Hi Aaron - The Delta 34-444 is indeed an American made contractor style saw, is well made, and is certainly suitable for good hobby work (and more)....at the right price. However, $600 is pretty darn steep for a used contractor saw IMO...Biese fence or not. If the saw is in great shape, I think $350-$400 is more realistic in today's market. Depending on the wings, and useful extras (blades, inserts, mobile base, after market miter gauge, etc.), it might be worth a bit more. There's no warranty, it doesn't have a riving knife, and it still posesses all the known drawbacks of the traditional 60 year old contractor saw design, like poor dust collection, lifting hazard when tilted, difficult alignment process, larger footprint from the outboard motor, etc. $400-$600 should buy a heck of a nice used saw (maybe even a Delta Unisaw), or goes along way toward a nice new saw with some design updates, return priveleges, and a warranty.