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#1 posted 04-21-2016 08:59 PM

I think the lack of info on the Delta 36-5000 is due to it’s newness, and not having many units in the field….it just hasn’t been out that long, and I haven’t heard from many folks who’ve bought it. AFAIK, it’s essentially the same saw as the 36-725 with a bigger motor and single piece front fence rail….some variations offer cast iron wings, longer rails, etc. IMO the 36-725 represents a good value relative to the R4512 and 21833 in the $550-$600 price range…..I just don’t think the 36-5000 offers enough more “stuff” to justify a $350 premium over the 36-725. At $1000, it also pits the 36-5000 against the well proven Jet Proshop base models, and costs the same or more than the Grizzly G0715P and G0771 which offer full enclosures and solid cast wings. That doesn’t make the 36-5000 a bad saw or a bad choice, just a lesser known entity, and a more questionable value in my eyes.

The Laguna Fusion has very similar guts as the Jet Proshop, but offers a lesser aluminum two-piece front fence rail, which is kinda lame considering it’s price point. The Jet Proshop fence is easily the better fence IMO. Since the Jet has the better fence and better CS reputation, as well as similar warranty, I’d pick the Jet over the Laguna in a heartbeat.

Amazon also offers the Grizzly and Shop Fox saws, including their hybrids and industrial cabinet saws. If you’re at all considering saws in the $1300 range, the Grizzly G1023RL and G0690 are considerably more substantial saws than any hybrid for very little extra money. The G0690 is essentially the same saw as the Laguna Platinum saw. The 3hp saws would require 220v though….food for thought.

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