Getting a table saw 36-725 or 34-450

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Forum topic by Tony52 posted 04-26-2017 09:04 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2017 09:04 PM

Hi All,
I’m new to the forum and would like to get some advise. I’m looking to replace my table saw with either a new 36-725 or an old 34-450 and they both cost $600.
The 34-450 as you are know is old, this particular one is in fair shape but will require a bit of work to get it running. The bed is rusted pretty good, and the wiring will need changing but my main concern is the motor. If that goes is there a replacement for it?

And the big question is which should I get?

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 09:17 PM

Substantially different saws.. one a hybrid, the other a real cabinet saw. Hard to tell without seeing it, but I’d opt for the Unisaw, although would try to get the price down a bit… rust is easy to take care of, and some fresh bearings and belts should give it new life, as those are about the only maintenance items that need changing every now and then. Those motors will last forever if taken care of, but yes, there are plenty of replacement motors available – they made those saws since the late 30’s, and parts are, with very few exceptions, interchangeable between machines made over the decades they were produced (up until the redesign of the new models in ~2009).

Guess it boils down to how much effort you are willing to expend to wind up with a superior saw, or if you just want to plug something in and start cutting wood. Of course, without seeing the saw in question – it’s hard to really judge.


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#3 posted 04-26-2017 10:01 PM

There are replacement motors for the 34-450, they can cost you $200 to $400+.

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 12:59 PM

MrUnix thanks for your input. I was thinking along those lines. I don’t mind working the table until it is in good order. I was mainly concerned with the motor.

I tried to purchase the saw but the guy was a little bit of a schmuck on craigslist put it up for $300 and got a lot of interest, took it down and re-posted it for $600. Don’t know what he will do if he gets interest at $600.

I got pictures but being new to this forum I’m not setup to post them yet. Will work on that.

Thanks guys!

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