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Forum topic by Patentman posted 01-13-2016 05:28 PM 2663 views 0 times favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Patentman

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01-13-2016 05:28 PM

Hi All,
I’m a new member. I’m getting back into woodworking after a 10 year absence (kids, army, school, etc.).

I’ve been going through all the threads reviewing the $500-600 table saws and comparing the Delta 36-725 to the Ridgid R4512 and the Grizzlies. I finally decided on the Delta, only to discover that none of the Lowe’s near me have any in stock. I just “chatted” with a Lowe’s rep and he indicated that the stores near me are not planning to restock them. Does anyone know if Lowe’s is going to stop carrying it altogether? Or maybe a new model is coming out?

I could drive across Houston to get one that is still in stock at another store, but I don’t want to buy the last of the model for fear of lack of parts and support. But the Ridgid seems to have serious problems and the Grizzly is a bit more than I can spend right now. Thank you for any input.

Glenn


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#1 posted 01-13-2016 07:19 PM

Interesting,
It did disappear from all my local stores. Just before the new year the saw had a deep discount, which might enhance your suggestion.

-- It's nice!

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 07:24 PM

Still at my local store, at full price of $599.

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 07:32 PM

Go used. A quick search of Houston CL brought this one up:
http://houston.craigslist.org/tls/5401256110.html

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 01-14-2016 06:38 AM

Smells like dirty socks in here.

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benchbuilder

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#5 posted 01-14-2016 12:00 PM

Hey Rick M, is that the best to say here?????

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 12:10 PM

Now that I think of it, I also remember not seeing the Delta in my Lowes

A quick check of their website shows this one.

I don’t think this looks like the one they used to have on the floor.
Maybe I’m wrong.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 02:06 PM

Thank you all for the replies. I’ll explore the used route in addition to watching for the Delta. Any tips on what I should look for in a used saw?

Glenn

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 04:08 PM



Smells like dirty socks in here.

- Rick M.


It did not smell before you entered.

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 04:14 PM

my opinion on TS in general is always shoot for the used—nay—antique saws. There are some great workhorses that can be had for 5 bills or less.

Though this is way outside of your (and my) price range, lust with me for a moment.
https://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/5395903639.html

Narration: I present, for your viewing pleasure, the robust Oliver.


Thank you all for the replies. I ll explore the used route in addition to watching for the Delta. Any tips on what I should look for in a used saw?

Glenn

- Patentman

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#10 posted 01-14-2016 04:16 PM

When looking for used saws, a cast iron table, a good fence, and a working motor with as much HP as you can get are the main things. Depending on the condition, you may have to replace some bearings, but that’s $50 max. It’s not unusual to see Delta Unisaws go for $500.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 04:32 PM

Keep in mind you’re making a safety trade off with older saws. It only takes one kick back incident to understand why a riving knife is beneficial. I’m also not a fan of right tilt saws, and many older saws have no dust collection.

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#12 posted 01-14-2016 04:50 PM

I paid $500 for a used Delta Unisaw. Best deal in tools to date by far. Cast Iron and solid as a rock.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#13 posted 01-14-2016 04:53 PM



Keep in mind you re making a safety trade off with older saws. It only takes one kick back incident to understand why a riving knife is beneficial. I m also not a fan of right tilt saws, and many older saws have no dust collection.

- jakep_82

This is true in some cases. The uni has a splitter and over arm guard on its saws (depending on year—my ‘48 has an attachment place for both), if youre down with that kind of stuff. And dust collection…Dust under a saw is like the carnage from taking a small village. It is the reward for a board well ripped. I wouldnt know what to do with a neat shop.

Back the the splitter, knife etc etc. Yes, delta has for a lot of its history had blade guards and splitters but I have never used any of this kind of stuff. I dont get it. I like a table with a blade sticking out of it and nothing getting in my way. I know, I will be seen as the rogue woodworker or some such nonsense. It doesnt bother me. You can make your saw as safe as you choose. I ll keep mine bare.

There are many dangerous things in the shop that can hurt you very bad. I have no guards on my shapers. Want to hurt?—stick your hand in a panel raiser. I ll keep my eyes open on all the equipment.

This public message brought to you by Steve, local OSHA rep.

PS I would rather have a good true fence all day than a world of guards and knives and electronic hot dog detectors on my saw. And a sharp blade. That and a good dose of paying attention wins the fight.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#14 posted 01-14-2016 07:56 PM

So apparently it is NOT discontinued. My Lowe’s got two of them in today. I bought one of them. The other sold within about 30 minutes.

I like the idea of used, but I really do want safety features of the new saws. My son is starting to do woodworking with me and the guards make me feel better. Thank you all for the input and I look forward to discussing woodworking with you all.

Glenn

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#15 posted 01-14-2016 08:12 PM

When buying used you should be prepared to spend some time on restoring it to a good working order. There is an amazing story about some rather heroic efforts in saving an old saw.
From this:

To this:

I hope the author won’t mind the copyright. The whole story is here:

-- It's nice!

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