New 36-725 Delta saw / Wasted Holiday weekend?

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Forum topic by wmacky posted 05-30-2017 12:55 AM 4862 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2017 12:55 AM

So I was all excited to put my new saw together over the holiday. it took 2 days in the unbearable sniffling Florida heat. I carefully but slowly assembled it, putting the finishing touches on the fence alignment moments ago. Plugged it in, finally and was pleased with the nice smooth sound. I turned it off and checked for the dreaded run-out. Sure enough I thought I saw some wobble as the blade stopped. ( I’m new to woodworking and table saws, so I really don’t know what I’m doing!)

As dread settled over me I grabbed my adjustable square, ( I don’t have a dial indicator) I layed it into the miter slot with the square touching the face of the blade near the teeth, and rotated the blade.

I can see a small gap open and close as I rotate the blade. Using feeler gauges, I’m getting something like .01 to .009 variation!

Could the blade be bad? I hate to waste more time and money on this as if this saw bad, it’s going back for good. I’m not a woodworker, but thought it would be fun to have a table saw for the occasional hobby project. I went through this with 2 defective rigid saws 3 years ago and gave up. If this table saw id bad that’s it, and that wraps me up for good.

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#1 posted 05-30-2017 01:34 AM

Doesn’t sound like a bad saw, just needs some adjusting. My 36-725 has some wobble on shutdown too, but it cuts perfect.

Check this adjustment video: Link

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 02:26 AM

Make a mark on the blade and turning the blade, check the mark at 3 and 9 o’clock.

Slide the square in the miter slot, so you’re sure the square is the same distance at both locations.

The way you checked will determine runout, but won’t tell if it’s the spindle or the blade.

Does this make sense?


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#3 posted 05-30-2017 02:42 AM

The blade on my 36-725 appears to wobble as it stops but cuts great.

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 03:06 AM

it is fairly uncommon for a brand new table saw to have runout right out of the store. But it is very common for a blade to wobble .

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#5 posted 05-30-2017 03:14 AM

Sounds like it’s the blade to me. Talk it off clean the spindle and blade and re install. Might be some metal shavings behind the blade. The 36- 725 is a very good saw or the one I had was and still is, I sold it to a friend when I got my old unisaw.

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#6 posted 05-30-2017 03:17 AM

It’s normal for contractor saws to wobble on slowdown. The internet gives us too much information but not always the right information and makes people worry unnecessarily.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 05-30-2017 05:26 PM

Isn’t that the truth!

It s normal for contractor saws to wobble on slowdown. The internet gives us too much information but not always the right information and makes people worry unnecessarily.

- Rick M

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#8 posted 05-30-2017 08:45 PM

A few simple tips: Be careful of over-tightening the arbor nut, make sure the arbor face and blade washer are free of debris, and the clean blade itself where it seats against both.

The factory blade is serviceable but not super, perhaps consider a higher quality replacement / addition?


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#9 posted 05-30-2017 09:27 PM

A couple of things to check, first the blade that comes with this saw is junk. Get a decent blade. Check the arbor flange, usually the removable flange is just stamped steel. Take a few minutes to flatten it, just rub it on some sandpaper that is on a flat surface, like the table saw, to knock off any high spots.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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