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Ian57

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03-01-2018 08:45 PM

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Ok I know this question has been asked before. I am in the market for a new table saw, I have narrowed my choice down to these two models. Oh and before somebody throws the Grizzly G0771Z into the mix, I am not wiling to go the extra $400 this would cost.
I think I have googled all the possible pros and cons. The Rigid’s alignment issues, Delta’s not being repair friendly and I am still on the fence. Do I just make a choice and pay my money?
Can anyone help sway my decision, promise no comebacks
Cheers
Ian
PS I have posted the same question on other wood working forums


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#1 posted 03-01-2018 08:57 PM

Both have their fair share of knocks against them. Many times a good used saw is a better bet. Have you checked your local listings?

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

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Ian57

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#2 posted 03-01-2018 09:06 PM



Both have their fair share of knocks against them. Many times a good used saw is a better bet. Have you checked your local listings?

- knotscott


I have and all I can find are either over priced or just junk. I will keep looking though. But I do like the idea of a warranty.

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#3 posted 03-01-2018 09:10 PM

I went with the Delta 36-725 about a year ago and it has worked well for me.

At the time of purchase I really could have picked either one as the reported “issues” for both were not a major concern for me so it came down to “availability” and “current discounts”.

I’ve been very pleased with the saw, when using a “thin-kerf” blade. it will run through just about anything with ease

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#4 posted 03-01-2018 09:14 PM

I have and all I can find are either over priced or just junk. I will keep looking though. But I do like the idea of a warranty.
- Ian57

Everybody says that… mainly because the good deals come and go fast, so you never see them. It’s the overpriced or just junk stuff that stays out there :) Also, 99% of the time, if a machine is going to fail or have problems, it will do so in the first few weeks/months. An older machine has already been tested and proven.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 03-01-2018 09:25 PM

I went with the Delta over the Rigid mainly because of the alignment issues with the Rigid at the time I was looking. I believe the alignment problem has now been eliminated. So it’s a six of one, half dozen of another choice. I like the fence on the Delta better then what’s on the Rigid. But I like that the motor on the Rigid is separate and not integrated with the arbor housing as with the Delta. I’ve had to deal with Delta a couple of times and had no real issue with their customer service and got what I needed. If choosing today I may have gone with the Rigid simply because of the motor not being part of the arbor housing.

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adr906

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 11:13 PM

I bought the Delta 36-725 about six months ago and have been happy with it. Woodworking is a hobby for me and it suits my needs. I was using a RAS before that.

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#7 posted 03-01-2018 11:33 PM

If you post your general location, someone here might have a lead on a good used saw.

Between the Ridgid and the Delta, I don’t have any clear insights that one is better than the other….there are pros and cons with each. I like the fence on the Delta better, but like “WhyMe”, I prefer the motor situation on the Ridgid. If necessary, the fence on the Ridgid can be fairly easily upgraded for a couple hundred bucks down the road….it might even work out ok for you.

Good luck, and please keep us posted on the outcome!

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

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Ian57

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#8 posted 03-01-2018 11:37 PM


If you post your general location, someone here might have a lead on a good used saw.

Between the Ridgid and the Delta, I don t have any clear insights that one is better than the other….there are pros and cons with each. I like the fence on the Delta better, but like “WhyMe”, I prefer the motor situation on the Ridgid. If necessary, the fence on the Ridgid can be fairly easily upgraded for a couple hundred bucks down the road….it might even work out ok for you.

Good luck, and please keep us posted on the outcome!

- knotscott


I am in Cocoa, Fl. I will update on my decision.

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woodworm1962

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#9 posted 03-02-2018 12:04 AM

Stay… NO RUN from anything RIDGID! RUN RUN RUN! any other choice is better ANY!

-- No one likes the truth...

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#10 posted 03-02-2018 12:18 AM

Another vote for the Delta. Have had it about a year. Have had no issues. I am retired and in my shop 6-8 hours a day 5 days a week. Used it a lot and would buy again

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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#11 posted 03-02-2018 12:27 AM

The Ridgid R4512 is a great saw EXCEPT for the fence. The fence is flawed and can’t lock down repeatedly straight. The fence is upgradable.

So I would choose the Delta under the assumption the fence had got to be better.

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Ian57

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#12 posted 03-02-2018 12:54 AM



The Ridgid R4512 is a great saw EXCEPT for the fence. The fence is flawed and can t lock down repeatedly straight. The fence is upgradable.

So I would choose the Delta under the assumption the fence had got to be better.

- ppg677


That assumption about the fence seems to be backed up on the forums.

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Ian57

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#13 posted 03-02-2018 12:57 AM



Stay… NO RUN from anything RIDGID! RUN RUN RUN! any other choice is better ANY!

- woodworm1962


Could you elaborate please.

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#14 posted 03-02-2018 01:06 AM

Buy the Ridgid. The 5, 000 internet threads about alignment problems are just trying to trick you.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Ian57

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#15 posted 03-02-2018 01:10 AM



Buy the Ridgid. The 5, 000 internet threads about alignment problems are just trying to trick you.

- Woodknack


Sarcasm?

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