Pulled the trigger on a Delta 36-725 table saw today. Buyers remorse???

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by HalfShirt posted 11-12-2016 09:36 PM 9277 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View HalfShirt's profile


31 posts in 1055 days

11-12-2016 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw delta 36-725

So I finally pulled the trigger on a Delta 36-725 table saw today. In typical Lowes fashion it took forever to get someone to help me get the saw and get it on a cart. While I was waiting, it really gave me a chance to take in the overall size of the saw and to really look at the Bosch 4100-09 as well as the Dewalt DWE7491. As I was driving home, I began to wonder if I made the right decision for my needs. I am a beginner wood worker and a very experienced DIYer. As of right now, the table saw will primarily be used for my ongoing home renovation and when time allows, I will slowly transition to more wood working projects. My workshop is a two car garage that in the winter will also store my wife’s car. Space is a concern, but I can also get creative. My goal is to begin making cabinets and shaker furniture.

Did I make the right choice for my needs based on what I described above? Could I get away with a job site saw instead of the Delta contractor saw?

Help keep me from second guessing my purchase and from returning it and going with the Bosch or Dewalt.

-- Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?

39 replies so far

View JoeinGa's profile


7739 posts in 2182 days

#1 posted 11-12-2016 09:52 PM

Sure you probably could “away with a job site saw” ... but I think with the better saw, your cabinet build will go smoother, and once you get used to it you wont be saying “Geeze, I wish I had gotten the better saw.”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View 01ntrain's profile


259 posts in 1245 days

#2 posted 11-12-2016 10:02 PM

Return it? Are you kidding? Your gut told you to go out and buy the saw, you went thru the trouble of getting it at the store, and getting it home. Don’t you trust your gut?

Joking aside….those two other saws are great for what they are. A jobsite saw. You pre-qualify by saying that the saw will be used for ongoing home renovations, and that’s fine….but the cost of those saws are pretty close to the Delta, and it’s a much better saw, IMO. Better fence, better motor, better dust-collection, and much more work surface to do cuts.

Trust me, if you had bought either saw, within 6 months you would be experiencing REAL buyer’s remorse.

View lumberjuniorvarsity's profile


84 posts in 1070 days

#3 posted 11-12-2016 10:26 PM

Take your time setting it up and start using it. There’s lots of good info here:

You’ll love it, especially once you start getting into woodworking more. I’m pretty much the same as you. Lots of DIY and home renovations, learning lots about woodworking, 2 car garage w/ a wife’s car that needs to go in during the winter. There’s no way I’d get a jobsite saw, no matter how good they are – at least not with cabinet making (or any more advanced woodworking) in your future.

My 2 cents.

View Redoak49's profile


3598 posts in 2163 days

#4 posted 11-12-2016 10:32 PM

It will be great for you. Stop worrying, set it up and make sawdust.

Be safe!!!!

View DirtyMike's profile


637 posts in 1077 days

#5 posted 11-13-2016 01:02 AM

Compared to the other saws you mentioned I believe you made a good choice. Just curious did you consider the used market any?

View mrbob's profile


182 posts in 744 days

#6 posted 11-13-2016 01:21 AM

Actually life is so better without a SO, unless she make more $ then you, then it is a REAL power struggle.
You have the whole garage, dont have to ask for permission/forgiveness, ect.
You did make the right choice on the saw!!

View hotbyte's profile


991 posts in 3150 days

#7 posted 11-13-2016 02:31 AM

Been very happy with mine. Good friend has a Dewalt job site he really likes but he actually moves it from location to location doing side jobs. Not sure what all you will be doing on your house, but in addition to table saw, get a nice, upper end circular saw if doing framing type work.

View TheFridge's profile


10502 posts in 1661 days

#8 posted 11-13-2016 02:36 AM

Get a jobsite saw if you like really loud motors, smaller space in front of the blade, and crappy fences in general.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View Gaffneylumber's profile


103 posts in 1003 days

#9 posted 11-13-2016 02:44 AM

Yea job site saws just have a flimsy feel to them even though I’m sure they could fit your needs. There is no better feeling in woodworking than sliding a board over a smooth cast iron top.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

View kingpong's profile


11 posts in 989 days

#10 posted 11-13-2016 02:57 AM

After 15 years or so doing typical DIYer work with a jobsite saw that I didn’t have a problem with beyond a fence that was tough to get parallel to the blade, I recently bought a 36-725. The first cuts I made on the new saw were revelatory. I still can’t believe how much better of an experience it is using this saw vs. a jobsite saw. Kicking myself for not having bought a contractor or cabinet saw years ago.

Speaking of returns, this is actually my second unit – the first one was so damaged once I opened it that I had to return it. Looked like another box had been dropped on it, bending all the panels a few inches. Doing all the loading/unloading solo from an SUV of a box that has 60 pounds on me multiple times was not fun, but the first cut made it all worthwhile.

View HalfShirt's profile


31 posts in 1055 days

#11 posted 11-13-2016 05:25 AM

Thanks for the reassurance everyone. I know it was the right decision, I have been researching my new saw for the last 6 months after I sold my old Craftsman before moving. For at least 4 months I have been pretty sure this was the table saw for me based on this forum and a few reviews on other websites. Unfortunately, I never had a ton of time while in the store to really look it over. I know it sounds crazy, but the reality is every time I was in there I would look at it while passing and really couldn’t get in depth with it as I almost always had one of my kids with me. Today, I was there alone and was a bit overwhelmed by the size. Also, ask my wife, I get a little twitchy when I’m buying a big ticket item and start to second guess it. I work hard for my money and I don’t want to have regrets. I have watched the used market near me and nothing ever really popped up. I just moved to a new city so transporting a large used saw and getting it loaded and unloaded without any help would have been problematic. I know I made the right decision, just need a little more reassurance from those that really know what they’re talking about. Thanks. I’m excited to get this thing set up and running.

-- Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?

View jtm's profile


230 posts in 1811 days

#12 posted 11-13-2016 07:54 AM

I have an old Craftsman 113 series table saw that I added a few upgrades to, one of which was the Delta T3 fence.

This also happens to be the fence on your Delta table saw, and it is fantastic. It really makes the saw.

There is no comparison between your Delta and those jobsite saws.

View toolie's profile


2146 posts in 2803 days

#13 posted 11-13-2016 02:29 PM

..........overwhelmed by the size…....

- HalfShirt

“Overwhelmed by the size?”...... guess that rules you out for a cabinet saw in the future. Moving tools alone isn’t that hard if the appropriate time is taken.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

5105 posts in 4135 days

#14 posted 11-13-2016 03:29 PM

Get good blades. I use 3 styles. Rip, crosscut and combo (for general use).
Unless you’re going into production work, the contractor saw will do a good job for you. As others will add, assemble it dead on. Don’t rush it.


View Carloz's profile


1147 posts in 766 days

#15 posted 11-13-2016 03:54 PM

Compared to the other saws you mentioned I believe you made a good choice. Just curious did you consider the used market any?

- DirtyMike

And here come junkers with their “After spending n years on craigslist and spending only $800 on gas I got a terrific deal on a table saw. It needs replacing motor and is missing the table, cabinet and trunnions, but I will keep looking on craigslist for the missing parts. YOU SHOULD HAVE TOO”.

OP you did good. That is one nice saw, much better than the other two unless you need to carry it somewhere far.

showing 1 through 15 of 39 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics