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Forum topic by johnnywyoming posted 01-01-2016 04:25 PM 760 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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johnnywyoming

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01-01-2016 04:25 PM

Yes, I know, this question is frequently asked in one form or another, here is mine.

I have some experience with table saws but I do not consider myself a seasoned veteran by any stretch… I plan to build garage storage shelves, workbench, picture frames, and a mantle for the new fireplace. Otherwise I see myself as a hobbyist and someone who does his own home repairs. I have been reading, researching, and watching videos for hours and have narrowed my choices on a table saw down to the Ridgid R4513 or the Delta 36-725. Price is a consideration but the difference between the two is only around 150 – 200 bucks. Space is not an over riding factor. Tell me why you would buy the Delta over the smaller Ridgid; What can the Delta do that the Ridgid cannot?

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Nicky

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 05:49 PM

The Delta has more mass. The saw stand is an integral part of the saw (the Rigid seems flimsy.) The delta has 5”more ripping capacity.

My opinion only.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 05:54 PM

It’s not a rigid.

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 05:54 PM

I took a look recently at the “new” Rigid 4513. Honestly, I was a bit dumbfounded at how much they took off that saw and still charge a pretty high price.

Nicky is right about mass. One thing that makes a good, sound table saw solid is the sheer weight of the unit.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 06:15 PM

There is no question.
Delta. I have one, and I am very pleased with it.
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#5 posted 01-01-2016 10:09 PM

Since space isn’t a consideration and you didn’t mention needing portability, there’s really no reason to buy plastic and pot metal instead of steel and cast iron. A decent full size stationary saw will nearly always have the lion’s share of advantages….12” of landing zone in front of the blade instead of 5”. 300# of mass and stability instead of 90#. Belt drive induction motor vs direct drive universal, etc., etc. The 36-725 simply offers more saw IMO. The ABCs of Table Saws

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#6 posted 01-01-2016 11:27 PM

Assuming the delta is new, neither.

Buy old and spend the same cash and pass it on to your kids.

To the best of my knowledge there is not one saw that is currently manufactured which I would say “oh that is better than an old PM66 or uni.” Maybe northfield, but I doubt you’d drop the cash for one.

Now go lust after a nice saw.
http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com/tablesaws/tablesaws.htm

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 03:59 AM

No, YOU go lust.
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/tls/5337648414.html

Can be had for relatively cheap

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 05:39 AM

I’ve got the delta 36-725 and love it. I’m restoring an old unisaw, and just about through with it. I don’t think I’m going to get rid of the new delta even with the rebuilt unisaw. I like it that much. It’s a good saw.
Gerald

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#9 posted 01-02-2016 01:24 PM

Dunno how far this is from you, but it’s a nice saw with a great fence at a fair price. https://billings.craigslist.org/tls/5366317062.html

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johnnywyoming

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#10 posted 01-02-2016 03:36 PM


Dunno how far this is from you, but it s a nice saw with a great fence at a fair price. https://billings.craigslist.org/tls/5366317062.html

- knotscott

Red Lodge MT. Not too far away. In fact I’ve tried to get there twice to do some photography but had car trouble each time.
Anyway, I assume this saw is better than the Delta, but the name plate states Made in Taiwan so is it the same quality as the Generals made in Canada?

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SirIrb

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#11 posted 01-02-2016 04:10 PM

That is nice. I would like the knowledge that when I crank my saw up the street lights dim and neighbors curs my existence. That 16” would do it.


No, YOU go lust.
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/tls/5337648414.html

Can be had for relatively cheap

- 716


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#12 posted 01-02-2016 08:33 PM

Dunno how far this is from you, but it s a nice saw with a great fence at a fair price. https://billings.craigslist.org/tls/5366317062.html

- knotscott

Red Lodge MT. Not too far away. In fact I ve tried to get there twice to do some photography but had car trouble each time.
Anyway, I assume this saw is better than the Delta, but the name plate states Made in Taiwan so is it the same quality as the Generals made in Canada?

- johnnywyoming

IMO it’s a step up in build quality from the 36-725…plus better fence, solid cast wings and a router table, but gives up a modern riving knife and inboard motor. The ad says 50-175 but it looks like a 50-185 to me. No chance it’s in the league of the Canadian made General saws, but it’s a very nice contractor saw.

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