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jstewart

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09-01-2007 02:11 AM

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I recently bought a Delta 34-264 8” dado insert on Amazon for around $35. It arrived today. I opened it up and put it in the saw only to find out that it doesn’t fit my saw. That’s odd. I bought the exact part number listed in my owner’s manual. The insert has a little pin on the front that is supposed to sit just under the table top, top hold the insert down. However, the pin needs to be on the back of the insert. I could grind the pin off, but I shouldn’t have to. I could turn the insert around, but then the hole for the blade would be on the wrong side.

After the problems I had earlier with Delta selling me a table saw that was missing some bolts, I’m getting very fed up. I hope they do something for me here. I’m not about the ship this back to Amazon and eat the shipping costs. I’m not even sure Amazon would take it back since I’ve opened it.

Does anybody have a Delta 10” contractor’s saw (36-979 or 36-978) and have a dado insert for it?

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas


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#1 posted 09-01-2007 02:48 AM

Is this a right tilt vs. left tilt issue? Could you have bought the right part, but for the wrong tilt? Just the first thing that came to mind.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 09-01-2007 02:50 AM

Is the tilt direction (right-tilt vs. left-tilt) different for the saw than the insert?

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#3 posted 09-01-2007 02:52 AM

Oops – sorry about that. Mot beat me to it.

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#4 posted 09-01-2007 04:32 AM

I think that is the problem. It seems like it would fit perfectly for a right-tilt contractor’s saw. I bought the exact part number listed in the owner’s manual. So, if I have the wrong one, they printed the wrong numbers in the manual.

If anyone is in the market for a dado head insert to fit a right-tilt unisaw or contractor’s saw, let me know. I doubt Delta is going to help me out on this one. I checked the online PDF of the owner’s manual for my saw. It’s been updated since I bought mine. The new manual doesn’t list any of the accessory model numbers. I guess they finally realized that they were shipping erroneous information in the manuals.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#5 posted 09-01-2007 06:27 AM

I just took a closer look at the insert packaging. On the back there is a table listing which insert to get for various Delta table saw types. For left-tilt contractor’s saws it lists the 36-847. It would have been nice if the manual had that information.

I guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Delta customer service will do right be me.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#6 posted 09-01-2007 08:47 AM

Well, glad that one is figured out. Just to toss in my opinion of factory dado inserts, they suck. There is no support of the workpiece unless you are cutting a full width dado at full blade height. (of course that’s nuts) Can I plead with you, for safety sake, to just make yourself a zero clearance insert for your dado set. You’ll find it even easier than making one for the rip/cross cut blade as your set is probably 8 inches and will sit totally below the ZCI before you plunge into it. Just my safety push. I think it’s a sign that you go the wrong one.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 09-01-2007 11:20 PM

It’s on it’s way back to Amazon. I called them today. (I didn’t know they had a phone number for customer support. I expected it to be completely online.) They decided this was partially their fault since the item description appears to claim this item is good for all Delta Contractor Saws. They’re giving me a full refund. Now I can just make my own using a zero-clearance insert as mot suggested.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#8 posted 04-09-2014 01:34 PM

I called Delta and they gave me a part number 36-500 for an insert for a 36-725, a saw I’m looking to buy, which is not the number (36-502) they have listed in there parts manual. Give them a call toll free 866-999-1499 and select option 2. Have you model number handy and they will give you the correct number.

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 09:10 PM

Buckeye, you may want to double check those insert part numbers for the 36-725 Delta Saw. The part number I got for the ZCI was 36-501. The dado insert is 36-502.

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