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. :)