|Review by funchuck||posted 01-20-2010 03:15 AM||5214 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This was my first major tool purchase about 5 or 6 years ago. It was a whopping $100 from Lowes. At the time, I thought that was a lot of money!
This saw has some limitations:
- The miter gauge slot is not standard, so you can’t upgrade to a better one.
- The table is very small
- The insert is just a thin piece of metal, which will make it hard to create an insert.
I found the fence to be surprisingly good. When I lock it down, it doesn’t slip, and it locks down at 90 degrees. Don’t know if I got lucky on that or not.
I always got a lot of chip-out when cutting certain woods, especially plywood. As mentioned above, I also felt very limited by the small table.
This led me to a decision: New blade, or new table saw?
I posed this question in the LJ forums and _bp pointed me to a HD sale. $299 for a Ridgid granite top saw! I went to HD the next day and scheduled for a delivery!
After assembly, I put the 2 saws next to each other. It was a night and day difference! The Ridgid’s table was huge! Everything about this saw was so much better! It felt more like a precision instrument. I am also going to buy a blade (probably a freud), make some ZCIs, and add fence faces.
I decided to put the old Delta away. I disassembled the stand and to my amazement, I found that 3 of the 4 bolts holding the saw to the stand were completely loose! I am sure glad I didn’t hurt myself. This thing could have toppled over while I was using it! I guess all the vibration caused the bolts to loosen. But, the stand did not come with any lock washers, so that is probably a reason for the loose bolts. Most of the bolts holding the stand together were loose too.
With that said, I will still miss my old Delta. Crappy as it was, it served me well for ~5 years.
-- Charles from California