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02-27-2019 02:19 PM

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Hello this is my first post and was wondering if I could get some input on what saw I should get for my first one. I’ve been doing a lot of looking lately and I had my eyes set on a new delta 36-725 for 599.99 at lowes. I’ve come a cross a used craftsman now and has me thinking….

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 02:25 PM

It looks like a pretty decent saw, maybe over priced somewhat. Offer $300.

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 02:35 PM

Yea I defiantly wont pay 400…I was thinking more like 250. I just had my heart set on going new but if I get good input on the used one and think it will last me, I would like to save money for more tools.

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 02:49 PM

The reasons to get the Delta….
T-square fence, this alone is worth the price difference to me
Cabinet closed so there is some dust collection capability
Footprint is smaller because motor doesn’t stick out the back

Reasons to get the Craftsman ….
It’s cheaper

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 02:59 PM

I agree with Bondo. A Craftsman TS with the grill tops is around 100 to 150 most of the time. He has a high opinion of the router table’s worth.

I wouldn’t be against used by any mark, but in most cases used contractor saws will not get you a riving knife, or the improved dust collection of that new saw, certainly both if then have worth on every cut you make. If you add in the Beis fence, that alone is usually going to be $200. Delta has positioned that saw to kick some butt in it’s range.

I know a lot can be said about those Sears 1 1/2HP motors, that “develop” 3HP. That is the biggest crock of &%#) ever seen in Marketing of a product ever….

If you want used look to see if you can find a Rigid, an older Delta, or if a Sears saw get a Zip code saw.

Aaron posted this saw 7 days ago. If it is there in a few weeks, offer him 425.00 That would be closer to what it’s value is.

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#5 posted 02-27-2019 03:22 PM

It looks like it might be a good saw, but … a lot depends upon what your interest is in woodworking. If you’re in to it for a lifetime and you want to make great products, then your output is only going to be as good as the tools you’re working with (let alone your skill). Looking at that image, I’d say it’s a nice hobby saw. It’ll probably get the job mostly done, but I’d think it a beginner saw. It’s nice it has multi-functions (saw & router), but it’s been my experience that when you combine functions you get less quality. YMMV.

I can’t fault the Craftsman brand (at least those from the 1970’s) as that is what my radial-arm saw is and is a great workhorse for me. [sadly, can’t buy them today]. I found more recent products to not be as solid as some other brands.

If you are wanting to really get into wood working, then I’d suggest really investing in your saw – that is likely to be your major piece of equipment and the one where it’ll come down to being happy about your end product or not. A great saw will last you a lifetime; skimp on the saw and you’ll find wood working to be not so enjoyable—- that’s my opinion, FWIW.

The equipment I have been most satisfied with has been Grizzly – they aren’t cheap though. I expect my saw to outlast me, my kids, and several other generations.

One man’s opinion.

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#6 posted 02-27-2019 03:26 PM

well i wanted a spare saw just set up for doing dadoes so i bought the delta and i can say it’s been a great saw for the money with very good dust collection and a pretty decent fence.i did a review on it if you want to look.i would recommend it as a first saw.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 04:39 PM

Get the DELTA ! I just got it and I am very impressed with the Fence and Quality. Its SOLID!
I had a ROCKWELL and sold it to my neighbor to but this DELTA.

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#8 posted 02-27-2019 06:33 PM

I’ve had my Delta 36-725 for about two years now and have no complaints. Solid performer, moves around as needed, and passes the nickle test. I’ve made full depth rip cuts through 100+ year old bridge beams without a problem.

I use thin kerf Freud blades exclusively.

Nickle test – set a nickle on edge and start up the machine. If it stays on edge – Pass, tips over – Fail.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 02-27-2019 07:28 PM

Thank you all for the great input!

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#10 posted 02-27-2019 08:17 PM

Delta for sure…..Great saw with excellent fence….use a thin kerf blade to saw 2x lumber like it’s 3/4 inch. Plenty of power.

-- I'm a consultant...when she wants my opinion, she will ask for it.

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#11 posted 02-27-2019 08:54 PM

I wouldn’t pay $400 for the Cman, even with the router…..$250 maybe. If you can get the Delta on sale, it looks to be the better buy to me.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 03-12-2019 06:40 PM

The Delta 36-725, is the way to go. It’s a nice hybrid between a cabinet saw and contractor saw. The one hiccup that you will run into is the throat plate options, the factory throat plate is unique on that it is thin and access to aftermarket throat plates is slim to none. In my opinion this isn’t a terrible flaw but one to keep in mind. This saw will last you a long time and you won’t be needing to upgrade from a hobby saw to a larger contractor saw down the road. The fence is great, the extension wings give you more area for larger sheets versus having to break down a sheet before taking it to your table saw. The mobility is another plus, incase you need to wheel it out of the way. Overall it’s a great saw and worth the price.

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