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Forum topic by Townes posted 03-16-2016 05:15 PM 623 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Townes

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03-16-2016 05:15 PM

as the title says table saw is dead. It was a cheap portable but I felt I got my monies worth. I am now in the market for a replacement.

Deciding factors for me are as follows

Use
The majority of my use will be ripping 1in thick re-purposed boards and 3/4in x 4ft x 4ft plywood.

Space available
The garage is shared, the left side is all my fishing/boating/bikes, the middle is the wife’s vehicle and on the right my work bench runs the length of the garage. I have a mobile rock solid stand I can use for a portable table saw that slides under the work bench (bottom of bench top is 39 inches).

Cost
my budget is about $500 – $600 is pushing it.

Solid Fence
I would like the stock fence to be solid. As $600 is my top range I cant seem to justify buying a $200 fence to make the dam thing work like I want, at least not yet. haha

I think I have it narrowed down to the Dewalt dwe7490x or the Delta 36-725.

The Delta will be $130 more than the Dewalt. Is the Delta really worth it?

thanks for sharing


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bluethundra

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:55 PM

I just picked up the Delta and like it a lot. To me the fence on the Delta just seemed more solid than the dewalt.

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knotscott

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 05:57 PM

No brainer IMO. It’s a motorcycle to scooter comparison. Look at the space in front of the blade.

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

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 05:59 PM

You are comparing two completely different types of saw. Like trying to compare a bicycle to a motorcycle – yes, they both ride on two wheels and have handlebars… but one will be much easier to drive long distances on :)

Cheers,
Brad

Edit: Hmmm… Looks like Scott and I had roughly the same thoughts!

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Townes

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 10:41 PM

thanks for the quick responses.

I choose the Delta 36-725.

This afternoon I called customer service for Lowe’s to see if they would honor HF march 20% coupon. They stated they honor product specific sale prices and not coupons. However they did suggest I take the coupon to a box store and check with the service desk.

Of the two closet Lowe’s, only one had the saw in stock and they did honor the 20% coupon. It took a Manager to approve, but she had no problem doing so since the saw was $599 retail. Got it for $479.20.
That thing is heavy in the box. Looking forward to putting this bad boy together over the next few days.

Jeff

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DalyArcher

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 11:03 PM

mine is a Delta 36-650. A very similar looking/style saw. I have had mine for over 10 years and it doesn’t owe me a thing. I am hoping to “upgrade” by the end of the year but that is only because I am building a 500 square foot woodshop in my backyard and would like a true cabinet saw with 50” rip capacity.

In my opinion the two saws you referenced are not even in the same league. One is highly portable, if all I was doing was onsite installs and small milling operations, I would get the dewalt. If I wanted to spend a lot of shop time and accuracy, durability and repeatability were top priorities, I would not even hesitate at getting the Delta.

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01ntrain

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 02:24 AM


thanks for the quick responses.

I choose the Delta 36-725.

This afternoon I called customer service for Lowe s to see if they would honor HF march 20% coupon. They stated they honor product specific sale prices and not coupons. However they did suggest I take the coupon to a box store and check with the service desk.

Of the two closet Lowe s, only one had the saw in stock and they did honor the 20% coupon. It took a Manager to approve, but she had no problem doing so since the saw was $599 retail. Got it for $479.20.
That thing is heavy in the box. Looking forward to putting this bad boy together over the next few days.

Jeff

- Townes

Damn….I need to try that HF coupon thing, someday! That’s a heckuva deal! LOL

Enjoy your new saw! I was giving that thing the hairy eyeball for a few months, but I came across a used Delta Contractors Saw with a Unifence for $250. Couldn’t pass it up.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 02:29 AM

The only thing a HF coupon will get you at the BORG around here is a good laugh.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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knotscott

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 09:22 AM

Nice…you got a good deal. Put some of the money you saved toward a good blade….stock blades are not up to snuff. One of those nifty blue Irwin Marples starts at ~ $30. Congrats!

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

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Tennessee

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 11:47 AM

Agree with Brad on the coupon thingy. All the big box stores around here know there is a large Harbor Freight in Chattanooga, and they all tell you to “Go buy the HF stuff with your coupon. We are not selling the same quality as them.”

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

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dhazelton

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#10 posted 03-17-2016 11:49 AM

Your needs might be best served by a track saw. The Dewalt or Makita is in your range and would be perfect and won’t take up valuable floor space.

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