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AlexSee

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09-10-2019 11:10 PM

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Hi everyone,

I am on the hunt for a table saw. I have a limited budget and I decided to go for a used saw. I found the following saw on Kijiji.

I have a few questions:

1) Do any of you recognize this model? The seller seems to be having trouble finding it and he lives far from where I live, so I don’t want to go over there unless I’m pretty sure it’s an interesting buy. That would be easier to determine knowing the model number.

2) The seller says the table top is cast iron. I don’t have enough experience to tell that apart from aluminium on a picture. Any of you have an opinion on wether it really is CI?

3) I asked the seller to send me a picture of the motor to determine if it’s a universal or induction/AC motor. I’m still waiting, but I was wondering if any of you had tips on how to differentiate those two types of saws from a picture of the motor specs. He says the motor is direct drive, does that automatically make it a universal motor?

4) I just read this post: https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154 , and was wondering if this saw would fit in the portable compact or stationary contractor/hybrid category? I guess that would be primarily determined by answering questions 2 and 3?

Thanks for your input!

Alex


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knotscott

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#1 posted 09-10-2019 11:53 PM

It’s likely an older compact saw with a 1hp universal motor, probably direct drive. The top looks CI. Could be an older model XL-10 (36-320), similar to the 36-600, 36-670, TS300 models. A depth of 22” (vs 27” deep) and lack of a belt drive motor hanging out the back would be hints that it’s not a full contractor saw.

Could still be an ok saw for the right price ($100 or less), but you’d be limited with upgrades, etc.

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 12:06 AM

The seller finally sent over pictures. It’s a Delta 36-320c, which according to my research has a CI top and universal motor. I won’t be buying it, will wait for a CI top with induction motor and belt drive. Thanks for your input!

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#3 posted 09-11-2019 01:09 AM

If you were to post your general location, someone here might have a lead on a good saw.

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#4 posted 09-11-2019 01:33 AM

You might try to imagine yourself using the one you have pictured and see if you can decide if you would like the open “grill” top. I think it would drive me nuts (though some say I’m already there).

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#5 posted 09-11-2019 07:20 AM



If you were to post your general location, someone here might have a lead on a good saw.

- knotscott

I agree, I have a Delta 36-979 sitting in my garage. I’m at the point that I think about selling it more than keeping it. I don’t think I’m alone here with this same situation. Here is the DeWalt desk page for the saw, you can check it out easily from there. Even if you don’t live near me, it is a highly regarded Contractor Saw, buy someone else’s.

Service Net link for the Delta 36-979#

It’s what you are looking for.

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#6 posted 09-11-2019 09:00 AM

That is a pretty decent saw model. It has a cast iron top and I am pretty sure that it is powered by an induction motor that hangs out the back and would be belt driven and not direct drive. You could upgrade the fence to a Biesemeyer or VSCT and end up with a great saw.

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#7 posted 09-11-2019 01:30 PM

I’m in the Montreal (Canada) region. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Will definitely be looking into the 36-979.

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#8 posted 09-11-2019 01:54 PM

I have the 36-979 and it does everything I ask of it. I love it. The solid CI top is like a tank. Any faults I might find are relatively minor.

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#9 posted 09-11-2019 02:09 PM

Long story short, I wrote to a seller on facebook marketplace and realized it was my uncle selling his Ridgid TS3650 from circa 2006. Needless to say I am getting a pretty good family deal (read: it’s in his way and he’ll be happy to give it to me if I come get it).

Of course, I will definitely be doing that, but I was wondering if any of you had an opinion on that saw. Any experience with it? Anything I should look out for? Any upgrades you would particularly recommend?

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#10 posted 09-11-2019 10:48 PM

The 3650 is a very good contractor saw with a large happy following. Get it aligned, clean it up if needed, and put a decent blade on it. Much better saw than the 36-320C you originally posted about.

We’ll be looking for some pics when you get it. Congrats!

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#11 posted 09-12-2019 01:29 AM



That is a pretty decent saw model. It has a cast iron top and I am pretty sure that it is powered by an induction motor that hangs out the back and would be belt driven and not direct drive. You could upgrade the fence to a Biesemeyer or VSCT and end up with a great saw.

- SweetTea

They came with a junk sorta Sears like fence, Upgrades are a T2 which is what I have, and I thought was the best option. High cost got you a Basic Beis. I’m a Vega guy.

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AlexSee

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#12 posted 09-12-2019 06:56 PM

Thanks for the input. I’ll definitely post some pictures!

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#13 posted 09-13-2019 08:08 AM

Looks like the blade tilts on 45 degree cuts to the right. Is there a blade guard, splitter or riving knife with it. I myself don’t care for the grid style table top (I’d probably get my fingers pinched a few times). You didn’t say what he’s asking for it.

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#14 posted 09-13-2019 08:16 AM

If your in southwestern South Dakota, I know where you can get a used Rockwell, 12”, 250v, 30 amp saw with splitter and fence. it also has a 1 hp, 4 wheel, variable speed power feeder.

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