Well, I finally spent my money. Ebates had 4% cash back, along with my 5% cash back on Discover, I spent the $597 and bought the saw! About time, I already bought the dado blade and a ridge carbide full kerf blade.
Began the set up. Legs went on fine, the plates / braces for the legs not so much. The two shorter ones (now they use phillips head self taping) fit perfectly, the two longer ones are not quite long enough, need to be redrilled. Got it rolled into the garage. Couple days later pulled the plastic off to clean the top, RUST! It had stained the plastic in several spots, not much coating of anything on the cast iron. Scrubbed the rust spots, pitted.
Contacted Delta, they said return it and get another one. Of course I got rid of the two huge hunks of styrofoam already ( I should have waited). Loaded it with all its bits into the trailer and back to Lowes.
Lowes does not do simple exchanges, it is a return and sale. Normally not an issue, but I would have lost the Ebates 4%. Not the clerks problem, but I needed a manager. Manager came, I explained about the 4%, he said, OK, I will take 5% off the sale of the replacement. Outstanding! They brought me out my new saw, and took my partially assembled saw.
If the rust that had happened was due to my neglect (which will probably happen at some future point) I could live with it ( it was not much, several patchy spots over several square inches) – just did not want to start out that way! Lowes was wonderful.
Have not started the set up on the new one yet (nor have I opened it to look at the top – they are in the box upside down). Sunday maybe.
-- Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes time and annoys the pig. - Robert Heinlein