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New Delta 36-725 OR Bosch??

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I'm in the market for my first table saw and I've been looking around on the List, but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for so I went to the blue box store and the new Delta 36-725 caught my eye. I also like anything Bosch, so the 4100-09 is also a contender. They are two different type saws, but I can't really decide which one! They are the same price and the fact that one is portable doesn't really matter. I just think Bosch makes really good tools. I'm afraid the Delta is TOO new and the kinks aren't worked out yet. I've heard customer service is terrible and the issue with the throat plate bothers me (sheet metal and non zero clearance). So help me guys…. Which one?
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The Delta did not pass my "once over" inspection at the store. It seemed rickety and the reviews are mixed. The thin throat plates was enough to scare me off. I like having plenty of shop made throat plates for each blade setup. This saw reminds me a little of the Craftsman contractors saws, with thin throat plates that were difficult to make. Commercial throat plates are typically unavailable.

I guess it depends on how much that feature matters to you. I had a Craftsman and a Hitachi TS that were quickly replaced in favor of a Jet. I would also make sure that the arbor bolt is long enough to accept a full dado stack. My Hitachi would not.

Good luck with your decision.
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