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#1 posted 03-02-2021 02:07 PM

Just a comment about Delta. With some of their older products replacement parts are no longer available. I ran into this with an older Delta miter saw. Might want to check this out for the saw you are contemplating buying.


I’m in general agreement with you regarding the sad state of affairs with today’s Delta brand. Four major components of my shop are Delta machines. If I had to replace any of those capabilities today, new Delta equipment would not even be a consideration in the search for the replacement.

I do, however, like the “old iron” Delta. My newest Delta equipment is nearly 20 years old. Two of the pieces are 60 years or older.

There are a couple of factors, in my opinion, that would make me consider this saw (if I was looking for one).

- It’s a USA-made saw. That tells me that it was still being manufactured to at least some decent quality specification before Delta moved the last of their manufacturing capability offshore to cheapest bid.

- Contractor saws really aren’t that complex. As long as they haven’t been abused, a quality machine is fairly durable. According to the OP, this one has seen an easy life with one owner, so things like castings should be in pretty good shape. Due diligence is key.

- That fence. One of the big motivations for me moving on from my old Delta contractor saw was the sorry Jet lock fence. Fast, repeatable, accurate settings are key to enjoyment of the saw, in my opinion. With an accurate fence, nice alignment of the blade to the table and fence, almost anything is possible with this saw.

-- Ray

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