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The__Dude

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06-29-2015 06:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw ridgid tablesaw dado

When we decided to move I sold most of my power tools.
Nothing great and most of them used and abused rehabing two houses.
New house does not need much rehabbing, so I want power tools for projects that I always wanted to do.
New house does not have much area for my hobbies, so keeping things compact is a must.

Sold my contractors table saw (Which I never really liked anyway)

Rigid Hybrid table saw R4512 – this is my current top choice.
I like the price, ability to wheel it around (Cannot leave it setup all the time)
Based on reviews it seems adequate for what I need.

Lowe’s has a Delta saw, but seems there are parts issues? Dado insert available?

The Grizzly and Jet saws are out of my price range.

I would like to have a Dado setup and crosscut sled.
Not sure on Dado blades, but been looking at building sled using Incra IMS1SE Mitre Slides

Not looking to make fine furniture, just household items.
Storage items, work tables, Benches, cabinets (not doors)


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#1 posted 06-29-2015 06:29 PM

I would suggest you look for an old piece of American Iron on CL. I’d use searchtempest that will search your area based on zipcode, and your wilingness to travel distance wise from your zip code. I’ll bet if you show just a tad bit of patience you could find something.

If you must have newer, then I strongly recommend you search this and other forums for that model number rigid before you bite the bullet.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 07:09 PM

I suspect that you’ve read far more speculation about Delta parts issues than actual parts issues with the 36-725. I’ve read very few actual complaints, and nothing systemic. It has a much better fence than the R4512 IMO, and a better track record. The R4512 has been plagued with alignment issues since being introduced….every time I read about the issue being fixed, I read another post from a new owner who’s R4512 has that particular plague. There’s some risk with either saw. I’d opt for the better fence every time.

Either saw will be very dependent on good setup and proper blade selection. Leave yourself ~ $30 for a decent Freud Diablo or Irwin Marples blade, and save the stock blade for junk cuts.

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 10:49 PM

I can see the delta 36-725 has older posts about not being able to get a dado insert?
Do we know if it can be purchased now?

I have been watching craiglist and have found nothing…
I will keep watching it.

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 11:02 PM

Now I can see other versions on the delta website.

See it has cast iron wings.

Also a longer table. Does the longer table detatch or fold for storage?

Wish I can see one of these in person

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 11:41 PM

I bought the Delta 36-725 from Lowes and have NO regrets. Love the mobility, decent Dust collection Cast Iron top quiet motor, strong enough motor and most of all an accurate dependable easy to set up fence! Oh and don’t forget Blade Guard and Riving Knife easy to adjust and remove when needed.

I too weighed the Ridgid and the Delta. After realizing the reviews the early accessory parts issues have been taken care of and are in stock.

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 11:49 PM

Lowes has the 36-725 for $500
It has steel wings and 13amp motor

Home Depot has the 36-5100 for $1000
It has cast wings, bigger motor and one piece fence.

Not sure that is worth $500?
But I am not liking the idea of the steel stamped wings..

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 11:57 PM

If I was going to spend more than the Delta, I’d get a Grizzly.

The only thing I don’t like about the Delta is it has a weird motor that will be fun to replace someday. But I’d still go with it over the Ridgid because of the steel rails on the fence.

Here’s how to make a zero-clearance on that Delta. No reason why you couldn’t make a bunch of blanks for every blade and angle you like:


View on YouTube

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#8 posted 06-30-2015 12:03 AM

The first table saw I ever used was an older Delta Cabinet saw. There is no comparison between the 2, especially the price. After I set up the Delta 36-725 and kicked it on and used it for the first time and many times since,the 2 have some noticeable similarities.

Once you jump from $500 to $1000 the number of quality saws increase. For a few $100’s more I could have bought a real nice Grizzly. I stuck with my budget and am very satisfied with the 36-725. If you are set on cast iron wings go for it and enjoy!

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 12:09 AM

If your going to spend a $1000, for a little more get the 52” cut http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Power-36-5100-10-Inch-30-Inch/dp/B00LHUWDCA

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 12:16 AM

Grizzly G0771 is $800 shipped
All cast iron
2hp motor with 220v

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 12:18 AM

Never heard of Grizzly?
Any issues getting parts 10 years from now?

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 12:31 AM

They have a pretty good track record. According to their site they’ve been “perveyers of fine machinery since 1983.”

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 12:33 AM

I have a Grizzly band saw and am very happy.

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 12:36 AM

Everytime I use the saw I will have to wheel it through a doorway and use it outside under my covered patio.
When I have a project going on I can leave out side.
But general storage will be put away.

The casters and movement are important.
The grizzly casters look like they might have issues over door sill and seams in the concrete

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#15 posted 06-30-2015 01:20 AM



Lowes has the 36-725 for $500
It has steel wings and 13amp motor

Home Depot has the 36-5100 for $1000
It has cast wings, bigger motor and one piece fence.

Not sure that is worth $500?
But I am not liking the idea of the steel stamped wings..

- The__Dude

You just recently saw the 36-725 for $500 at Lowes? Ive been seeing $600, as recently as just the other day.
July 4th sale?

You can buy CI wing attachments for the 725, but by that point you might as well upgrade to a saw in which comes stock, I looked into them and from delta they are listed at $332. Im not sure if thats for the pair or single.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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