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Forum topic by dmoney posted 01-14-2010 06:03 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dmoney

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01-14-2010 06:03 PM

Ok, I have a Jet 10” benchtop table saw w/ stand. I want to change to a 1998 Delta Contractor’s saw. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it but thought I’d check to see what ya’ll thought.

I want to swap because I don’t like the non-standard miter slots, fence, and weird blade insert. I have made a zero clearance insert for it but it’s a pain. I’m in love with the idea of having a really common saw and being able to get any accessories I want for it (w/ standard miter slots and it being a Delta you can probably easily buy any part that might break)

My Jet benchtop is also belt drive. I also like the Unifence that comes w/ the Delta. The Jet fence is not the greatest, I always have to measure from the fence to each end of the blade.

Anyway I’m going to pick up the Delta tomorrow but wanted some reassurance :)
See below for pics of bothdelta

jet

-- Derek, Iowa


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rtb

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 06:40 PM

I assume that you are talking trade, if not go read the blog on the rigid 4511 a few spots up this page. You can always sell the jet on craigs list probably for pretty good money from the looks of it.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 06:44 PM

how much are you paying for the Delta?

as mentioned- the Ridgid (assuming you can find one around you at HD) is a newly designed table saw, and has many benefits over that old (yet decent) Delta. better mobile base, by far heavier and more stable, and safety wise has a riving knife. HD is clearing their stock…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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dmoney

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 06:52 PM

sorry I should have mentioned that I already checked into the Ridgid—-none in my state

it’s $250 for the delta, I can sell mine to someone for $250 so basically the money is a wash

-- Derek, Iowa

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 06:56 PM

then go for it… if it’s a wash, you can always decide on a different path later with no loss. the delta will definitely perform better for you with it’s larger table surface, standard miter, and the unifence

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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dmoney

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 07:04 PM

thanks PurpLev
I did almost take a day off to drive across the country and find a Ridgid but more of the kind who would rather pay more and be able to go home and play with it right away :)

there may be some hope there will be Ridgids on craigslist in the next year from people who bought them because of the great deal and don’t end up using them much

-- Derek, Iowa

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knotscott

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 08:42 PM

For even money, that Delta looks like a great move….it’s just a more substantial saw.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 09:31 PM

Greetings dmoney: My assessment: Stick with the Unisaw, you won’t be sorry. Once you get it in the shape you want it to be in, you won’t regret it. I have a 5 h.p. Unisaw, and this thing is a beast. What I mean is that all Delta Unisaws that I know of are beast(wheather it’s 3 or 5 h.p.). They are a sure-fire workhorse, and once set up properly, will do the job required, and not back down. I can’t say the same for a saw like Ridgid or others. But I know what a Unisaw will do….... keep on keeping on…......

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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dmoney

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 04:11 AM

well I got the contractor’s saw today. let me just say it’s a bit heavier than my benchtop. wow! this thing isn’t going anywhere. hopefully tomorrow I can find some time to get it set up and tuned up.

the seller also had a DeWalt D703 10” miter saw that he wanted $100 for so I bought that too.

I’m feeling ready to start making something.

-- Derek, Iowa

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RickLoDico

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 03:36 PM

This one is a no-brainer. Grab the Delta!!

-- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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