need info on this table saw. interested in buying it.

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03-13-2014 08:48 PM

has anyone heard of a delta 30-173? cant find any info on this and im looking to buy a table saw. i dont really want to spend over 400 dollars. im working with a table saw i built right now and i want something more stable. talked to the guy and he said he would take 400 for it. good deal or not?


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#1 posted 03-13-2014 09:27 PM

That’s a neat oldie, but I can’t help but think that this PM64a for $500 has better potential to actually use….it’s got a much better fence, and two solid cast iron wings. You can always make an offer of $400 if that’s your budget.

This Hitachi for $250 could be worth some thought too if it’s not too far away:

Here’s another Delta to ponder:

Your area is loaded right now…here’s an older US made Craftsman saw with a Biesemeyer fence. It’s a little steep @ $525, but an offer within budget isn’t offensive.

If you’ve got 220v, this one is definitely worth inquiring about….ask for pics:

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 09:32 PM

If you just love vintage iron and dearly want to have it in your shop, the price might be OK for the collector crowd—those art deco style bases can be ridiculously expensive, I hear.

If you are looking for a table saw to use, I would pass. The small table, crappy fence and amount of work to get it restored are not worth it.

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 10:44 PM

The “30-173” is the serial number, not the model.. that dates it to 1944. A quick look through the Delta 1944 caalog shows it to be a 10” tilting table saw, and with the cast iron base, makes it a model 34-305 (if it had the flair leg open stand, it would be a 34-307). Would be a great machine to restore, and cast iron bases are becoming very rare and sought after… Actually, that saw in particular is fairly rare in the wild as well. But if you are looking for a day to day work horse, you probably want to keep looking.


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#4 posted 03-13-2014 11:00 PM

I’m actually located in Charleston but not much catching my eye in the area

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 11:41 PM

There are a couple of nice looking saws in your area for around the $400 mark..

Like this Powermatic PM64 with cast iron extension wings, asking $375 for:

Or this 2HP Delta Contractors saw:
for $300 and comes with a diamond blade

If I were closer, I’d check out the Delta and offer maybe $200-$250..
Ans as always, patience pays.. good deals come around all the time if you are willing to wait.


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

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 12:13 AM is where I found info on my Rockwell table saw

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 12:42 AM

That’s a tilt-table saw. It’s a very accurate machine for joinery
but if you intend to work with plywood on the table saw it
may not meet your needs. The saw alone with a motor and
fence on an open stand is worth about $100-150. The art
deco base is worth $250 or more to a collector.

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 01:01 AM

I use to own one of the Powematic Artisan saws, mine was a model 63. It looks like the one MrUnix linked has the same 30” Vega fence system which is very nice. It was a great contractor saw with smooth controls and plenty of power. If that style fits your needs it’s about as good as they come.

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 01:53 AM

I really want it but I can’t get in touch with the guy selling the pm saw. I really want it but he’s not returning emails. I guess I’ll have to do the delta contractors saw if he gets back with me. Is the delta accurate enough to join up boards decently

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 02:54 AM

The Delta saws were excellent machines that one has a low end fence that you’d want to replace. Also these were American made but that one is lacking the sticker. Bummer about the PM, looks like a nice fixer upper.

-- Rick M,

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