Delta 36-725 factory zero clearance insert replacement plug?

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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 12-05-2016 06:47 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2016 06:47 PM

Hi All,

I have the Delta 36-725 saw and I purchased their zero clearance insert. It has a what appears to be teflon or polypro insert that you cut through. Its not a bad insert, but not sure if its $50 worth…

Anyway, I was looking at making one now since I’ve got a little more experience, but to be honest, it looks like a bigger PITA to make one than other saws due to the fitment. So I then figured I would buy another plastic insert for my plate I bought – and much to my dismay, I couldn’t find one. There are screws on it and I would THINK Delta wouldn’t make you buy the whole thing again…but maybe I’m wrong.

Anyone else run across this?

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#1 posted 12-05-2016 07:00 PM

Don’t know if you can buy the plastic bit by itself… but it seems like it would be pretty easy to make them yourself, particularly since you have an original to use as a pattern. Plastic is easy to machine and you can use all your normal woodworking tools on it. I’d probably make it out of recycled milk jugs (HDPE), but you can also probably find some proper thickness cutting boards or similar at the dollar store that would work.


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#2 posted 12-05-2016 07:59 PM

The center piece on my zero clearance for my 36-725 looks like it’s made of MDF. I doubt you can buy just that piece. It will be just as hard to make a new center piece as to make a whole zero clearance insert. So, out of curiosity why do you need a new center? Oh… I think the $50 is a rip off too. The zero insert is the stock insert with a center piece added that you cut through.

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 08:06 PM

whyme – I guess I didn’t look that close at mine, but I thought it looked like some sort of black plastic.

I was thinking of making one because I’m in the market for a different blade and I didn’t know if the one I settle one will be the same thickness and tooth angle etc – A buddy of mine has ZC inserts for every blade he uses. But when I saw what a PITA it looks like to make one (he has a ridgid saw and says he doesn’t have to recess much of anything – just cuts his to fit and thats pretty much it) I thought maybe I could buy a new “plug” – which would seem to make common sense to sell, but then again, Delta could sell you a whole new setup for $50….

As for it being a ripoff – when it FINALLY showed up (what a joke and a story for another time…) I opened it and was thinking “what the hell is this?” It works ok, but I was expecting to cut through an entire plug, not just the front side of the blade and, aside from the plug and the color, same as the stock one…

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 08:49 PM

I ended up making a zero insert and it did take some time and effort but it wasn’t impossible. If you have a router it can be done. I used the original insert as a template and a bearing guided flush cut router bit to cut it out. From there it was a lot of hogging out the recesses with the router.

Have you seen this thread?

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#5 posted 12-05-2016 08:53 PM

Yeah, I don’t have a router yet either.

Would like to make a simple extension for my table – nothing fancy. But currently a good router isn’t in the budget, and I’m hesitant to buy a $60 ryobi one just to end up getting what I really want in a couple months…plus I need to stay on mama’s good side so I can buy my planer I’m eyeing up. :)

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#6 posted 12-16-2016 02:53 PM

You might checkout thetinman’s ZCI for this saw here:
He actually made it for the original insert but a similar approach might work for the ZCI plate. I does require a router and Christmas sales may be the best time to get one price wise so what are you waiting for? :-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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