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Duffman

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10-07-2014 01:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw question

Hello,
This is my first post on lumberjocks, but I have read quite a few tool reviews here. I am looking at purchasing a table saw. There three in the running. Number 1 is the Delta 34-444, it has a 52in fence and attached delta sliding table (34-555). Saw number two is the General International 50-220M1. Saw number 3 is the Craftsman Professional 22124, with the bies fence and router table, the seller is also throwing in a porter cable Model 891 router with the saw. The Craftsman is the most expensive (by about $125), but does come with the router, which I could use as I only have a small dewalt trim router. Any thoughts you could give me would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ryan

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scvwood27

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 01:45 PM

What are the prices?

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knotscott

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 02:20 PM

Price matters for sure, but all three look like good saws with nice fences. All well cared for from what I can see.

None are equipped with a modern riving knife, but the 22124 can be fitted with a BORK aftermarket riving knife. The 22124 hybrid was made by Steel City/Orion and has cabinet mounted trunnions….it had a pretty strong following between 5-10 years ago. It accepts Delta throat inserts.

The GI is a good hybrid also, and has a mobile base. IIRC, the GI has a proprietary two stage drive system said to add torque, but also has a proprietary motor, meaning no off the shelf replacements if ever necessary.

The Delta is an older workhorse with an outboard motor that takes up a bit more space and has a longer belt. Also has a mobile base.

We can advise better when you share prices, but I’d guess $400-$650 max as a gross price range.

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timbertailor

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 02:22 PM

I would be proud to own any one of them.

I have a Delta contractor saw similar to the model shown. Has been a great saw for over 20 years.

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Duffman

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 05:46 PM

Off the top of my head I believe the Delta and the GI were $600, while the Craftsman was $725 (with the router).

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 06:32 PM

I would go with the General. The Craftsman looks nice too, but anything with that name on it I tend to avoid. I don’t ever want to have to call Sears again. Ever.

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 08:18 PM

The 22124 is a bit overpriced IMHO. I’d go $650 max for it, even with the 891.

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toolie

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 01:49 AM

+1 on Scott’s comments. The bies and left tilt would make the c-man my choice.

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Duffman

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#8 posted 10-08-2014 02:11 AM

Update: my memory was poor, they are asking $500 for the GI

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knotscott

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#9 posted 10-08-2014 09:36 AM

You’re fortunate to have that many solid options in your area.

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#10 posted 10-08-2014 10:55 AM

The General would be my choice. Offer $400 and justify it by the proprietary motor setup. You can always move up from an initial offer, but never down!

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