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Forum topic by WormytheChestnut posted 01-18-2016 02:33 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2016 02:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 37-725

OK, first let me say hello. I am new here.
Got a great deal on the 36-725 so, I pulled the trigger. Got it for 430.+ tax. They honored a 20% HF coupon plus 10% vet discount at Lowes. Initial assembly was easy although I did have to have Lowes sawp out one side of the leg assembly as one weld in plug for the flat feet had no threads tapped into it from the factory. So. It goes with such mass production in today’s age. Lol
They must be reading the forums as mine even came with a page showing parts with diagrams.

Well, my question is for guys that have this saw. The riving knife stats to use at!east a .087 Kerf blade (if my memory serves me correctly). What blades are you guys have good luck with that exceed the factory riving knife thickness?

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-18-2016 02:53 PM

Someone recently just asked this same question. Here was my response:

The manual does say not to use a thin-kerf blade. However, I use the Diablo D1040X with my 36-725, and have ever since I got it. The blade is actually thicker than the riving knife. Here are some pictures:



Also, if you look at the specs on the riving knife and the blade, the riving knife says you need a .10” thick blade, and the D1040X is .098”. That’s close enough for me.If you’re worried about it, sand .002 worth of paint off…

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 02:55 PM

Here is the thread: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/139018

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 03:58 PM

The Irwin Marples series from Lowes, or the Freud Diablo series are really very good blades and start at ~ $30. If you’re willing to spend more, I’m very fond of the blades from Infinity, Forrest, Freud Industrial an Premier series, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu Gold Medal series, and CMT industrial lines. You’ll have to decide whether to go with general purpose/combo type blades or task specific dedicated blades. Tips for Picking Saw Blades

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 04:14 PM

GREAT results with Ridge Carbide.
Often offered at a discount by Woodpeckers at 99$. Could not be happier.
Not so with Super General. YMMV

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 05:39 PM

Using Irwin Maples rip and combo blades with mine.

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 06:43 PM

Thanks everyone for the links and input. Sounds like there are plenty of choices.
SuperClubber I need to pick me up elec. dial caliper.

I forgot to ask is anyone making a ZCI yet besides Delta? I did not see one on Leecrafts site.

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 06:58 PM


Someone recently just asked this same question. Here was my response:
Also, if you look at the specs on the riving knife and the blade, the riving knife says you need a .10” thick blade, and the D1040X is .098”. That’s close enough for me.If you’re worried about it, sand .002 worth of paint off…
- SuperCubber

If the riving knife on his specific saw is what it says is even 0.002 thicker there is no close enough. You cannot insert a bigger thing into a smaller hole, no matter the size difference without some efforts. Pushing a piece of wood against the riving knife with force would be very dangerous.
However I would assume that Delta 36-725 has some arbor runout which will widen the cut from 0.098 to over 0.1 which would allow passing the wood freely.
Delta had to put a clause about the thin kerf blades to avoid liability.

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#8 posted 01-18-2016 07:13 PM

I forgot to ask is anyone making a ZCI yet besides Delta? I did not see one on Leecrafts site.

- WormytheChestnut


Sure not only Delta make ZCI . For example this one:

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#9 posted 01-18-2016 07:31 PM


Someone recently just asked this same question. Here was my response:
Also, if you look at the specs on the riving knife and the blade, the riving knife says you need a .10” thick blade, and the D1040X is .098”. That’s close enough for me.If you’re worried about it, sand .002 worth of paint off…
- SuperCubber

If the riving knife on his specific saw is what it says is even 0.002 thicker there is no close enough. You cannot insert a bigger thing into a smaller hole, no matter the size difference without some efforts. Pushing a piece of wood against the riving knife with force would be very dangerous.
However I would assume that Delta 36-725 has some arbor runout which will widen the cut from 0.098 to over 0.1 which would allow passing the wood freely.
Delta had to put a clause about the thin kerf blades to avoid liability.

- 716

You’re kidding, right? We’re not talking about cutting steel. The wood will EASILY give .002. Either way, I’m sure you are correct about the runout. There is absolutely zero extra effort to push material through the blade with the riving knife installed.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#10 posted 01-19-2016 04:29 AM

716
I currently do not have a Router so, until I purchase it making one is not happening. For now I want to purchase a nice one. I will actually shoot Leecraft a message. Maybe they are making one I jut did not see it listed.

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 04:54 AM

I’ve had my Forrest ww2 since last Christmas and aside from needing a good cleaning. It’s a boss.

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#12 posted 01-19-2016 12:35 PM

Leecraft doesn’t make one.
The delta is well made – I use it all the time. Very solid.

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 03:21 PM

“The delta is well made – I use it all the time. Very solid.”

Jacquesr does the 3 way adjustment (six screws underneath) made into Delta ZCI seem to work good?
I really need to go check one out I suppose.
Thanks

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#14 posted 01-19-2016 03:40 PM

Yes – it is very easy to make sure it is perfectly flat and coplanar with the table.
Making my own ZCI has never appealed to me… not spending enough time in my little shop to start making what I can buy… I also have the dado ZCI. The TK ZCI is a different beast. Is is reinforced and very solid.

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#15 posted 01-19-2016 03:45 PM

Can you replace the Delta ZCI material? If so, do you have to by it or could a “plug” be fashioned from wood?

I really like TheTinMan’s plug concept but would probably buy an extra insert to use for it so the standard one is available for bevel cuts. Or, use his concept on the standard dado insert so plug would be a little wider.

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