Choosing a new table saw, Delta 36-725 vs Ridgid R4512

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Forum topic by LyricKayden posted 04-19-2016 07:20 PM 25648 views 0 times favorited 70 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2016 07:20 PM

Hi everyone,

Looking into buying a new table saw and the two table saws fit my budget and I’m wondering which out of the two would be best. I’ve recently tried two aluminum top table saws and one of them being the Ridgid R4513 which I did not care for one bit. Taking it back for the other model Ridgid R4512 or the Delta 36-725. Anyone have an opinion here between these two or which would be best. I’ve heard the nightmares on the Ridgid R4512 and the Delta seems reliable so far compared to the Ridgid R4512. But it does look like Ridgid has resolved a lot of the issues now. Only downside I hear about the Delta brand is parts, accessories and availability for parts.


I’m leaning towards the Delta but what do you guys think?

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#1 posted 04-19-2016 07:23 PM

If you do a search around here regarding the Ridgid… I think you will wind up running away screaming. Parts for new/current production Delta machines are not a problem.. it’s the older out of production machines that have parts availability issues due to the actions of previous owners (namely Black and Decker – See here for a good write up of the situation).


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#2 posted 04-19-2016 07:47 PM

I have the Delta 36-725 and it is a great machine.

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#3 posted 04-19-2016 08:50 PM

The Delta has a better fence and a better track record.

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#4 posted 04-19-2016 10:08 PM

I went through the purchasing comparison nightmare and ended up getting the Delta 36-725. Been very happy so far. I did have to get a new throat plate because of it being bent but had no problems getting new one and Delta FedEx it out and I had it in 3 days. So that’s my only parts experience.

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#5 posted 04-19-2016 10:33 PM

I bought the Delta last year and it’s the best decision regarding tools I’ve ever made – I use ti almost daily!

I compared the Delta, Grizzly, Craftsman, Rigid and based on convenience, price and availability – the Delta won out big time.

I’m far from being an expert at woodworking and tools, but I really like the Delta!

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#6 posted 04-19-2016 11:01 PM

Awesome guys, I’ve been leaning towards the Delta just from the reviews and issues I’ve read on the Ridgid. I have Ridgid drills that work great but when I’m investing money into something as expensive as the Delta or Ridgid table saws I’m looking at I’m leaning more towards quality, reliability and longevity. Ridgids lifetime warranty is nice but I’ve never had to use it myself yet. I think almost going with Ridgid is taking a chance. Plus if it wasn’t that either of these beast didn’t weigh so much I might take the chance on the Ridgid and return if bad. But being over 200lbs that’s not an easy return lol. The Ridgid looks nice but not sure if it’s worth the chance of a headache.

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#7 posted 04-19-2016 11:42 PM

I’m very happy with my Delta but only comparison is an mid 80’s Craftsman that was a great saw with a Delta T2 until piece on blade lift broke off.

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#8 posted 04-20-2016 03:58 AM

My Ridgid was a steaming pile of POS! I realize its a mass produced unit, but after I took back the saw for the second time and the trunion started to wobble on the saw after about 3 hours of use, I sent it down the road.

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#9 posted 04-20-2016 03:21 PM

I’m about ready to list a 36-725 on Craigs list today. You can’t beat the saw for the money. I’ve kept mine sitting for about 3 months now, wanting to make sure my new old saw was not going to give me any trouble. Go with the Delta you wont regret it. As for parts I don’t know where people are coming up with the idea that you can’t get parts. But you won’t need any for repairs anyway.

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#10 posted 04-20-2016 06:45 PM

+1 for the Delta. I can’t speak to the Ridgid, but I’ve been very happy with my Delta.

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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#11 posted 04-23-2016 11:58 AM

Ok guys so yesterday I drove to like several Lowes in my area to pick up the Delta 36-725. But each box I ran across in store looked like the box had been tossed over a hill. I can say bad packing, shipping, taping job and more by Delta. Finally I find a decent looking one that doesn’t appear to have dragged through the hills.

So anyways I get it home and noticed a couple things that are irritating me but I’m not sure if I’m just being to anal about things or not. Honestly I feel if you give your hard earned money for something whether it’s $100 vs $650+. Anyways the two supporting beams that support the saw look as if they got in a fight with each other. The paint was scratched off and chipped off in areas. This only worries me about rust getting to it. And next I noticed the metal plates that say Delta on the front and back and plain side ones were best to heck and I’m unable to straighten them out.

Anyways for the most part this is cosmetics but I believe when you buy something new it should be prestine and if it’s gonna get beat up then I’ll be the one to do so in time. So what do you guys think here? I think it’s unacceptable but I don’t wanna be a jerk about it. Would you keep it or return it or exchange it? Thanks

Btw Delta poor packaging – bad seriously. But its a 2016 model according to manufacturing date on the base and included are new directions for putting it together with bags labeled. But seriously bad and poor packing.

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#12 posted 04-23-2016 12:55 PM

If it’s easy to return and you can find another that’s not beat up, I’d consider exchanging it. ...or you could take some pics, and lobby for a discount on the one you’ve got…..

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#13 posted 04-23-2016 01:42 PM

That’s a bummer. When I bought mine, they had 2 in stock. One box looked beat up and one was in perfect shape. I took they good one.

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#14 posted 04-23-2016 02:49 PM

Yeah this first go sucks big time. I think I might try returning it for another one, exchange more less. I hate exchanging things as its time consuming and most of all they sometimes make you feel ignorant and shameful for exchanging or returning an item.

This first Delta experience was not good and it has me a little frustrated and questioning Delta. Seriously the packing looked like a bunch of low paying idiots packed it without a care or knowledge. I’m praying exchanging it will come out right but I would hate for the second one to turn out the same or even worse. Lugging 220 lbs by yourself is not easy lol. Honestly I’m 5’7 at 135lbs and trust me I was pushing myself to get it out of the vehicle, put together, tipped onto its side and stood up lol. It’s not impossible but this damn thing is heavy as crap and I’m sure it’s not the heaviest by far and it can be done on your own but makes it easier to have a friend to lend a hand. But if my little butt can do this alone I feel anyone can or could lol.

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#15 posted 04-23-2016 03:51 PM

Packing quality must have gone downhill since I purchased my 36-725 a couple of years ago. I recall the packing to be rather well done. Everything was incased in block foam or wrapped in foam and plastic wrap.

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