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jacquesr

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09-01-2014 01:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: 36-725 steel city

Hi guys

I have done my homework… Never spent so much time researching before buying a product.
(Borderline ridiculous…)

I was ready to pull the trigger on the Delta 36-725, but…

I realized I can get enough Home Depot gift cards to get a Steel City 35990C with full cast iron wings…. for free…
I like the blade brake on the Delta,, and the smaller weight (shop is a small space in my basement).
I saw the Delta at Lowes and I like how easy it is to move it around. I heard the SC running on your tube…
It seemed to run much louder than the Delta…
The fence is probably better on the SC, which is important for me.

I also like very much that there are a lot of users of the Delta here.

Or should I swing for the 36-500?

Is there anything important I should know to help me decide?

Thanks all


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#1 posted 09-01-2014 01:49 AM

I was going to get that Delta, too. I ended up going with the Bosch 4100-09 instead. I got a good deal on it because HD had it on sale and Lowes matched plus 10% and another 5% off for using Lowes card. So, I paid like $425 for it. That being said, though, it would be hard to pass on the Steel City. If you can afford it, why not? Just mount it up on casters and it should be at least as mobile as the Delta.

-- Let's go Pens!

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 11:56 AM

I too have been researching table saws. Saturday I bought the Delta 36-725 from Lowes. Time will tell if I have chosen wisely.

-- Gary

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 12:02 PM

Cast iron wings and cabinet mounted trunnions are a nice addition in favor of the SC. IMO the fence on the Delta is a bit better….very similar to the Delta T2, but the SC fence and the Delta fence both have a split rail AFAIK. The 35990C has been around longer. Delta’s business and support reputation has been pretty sketchy since Stanley/B&D spun them off, but it looks like they plan to stick around. Free is hard to beat, but you could always sell the HD cards if you wanted to buy the Delta.

I would put zero weight into the sound you heard on a video clip. I doubt the noise is appreciably different. Too many variables….blade, blade height, belt tension for starters, not to mention the recording factors. Just turn the volume down if it’s a concern. ;-)

Both will need a good blade and good setup.

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

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jacquesr

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 02:34 PM

Thanks knotscott.
One element I like on the Delta is the blade brake.
Is it effective?
Dust collection seems better on the Delta as well.
But I guess that with a bit of work I can probably get the same result by adding, for example a home made blade shroud.
For the fence, I might want to replace it with a Very Super Cool Fence.
Will keep you posted in my decision and experience.

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 05:28 PM

IMO the fence on the Delta is a bit better

i thought the fence on the 36-725 was a clone of the t2. i thought that until i saw this in a lowes:

seems to have broken right along the welds. for the OP, i’d go with the SC, if only for the cabinet mounted trunions. that and i’m losing faith in delta’s ability to support it’s products.

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

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jacquesr

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 05:43 PM

Thanks Toolie.

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#7 posted 09-01-2014 07:16 PM



IMO the fence on the Delta is a bit better

i thought the fence on the 36-725 was a clone of the t2. i thought that until i saw this in a lowes:

seems to have broken right along the welds. for the OP, i d go with the SC, if only for the cabinet mounted trunions. that and i m losing faith in delta s ability to support it s products.

- toolie

That one looks like it broke at the glue joint! ....Oops!

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

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WhyMe

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 07:43 PM

Too bad you got those HD gift cards. The SC 35990C is showing $70 cheaper at Lowes on the web. You should be able to show HD what Lowes is selling it for and get a price match.

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jacquesr

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#9 posted 09-01-2014 08:52 PM

Hello WhyMe!
Good to hear from you!
Thanks a lot again for sending me the dimensions of the Delta’s box a while ago!
I saw the better price at Lowes… I got HD to price match (with an additional 10% off).

I will start a thread about buying at HD online…
When you call, the operator can give you a discretionary 10% – you just have to ask!
Plus you can buy on cardpool.com gift cards at 90% value.
In my case:
-10% price match
-10% discretionary (plus the SC is discontinued)
-10% via cardpool.com

But I already have 750$ worth of gift cards I got for free.
I need a Bosch router kit, a jigsaw, a ridged sander…. all at HD.

Bottom line: is the 35990C a better saw?
Price diff forme is 150$ – not significant.
Just trying to buy the most accurate saw.
Delta seems to be a newer design. Love the blade brake.
With the SC, aside from the cast iron wings, I am not certain.
I might have to put my router table as an extension to the table saw, so the stamped steel wings are easier to discard.
Delta seems to take a bit les space.
Will probably upgrade the fence anyway, so moot point here….
Thanks for your feedback.

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#10 posted 09-01-2014 09:06 PM

As someone who often obsesses over tool choices, the bottom line is this: they are roughly comparable—you’re not comparing a Ryobi portable to a new Unisaw. Pay your money, take your choice—it doesn’t really matter that much which one you buy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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jacquesr

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#11 posted 09-01-2014 09:11 PM

Hello Charles,
Thanks for your message.
I have been an entrepreneur in the tradeshow industry for 25 years…
Started getting interesting in ww about a year ago.
I am amazed to see how little choices we have, really.
Same saw with a different paint job and minute details.
Some companies seems to have more “original” products.
All do a lousy job (minest Grizzly) at marketing IMO.
Some days I feel like getting in the business!

You are right, absolutely.
Just trying to figure out if there is feature of one or the other saw that would stand out.

HD also has the JET, but I dont like the SS wings…

BTW, I saw your posts regarding dust collection. Very interesting.

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CharlesA

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#12 posted 09-01-2014 09:29 PM

One more solidly made—the other with some more convenient features. I’d go with the Steel City.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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RonTanc

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#13 posted 09-01-2014 09:37 PM

Tooliie – Looks to me like you never had a well there to begin with; absolutely no weld penetration. I suggest you take the fence apart and take it to a welding shop and they can fix that for you for little money. Good luck!

-- Cut the hole twice and it's still too big!

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#14 posted 09-01-2014 10:17 PM

After reading Toolie’s fine print, I think that’s Lowes’ problem, not his

-- paxorion

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WhyMe

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#15 posted 09-01-2014 11:38 PM

I have the Delta 36-725 and after seeing the above pics I went and checked my fence to make sure there were no cracks in the end. The end cap of my fence has a definite weld bead with good penetration so I think mine was welded by a better robot. :)

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