|Review by Tom Adamski||posted 02-29-2008 10:48 PM||6549 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
Last August, I was starting a new project; an oak fireplace mantel for a friend. I guess my 10+ year old Delta (cheap inboard motor model) could not take the strain and let out what souded like a high pitched scream and stopped with a puff of white smoke. After a few explatives and a sudden realization that my project was on hold, I went inside and started looking online for a new saw. I read so many reviews, my head started to spin, but I knew I wanted another Delta. If it is good enough for Norm Abram and David Marks, it shure as h*ll can work for me too.
I purchased the Delta 36-980 (with 1 1/2Hp motor, 30” T2 Fence, cast iron extensions, mobile base and dust collection) from CPO Woodworking. CPO beat Amazon on price, provided free shipping direct to my garage and had it delivered in 3 days from the factory. The assembly and set up were straight forward. The built in wheels gave me a little problem, but all was straightened out with a call to customer service. (Very nice people). By the way… You will need another person to help on this assembly as the whole thing weighs more than 300 lbs.
Once assembly was complete, I checked everything for accuracy. The blade was in perfect alignment with the miter slots and the set screws were already set to perfect 90 and 45 degrees. Other than a half turn on an adjustment screw for the fence, Everything was perfect. Then the most outstanding thing happened. I turned it on and it was QUIET! I could not believe how quiet it was… My old saw made me use earplugs, but this one, I can hear my music playing in the background while I’m running the saw.
It has now been 6 months and my confidence in Delta’s tools could not be higher. The quality, fit and performance is more than I had paid for. I am a Delta geek for life…
With the new saw, it was fun and easy cutting the thick oak for my friends new fireplace mantel.
Check out CPO Woodworking some great deals on all Delta’s saws…
Tom Adamski, Naperville, Illinois
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.