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Forum topic by DannyW posted 03-02-2019 11:48 PM 2144 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2019 11:48 PM

I bought a DeWalt DW745 small jobsite saw as my first a few months ago but always kicked myself because it was so small, making it hard or impossible to use for sheet goods, even with infeed and outfeed tables. I got it because at the time I thought I would have to share the garage with my wife’s car at times, but when she graciously told me to take the whole garage for my shop I suddenly had more space and didn’t have to compromise on the small jobsite saw. I saw that Lowe’s was having a $100 discount for getting their credit card (which I wanted anyway for the 5% back) which made this Delta contractor saw only $499, and also agreed to take back the DeWalt saw for a full refund. This made upgrading to a full contractor saw more reasonable, and I bit.

I ordered the saw today to be delivered Monday. Kinda late to ask for opinions, but what do people here think of this saw? I know it is a low end model but I am just getting into woodworking and don’t want to spend a fortune, plus it will be a huge upgrade from what I had. I have been checking CL but around here the tools are either totally worn out, or they want full retail price; finding good deals is very rare. I did find a Ridgid (the predecessor of the R4512) in another city but by the time I rented a truck to go get it and sold my DeWalt it would be within $50 of this new Delta, and no warranty (the Delta has a 5 year warranty). The Delta appears to be the same as the $999 Delta 5000 except for a 13 amp motor vs 15 amp, and a split fence vs a full fence, otherwise they appear identical, in case anybody is familiar with that model.

-- DannyW

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 12:32 AM

Lots of people on here have that TS, and are fond of it… Including myself.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#2 posted 03-03-2019 01:29 AM

I’m happy with mine. No regrets after a few years.

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#3 posted 03-03-2019 01:34 AM

Been happy with mine. I do breakdown full 3/4 sheet goods with circular saw since I’m usually working alone. It’s more the weight vs saw. Also, the built in mobile base works decently. It would be better if 2 fixed wheels also rotated. I’m in a small shop so I move stuff around a lot depending on task at hand.

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#4 posted 03-03-2019 02:57 AM

i got the saw as an extra just set up doing dado cuts,i love it ,dust collection is better than my bigger cabinet’s got a nice easily removable riving knife and blade guard.the fence is pretty decent also.built in rollers,how can you go wrong for the stop kicking yourself,you bought a great saw IMHO! NOW GO MAKE SOMETHING-LOL.

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

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#5 posted 03-03-2019 03:15 AM

I’ll do just that once it gets here! I need to make my wife some slide out trays for the kitchen cabinets.

-- DannyW

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#6 posted 03-03-2019 12:36 PM

Lots of people are using that saw successfully. It should be a nice step up from your jobsite saw….much more mass, much more operating space in front of the blade, etc. The end performance will boil down to setup and blade selection. Congrats and enjoy.

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

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#7 posted 03-03-2019 12:58 PM

I think you’ll be happy with your purchase. I’ve had mine for almost 5 years and I’ve never regretted it. For a cheap saw it is surprisingly good and at $100 off that is a real bargain. Check out some of the tips that LJ thetinman wrote up several years ago on this saw. He did a pretty comprehensive review and also outlined how to align the blade with the miter slots, in case yours arrives out of alignment. In fact, I think I heard that he sent the outline to Delta and they revised their instructions after seeing his. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to visit the site anymore but he left a nice legacy of information.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 03-03-2019 01:54 PM

I’ve had mine for about two years now and am very happy with it.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 03-03-2019 02:27 PM

I found that review last name but and will keep it bookmarked. Lots of good info there.

-- DannyW

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#10 posted 03-03-2019 02:52 PM

I’m sure you have searched “Delta 36-725” on LJ and have seen all the post for asorted things about it? Good and Bad.

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#11 posted 03-03-2019 04:06 PM

I think you got a great saw and I have to give props to Lowes for the deal they worked out for you to get it.

I also believe you will do yourself a favor to develop a scheme to begin to break down any sheet goods with a circular saw, with or without a track, and not try to move big sheets over any model of “normal” table saw.

Once the panels needed are cut from the sheet, they can be passed through the TS for final trim and square. It is a much more simple, reliable, and safe way to manage, unless you have a commercial style shop with a saw that is truly set up to handle 4’x8’ sheets.

Enjoy the new saw, new tools are SO MUCH excitement!


-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#12 posted 03-03-2019 06:08 PM

You are right a full sheet is far too big to handle, esp. by myself. When I said sheet goods I meant no more than 2’ x 4’ (at least for now-that is the biggest I can fit into my car). Even if I had a full sheet I would break it down first. That will be my next purchase – I only gave a cordless 3 1/2” circular saw right now. I would love a track saw but they cost so much, but I see no sense in buying a track for a circular saw if I also have to buy that. Oh well that is for later and for another thread.

-- DannyW

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