My grandfather passed away in January and I was lucky enough to get his table saw. It’s a Delta/Rockwell model 34-345 from the mid 70’s and I’d like to get it rebuilt to “like new” condition. The motor seems to work fine, but I need to have the fence replaced, and the entire saw looked over by someone who knows what they’re looking at. I understand that this is probably going to cost more than buying a new and more modern saw, but would anyone have any advice for where to start in the Minneapolis/upper midwest area?
Yes you may spend more money, but I can appreciate a tool having sentimental value.
If you want an original fence, you will have to try your luck with eBay. This was round tubular.
If you want a better than original fence, get the Delta T2 fence from e.g., Toolsplus.
If the motor works, I am not sure what else needs to be "looked over". Remove the blade if you want to be safe, and plug it in to confirm.
First do a visual inspection of the saw, and blow out with compressed air if available. Likely to be some dust over time.
Try the handwheels for elevation and tilt. Search on this site for how to lubricate, and the type of lubricant. I prefer a dry lubricant like this one so it does not attract dust.
If the handwheels and motor work, then all that is left is to calibrate the blade to the mitre slot, and later the fence to the mitre slot, in this order.
The manual will tell you how to do the calibration, or you can search for other threads on the site. This topic comes up now and again.