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Michael

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04-03-2018 12:33 PM

Good Morning!

I’ve recently gotten into woodworking and have been purchasing the basic tools to put my own wood shop together. I have been able to afford everything by buying older table saws that have been neglected and restoring them for resale.

Yesterday I saw this table saw posted on my local Facebook marketplace:

I believe it’s a Delta 34-395. I can get this saw for $350. It’s more than I thought I would be spending on a table saw, however my plan was to buy a good fence for a cheaper craftsman 113 table saw and use that until I could afford a unisaw, which I’ve never seen go below $700 on my local craigslist/facebook.

Can anyone recommend if this would be a wise purchase?


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 12:39 PM

That is the Unisaws daddy. If you get it and decide you want something else you should be able to get double your money easy if it’s not gone already. Provided no major problems.

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 12:52 PM

Yeah. If you have the room, snatch that up. Worth it even if you just clean it up and resell it.

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 12:59 PM

Yup

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#4 posted 04-03-2018 01:11 PM

Thanks guys. The saw is about an hour away, so I’m trying to get all the information I can about it. So far everything I’ve bought to this point has been 50-60s era Craftsman belt driven equipment (drill press, jointer, planer, lathe, radial arm saw & band saw), so this is a big leap for me.

Even getting the thing into my truck will be a day’s work it seems.

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#5 posted 04-03-2018 02:32 PM

rent a engine lift for 4 hours :<))

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 02:42 PM

Be aware this saw is likely has a three phase electric motor as it is an industrial type saw. Three phase current is used in industrial areas and is not supplied to residences. Should the saw have a three phase motor, you will have to invest in a phase converter which would be an extra few hundred dollars.

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 02:54 PM



Be aware this saw is likely has a three phase electric motor as it is an industrial type saw. Three phase current is used in industrial areas and is not supplied to residences. Should the saw have a three phase motor, you will have to invest in a phase converter which would be an extra few hundred dollars.

- Planeman40

For a hobbyist, do you think that it’s a bit more than would be required? Right now all the equipment I have runs smaller single phase motors up to 1hp. The only upgrades I have planned on doing electrically is adding a 220v line to my garage for an older Parks planer.

I honestly think I’m getting in over my head a bit. It looks like a great deal, but I’m just getting into woodworking as a hobby. I have a Craftsman 113.29991 running off a 1hp motor. I think I might be better off putting the money towards a good fence for that saw and start building up my skill.

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#8 posted 04-03-2018 03:22 PM

If you can afford that saw, you will be kicking yourself around the block forever for not buying it. Great saw!! You don’t often see good saws like that at that price. As to the phase converter I will say this. There are some great deals out there on good used light industrial machines that are three phase because home owners need to buy a phase converter and avoid three phase machines. I am 77 years old now and some of my best machines were bought as used light industrial machines many years ago. But it took a lot of looking to find these as 110 or 220 volt single phase machines. If I were to do it all over again I would wire up a separate circuit in the shop for three phase using one phase converter for all machines. As a hobbyist, you use only one machine at a time so this would be O.K. Phase converters work well, but you need to carefully select the proper one for your use. The people who sell them can help you with this.

For what its worth, I am running a 5 hp 12” table saw on a 220 volt single phase washer/dryer circuit with no problems. So a 220 volt circuit with a phase converter should work with this saw. I highly doubt this saw you are looking at is 110 volts!

“Yer pays yer money and takes yer choice!

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#9 posted 04-03-2018 04:30 PM


If you can afford that saw, you will be kicking yourself around the block forever for not buying it. Great saw!!

Geez, I was really hoping you would talk me OUT of buying it!

I still think I’m going to have to pass this one up. Mostly because my workshop is in my basement and currently (heh) doesn’t have the electric capacity to support this type of equipment. Also, I’ve spent a lot of time fixing up my old Craftsman tools and am really looking forward to using them :)

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#10 posted 04-03-2018 04:50 PM

You shouldn’t fret about passing it up. While it is a great saw at a great buy, it’s probably beyond what you want at this point. The observation about it possibly being 3 phase is a good one, and it will be a beast. But you almost certainly need a beast at this stage of the game. Still, it’s probably a very good buy for someone.

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#11 posted 04-03-2018 05:01 PM

If you’re passing, how about a link and the location of that saw? :-))

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#12 posted 04-03-2018 05:01 PM

I don’t know you or your situation any better than the other commenters, but I’d say you don’t need a table saw that big. My Eisenhower-era Craftsman is a 10” saw that handles everything I need it to handle, yet isn’t so big that it scares the bejesus out of me. And that’s what a 3-phase 14” blade certainly would do.

Unless you’re handling 2”+ white oak or hickory on a regular basis, it’s more saw than you need. Certainly more than I need, too. Good deal or not.

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Michael

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#13 posted 04-03-2018 05:03 PM



You shouldn t fret about passing it up. While it is a great saw at a great buy, it s probably beyond what you want at this point. The observation about it possibly being 3 phase is a good one, and it will be a beast. But you almost certainly need a beast at this stage of the game. Still, it s probably a very good buy for someone.

- Fred Hargis

Hopefully not. I’ve only recently gotten into woodworking and to save money I’ve been buying tools used off Craigslist and Facebook. It’s kind of developed a secondary hobby of buying and restoring old tools. My favorites have been old Craftsman belt driven machines. I’ve been able to get a table saw ($100), drill press ($40), jointer ($100), lathe($80), radial arm saw($30), band saw($60), scroll saw($10 – he only wanted $5) and bench grinder ($40) all of which were 50s – 60s model Craftsman tools, most of which have original working motors.

I’ve bought a few newer table saws that have been neglected and restored them for resale, however they were single phase machines. I did manage to make enough from reselling them to fund my old machine hobby :)

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Michael

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#14 posted 04-03-2018 05:06 PM

Hokie- it’s in upstate NY. Message me if you would like more details!

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HokieKen

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#15 posted 04-03-2018 05:15 PM



Hokie- it s in upstate NY. Message me if you would like more details!

- Michael

Too far for me… darn. If it’s still there, and I’d be shocked if it is, you could easily double or triple your investment just from a good cleaning and spit shine. Assuming it runs well of course… Just a thought since it’s way outside my market ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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