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#1 posted 04-10-2017 09:55 AM

My former employer used to have the version of this saw with a 36” rip compacity. I hated it. The fence was floppy and had to be measured at the front and back every time it was moved. It seemed to be way under powered compared to my Craftsman 351.221160 which are rated to have the exact same horse power. Plus getting any kind of customer support (not to mention parts) from Delta is next to impossible.

With that being said, it could be made to work. Perhaps the guy that set up the unit I used didn’t get the fence properly adjusted and perhaps the fence could be adjusted to not require measuring at the front and back every time it is moved. That was my main gripe about this saw.

If I was going to drop $600 + tax + shipping for the Delta I think that I would spring for the extra $300 (or so) and get the one with the 52” rip compacity. It is the cheapest new saw that I am aware of with a 52” rip compacity.

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