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First saw purchase - new or old? Fence options?

by Dracarius
posted 07-21-2017 07:30 PM


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knotscott

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 11:19 AM

A good aftermarket fence will start at about $200 for something like the Delta T3. Many of the better fences will run > $300. Most will require some drilling.

The Delta 36-725 has a fence very similar to the T3, but it uses a two-piece front rail system. That’s a saw that’s directly competitive with the R4512, and is one I’d look into while researching the R4512. The fence on the R4512 isn’t my favorite, but it is functional, and you might just find that it works fine for you.

A good used saw is one way to maximize how much saw you get for the money if the right deal comes along at the right time. A Unisaw or PM66 are top shelf industrial cabinet saws…most require 220v. Great saws for sure, but there are many solid used saws with less prestigious lineage. If you list your general geographic area, someone here might know of a nice saw available.

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 11:49 AM

Theres really not much to go wrong with a Unisaw or a 66. Belts, maybe. My Powermatic was built in 1964, found it in a corner of a factory I was working in. It had a 3 phase motor in it, but, Powermatic stocks the motors and in a week I had a nice new 3HP single phase in it. Some cleaning up and some minor adjustments and I’ve been running it for the last 12 years without a hitch.
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#3 posted 07-22-2017 01:18 PM

It really has to be mistreated to break parts. They were built to last.

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