|Review by Dedvw||posted 03-04-2017 03:28 AM||2369 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve owned the Delta Unisaw (36-L336) 36” 3hp for a couple months now and have enough time with it to give it a review. I will break this review down into my pros and cons.
Pros: Saw makes exceptional cuts. The 3hp motor is very powerful, I cant see much need for more power. The power button is placed in the perfect position, its very easy to turn off with your hip. Assembly is fairly straightforward. The mobile stand is very robust and is actually a very good price for what you get. It is mostly welded and all you need to assemble is the wheels and raise/lower pedal.
Cons: The side table is garbage. Mine came with screw holes in the laminate and when i place a straight edge across it there is a 1/8” dip in the center. The side table legs are bent out at a 94 degree angle for the table to sit on the mobile stand. It’s almost like the stand was made a tad longer than it was supposed to, or the table was made a tad shorter than specs. I don’t know which is the case, but it doesn’t fit correctly on my base. The blade that came with it was defective. My cuts were horrible at the beginning, and i thought that it was the saw. My dial indicator said the blade was straight, but my cuts were worse than the Ridgid 4511 it replaced. A change of the blade fixed this, it must have been a bad carbide on the blade. Dust collection is average, I have this connected to the new 2HP Jet cyclones (they are awesome) and it collects dust pretty well until you connect a dado blade to the saw. The fence is OK quality, the packaging is inadequate and the quality is not what I expected.. One frustration I have with the function of the fence is when you rip narrow strips (less than an inch), the fence pushes down on the insert plate and pushes it up in the front. The wood catches on the plate as you push it into the blade and anyone that rips thin strips knows this is a pain. I am working on moving the guide back a few inches, which requires drilling new holes, so it doesn’t push down on the insert plate.
I hope this helps anyone looking at buying this saw.