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Forum topic by pi9 posted 03-21-2019 10:26 PM 216 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2019 10:26 PM

I have been reading the forum and it seems the 36-725 is highly regarded as the best in its class for the money.

I have been trying to go without a table saw by using a track saw but just don’t think I can do it. I cant get the accuracy I am looking for, seems I am always off by at least a 32nd if I take a long time to set it up just right but it becomes so time consuming.

I was hoping to stay around $500 but $620 isn’t that far off.

However, I am concerned about costs after the saw, what else will I need to make this everything I want it to be?
Will I be happy with the fence it comes with?

I assume I will need to replace the blade immediately.

Is there any other saw recommendations?
Or anything else I should be aware of that I will want to buy to make this saw an accurate performer?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-21-2019 10:37 PM

A good used saw can be among the best bangs for the buck going if the right deal comes along. Otherwise the Delta seems to be a decent choice. The fence should be ok….the fence itself is pretty good, but it’d be better if the front rail was a single piece….not a huge deal if setup correctly.

A decent blade starts at about $30 for something from the Freud Diablo or Irwin Marples lines. You’ll want a decent blade right from the get go…save the stock blade for junk cuts.

You might want to upgrade the miter gauge at some point, but you can always build a crosscut sled too. Decent aftermarket gauges start at around $60 for the Incra.

A zero clearance throat insert is a good addition, but it’s very possible to build you own if you don’t want to spend $30 plus for a decent phenolic insert.

There are any number of feather boards, push sticks, push shoes, or Grippers that you can add if you like. Some of those can be made too.

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#2 posted 03-21-2019 11:33 PM

it’s a great saw for the money,i wanted an extra saw to use just for dadoes and i was very impressed with it.the fence is pretty decent and should be just fine,the dust collection is better than my cabinet saw.it’s got a great guard and riving knife that are super easy to remove.built in rollers and the blade is a decent carbide,but you may want to upgrade.you can look up reviews here,i did one and their are others.for the money you cant go wrong.

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#3 posted 03-22-2019 12:56 AM

So looking at used I found this jet…would it be a better bet?

https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/tls/d/jacksonville-jet-10-professional-table/6840798132.html

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#4 posted 03-22-2019 01:19 AM



So looking at used I found this jet…would it be a better bet?

https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/tls/d/jacksonville-jet-10-professional-table/6840798132.html

- pi9

That’s a basic Jet contractor saw with solid cast wings. The wings would really be the only step up. It’s got an outboard motor, is right tilt, the Microglide fence isn’t so hot, and was made before riving knives were popular. Not a bad deal, but you give some nicer features on the Delta.

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#5 posted 03-22-2019 03:50 AM

I have this saw 5 years and it has been great. I agree with everything Knotscoctt said.

The Marples combination blade is very affordable and makes very nice cuts.

I made my own ZCI’s, and have made some sleds too.

I think the fence works fine, not the best, but works well.

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