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Forum topic by De1taE1even posted 06-24-2018 02:42 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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De1taE1even

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06-24-2018 02:42 AM

Hey I just wanted to thank this forum, and the wealth of information it has provided me. I’ve been hunting Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a table saw. I went back and forth between 110, 220, 1.5 HP, 3 HP, expensive, cheaper, etc, etc. For what I want to use it for, I decided a 1.5-2 HP 110 saw would be fine for now. Maybe I’ll upgrade later. I found a Delta 36-725 on Facebook for a great deal. I read some reviews and it seemed to be generally well received, even though Delta isn’t what it used to be. It had some rust, and was missing a few screws. The original owner took it apart when he moved, and lost a few. Very little wear and tear otherwise.

I got the screws I needed from big blue. Disassembled the wings, tube, and angle iron, and started to clean it up. MAN, it was CRAZY how much sawdust and wood chips were trapped inside the unit. The dust collection port was completely clogged. I wish I would have taken a picture of it before I started cleaning it up. Vacuumed the crap out of it, then blew it out with the compressor. 30 minutes with scotch brite, mineral spirits, and a sweaty brow, and the cast iron top was like a mirror. Re-assembled, leveled, squared the blade, fence, and riving knife. Everything seems to be pretty dead-on. I took mineral spirits and a rag to the rest of the table, and it looks practically brand new! Not bad for $200.


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SuperCubber

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#1 posted 06-24-2018 11:08 AM

Man, if I found one for $200, I might buy a second! Nice score!

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

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toolie

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#2 posted 06-24-2018 12:41 PM

Congrats on a good deal. It Will do almost everything I needed in a hobbyist shop.

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

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De1taE1even

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#3 posted 06-24-2018 12:55 PM

Thank you! Can’t wait to start using it.

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Rayne

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#4 posted 06-24-2018 12:58 PM

That’s a good deal and that saw will serve you well. I had it for a few years before I upgraded and it did everything I asked it to with no issues.

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De1taE1even

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 01:10 PM

The only issues I’ve had with it so far is I had to shim the tube off the angle iron on the left side a bit to get the fence to square up with the miter slot, and it’s still off just a bit, about 1/32” from front to back. Not a huge deal to me because I don’t think the fence will ever see the left side of the table, but I still might work on it a bit more. It looks like there’s a very slight warp in the left-hand tube causing this.

The other issue isn’t so much an actual issue, moreso just not the easiest design, and that is getting the riving knife lined up. The 4 screw design on this saw left a lot to be desired. No matter what I tried, the knife would move as I was tightening it down. I eventually had to clamp it to the blade to keep it still as I carefully tightened it up. Seems to have worked, but I think the design could have been better.

All in all though, I’m super happy.

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Rayne

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#6 posted 06-24-2018 01:26 PM

That is an odd issue with the left side no lining up to the miter slot, but the right is? Yeah, the tube or angle iron would have to be warped to cause that or there is some gunk between the saw frame and the tube to cause a deflection.

As for the riving knife, what do you mean a 4 screw design? Mine was cam-locked via a lever so it’s auto-aligned.

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De1taE1even

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#7 posted 06-24-2018 01:42 PM


That is an odd issue with the left side no lining up to the miter slot, but the right is? Yeah, the tube or angle iron would have to be warped to cause that or there is some gunk between the saw frame and the tube to cause a deflection.

I disassembled all the framing and cleaned it all up so there’s no gunk, but if I put that tube on the top of the table, there’s a very slight wobble to it. It makes the far left side of the tube angle inward ever-so-slightly. You certainly can’t see it but if you take a caliper to it, there’s a difference. Not much, but it’s enough to push the fence out of alignment slightly. Since the fence is dead-on from the right side, I’m not going to adjust the fence itself. If/when I have a need for the fence on the left side, I’ll probably address it again and try to find a solution.

As for the riving knife, what do you mean a 4 screw design? Mine was cam-locked via a lever so it s auto-aligned.

The riving knife assembly is supposed to come from the factory nice and lined up, but the previous owner must have messed with it. There are 4 allen head screws to the left of the blade that hold the riving knife assembly to the frame. If you remove your throat plate, you’ll see them. Two of them secure the riving knife to the motor frame, and the other two are for adjustment. I would assume most owners of this saw never have to mess with these, but unfortunately I did. My riving knife was at least a blade’s width shifted to the left side of the table. If these screws are messed with, the entire knife assembly, including the cam lock and lever, can be out of alignment.

I’ll admit, I could be WAY off when it comes to lining up the knife, but I just (loosely) followed the instructions for the knife alignment that were in the manual.

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De1taE1even

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#8 posted 06-24-2018 01:44 PM

Also a question for those owners of this table saw (and for those that aren’t): Do you keep your pawls installed? That was one of the things the previous owner couldn’t find. I’ve thought about reaching out to Lowe’s/Delta to order a set, but if they aren’t something most people use, I may not bother.

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Rayne

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#9 posted 06-24-2018 02:12 PM


That is an odd issue with the left side no lining up to the miter slot, but the right is? Yeah, the tube or angle iron would have to be warped to cause that or there is some gunk between the saw frame and the tube to cause a deflection.

I disassembled all the framing and cleaned it all up so there s no gunk, but if I put that tube on the top of the table, there s a very slight wobble to it. It makes the far left side of the tube angle inward ever-so-slightly. You certainly can t see it but if you take a caliper to it, there s a difference. Not much, but it s enough to push the fence out of alignment slightly. Since the fence is dead-on from the right side, I m not going to adjust the fence itself. If/when I have a need for the fence on the left side, I ll probably address it again and try to find a solution.

As for the riving knife, what do you mean a 4 screw design? Mine was cam-locked via a lever so it s auto-aligned.

The riving knife assembly is supposed to come from the factory nice and lined up, but the previous owner must have messed with it. There are 4 allen head screws to the left of the blade that hold the riving knife assembly to the frame. If you remove your throat plate, you ll see them. Two of them secure the riving knife to the motor frame, and the other two are for adjustment. I would assume most owners of this saw never have to mess with these, but unfortunately I did. My riving knife was at least a blade s width shifted to the left side of the table. If these screws are messed with, the entire knife assembly, including the cam lock and lever, can be out of alignment.

I ll admit, I could be WAY off when it comes to lining up the knife, but I just (loosely) followed the instructions for the knife alignment that were in the manual.

- De1taE1even

That is a strange adbnormality for it to be bent, but I have limited personal experience with the multitudes of tables saws out there. It really is rare to use the left side; don’t recall ever using it, even though it would be easier for me being left handed.

As for the riving knife, you are right that I never touched it. lol. I don’t see why the previous owner would fiddle with it at all, but I can only imagine resetting it might be annoying. At least you’re getting to the know the saw inside and out.

I kept my pawls stored away because I use the grriper as the push stick/block and the pawls got in the way as well as non-through cuts. As long as I had the riving knife, I was good to go, IMO.

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De1taE1even

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#10 posted 06-24-2018 02:24 PM


That is a strange adbnormality for it to be bent, but I have limited personal experience with the multitudes of tables saws out there. It really is rare to use the left side; don t recall ever using it, even though it would be easier for me being left handed.

As for the riving knife, you are right that I never touched it. lol. I don t see why the previous owner would fiddle with it at all, but I can only imagine resetting it might be annoying. At least you re getting to the know the saw inside and out.

I kept my pawls stored away because I use the grriper as the push stick/block and the pawls got in the way as well as non-through cuts. As long as I had the riving knife, I was good to go, IMO.

- Rayne

I figured it to be a popular opinion that the riving knife is sufficient without the pawls. The previous owner was able to find that plastic safety shroud thing, though I very much don’t see myself using that. I would trade it for the pawls, for sure.

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WhyMe

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#11 posted 06-24-2018 06:04 PM


Also a question for those owners of this table saw (and for those that aren t): Do you keep your pawls installed? That was one of the things the previous owner couldn t find. I ve thought about reaching out to Lowe s/Delta to order a set, but if they aren t something most people use, I may not bother.

- De1taE1even


I don’t use the safety kickback pawls or blade safety shroud. Shame on me, but I just don’t like the hassle of taking them off and putting them back on when doing different cuts.

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