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Blog entry by Let_that_saw_eat posted 04-09-2018 11:59 PM 1091 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I bought my first solid table saw yesterday off CL, I must say what little I’ve used it thus far my mind is beyond blown!! The miter slots on a quality cast iron top, compared to the crappy aluminum one I had before, is like a dream come true.

The rock-solid Unifence is another huge shock of goodness I’m unaccustomed to, not having to measure front and back with the old cruddy fence is like a race car vs. a golf cart cross country.

I can’t wait for the weekend to come so I can make sleds (that I can actually use) and zero clearance inserts. My previous saw had the junky Chinese saw insert that only had one side attached to the top.

Definitely gonna need a solid mobile base for it, the one it’s sitting on now was intended for my previous TS that I gave up on out of frustration. Any suggestions or other user plans/ideas I’m open to input!!

Very excited in WI!! -Adam-

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.



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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 02:49 AM

Adam,

Enjoy your new saw! And work safely. It looks brand new . . . like a saw you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come.

One of these days soon we should be getting warm enough here in Wisconsin to stop spending all our time feeding the wood stove and get back to more time with lumber instead of firewood!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 03:27 AM

If you haven’t already, get a link belt to replace the current belt for the motor/arbor (unless it’s already a link belt). Smoother, quieter, I was blown away by the difference.

Enjoy your new tool/toy. I’ll repeat Adam; work safely.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Rich

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 04:59 AM

I have that identical saw — the Series 2000 White Edition. It is such a rock-solid saw, I’ve never felt the need to upgrade to a cabinet model. Sure I drool, but this thing does the job day in and day out. I rip 8/4 mesquite all the time with no problems. I do use thin-kerf blades exclusively, and switch from the 50 tooth combination to a 24 tooth rip for thick hardwood, but even with more horsepower I’d still do that to avoid burning.

That UniFence is the best. That’s the same fence they sold on the cabinet model Unisaw. You’re right that you won’t be checking it for each setup, it stays dead square once you get it set up, and the cursor is all I use to set the width of rip cuts. I did replace the blade of the fence a couple of years ago with the Uni-T-Fence from Peachtree. It’s a direct replacement for the OEM fence and has some nice features. You’ll only have to tweak the cursor to adjust for the width. Maybe 1/32 or 1/64 inch.

Get the link belt Woodbutchery suggested, and I’ll shoot you a picture in the morning of the mobile base I have that’s made for the saw. I assume it’s still available, but I don’t know for sure.

I also replaced my left side wing with a BenchDog router table with a JessEm lift. It adds several inches of support besides being a router table.

You’re going to love the saw. I bought mine new back in 1999 (I think) and it’s never let me down. Like I said, I’d love to have a 5 hp Unisaw, but I don’t see how it could do anything I need that this one can’t. I’d rather spend the money on something with more bang for the buck.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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MKH

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 08:55 AM

Congrats Adam. That saw looks almost new. Hopefully you got a good deal on it.

The Unifence always looked kind of weird to me but it was supposed to be the best fence that Delta made and I’ve always heard that is a good one. Enjoy it.

I never see anything but old beat up and rusted junk locally on CL.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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Joe Andrews

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 12:29 PM

Used to have that exact model also. Loved it . Went through a lull in my woodworking and in a fit of stupidity, I sold it. Probably not the dumbest thing I’ve done, bit it ranks right up there! You will enjoy the saw. Congrats!

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dday

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 01:18 PM

Great looking saw. That’s the exact same way I felt when I traded up to a 35-725 and got that great T fence.
It made me WANT to do more projects. :)

Enjoy!!

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 11:56 PM

Appreciate all the comments everyone!! It’s pretty cool how much positive input I’ve received on this site already, very inspiring!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 12:01 AM

@lightweightleftylady – definitely need this weather to change!!

@ woodbutchery – thank you for the tip on the belt, I haven’t looked close enough yet to see which is on it, will certainly do so if it doesn’t have one. I’m all or nothing and it’s killing me to wait on breaking it in but if I go out in the garage right now I’ll be out there al night!! Took Friday off and plan on tinkering all weekend!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 12:07 AM

@rich – thanks for sharing the link, that upgrade looks super practical with slots for feather boards or whatever you may want to put on but THE PRICE is the best of all, can definitely see that thing coming my way!!

@MKH – you have no idea how long I’ve trolled CL until I stumbled upon this beauty, the most satisfying thing after getting it home was DELETING the browser bookmark i had on CL with the search “Delta Table Saw.”
Searched for sooooooo long!!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#10 posted 04-11-2018 12:15 AM

@Joe Andrews – I almost gave up on finding what I was looking for. I came so close to quitting all together but then I found this baby. The guy took damn good care of it and even through in a ton of goodies including his smaller drill press, Dado stack, taper cutting jig, etc. I think he could tell it was going to good use, he also said he was moving to TX. I wish I could find him on here(if he’s a user) Chip from Chippewa Falls, WI if anyone knows him!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 12:20 AM

@dday – my wife already wrote me off from all activities this whole weekend!! Couldn’t have said it better myself, I’m thrilled to be able to do more and make more projects!! Just the size of the top work surface and to be able to make a legit cross cut sled is mind-bending!! My last TS it took forever to actually make a sled that fit in the crappy miter slots and by the end I was left with limited space without the sled tipping off!! Couldn’t crosscut a 1×12 safely!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Rich

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#12 posted 04-11-2018 12:20 AM

Here’s the info on the mobile base I mentioned. It doesn’t look like it’s made anymore which is shame since it fits that saw perfectly. I’m sure there is something else out there that will work. Mine is a HTC Model HRD10X.

You know mine’s old since it says Made in USA…lol

Here’s an image of one like it from the web:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Let_that_saw_eat

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#13 posted 04-11-2018 12:29 AM

@Rich – I appreciate the pic, my friend does fab work and I already planted the seed!! LOL You have no idea how important that Made In The USA means to me, i envy you!!

-- When I’m facing a wall I will not quit, because if you mean it, you’ll make it.

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Rich

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#14 posted 04-11-2018 12:37 AM


@Rich – I appreciate the pic, my friend does fab work and I already planted the seed!! LOL You have no idea how important that Made In The USA means to me, i envy you!!

- Letthatsaw_eat

Me too. I like that our saws don’t just have it stamped somewhere hidden, there’s a flag flying right on the front!

Anyone who can weld can build this base. There’s only one swiveling caster, some rectangular tubing and plates welded to it to line up with the legs. The two wheels are on a fixed axle with a shroud and that shroud is drilled and tapped on the top for a 1/4-20 knob that simply screws down and pins the wheel to keep it from moving. There are no cam locks or anything.

If you need any close-ups of it just let me know.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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that1guy

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#15 posted 04-19-2018 08:38 PM

Im from Chippewa Falls also, Don’t know him though. Good deals are rare in this area for sure !

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