About six months ago I hastily bought a saw on Craigslist because I just *had* to have it for that job I was doing *today*. I wish I'd learn. I've never ever been happy with purchase made for a task when I needed it *now*. Tools where I'v researched several weeks and read lots of reviews, visited shops... I've always loved what I ended up with. You can guess where this is going...
I found a Delta/Rockwell 34-335 on Craigslist for $50 that day. It was a gamble as the tilt was locked up, but got it home and took the whole thing apart, cleaned it, and it worked! Now that I'm getting into woodworking more, it has been nothing but frustration.
- Not easy to adjust blade to miter slot. (So not easy that I've never re-crawled under there to fix it)
- Tilt toward the fence
- Fence is absolutely horrible (I measure from the front and back of the blade every single time with a 1/64" ruler)
- Motor is under the table and very inaccessible
- Motor seems to bog and I wonder about it's health
- Lack of parts (seems like it just wasn't a popular saw and so lots of things are no longer available on ereplacements even)
It's just very frustrating to be limited by your tools. In any case, it got me started, but I'm thinking about upgrading and found a Model 10 on Craigslist for $280 (http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...512237004.html). Is this a fair price? I found another post (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthre...contractor-saw) where it sounded like $150 was a great deal. Trying to find out if $280 is as well.
What questions should I ask? Is the "Model 10" the equivalent of a model number or will it have a 3x-xxx Delta number as well (just wondering if the "type" of Model 10 could matter). Is there anything you would look for? Is this model a good one for a hobbyist like myself? I'm thinking yes... the fence alone is worth it to me if it's accurate and adjustable (My saw is here: http://www.ereplacementparts.com/del...334_13696.html. The finger bolt and knob control the back/front lock of the fence onto the metal pipes Never stays straight and the measurement increments have no relation to how far from the blade you are on my saw).
I'd love to know your thoughts!