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Landreej

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08-07-2019 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw delta 36-725 fence

Yesterday, I got a really good deal on an unused Delta 36-725. However, it is missing some pieces, most notably the rails for the fence (the fence itself was included).The steel sides are also missing, but I was not planning to use them anyway (I plan to build my own stand/cabinet for it to sit in/on, with a router table between the right rails. It’s probably missing some bolts and such, but those are easily replaceable.

My question for you is: what are the best fence options for this saw? The closest to the stock replacement is the T3 fence for $220 through the big blue store (where I would buy it for easy support, and I have gift cards). But, if I can get a much better fence system for not a tremendous amount more, I would be willing to spend a bit more. I don’t need a huge capacity, 30” would be plenty. My shop is my garage so space is always a premium.

What are your thoughts?

P.S. if anyone has built a cabinet around this saw, I’m always looking for better ideas!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 08-07-2019 05:40 PM

You should be able to buy the rails/guide tube from a local metal supplier. There ain’t nothing special about them. All you would need after that is a sticky measuring tape stuck on top.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You can also get replacement parts for that saw from most of the third party aftermarket suppliers, as well as from Delta directly: https://deltamachineryparts.com/#/model/36-725

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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cmacnaughton

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#2 posted 08-07-2019 07:59 PM

I second MrUnix. I have that saw and I’m a fan of the fence, personally. If you’re buying the iron for the rails you’ll actually be better off, because you’ll have single rails instead of the split rails it comes with.

Follow the steps here (https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/3881) and you’ll be golden.

I love this saw. For me it was actually an upgrade, so I can’t compare it to a more expensive cabinet TS, but it sure beats the POS Jet Shopline I had before.

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 08-07-2019 10:07 PM

The back rail is just a 1.5” angle iron (corner up). The front rail is a 2” angle iron (corner down) with a 2” square tube attached to it, which what the fence rides on and clamps to. I have actually considered replacing them with single pieces to eliminate the errors that can creep in with the split rails. Go to Lowes and you can can see one setup and take some measurements. There is also a cross brace near the right end that attaches between the front and back rails that appears to prevent the rails from flexing inward when you clamp down the fence past the wings. The switch housing also connects to the bottom of the front angle iron with a bracket. Hardest part will be drilling the holes and countersinking them accurately. Hopefully you’ve got a drill press.

-- 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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PaulDoug

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#4 posted 08-07-2019 11:40 PM

And another good fence, that will not break the bank is the Mule Cabinetmaker fence. It is more now than when I purchased one, but still reasonable. Of the fences I have had, it was my favorite.

http://www.mulecab.com/

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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pottz

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#5 posted 08-07-2019 11:40 PM

yeah as the others said just get some tubing and make your own rails,the fence is pretty good for what the saw costs.ive got one that i use for just doing dados and i love it.

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

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vind

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#6 posted 08-08-2019 12:43 AM

Very Super Cool Tools
I just built a fence for a rescue General 650. The PO had stored it in a shed with very little weather protection. Took a lot of elbow grease to get the top back to acceptical shape. He also cut the front rail to 36” so the saw would fit in the shed. Who does that?

Anyway, I just followed the excellent and easy instructions and in a day I have a 52” fence system.

-- a dull chisel is just a fancy screwdriver

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Charlie H.

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#7 posted 08-09-2019 03:21 PM

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