Well, this will be quick, but I wanted to provide some feedback on my build of the Delta 36-725. I am not going to get into WHY I picked this TS, but I can say, my first impression…..I LOVE this saw!
Now, there are some things you should know about me. One, I am by no means an expert in ANYTHING woodworking, heck, this is the first table saw I have ever purchased, built and used. If you have seen my other posts, I recently built a mudroom system for my wife, and I was hooked. The craftsmanship, the tools, the accomplishment is what I love.
So, about the saw. I did the research on TS…I was going to buy the Dewalt 7480 but then for a $100 more, I could get a much better solution (long term). So I moved into hybrid type saws…and it was between the delta 36-725 or the Rigid R4512. The most important feature for me was the fence and its accuracy. Long story short, the Delta won.
Off to Youtube I went watching assembly videos, what the heck did I get myself into…..I mean it seemed like there were no assembly videos that did not curse or complain about the crazy build instructions and how much of a PITA it was to get the rails and fence system correct. Here are the 2 that really helped me:
You will have to not care about some language…but its really good.
Now that I am done, the build was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Yea, the quality is not GREAT, but for me, it was great. I dont mind getting something cheaper and sacrifice in quality a bit, especially since it is my first table saw. The rail system was not that hard to do. What worked for me was the following:
-Loosely bolted the front rails to the cast iron top (did not install the stamped sides)
-Used the guide, magnets and a level to get the rails nice a close. (Level, flush and within the tolerance of the guide)
-Tightened down the bolts so that the rails would not move.
-Installed the rear rails the same way, again did not install the side top plates.
-Once both the front and rear rails were good, I then use a Dremel to widen the (3) mounting holes of the 2 side plates so I had some vertical movement, so they could be flush with the cast iron.
-Installed the side plate by loosely securing the front and rear bolts (that connect the rails) to the plate. I worked from the cast iron side out. I used the measuring guide as a straight edge and made sure the side was flush to the case iron and tightened down the bolt that was closest to the center of the rail system. I then repeated the same process for the rear.
-Once I had the side and the cast iron flush, I then used a level to make sure the outer edge of the side was level to the top of the table. Now, I do have a SLIGHT dip in the middle of the plate, but there is nothing I can do about that and it is ok with me. Tightened down the outer bolts.
-Repeat the process for the rear and the other side.
-I then installed the support bar.
-Once it was all set, I verified that everything was in check, then I tightened down ALL rail bolts. Its rock solid now.
-Install the guide system.
Now that I am done, I cut my first piece, WOW….it is SO smooth and QUIET. Oh, I installed a Diablo 50T thin kerf blade, so I needed to adjust guide window a bit. Also, I did not have much adjusting on the blade alignment. Videos out there are good and do a great job of explaining how to get it all setup. I bought a Wixey 300 and it makes a world of difference in the confidence that the blade is at X degrees.
Its been a fun build and the reason for me writing this to let anyone who reads this, DONT be intimidated by some of the reviews out there about how HARD the assembly is. This is the first time I have assembled a Table saw….and It was not that bad….challenging at times, but that builds the love and respect for the tool!
It is super quiet….did I mention that…..so much that I was like…really, that is it? :)
Well, off the design my work bench and cut some thin white sheets to cover the underside of some cabinets I installed in the laundry room last weekend.
Thank you for all the help fellow members!