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Forum topic by BHB posted 03-15-2016 02:27 AM 893 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BHB

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03-15-2016 02:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Hi there folks.

This is my first post so please be gentle…

I am looking to upgrade my Dewalt jobsite table saw to a slightly more intermediate table saw and like lots of people i am looking at the Ridgid r4512 and the Delta 36-725. I am leaning towards the Delta but i went to check it out at the local Lowes and i was playing with the fence and found a great deal of slop in it. I moved it back and forth and found that it did not travel left and right well and by no means did it stay even close to parallel to the miter slots. When I locked it down it would straighten but it didn’t get parallel at all.

I have read many reviews that rave about the fence on that saw so my question is: is this just a bad build job by some lazy Lowes associate or perhaps something more sinister?

Cheers all.

Brian.


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jacquesr

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 02:44 AM

No worries at all. Nobody care about assembling the demo saws properly.
The fence is great, acccurate, solid. Really. I love my saw. Skip the Ridgid. A Bag of hurt.

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 03:38 AM

I cant speak about the Ridgid, but I do own the Delta, and the fence is very solid. The floor models in big box stores are thrown together, they dont spend the time adjusting, or even putting them together properly, which is unfortunate because that makes people think the product is junk. Maybe they think people playing with them will screw them up anyway. It’s funny because if you walk into Rockler, or Woodcraft, the floor models are put together properly.
I have that Delta and love it. I have it perfectly adjusted and it is incredibly accurate.

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 11:09 AM

+1 what EricLew said…

I will add that f you have the lock handle raised high, the fence will skew as it is moved but will pull back into alignment when locked down. My habit is to get fence close, slightly lock handle to pull fence into alignment and then release slightly to make final adjustment.

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 12:43 PM



is this just a bad build job by some lazy Lowes associate

Yep! The other guys nailed it. I also have the saw and love it and its fence.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 12:53 PM

Store setups can be a really bad example of what the end result will be. IMO, the Delta fence is the better of the two.

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 01:38 PM

I dont have a tablesaw because Craigslist is a joke anywhere within 150 miles of me, so I’ve pretty much given up hope of finding an old Uni in the rough to bring back to life.

So this Delta is at the top of my list when I do finally bite the bullet on a table saw, simply because of all the good things folks here have to say about it. And I worked almost 8 years at the big orange box so I can absolutely attest to the fact that the folks in these stores who assemble demo models of most anything could care less.

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 05:39 PM

Thanks folks.

I appreciate the input. Delta it is.

Have a great day!

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#8 posted 03-16-2016 01:00 AM

I bought the delta, and have no issues.
I was using a portable craftsman contractor saw before the delta.
Night and day difference.

I just changed the delta over to 240v this weekend. It was simple.

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 01:57 AM

BHB

I know you are brand new around here, I forgot to say welcome aboard. If you are planning on getting the Delta, you NEED to checkout Tinman’s reviews. He is one of, if not the “resident expert” on that Delta, and taught many of us a great deal about it. Just search reviews for Delta 36-725

Eric

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BHB

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#10 posted 03-16-2016 02:25 AM

Eric

I have seen Tinman’s review and his follow up. They are a large part of what swayed me.

At first I was interested in the Ridgid. what can I say I liked the orange, :)

Now I just have to get it past the finance committee.

Cheers

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#11 posted 03-16-2016 03:16 AM

Ways to save money is to use Raise.com for cheaper gift cards and look for a % or $ Lowes coupon online. I used a combination of sorts and got mine for a very good deal.

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#12 posted 03-16-2016 10:35 PM

I did the exact same thing.
10% off is easy to get.

I got my saw 20~23% of price.


Ways to save money is to use Raise.com for cheaper gift cards and look for a % or $ Lowes coupon online. I used a combination of sorts and got mine for a very good deal.

- Rayne


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#13 posted 03-17-2016 02:04 AM



I did the exact same thing.
10% off is easy to get.

I got my saw 20~23% of price.

Ways to save money is to use Raise.com for cheaper gift cards and look for a % or $ Lowes coupon online. I used a combination of sorts and got mine for a very good deal.

- Rayne

- The__Dude

It’s amazing being frugal and not hurt the company’s bottom line. Whenever I need to buy something, Raise.com is the first thing I check now; who has a gift card they want to get rid of and for how much of a % discount and maybe even be on the Friday 5% extra sale. Love it.

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