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Forum topic by DanAZ posted 03-01-2021 11:16 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DanAZ

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03-01-2021 11:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta table saw biesemeyer

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well. I finally have the room for a table saw and have been keeping my eye out locally for one. There is one for sale in town now that has sparked my interest and I’m hoping you would give me your thoughts. Here are the details:

Delta 36-426 Contractor Saw Special Edition with Biesemeyer Fence Model 36-431 and moveable base
Made In USA

It’s being sold by the original owner who has all the original paperwork and says it’s had light use in it’s life.

I know this is an older saw, around 20 years old but I think it’s probably better than much of what’s out there. The seller is willing to take $475, down from quite a bit more.

Does this sound like a good deal? Not much comes up like this where I live – lots of job site saws and Box Store Junk. As far as I can tell, it would cost me at least $1,000 to get a new saw anywhere near this quality. It’s an older used saw, however.

If you would share your opinion I would greatly appreciate it. Don’t hold back – say your piece. Attaching some pictures.

Many thanks!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 11:21 PM

That is a solid saw, and it has one of those magic motors that actually gain horsepower when switching from 120 to 240v! Biesemeyer fence and mobile base is a big plus as well. $475 is not too bad of a price given it appears to be in excellent and well cared for condition.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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SMP

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 11:24 PM

Its really similar to the saw I have, but mine is a few years older and has the crappy stock fence and 110 motor. I will say this, if you got a saw with a crappy fence it costs around $400 for a decent fence.

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syenefarmer

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#3 posted 03-02-2021 12:35 AM

Without the Biesemeyer fence that’s a $200-$250 saw. I’m not sure if the fence/rail system is really worth the extra $225-$275. With your local market on used table saws being what you say it is though it might be justifiable to pay his asking price.

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#4 posted 03-02-2021 12:46 AM

I think $475 is still on the high side for a contractor saw but the fence does make it more desirable.
If you can try to hook it to the 240v power. The 1.5. hp is marginal if you plan to do any ripping of hardwoods.
If it fits your needs go for it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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DanAZ

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#5 posted 03-02-2021 01:30 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. It sounds like it’s priced either about right or maybe slightly on the high side.

As far as my needs, this would be my first “real” table saw so I’m not too sure what I expect out of the saw. Given that my local market is pretty dry for good used saws, I’m mostly comparing it with what I can get new. Needless to say I couldn’t get anything close for $475 new.

There is a Grizzly Hybrid saw locally with a good fence for $975 and a couple of old Delta Unisaws for $1,200 – $2,500. The Grizzly hybrid is much newer and likely a better saw but for $500 more, which I don’t really want to spend right now.

It doesn’t sound like it’s really overpriced. I appreciate all the feedback. Keep them coming if you like.

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DanAZ

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#6 posted 03-02-2021 01:36 AM

By the way, here is the Grizzly model G0715pq with a TS LS fence and mobile base for $975. Looks like a great saw for twice the price.

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RClark

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#7 posted 03-02-2021 01:50 AM

I had an old Delta 34-444 for 11 years as my first table saw. Was a good choice for me at the time. I paid $300 for it in 2001.

I don’t think it’s a “smokin’ deal”, but it’s certainly not an outrageous price, either. That Biesemeyer fence and quality mobile base are the things that would make me consider it.

-- Ray

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SMP

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#8 posted 03-02-2021 02:07 AM

Well the good news is that if its a good deal , and as you say your market is dry, then its already gone by now and you won’t have to decide. Or someone went over with cash and made him an offer.

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DanAZ

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#9 posted 03-02-2021 02:49 AM

That’s how I feel Ray. Not a smoking’ deal but not bad. The seller and I have been talking over the phone. He still has it. He actually has it listed for much more, which is why it’s not getting much interest but he knows he’s got it priced pretty high and says he’ll take $475.

I’ll sleep on it and see how I feel in the morning. At the moment, I feel pretty close to deciding to take it.

Thanks again to all who have commented.

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Wood_Scraps

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#10 posted 03-02-2021 03:29 AM

With that fence, $475 seems fair. Not a , “shut up and take my money” level deal. But, still a price that you could walk away feeling satisfied.

As far as new saws, the Delta 36-725T2 is maybe the only comparable one in that rough price range.

I too have been browsing CL and Marketplace. So I completely understand how sparse the deals are. Like you, almost everything I see is bench top and job site saws. With nearly all being overpriced. Nicer contractor saws and cabinet saws have been few and far between. And the few that pop up are even more outrageous.

Just this evening, I ended up pulling the trigger on a Delta 36-725T2 from Lowe’s. Had a 10% coupon. They offered me another 10% for some slight damage to the box. And I can still return it if there are issues. Brought it down to $480.

If it were a choice between paying full price ($600), or buying the one you posted, it’d be a tough decision. But would likely still go with the 36-725T2 simply for the added security of a return policy and 5 year warranty.

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#11 posted 03-02-2021 05:30 AM

YEP

As others said or hinted at, a fence is a LARGE percent of what makes a good saw. I can tolerate slower cuts long before fighting settings.


Well the good news is that if its a good deal , and as you say your market is dry, then its already gone by now and you won’t have to decide. Or someone went over with cash and made him an offer.

- SMP


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#12 posted 03-02-2021 10:13 AM

Older saws have no riving knife. About half the reason I upgraded.

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JIMMIEM

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#13 posted 03-02-2021 01:21 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.

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RClark

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#14 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.

- JIMMIEM

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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bilyo

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#15 posted 03-02-2021 02:16 PM

I’m a bit late getting to this post. I have had a somewhat newer model of that saw for over 10 years and I can’t think of anything negative to say except that it doesn’t have a riving knife. It does have a below the table mount for a splitter. I have that rigged so that the splitter can be inserted and removed as needed without removing the ZCI. I’m glad the saw doesn’t have an open grill top like some. I love the solid CI. The whole saw is solid and heavy and it passes the nickel test with flying colors. And, of course, there is the Biesemeyer fence. What can I say besides “perfect”. However, keep in mind that this is the only table saw I have ever owned. So, I can’t compare it to anything else. I don’t know current prices very well, but my gut tells me that $475 is a bit high, but from the picture, it looks to be in good condition. So…?

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