessory table and shelving on the 445, but my main priority is determining which is the better saw. And I understand that these kinds of posts seem to receive a lot of suggestions to wait for a cabinet saw to pop up for the same amount of money, but right now I’m mainly interested in input on these two saws…wouldn’t be posting if a PM66 or Unisaw was available at my pricepoint on CL, I’d be in my car driving to the seller’s address with cash in hand! :)
I’d appreciate any input, thanks!