Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cross Roads, Tx
1952 Delta Homecraft 34-500 8" Table saw review
I am writing this review so that others in the market for a cheap table saw will see that there are options other than cheap plastic and sheet metal. I purchased this saw completely rebuilt from an elevator repairman who fixes up old iron for a hobby. It was $200 and included a homemade mobile base and a vintage 8" HSS blade. The limitation of the 8" blade is not a problem since most of the new table saws in this price range would have a hard time maxing out their 10" blade. A 8-1/4" DeWalt carbide blade will fit for a decent price, and better quality 8" blades are available from the higher end balde manufacturers. I actually run this saw regularly with a $14 7-1/4" Freud Diablo that has a very thin kerf. The saw came with a 3/4 horsepower motor. You may think this is woefully underpowered, but it has ripped and cross cut 8/4 brazilian cherry without bogging down. The table is heavy cast iron and has the cast iron wing attachment on one side and an extended ply wing on the other. The miter slot is a true 3/4" slot unlike some of the new table saws. It passes the nickel test with an older v-belt, and I am sure it would pass the penny test with a link belt. The accuracy of the cut is way beyond my contractor saw it replaced. I can actually split wide stock by flipping the board and not see where the 2 cuts meet. The cuts I make with it seldom need to be jointed. I regularly see these old saws and others from the same time period for $50 -$300 depending on manufacturer and how clean it is. The next time you are in the market for a table saw and looking to spend less than $400, keep old iron like Delta Homecraft 34-500 and 600's and old Craftsman in mind. There is a reason these two names built a reputation for quality back in the day.