Help me out on this table saw from 9-17-1997

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05-04-2015 12:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 34-444 table saw pros cons

I know there is a lot of knowledge here with all you fellows so help me on this.

I need any information such as the Pros Cons of this table saw. Any details are welcomed even if it seems too small, good or bad. Quality also. Better more information than less.
It has a Delta T-2 fence. Larry

Delta 10” Contractors Saw Model 34-444 Ser.# 96D96731

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 12:54 PM

I had one of those for many years before I bought a Unisaw. Mine had the Unifence, which is a much better fence (IMHO). They are very solid saws, mine was bought new in the early 90’s and it had a motor that was rated at 1.5 HP@ 120V, but 2 HP @ 240V. Turns out it was a 2 HP motor that Delta de-rated to meet some UL requirements. The stamped steel wings weren’t really all that nice, but they still were quite functional. Over the past 18 months or so I’ve seen 2 or 3 listed around me for prices in the $200 to $350 range, most with the Unifence. I always though the quality of the saw was very good (USA made) and the only real propblem I ever had was when I knocked it out of alignment. I couldn’t get it back despite hours of effort. Finally wound up buying a set of PALS ($20), that solved the problem.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 01:09 PM

I picked up a 34-441 which if for all intents and purposes the same saw a few years ago and have been very happy with it. Mine came with a 42” Biesemeyer and a router in the table top and a mobile base. I think I paid about $300-$325, can’t remember. The saw has plenty of power for what I need to do, which in mainly 3/4” wood. I put a new link belt and machined pulleys on it and it has run like a champ. I agree with Fred though about aligning. I also had a lot of trouble getting the blade aligned to the slots. Was almost ready to give up and order the PALS, but decided to try one more time and somehow, it fell right into alignment on the first try.

I’m not a big fan of the stamped wings, but they are adequate. The guy I bought mine from moved both wings to the left side and made a table for the right. My top is right at 6’ long. Wish it had a riving knife, but I got a set of the splitters from Micro Jig and they work pretty good as a substitute, as long as you don’t have to tilt the blade.

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 10:28 PM

Thanks Fred & Joe. I was just wondering where I stood with my current saw. I have thought of upgrading although it seems to do quite well since I aligned the blade. I guess it will get me through my kitchen upgrade so for now I’ll just keep on watching CL for that illusive steal. larry

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 10:41 PM

Curious as to what you are basing the 9-17-1997 date on… purchase date? Because that saw was, based on the serial number, made in April of 1996.

That is a solid saw however.. and the Delta branded Biesemeyer fence is a nice plus. I’m guessing you were considering purchasing it.. how much were they asking?


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#5 posted 05-05-2015 01:35 AM

Brad, I bought the saw on 9-17-1997 at Hartville hardware in Ohio and that is the serial # of the saw. It had a round bar for the fence to slide on, I didn’t like it as I had a hard time adjusting the fence on it. I put a Delta T-2 on it and have liked it much better. I bought a Delta 6” jointer at the same time. I built a lot of things with it but mostly in the remodeling arena. Built all of our new kitchen cabinets at the time also.

I know little about the intricacies of saws, I have learned a lot on this site and that is one of the reasons I am on this site. I was wondering how it compared to other saws in good or bad details and thought I would ask the experts. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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