Delta 36-725 binding noise

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12-23-2015 01:13 PM

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Hi all, sorry if I’m not following the correct format for a post or anything, I’m brand new to the site and stumbled across this forum when searching for product reviews. I recently purchased the Delta 36-725 from Lowe’s and after getting it home and trying to set it up I discovered an unsettling noise. The motor housing has a huge piece of square foam placed under it for packing and shipping and should be replaced before attempting to raise or lower the blade. I went ahead and removed the foam block but on my first attempt to raise or lower the blade I had some tension on the handwheel and then heard something snap loose from under the table and was able to raise and lower the blade finally. Nothing actually broke it appears, but I’m not sure if something was binding up before I attempted to make this adjustment. The blade lowers and raises to the correct heights but there is a bit of resistance when trying to make this adjustment. I took a peek under the saw and can see the two gears on the end of each shaft making good contact, but it almost seems like they’re too close together and since they’re brand new are causing a binding effect which in turn is making the noise and causing the resistance to be felt in the handwheel when it’s being turned. It’s the only thing I could see that would explain the noise and feeling I am getting when trying to raise or lower the blade. Does anyone have any idea or experience with this phenomenon? The floor model at the Lowe’s I purchased this from doesn’t have any issues with this adjustment and is silky smooth when raising or lowering the blade. I was going to turn the hex bolt out a little and adjust one of the gears so the teeth weren’t so close but still making contact but I don’t want it to affect any of the fine adjustments already made. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 01:26 PM


Could be an easy fix, but I would take it back.

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 01:52 PM

Are you loosening the round locking knob in center of the adjustment wheel?

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 02:14 PM

Did you try to raise or lower the blade before you took the foam block out? If so you may have caused something to bend or break, but it’s unlikely. Like hot byte said are you loosening the knobs in the center of the wheel? If all else fails the good thing is you bought it at lowes. You’ve got 90 days to take it back and get a full refund or another saw. If it gave me much trouble I would just take it back and get another one. It is a good saw, got one myself.

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 02:16 PM

I suggest you contact Delta’s customer services. They have always been very helpful to me.
I have the same saw.
Good luck

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 02:43 PM

I agree, if it’s not something simple that you can see to fix I’d take it back to Lowes. You may want to call and talk to the manager before hauling it back to the store. Hopefully it’s just the locking knob not being lose enough. I have that saw and it raises and lowers very smoothly.

Edit: And do call Delta first.

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 05:07 PM

Sorry for the delay in responding, my mobile phone’s IP was banned so I had to wait til I could get to my home computer to respond. Thanks for all the responses and concerns regarding my issue. I’d love to take it back and get a replacement but I purchased the saw from a store that was liquidating their stock and moving locations and all sales were final. In response to “alittleoff”s comment, I did accidentally begin to turn the blade height adjustment wheel before bringing the blade to 45 degrees but what’s strange is when the saw was still in the box I removed the styrofoam packing block from beneath the motor housing. I had to smash it into smaller pieces to be able to get it out because I didn’t know I could angle the motor and remove it otherwise. I would think if anything was broken it would affect the function or make some other type of noise. It just feels like the gear teeth are too close to each other and they’re causing a little friction or resistance. I’m going to remove the back place and try and turn one out a little to see if that helps. As far as the amount of grease, there seems to be plenty on both gears.

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 10:21 PM

The mechanism for raising and lowering isn’t real complicated so hopefully you can figure it out, not insinuating you’re a dunce or something. I believe there is a threaded bushing at the top of the housing where the threaded rod extends through to move the motor up and down. I can see if the bushing gets cocked somehow it may cause binding on the screw rod. The part #63 elevation bushing.

I don’t know if this will help but I looked at the gears on my saw and there is I’m guessing 1/32” to no more than 1/16” of play in the gear teeth when I turn the handle back and forth. So the teeth on my gears are not tight to each other.

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#8 posted 12-24-2015 08:56 AM

This has happened to my saw a couple times. Its very odd and hard to recreate issue. Its happened to me about 3 times in the past 7 months I’ve owned it

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