Table Saw Delima
I recently purchased a packaged deal...
I picked up a 10" Delta table saw with unifence and accessories, a JET 14" band saw with a 6" riser block, and a 4" Precision joiner.
I purchased it all from my cousin whos late husband was a woodworker. The main reason for the purchase was the band saw. The 4" Precision joiner was thrown in as a bonus. I didn't have a joiner and was pleased to find out after some testing that it works great and is in excellent condition...not the ideal size but like I said, it was a bonus.
My question lies with the table saw but to understand, I need to tell you what I already had. I had been using a very old ('70's guessing) Craftsman 10" table saw that has one additional wing and the poor factory fence. I re-wired the motor to convert it from 220 volt to 110 volt when I got the saw. The fence sucks as it never stays parallel to the blade and does not lock into any measurement guide that is even close to accurate. I have however built my cross-cut sled, miter sled, spline jig, and an awesome lynn style box joint jig/sled around this table saw.
The newer Delta table saw came with a Delta tenon jig, 2 wings, side table, and the unifence which is over 5' wide. After setting up the saw I found the unifence to be very accurate, both with being parallel to the blade and with the accuracy of the measurement lines. On the down side, I found the saw to be VERY underpowered compared to the Craftsman.
Reading the HP on the motors:
Delta - 1 1/2 - 2 HP
Craftsman - 1 HP
The Craftsman saw can cut through 14/4 hardwood without flinching yet the Delta bogs down while ripping 3/4 pine...using the same new blade on both saws.
I already know the Craftsman motor can be wired to either 110 or 220 because I had to rewire the motor to 110 when I got the saw. I would have kept it 220 but didn't want to ever tie up the dryer outlet.
I'm no expert but by looking at the tag on the Delta motor, it appears it can also be wired for 220.
My question is...what would you do? Put the Craftsman motor on the Delta saw? Put the Delta unifence on the Craftsman saw? Could the Delta motor be wired for 220 and have a 110 plug at the end of the cord?...thus be underpowered?