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Forum topic by mIps posted 01-07-2014 06:58 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2014 06:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I thought I’d pass along this info to those who might be looking.

I happened to be in the blue-box home store and saw a Delta table saw Model #: 36-725. It looks like a fairly decent unit with a t-square style fence and a good-sized tabletop. I could tell it’s direct-drive rather than belt but does have wheels on the base for mobility.
At $600, it looks like it could be a decent unit if you need a mostly mobile contractor saw.

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 07:48 PM

Direct drive is not the way to go even on a contractor saw.
In my estimation, Delta is aiming at the customer who will use the saw 5 times a year.
I have a Grizz contractor model 0444Z which has been all the TS I will ever need. Powerful for what it is, and no crappy stuff to aggravate any user.
I would consider a direct drive for flooring installers, etc.


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#2 posted 01-07-2014 09:09 PM

Sometimes we see DELTA on a tool and relate that to Unisaw, quality, good company with support, etc.

I would like to point out that Black and Decker once was the pinnacle of quality when it came to power tools.
Stanley was the “go to” supplier for quality hard working planes and chisels and many other fine hand tools.
Disston was all you needed to know about hand saws.

Point is, things change.
I have a crappy little DELTA 10” band saw with three plastic wheels, a warped aluminum table, and a 1/15 hp motor. And that was only one of a whole line of “tool looking objects” dumped on an un-suspecting public by this company. DELTA on a tool doesn’t mean anything to me except to be very careful and check it out before you buy.

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 09:48 PM

Saw this saw in my local store. Not very nice. Legs were cheap tubing and the wings were flimsy thin metal, maybe steel. I didn’t look past that. I don’t need a saw though…I was just curious. For that much money, I’d definitely steer clear.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 10:06 PM

At that price point, the Delta actually looks like a decent saw.

Alternatively, this is the kind of saw that money buys:

I know there are plenty of naysayers, but as a contractor that saw could quickly pay for itself. I have a smaller portable saw and a big old Unisaw, but the saw posted occupies a legitimate niche between the two.


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#5 posted 01-07-2014 10:11 PM

mIps…’s a couple recent forums about this Delta. Check them out more info.

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 11:03 PM

Mlps, I think this is belt drive.

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 05:06 PM

DKV, that looks like the saw but, if it’s belt drive, the motor is inside the metal enclosure and not out the back like other belt-drives I’ve seen.
I was not planning on buying as I already have a saw that works and no money for a new one, merely passing on the info for others.

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 05:38 PM

It’s a 1.5HP belt drive and looks like a good saw at that price point, sturdy but lightweight for mobility, good fence, polished top. Check out the other threads for more info.


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#9 posted 01-08-2014 10:30 PM

If you are in the market, look at this post now there is a decent saw for a decent price in Minneaplois Minnesota!

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 11:08 PM

DKV the specs say it is a belt drive.

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#11 posted 01-11-2014 05:11 AM

While on Lowes website tonight I noticed that the Delta TS is out of stock already.

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#12 posted 01-11-2014 12:51 PM

Outboard motors have pretty much become obsolete on new saws, with the exception of the Saw Stop contractor saw….can’t think of a single other new saw still in production that has an outboard motor. I’d expect the SS to follow suit the next time they redesign that model.

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