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StratCat

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06-21-2020 11:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta made in the usa 34-444

I recently bought a tool package that included a Jet jj-6csx jointer and an American made Delta table saw. The table saw has the cast iron wings and a Vega fence. Having gotten both tools for $125 total, I am quite pleased, but I do have some questions about the saw. The lable on the side says the Cat no. for the saw is 36-700. A Google search for that number has come up with nothing, atleast nothing from the Made in the USA era. Looking at pictures and manuals, I think my saw is likely a 34-444 or 34-474 model. Has anyone ever heard of a 36-700 or have any idea what that number actually references? Any idea how I can differentiate between the different 34-4xx models? I’m contemplating replacing the stock pullies and belt with machined steel and a flex belt and need to make sure of what I have before I buy the wrong parts by mistake. Any help would be appreciated.


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sheartak

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#1 posted 06-22-2020 01:19 AM

$125 for both is a great deal. Where do yo usually shop for the second woodworking machines´╝č

-- Mike, Waterloo, ON, Canada, www.sheartak.com

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#2 posted 06-22-2020 01:31 AM

What is the serial number of the 36-700? I seem to remember that cat # as being a really limited production model, like only one or two years, but I can’t find any info at the moment. At least with the S/N, it can be narrowed down to year.

As far as ‘upgrades’... save your money until you run it for a while. The pulleys and a link belt ain’t going to buy you any extra performance and in most cases will just rob you of your money for no real gain. If you need a belt, I’d go wit h a standard cogged v-belt. Way less problems and much cheaper as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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StratCat

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#3 posted 07-06-2020 08:30 PM

I finally got through to Delta support and the gentleman told me that the 36-700 was a short run special edition of the 34-444 with cast iron wings. It was made in 1997. I’m constantly browsing OfferUp, Letgo, 5 Mile and of course Craigslist and just stumbled upon someone changing hobbies that was happy with letting go at a great price. I’m likely to change the belt this week as the saw vibrates far more than it should and I suspect that its due to the belt having been in one position for a long time and having developed a memory kink. I’ve already bought a miter gauge and a dado blade so other than the belt, I’ll be set for a bit on the saw. The jointer has a couple of nicks in the blades so I’ve ordered a new set. When they arrive I’ll have the nicked ones sharpened and it will be good to go as well. Overall, I think this is the best tool score I’ve ever made and I can feel good about it because the seller is quite happy too!

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 07-07-2020 03:29 PM

Thanks for the info, I found that interesting. My first TS was a 34-444, and I loved it. I do admit the stamped steel extensions looked, well, cheap, and the cast iron ones would have been nice.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 07-07-2020 04:14 PM

The Delta contractor saws can use the same cast iron wings as Unisaws, so there’s a fair number of them out there as parts.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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