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Forum topic by Fortytwo posted 07-27-2014 11:56 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Fortytwo

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07-27-2014 11:56 PM

Hello, I am in need of a table saw, I am looking used because I want a good saw with a good fence. My needs are such, I will be trimming out my home and will need to rip some boards . I am doing custom trim in a craftsman style with a ton of parts and built ins. I also have a compound miter saw.

My hobby is with arcade machines, I will need to occasionally make panels and possibly cabinets. So something with cabinet maker abilities. My dad has a delta unisaw with a biesemeyer fence. I really love that saw, but it’s more than I need.

I have found two delta units, on local craigslist, neither are cabinets.
Saw 1 is a 34-441 with a long unifence on it. The picture doesn’t show them but he has a metal and wood table extensions for it.
Saw 2 is a industrial saw (no model yet) with a biesemeyer (delta clone) fence. I don’t beleive it’s an actual brand name. And has a wheel kit on it. This is just a touch more expensive, but I am unsure about the fence. I was told this unit was purchased in 2006.

Please let me know your thoughts on these two tables and fences.
Thanks
Ed


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 12:22 AM

Looks like they are both deltas. The one pictured bottom to me looks like the better deal to me.

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 01:21 AM

I would go for the first one with the uni fence then put u some wings on it. Actually it doesn’t make sense to me why you would forgo the uni saw your dad has offered,(I assume)

The only thing that makes that second delta industrial is ….....nothing!

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Fortytwo

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 01:34 AM

Cab maker, The unisaw of my dads is his baby, he loves it, not an offering. It is more of a reference I have of a real good saw.

The delta with the unifence actually comes with the wings, one metal one wood. They are removed from being moved last. This one is cheaper but does not have the wheel base.
Thanks for the info,

So talking base units the top saw is better or are they similar, or are we talking just fences?
Thanks
Ed

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 01:48 AM

It is my belief that we may be talking more than just fence . I cannot speak from experience with the alleged ind. model other than it is newer and definitely an import delta.

The first model ( without attached wings) I can definitely vouch for. It’s design and performance record in my experience is unparralled . I have owned and used no less than eight of those and still have one now for an on site saw.

All of mine have been made in USA models. The one pictured I cannot say for sure as delta did drop the splayed feet on the base around 93-94 I think.

But yes that one gets my vote as far as contractor models go.

JB

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Fortytwo

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 01:56 PM

Thanks, For the savings on price I can hopefully buy a wheel base, hopefully one that supports the extension.

Ed

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Fortytwo

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#6 posted 07-28-2014 04:04 PM

The newer saw is a 36-670. But definitely says made in China.
Thanks
Ed

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Fortytwo

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 12:42 PM

I decided to look at the unifence model one. The price is right and it has a professional style fence. I am going tonight to look at it. I’ll let you know how things to.
Thanks again
Ed

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timbertailor

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 02:08 PM

The best way to decide it to break out the tuning tools and see how the fence and blade aligns with the miter slots and to each other. Make sure the 45 and 90 degree setting are just that.

Also, check for fence deflection at the far end when locked down.

Everything else can be changed, added to, or modified.

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Fortytwo

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 06:02 PM

I’m bringing someone with me that will have the tools to check it out.
Thanks
Ed

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Fortytwo

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#10 posted 07-30-2014 12:04 PM

Howdy, I picked up the saw last night. Got it mostly assembled. The wood table extension looks like a heavy chunk of lab countertop. I just need to get it mounted and a leg built for it. It has a decent 60 tooth carbide finish blade in it.
What it needs;
Angle change lock knob
Fence sight plastic,
I need a set of blade wrenches, I believe this one supports a wrench on the arbor but I can’t see, too much string or some junk on it.
New belt, going linked, what width?
I want to get a mobile base with an extension for it and a dado blade.
This one does say made in the USA.

Thanks.

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cabmaker

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#11 posted 07-30-2014 05:36 PM

Wise decision !

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toolie

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 01:54 AM

is that hand truck a stair climber?

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TheFridge

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#13 posted 07-31-2014 02:02 AM

It’s a hand truck stairclimber. 2014 model.

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Fortytwo

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#14 posted 07-31-2014 03:41 AM

It’s a escolara stair climber with the optional fork lift attachment. Helpful when bringing a bingo or pinball machine out of a basement and loading it onto a truck by my self. Or loading a heavy as he’ll saw onto a truck. I have also lifted and loaded a 709 pound stove. Great tool for being in the arcade hobby, and moving. I got this on craigslist and the attachment from work.
Ed

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