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Blog entry by RevEric posted 12-07-2015 11:02 PM 802 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone. I’ve been trolling this blog for so long that I thought I had an account. I decided to actually get one a few weeks ago.

Lately, I’ve been looking to upgrade my table saw. For years I’ve used a Ryobi BT3100. I know everyone has their opinions on what the best table saw is. For me, the Ryobi has been great and met almost all my needs. The fence has been dead on accurate and dust collection excellent. I really like the saw but decided it was time to upgrade.

I’ve been looking at the Ridgid R4512 and the Delta 36-725. I decided to go with the Delta and put it on my Christmas wish list. I know there are better saws out there but I believe either of these will meet my every need.

On a whim I stopped in a store I was driving by. It’s one of those, “open box, returns, damaged, used goods” kind of stores. Sitting in the corner was a Delta 36-725! It was dirty and had some surface rust. But it also had all the accessories. The store manager let me plug it in. I did the nickel test because I felt like I needed to look like I knew what I was doing… it passed.) I also verified the blade was parallel to the miter slots. I ended up getting the saw for $375 out the door! I even got an outdoor light to go with it. (Which has nothing to do with the saw but something I thought I might buy when I first walked in.)

I spent several hours aligning and cleaning the saw. It is perfectly aligned now. The only issue is it has several scratches along the cast iron top that run perpendicular to the blade. I didn’t see those in the store because the saw’s surface was so dirty. I had taken the back panel off while in the store and it looked pretty clean inside. Blade looked used but barely. Some yahoo obviously dragged something across the top. (Who does that?) So while it pains me to see the scratches, they don’t affect the performance. I cleaned the top, and added a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax. Boards glide across the surface like those little plastic pucks on an air hockey table.

With a little luck I’ll sell my Ryobi and get almost half my money back making it an even sweeter deal.

I know people like to gloat when they get a good deal and I think this qualifies. I now look forward to reading all of your congratulations and I hate you’s. :)



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 11:16 PM

Wow, first off Welcome to LJs.

Secondly, I do believe you have broken the record. Only been registered 21 days and this is your FIRST POST .. and already you are getting your first YOU SUCK !!!

Yup, I think that about covers it !

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RevEric

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 03:39 AM

Thanks JoeinGa. I can feel the love!

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#3 posted 12-08-2015 04:35 AM

Nice score on the saw and welcome to LJs.

Best,
Tom

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 04:52 AM

Thanks Tom!

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#5 posted 12-08-2015 05:53 AM

Eric,

Welcome to LJs! Congratulations on your fantastic find . . . however, don’t get rid of your Ryobi too quickly. I upgraded from the BT3000 but didn’t sell it and I find myself going back to use it for special applications quite often. My upgrade is a Grizzly with a 5HP motor but there are still some things that I prefer about the Ryobi . . . especially it’s ability to make more accurate crosscuts and miters. The built-in crosscut sled always has made me feel safer with it as well. I also use its router setup often (I didn’t buy their setup but made my own) even though I have other router tables. Being able to use the crosscut sled for dadoes is far more accurate and safer than any other setup that I’ve used. And you’re right about the dust collection; Ryobi’s is much better than my Grizzly’s. Take my comments for what they’re worth—probably not too much coming from a rather wimpy woman! ;-)

And one more thing: my Ryobi has a scratch in perfect alignment with the blade that was made by a recycled piece of lumber with a nail in it. (I noticed the problem before the nail hit the blade.) Quite surprisingly it has proven to be a blessing since I can do a quick alignment when crosscutting without moving the piece to the blade.

L/W

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RevEric

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 06:58 AM

Thanks LW. If I had the space I probably would keep the Ryobi. It’s a great saw. But in my case it just doesn’t make sense… Space wise or financially. Actually I hope to sell it and get a router table since the Ryobi doubled as one. I plan to get a Bosch ra1181 and either use it as a standalone or mount the top onto the Delta. It looks to be about a perfect fit.

And funny about the dust collection. I was always impressed with the job the Ryobi did and even more so now that I have the Delta.

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#7 posted 12-08-2015 04:22 PM

Eric, I think that you did fine. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#8 posted 12-08-2015 04:35 PM

Welcome to LJJs
Sounds like a real bargin all right,congrats

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#9 posted 12-09-2015 04:52 AM

That’s a great price. Mine was not as good of a deal but it has served me well. If you haven’t seen it already, Thetinman has some great reviews as well as information on alignment and other tuning of this saw. Check it out.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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