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09-02-2018 01:11 AM

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Hey guys, new to the forum. I’m looking to purchase my first table saw next week. I’ve given myself a $600 budget. Looking at the Delta 36-725 or the Bosch jobsite saw. I’ve been woodworking for a year now making farm tables, mid century style chairs, desks, etc. and need a little more power and rip capacity. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 09-02-2018 02:45 AM

location seems to be everything :<))

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#2 posted 09-02-2018 02:59 AM

I have the 36-725 and I’m very happy with it. There are obviously better saws out there, but not in that price range, in my opinion, at least not new saws. You said you want to buy it next week, so waiting on Craigslist doesn’t sound like an option.

I think you’d be happier with the 36-725 over the job site saw, unless portability is a major concern.

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#3 posted 09-02-2018 03:17 AM

Either hound CL or FB Marketplace for a great deal on a good TS or go for the Delta 36-725. I had the Delta for about 3-4 years and loved it. It did everything I asked it to do, aligned great, good fence, split rails was a non-issue for me, and the built-in mobile base is fantastic.

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#4 posted 09-02-2018 03:31 AM

I plan on moving it around some but nothing outside of my home.


I have the 36-725 and I m very happy with it. There are obviously better saws out there, but not in that price range, in my opinion, at least not new saws. You said you want to buy it next week, so waiting on Craigslist doesn t sound like an option.

I think you d be happier with the 36-725 over the job site saw, unless portability is a major concern.

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#5 posted 09-02-2018 11:47 AM

A jobsite saw gives up a lot of benefits for the sake of making it small, light, and portable. If you don’t need to lug it from location to location, get a full size stationary saw with a belt drive induction motor. Then you’ll have more torque, a quieter motor, far more space to operate in front of the blade, and a lot more options to adapt the saw for your future needs. Even a 500# cabinet saw will move easily on wheels across a garage or basement floor.

The best saw for $600 is subjective, but will often be a good used saw if one shows up in your area. If you list your general location, someone here might spot something for you.

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#6 posted 09-02-2018 03:13 PM

You can also buy the Ridgid R4512 for about the same price. I got very good service out of my Ridgid saw for a very long time. I might be worth a look.

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#7 posted 09-02-2018 03:27 PM

I would agree with knotscott. If you can be a little patient, I am confident you will get the most out of your $600.00 if you go used. That is what I did when I bought my Shop Fox cabinet saw. 12 years later, I have never regretted it and have no plans to upgrade. It cost me $800 then.

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#8 posted 09-02-2018 04:37 PM

Welcome Wallace, I assume that’s your name? Where are you located? What tablesaw have you been using? As has been said the used market is where is at if you’re willing to overlook some surface rust and potential quirks. Some folks prefer to buy new and there’s nothing wrong with that either! If they didn’t then they’re would’ve be used ones to buy :-)
I feel like you’re looking at those two because you’re shopping at Lowe’s. I assume you have some sort of tablesaw, what is it? You may be happier spending a few hundred on a fence and getting a good blade for it. Don’t look at the portable saws unless you NEED them to be portable, in the sense of putting them in the back of a truck to go to a job site. Besides that there’s no reason to look at them, especially since you mentioned wanting more power and rip capacity!
In my opinion if you already have a contractor type saw and want to upgrade the only logical upgrade is a cabinet saw. Cabinet mounted trunions & an enclosed base, and the footprint is smaller than a contractor saw too since the motor is inside!

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#9 posted 09-02-2018 05:00 PM

I have a borrowed HF table saw. CL and FB offer nothing down here in Central Florida. I need it semi portable as I’m working out of my carport and store my tools in the attached laundry room.


Welcome Wallace, I assume that s your name? Where are you located? What tablesaw have you been using? As has been said the used market is where is at if you re willing to overlook some surface rust and potential quirks. Some folks prefer to buy new and there s nothing wrong with that either! If they didn t then they re would ve be used ones to buy :-)
I feel like you re looking at those two because you re shopping at Lowe s. I assume you have some sort of tablesaw, what is it? You may be happier spending a few hundred on a fence and getting a good blade for it. Don t look at the portable saws unless you NEED them to be portable, in the sense of putting them in the back of a truck to go to a job site. Besides that there s no reason to look at them, especially since you mentioned wanting more power and rip capacity!
In my opinion if you already have a contractor type saw and want to upgrade the only logical upgrade is a cabinet saw. Cabinet mounted trunions & an enclosed base, and the footprint is smaller than a contractor saw too since the motor is inside!

- GrantA


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#10 posted 09-02-2018 05:35 PM

Some ideas for used saws in Central Florida:

This listing doesn’t show the fence, but assuming it’s included, $200 is a good deal on a nice full size contractor saw with the Herculift system – https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/tls/d/10-inch-ridgid-table-saw/6680672883.html

Delta 36-650 contractor saw – $275 – https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/tls/d/delta-table-saw-10-inch/6680179571.html

Craftsman 22104 hybrid – $275 – https://cfl.craigslist.org/tls/d/heavy-duty-craftsman-10-table/6670986688.html

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#11 posted 09-02-2018 05:47 PM

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#12 posted 09-02-2018 06:13 PM


Check out this one! https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/tls/d/delta-10-inch-contractor/6671912854.html

And another
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/tls/d/jet-10-cabinet-table-saw-with/6681466415.html

- GrantA

That Delta is a nice deal, especially with that Micro Jig Gripper included. I’d avoid that Jet SuperSaw. It looks nice, but it uses a belt mechanism to adjust blade height. That belt is prone to breakage, and is neither easy to find or replace.

To Wallace: if you need mobility to roll something around the shop, you can add the Grizzly Bearcrawl base to any contractor/cabinet saw for ~$75. I have one and it works quite well. A job site saw on a gravity stand would be for if you needed portability to easily get it into a truck and haul it around to jobsites If you don’t need that, you’re sacrificing functionality for portability you don’t need.

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#13 posted 09-02-2018 06:32 PM

Wallace,

I have had the Ridgid R4512 for about 5 or 6 yrs now and I love this saw. I haven’t had a single problem with it since I bought it. It also has great mobility if that’s what you are looking for. I converted my table saw into a much bigger cabinet saw. Take a look at my workshop if you like.

-- Jason, Camden, NC -- MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE, THEN FORCE IT TO FIT.

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#14 posted 09-02-2018 07:50 PM

Hi Wallace,
Like others here, I was undecided between the Delta 36-725, the Bosch and the Rigid. After reading thetimman’s review of the Delta I bought it early last year and I’ve never regretted the decision. I strongly advise you read it too, at http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3822. And read the follow-on review, etc., that he did also. VERY thorough and excellent advice! I also use only Diablo blades which I find to be excellent as well.
BTW, I mounted a Craftsman Router table with a Bosch 1617EVS Router and RA1165 base in the right wing, plus a Wixey WR700 Saw Fence Digital Readout and an INCRA Miter1000/HD Miter Gauge as well. So, in my book, it’s truly a precision tool in my shop.
Regards, Don…
Here’s a Photo of the Delta right after I set it up. It’s all covered with sawdust now ;o)

-- Don, Wimberley Texas, GnuBee Woodturner/Woodworker

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#15 posted 09-03-2018 01:33 AM



Check out this one! https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/tls/d/delta-10-inch-contractor/6671912854.html

That is a sweet deal.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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