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  • 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

    This is a tough decision for me, balancing budget, desire and need.
    Below are the ads and specs on the saws I am looking at. I really want to stay as far under $500 CAD as possible and get the best, truest, well built saw I can for the best price - I think that is where I am at.......

    With that in mind, I think I may have already narrowed down my decision to between #4 - Unisaw Series 34-450 for $550 CAD and #2 - Craftsman "Zipcode" 221240 for $400 CAD.

    I would like to know everyone's thoughts on the following criteria for the items below:

    -Best Saw - power, durability, usability etc.?
    -Best Fence - What is your preference/what just works great? Specifically is a unifence or biesemeyer fence better?
    -Best Deal - are any of these a steal? Fair/Good deal?
    -Is a pre-build wood cabinet worth it? Does it add value? (any saw that doesn't have one, I would want to build one)

    And of course the best question of all:
    Which would you buy??

    #1) 10” Delta Unisaw
    Single phase motor – 30amp/250v plug
    Unifence, come with outfeed and crosscut tables.
    Set of Dados and extra blades included.
    $600 CAD (asking price, not yet negotiated) - $452 USD
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    #2) Craftsman Professional Series (Model 152.221240)
    120/240v – 1.75/2.4hp motor
    Barely used at all, mobile base, biesemeyer fence
    $400 CAD (negotiated price) - $226 USD
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    #3) Delta 10” Professional Table Saw with Large Cabinet
    Align-A-Rip fence & two sets of Dado blades
    1.5hp Motor
    $300 CAD (negotiated price) - $226 USD
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    #4) Rockwell Delta 10” Unisaw - series 34-450
    Delta Unifence, 6 ft work top extension, drop down dolly to make moving easier
    220 Volt - 2 HP motor
    $550 CAD (negotiated price) – $415 USD
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    #5) 10” Professional Delta Saw (Model 36-650) with attached storage table
    115/230v – 1.5hp – 1phase motor
    12” cast iron table extension and Delta Fence
    $400 CAD (negotiated price) - $301 USD
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    Thanks so much for any and all input!!

    Ben
    Last edited by Kooptron; 09-26-2019, 01:17 AM.
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    Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

    I would pick #4. Some may be concerned about the 2 hp motor. I have that same saw with 2 hp and I can rip 8/4 maple no problem with a sharp combination blade. Number one would also be a good choice but looks like the wings have been moved around but not a real problem. All of them would probably meet the needs of most people who did woodworking as a hobby.

    Brian
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    • #3

      Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

      i agree with brian, #4, an older model unisaw but nothing wrong with that.
      the two smaller deltas are "contractor" saws, meant to be portable for jobsites and will have the motors hanging off the back and no where near as heavy and solid
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        Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

        .
        I would only consider saws 1 and 4.

        How far away are both saws? Have you seen them running? Are you able to check the flatness of the tables, the arbour runout, the condition of the bearings, etc.

        If both saws test out well, I would lean more towards 1 - especially if the blades it comes with are decent.

        Good luck with the purchase,
        David
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        • #5

          Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

          I agree with David, 1 & 4.

          His points are bang on also.

          Outfeed tables and/or side extensions are not overly appealing (to me) depending on the space you have, or want to give up. Outfeed over side extension if I had to pick. Crosscut sleds are nice, but only if accurate.
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          • #6

            Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

            1 or 4 would be my first choices, 2 my second choice. I wouldn't be interested in the contractor saws. Can any of the 3 cabinet saws be fitted with a riving knife? If so, that would be my deciding factor.

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            • #7

              Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

              #1 no contest
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              Randy

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              • #8

                Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                1 & 4 leaning toward #4 because I can see the starter and it's older. There were some minor changes to #1 in that series and that takes me to #4.

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                • #9

                  Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                  I'd take #1.

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                  • #10

                    Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                    Number 1 as well.
                    Kevin

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                    • #11

                      Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                      Number one is #1. at a very reasonable price with extra goodies.

                      If it is left tilt even better.

                      Great saw.

                      #4 as second choice.
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                      • #12

                        Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                        Hey Stan should we really go through that left right thing again? LOL

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                          Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                          Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post
                          #1 no contest
                          I totally agree.

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                          • #14

                            Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                            I would choose #1

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                              Re: 5 Table Saws - Need advice, which to choose (pics & prices)

                              WOW! Thanks for all the great info, advice and insight! Unfortunately #1 seems to be out of the picture . And of course, #3 and #5 are a no go!
                              I have reached out to the seller multiple times and no response. After a bit of digging it seems like a classic case of sold a few weeks back and left the ad up on a platform they no longer check for new message.
                              Super frustrating - Makes sense though, that it sold fast at $600 with everyone here's recommend to buy.

                              So on to #4 and #2.......
                              I will be honest, although I always tend to prefer "the older the better" motto,
                              I was leaning towards the Craftsman:
                              -Is it built in America? I heard by Orion or Steel City, seems good to me.
                              -It has a larger cast iron area than the Unisaw
                              -I have heard the biesemeyer fence is the cats meow?
                              -It is set up and ready for dust collection
                              -I have 240v 30amp service - so I can re-wire the motor for 220v (should make over 2hp??), the manual says it is hybrid.
                              -Solid Trunnion design
                              -Newer, very little use at all
                              -$150 cheaper!!

                              All things being equal as they are.....

                              Is the Unisaw really worth the extra cash? I know $150 doesn't sound like much, but it all adds up.
                              Is the Unifence really better than a biesemeyer fence?
                              This unisaw doesn't have the 12" cast iron extension on the left side or right side.
                              Of course, I am a huge fan of the upgraded start control and the mobile base.

                              What am I missing that makes this such a much better saw and an obvious choice over the craftsman?
                              I am almost ready to pull the trigger on the Unisaw, I just need a little nudge in the right direction.

                              Thanks in advance!
                              Ben

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