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07-02-2013 01:05 PM

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I just purchased a older Delta contractors table saw (34-444) and it did not come with a blade guard.

This is my first table saw and I have read numerous blogs from folks missing fingers from table saw accidents and I want to start out as safe as possible.

The OEM blade guide does not look to be available any longer from Delta so aftermarket I must shop.

I would love some constructive feedback on what works and does not work.

Many thanks!

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 01:18 PM

I love my Excalibur…

A solid guard that is removable and replaceable in seconds, without tools. Also, an overarm guard is independent of the splitter / riving knife. This lets it be in place in many situations, including the most useful tablesaw accessory on the planet, the sled, where a splitter mounted version isn’t.

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 01:43 PM

Thanks for your reply, this is a contractors saw that will get moved some. It looks like the Excalibur is not that mobile, plus I don’t really need dust collection.

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 01:47 PM

May I ask why you don’t need dust collection?

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 01:54 PM


-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 02:17 PM

To answer the dust collection, I don’t have the vacuum and I’m going to take this saw to a couple of different sites so I just thought a good broom would work? I’m ok with it, just running out of funds to buy other accessories at this time.

And for the Shark Guard I sent Lee a message a couple of days back and no word. Plus I’m reading in other forums that it takes 3 months to get one.

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 02:26 PM

Just remember…

The reason why so many older saws are missing guards is that splitter-mounted devices interfere with soooo many great ways to do things on table saws…

Most won’t even work with a consumable MDF backer fence on the miter gauge. I mentioned sleds earlier. Then, there’s non-through cuts…

There are some shorter armed versions of overarm devices, and other installations that use a base that is independent of the saw.

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 03:19 PM

People take those things off for a reason, those older types were difficult to take off and put back on. You can’t dado, make groove cuts, or narrow rips with the guard in place. People get tired of switching it off and on and finally leave it off where it gets lost or thrown out. I did that w/ my ‘80’s era Craftsman, the Delta’s of the day had similar set ups.

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 03:26 PM

You could get some lexan and make your from plans found on the Internet or design one.

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 03:44 PM

Check ebay.

Inquire on the forum at (joining is a
bit of a hassle as you have to wait to get confirmed
by the admins).

Lots of people don’t use and don’t like guards so
one should crop up.

I applaud your choice to use a guard. Statistically
speaking, they do indeed prevent injuries.

Making an overarm blade guard that attaches to
the back fence rail is not that complicated. A lot
of people have done it so there are pictures on
the web.


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#10 posted 07-02-2013 03:52 PM

Thanks I will check out that forum also.

Over twenty years ago I almost lost the tip of finger when my work gloves got caught in a pulley on a large electric motor that didn’t have a belt guard. The hospital was able to re-attach the tip and I still am all complete.

I’m totally aware that these guards are a nuisance, but I got to start with it and will try to use it.

I’m leaning towards the Share Guard since it works similar to the original equipment, I just wish I could get one here this weekend so I can start my projects out.

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 07:38 PM

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 07:46 PM

Thanks Grandpa, I see that they are for the Uni-saw so it might need some modifying to work on my contractors saw, and they are all out of stock.

I think I can get the Shark Guard for $172.00

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 08:24 PM


-- We must all walk our own green mile

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