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Forum topic by samg posted 06-12-2013 09:14 PM 1239 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2013 09:14 PM

I just joined this site and hope to get some good use out of it. I am a novice woodworker and have more than enough time, I want to develop my skills. I have a router table and have used that successfully. We moved from Chicago area to western North Carolina and I did some research and found a very nice 34-670 in good condition.


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#1 posted 06-12-2013 09:29 PM

Welcome Sam. The 34-670 is a compact saw, and is a predecessor to the 36-600, TS300, and several other iterations… they’re smaller than a full size contractor saw, and have a universal motor that’s very loud. The motor also has less torque than an induction motor, and is less feasible to repair/replace in the event of a failure. They’re worth ~$100 IMO, but they don’t offer much upgrade potential down the road. It’s not hard to find a full size contractor saw with a belt drive induction motor near that same price range that would have much better upgrade potential…since you want to evolve your skills, it makes sense to me to get a heavier saw with better bones, and then upgrade things like fence, wings, miter gauge, as needed and as funds allow.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 10:57 PM

Knotscott said it quite well. I owned at 34-670 for several years and found it to be a great saw to get started on. It’s now been in my dad’s shop for about 10 years and has served him quite well. But, if you can find a decent contractor’s saw for $50 more it would be money well spent. You will get better power for sure, and probably better precision depending on the fence of course. But the stock fence on the 34-670 is pretty weak. If you get it, put a good thin kerf blade on it. I put a thin kerf Woodworker II on mine and it made a dramatic difference in cut quality and performance. Now if you spend $100 on the saw you might feel squeamish to spend $110 on the blade, so you might look at something in the Freud family for a mid-priced thin kerf combo blade to give you a better cutting experience with the saw. Don’t bother with the junky stock blade that came with the saw if that is what is still mounted on there.

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 01:00 AM

Thank you for comments. I bought the saw earlier today for a 110. I am going to redo the fence, make a cross out sled and hopefully build some built in cabinets with it. As long as I can get straight cuts I will be satisfied. Yes, I plan on buying a decent blade. I am hoping when I check runout I won’t have a problem. I read dozens if reviews on delta’s 744x and at 500 plus tax and delivery I wasn’t that impressed.

I am going to start a tuneup tomorrow. Enclose the cabinet andfigure out a dust rremoval system. More comments please.

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 04:03 AM

Good move, Samg. Let us know how the experience is. Good luck with your early projects. I built several cabinets with mine. Once you get the fence redone, and get a nice blade on there, I think you will have a good experience with the saw.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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