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Hello everyone. I am in the market for a table saw. I am a do it yourself kind of person and like to occasionally build things. I would like to get one from lowes, I have some gift cards for there. I have always been told to get a cast iron top instead of aluminum. I would like to stay in the 500-700 range for price. Lowes has a delta, Bosch, and dewalt in this range. Any suggestions?
 

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Hello, Do you have table saw experience & how about your garage, do you need to conserve space?

Dewalt. Its a fine machine & will do all you can handle for occasional woodworking. If you can out grow that then grizzly but thats imo is for someone thats really in to wood working.
The smaller table saws can break down & be placed to the side when not in use for the occasion diy'er

some of these guys here will say to get the best you can afford or say to get a big saw, that I dont know. What I do know is dewalt is a fine machine.
 

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The Delta 36-725 is a full size saw with cast iron top and belt drive induction motor. It has a bunch of advantages over the portables unless you need to schlep it from jobsite to jobsite. The Bosch and DW are fine examples of portable saws, but they don't offer the operating space, mass, torque, and stability of a good full size saw….the Delta will also be considerably quieter.

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This question is asked almost daily searching on LJs will get you dozens of results. In General Knotscott is our table saw guru and for my money has the best info on the subject.
 

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For their money I believe they lowes Delta saw is there best buy. I read About everything I could before I bought mine, and I love it. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have one of the top of their line saws but 2 or 3 thousand dollars wasn't in my budget. I work with wood as a hobby and the saw has worked out perfect for me.
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As others have said, the "table saw for me" question is well defined. If you can, please define your requirements/contraints beyond the following:
  1. Sounds like you are focusing/limiting your search to Lowes?
  2. Your budget is $500-$700?
  3. Do you have a semi-permanent space that is protected from the weather (i.e. garage)?

If the answers are yes to all three, I recommend you consider in the following order:
  1. Delta 36-725
  2. Dewalt DWE7490X/DWE7491RS or Bosch 4100 (depending on your preference over fence design)
 

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I agree with Knotscot portable job site jobs have big limitations as to power and table size.Depending on what you plan on making the larger Delta will be better for ripping material that's heavier and longer,the job site saws are lightweight and are only suitable for smaller projects or more light weight ripping. Is it possible to use it for larger projects ? Maybe,but it can be difficult for larger longer pieces.
 

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I'm in your category though I'm becoming addicted to building things. I have the Lowe's DeWalt and all things considered, I'm very happy with it. I have space issues, and need to stow it away after each use. Before I bought it I installed a 20 amp outlet in my garage to separate all my stuff from the house and to make sure I get full power. I have the standard combo blade that came with it and a Diablo 80 tooth and I have no idea what on earth I'd need more power for.

The problem is the small table. I've ripped a few 24×48 sheets and to do so with minimal burning, I had to build both a small in-feed and out-feed table, and these need to be set up for each use. Because I don't have space, this is acceptable, but if I had the space, I'd want a usable table. If I keep building, I will probably end up getting a track saw for ripping. In fact, had I enough room, my Ryobi circular saw with a Kreg fence would be better for ripping. For cross-cutting-and I'm safety conscious to the point of paranoia as I did not grow up around power tools-I built a cross-cut sled before I ever made my first cut. With the sled, cross-cutting is a dream, though for larger pieces those makeshift tables have to go to the side.
 

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Yes I am still just soaking in the replies. I have now seen the rigid at Home Depot very similar to the delta 36 725. Any opinions on the rigid. It is about 70 cheaper. I am leaning heavily towards the delta though. I am interested in getting it at lowes or Home Depot due to having gift cards to both stores. Space is not really am issue for me as much as function. Thank you!
 

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Yes I am still just soaking in the replies. I have now seen the rigid at Home Depot very similar to the delta 36 725. Any opinions on the rigid. It is about 70 cheaper. I am leaning heavily towards the delta though. I am interested in getting it at lowes or Home Depot due to having gift cards to both stores. Space is not really am issue for me as much as function. Thank you!

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IMHO, the Delta has a better fence and a better track record. Can't hurt to ask Lowes for 10% off, or obtain a moving kit from your local post office that will contain a 10% coupon. The R4512s effected with the alignment problem can't be fixed….that issue is supposedly resolved, but it's heresay at this point, and I'm still leery.
 

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The Dewalt portable saws are probably the best in that price range. Most don't understand that contractor saws are just put into different cases and stands and sold as different types of saws. Unless you can step up to a cabinet saw buy a saw with some innovative features like the Dewalt not some 50 year old design although that is what we are stuck with today.

The Dewalt has rack and pinion fence that is very accurate and easy to adjust. The bigger version I believe can cut 30 something inches which is big even compared to floor contractor saws. Everything stores neatly on the saw. Accepts dado blades. 2 dust collection ports. The most important is a great blade guard and splitter set up. It removes in seconds with the pull of a lever. it comes with a guard attached and separate splitter for when you can't use guard. The guard is one $3500 saws should look at as you can leave it on and actually use the saw.

I have used mine to build more cabinets and projects that I can count. One drawback is the aluminum top but again easily overcome. It takes standard t slot accys which some don't. For about $500 with the stand that allows quick storage it is unbeatable.

Buy a track saw to cut down your sheet goods and the TS for final cuts. Resale value for up rage is also high as contractors love them compared to floor type saws that aren't as portable.

Also don't buy into the internet so called problems that effect the 20 people out of 10,000 that have actually bought the saws. Go look at one for yourself and determine if there is an issue. Use the info as a guide and something to look for rather then a buying decision.
 

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The Dewalt portable saws are probably the best in that price range. Most don t understand that contractor saws are just put into different cases and stands and sold as different types of saws. Unless you can step up to a cabinet saw buy a saw with some innovative features like the Dewalt not some 50 year old design although that is what we are stuck with today.

The Dewalt has rack and pinion fence that is very accurate and easy to adjust. The bigger version I believe can cut 30 something inches which is big even compared to floor contractor saws. Everything stores neatly on the saw. Accepts dado blades. 2 dust collection ports. The most important is a great blade guard and splitter set up. It removes in seconds with the pull of a lever. it comes with a guard attached and separate splitter for when you can t use guard. The guard is one $3500 saws should look at as you can leave it on and actually use the saw.

I have used mine to build more cabinets and projects that I can count. One drawback is the aluminum top but again easily overcome. It takes standard t slot accys which some don t. For about $500 with the stand that allows quick storage it is unbeatable.
What are the dewalt mode numbers?
 

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If space is no issue get the Delta Model 36-5152. 52" rip, cast iron table and wings. Cutting down 4'x8' ply wood be a breeze. Yes it's an induction motor, but folks make too much over that imo. I have yet to find my Bosch 4100 needing any more power. Yeah they are slightly noisier, but it doesn't bother me. I would have one of the Delta's but don't have the room to leave it setup that wide all the time. I have the Bosch, mounted on a shop made cart, because of room. I use plastic topped folding tables raised to saw height for infeed/outfeed, which work well. I picked the Bosch over the Dewalt.

The 36-5152 is double the price of the 725. In the $500-$700 range, I'd definitely go with the 725 if you have room. The 30" rip capacity is 5" more than the Bosch, it has a better fence, and a slightly bigger table. While it does have a CI table, the Bosch AL top has not been an issue. When I need more weight (cutting down ply) I just weight it down.
 

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The Dewalt portable saws are probably the best in that price range. Most don t understand that contractor saws are just put into different cases and stands and sold as different types of saws. Unless you can step up to a cabinet saw buy a saw with some innovative features like the Dewalt not some 50 year old design although that is what we are stuck with today.

The Dewalt has rack and pinion fence that is very accurate and easy to adjust. The bigger version I believe can cut 30 something inches which is big even compared to floor contractor saws. Everything stores neatly on the saw. Accepts dado blades. 2 dust collection ports. The most important is a great blade guard and splitter set up. It removes in seconds with the pull of a lever. it comes with a guard attached and separate splitter for when you can t use guard. The guard is one $3500 saws should look at as you can leave it on and actually use the saw.

I have used mine to build more cabinets and projects that I can count. One drawback is the aluminum top but again easily overcome. It takes standard t slot accys which some don t. For about $500 with the stand that allows quick storage it is unbeatable.

Buy a track saw to cut down your sheet goods and the TS for final cuts. Resale value for up rage is also high as contractors love them compared to floor type saws that aren t as portable.

Also don t buy into the internet so called problems that effect the 20 people out of 10,000 that have actually bought the saws. Go look at one for yourself and determine if there is an issue. Use the info as a guide and something to look for rather then a buying decision.

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I believe WOODIE1 is referring to the latest generation of Dewalt saws. I have the DWE7491RS and it is a great saw for the class.

There are 3 model numbers that have all the features listed:

  • DWE7490X - This one has the scissor stand with a smaller rip capacity of ~28.5" due to the simplified fence.
  • DWE7491RS - Wheeled mobile base and a different fence with the 32.5" rip capacity
  • DWE7499GD - Essentially the same saw as the DWE7491RS, but with an added safety feature for guard detect. The difference is the need to manually override the start lockout if the guard is not installed
 

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I have been lurking on the forum for a little while, thought I would join and pipe in on the topic as I was in a similar boat.

I have a small one car garage and needed a table saw I can use for renovations, but also knew I wanted to get into some fun wood working projects. I looked at the portable saws at the time and chose the Bosch 4100 as it came with the scissor lift, which makes moving it around a breeze. I also wanted the ability to have a dado stack, and the Bosch was able to accommodate that. It also has the ability to rip at 24", but I have a circular saw to cut down sheets into manageable sizes.

Good luck with your decision :)
 
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