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Anyone else who owns a Delta 36-725 T2 find it awkwardly, abnormally, excessively TALL?

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Forum topic by ZenAtWork posted 03-28-2021 08:18 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ZenAtWork

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03-28-2021 08:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 36-725t2 height table saw too high non-adjustable suggestions question tablesaw

Hey gang,

So I got one of the Delta 36-725 T2’s (the one with the tubular black frame; see https://www.lowes.com/pd/DELTA-Contractor-Saws-10-in-Carbide-Tipped-Blade-15-Amp-Table-Saw/1001385562), for 120 bucks, in damn near-destroyed condition. I restored it to pretty close to cherry, upgraded the wings to cast iron added a biesemeyer fence system with unbroken solid rails, and so far it’s been a totally acceptable little contractor’s saw.

...except for the HEIGHT of the tabletop. I’ve owned/used many table saws over the years… and conventional wisdom suggests the surface should fall between your first and second thumb joints when standing at ease. For me, that’s about 32-33” (I’m 5’10”, I wear 32/30 jeans; not unusually proportioned by most any standard). This thing is 37” up. That’s like mid-high solar plexus. SO tall, in fact, that I find I need to lean awkwardly over the table and far closer to the blade than i’d prefer. So much so that I find myself turning to other tools instead of the table (which blows, considering how much work I sank into the restore).

The problem is that stupid black tubular frame it sits on isn’t adjustable! One size fits all, for a given 6’3”+ value of “all”, I guess. Has anyone else had this feeling with theirs? Has anyone either modified their stand or simply ditched it and rebuilt one entirely custom? My patience with this is rapidly running out.

I’m used to being able to bend OVER the surface, not CLIMB UP it.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-28-2021 08:24 PM

Delta specs the table top for that machine at 31”... where are the extra ~6 coming from?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 03-28-2021 08:54 PM

A picture of your saw would help.

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#3 posted 03-28-2021 08:54 PM

@MrUnix the extra 6” is factory. The original advertising read 31” but it was a misprint. Mine is 37” as well others and I am 5’5”. When using my box joint jig I have to pull it off of the table a bit and tilt it so I can see to place the next notch.

The bad thing for me is I made the rest of my stuff the same height for an outfeed table.

Lowes list the height as 37”.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DELTA-Contractor-Saws-10-in-Carbide-Tipped-Blade-15-Amp-Table-Saw/1001385562

The solution may be removing the upper half of the saw and mounting it into a workbench which really isn’t likely because of the size of the wings and tabletop.

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WhyMe

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#4 posted 03-28-2021 09:34 PM

Conventional wisdom says between first and second thumb joint? That’s got to be the most unconventional thing I’ve ever heard. That would make some sense if everyone was the same height.

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tvrgeek

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#5 posted 03-28-2021 09:41 PM

Hmm. I raised my saw to 36. I am under 6 foot and shrinking. I find most tools too low.

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WoodZenStudent

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#6 posted 03-28-2021 10:02 PM

I just put one together. It is 37”. It is taller than my old Craftsman but I hadn’t noticed it was too tall until you mentioned it. I’m 5’ 10” so we’ll see how it works out.

I’m excited about this saw as I’ve heard lots of good things. I have an extra Vega fence system if this does not work. Although, I need to smooth out the front fence rail where the two pieces connect. They are scraping the underside of the fence.

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Wood_Scraps

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#7 posted 03-29-2021 02:11 AM

I recently bought a 36-725T2. Don’t find the height to be an issue. Actually think it’s just about right.

But my last saw was a Ryobi bench top model that I’d usually set on a sheet of OSB, atop two sawhorses. Which was really not ideal.

I’ve seen people pull their T1/T2 off the legs and build a bench around it. Like OldBull posted.

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Wood_Scraps

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#8 posted 03-29-2021 02:16 AM



I just put one together. It is 37”. It is taller than my old Craftsman but I hadn t noticed it was too tall until you mentioned it. I m 5 10” so we ll see how it works out.

I m excited about this saw as I ve heard lots of good things. I have an extra Vega fence system if this does not work. Although, I need to smooth out the front fence rail where the two pieces connect. They are scraping the underside of the fence.

- WoodZenStudent

Stay tuned on the rail alignment front. I’ll be doing a rail upgrade in the next few days on my new T2. Will share how successful once I get it set up.

If it works, the short version is it’ll be a one piece rail conversion, requiring no modification to the stock hardware, and costing only $20.

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#9 posted 03-29-2021 03:09 AM

Stand on a pallet?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Walker

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#10 posted 03-29-2021 04:48 PM

Yet another 5’10” guy here with a T2. I’ve built most of my shop fixtures to 36” because that is standard kitchen counter height and that always seemed fine to me. The delta being 37” isn’t enough difference to bother me, although several of my machines outfeed onto each other so I had to shim up the planer and router table to match.

Maybe these would help?

In all seriousness tho, if you like that idea here are some practical and not ridiculous looking Vans platforms.
https://tinyurl.com/2a9kr8wk

-- ~Walker

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WoodZenStudent

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#11 posted 03-29-2021 05:06 PM


Stay tuned on the rail alignment front. I’ll be doing a rail upgrade in the next few days on my new T2. Will share how successful once I get it set up.

If it works, the short version is it’ll be a one piece rail conversion, requiring no modification to the stock hardware, and costing only $20.

- Wood_Scraps

I’ll be looking forward to that. For now, I just plan to take one off and slightly file down the edge.

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ZenAtWork

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#12 posted 03-29-2021 08:13 PM


- Walker


Delta specs the table top for that machine at 31”... where are the extra ~6 coming from?

I noticed that as well. Although the Lowes website (and I believe they have an exclusivity deal on the distro on these) last I looked had been updated to reflect the additional half-foot. Also, in fairness, like I’d said: I got this thing for what amounted to a 24-pack and an agreement to the whole “[I] gotta get it outta here [myself]. After work hours” (basically a sleight revision to the standard “first pool table acquisition terms” that many a young man’s back failed to read the fine print on).

Consequently, I cannot say, “I’d have bought something else, if I’d but known!” or similar. I lucked out, TBH, because even though its surface was a solid block of rust, there was not pitting. In spite of the myriad lamentations of the saws’ motors releasing their magic smoke, mine has proven itself to be no whiner. I’m not trying to come on to whinge about first world problems. I’m just baffle why this saw alone feels so awkward to me of all those I’ve used.


Stand on a pallet? – Madmark2

Funny you mention it. I briefly entertained the idea a couple weeks back myself. Ultimately, I concluded that it’s prolly not brilliant to place ankle-trapping trip-hazards where i know for a FACT I’ll be carrying entire plywood panels and manhandling oversize boards… immediately adjacent to a spinning blade either, lol. Besides it’d rather limit the render the oveability of the saw


Maybe these would help?


Only if they’ve available in “Flannel Plaid”

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Lefty53

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#13 posted 03-30-2021 08:35 PM

I have that saw, I’m 5’8, I do ok with it. I guess I hadn’t thought about it before. There’s no question it is on the tall side.

-- Doug, Ohio

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Wood_Scraps

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#14 posted 04-05-2021 07:31 AM


Stay tuned on the rail alignment front. I’ll be doing a rail upgrade in the next few days on my new T2. Will share how successful once I get it set up.

If it works, the short version is it’ll be a one piece rail conversion, requiring no modification to the stock hardware, and costing only $20.

- Wood_Scraps

I ll be looking forward to that. For now, I just plan to take one off and slightly file down the edge.

- WoodZenStudent

So, had to knock out a couple other home projects. Finally got to installing the new rail. Will post up more detail once I’ve fully completed the upgrade. Need to attach the stick on tape measure and decide on what length to trim it down to.

Short version, my idea worked wonderfully. $20 and now I have a one piece rail (didn’t have to replace the angle iron). Fence slides so much more smoothly and consistently now. But the most important thing is it’s repeatably accurate across the entire span of the rail!

Upgrade took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish. No alterations to the stock hardware either.

Needless to say, I’m very pleased.

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jkeith

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#15 posted 04-05-2021 12:23 PM



Maybe these would help?

Only if they ve available in “Flannel Plaid”

- ZenAtWork

You’re welcome!

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