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Anyone out there see or bought the Delta Tablesaw currently selling at Lowe's. Kinda thinking I want a new saw but do not know of anyone yet that has one. Any opinions or reviews will be appreciated

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I keep hearing rumours there going under or someone else is buying Delta . It turned me off enough not to buy one recently . Even the guys at Aklands told me not to order it, and that unisaw was a big sale for them
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Here is a link to the product and reviews on Amazon. Looks like a decent saw, 3.5 stars out of 5. I had a similar model to this and it was annoyingly prone to stalling on thicker hardwood. This saw claims 1.5hp, which is a little better. Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: DELTA 36-979 10-Inch Left-Tilt 1-1/2-Horsepower Contractor Saw with No Fence, 115/230-Volt 1-Phase
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Lowes does not carry delta I think you are looking at portercable saw,I would not buy a saw there.I don't know what your price point is but if you are looking for a contractors saw take your time and look around.
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Lowes does actually carry the new Delta contractor saw, and no longer sells the PC in stores. I took a close look at it, and it is a decent machine. My only real complaint is the DC hookup is 2.5" rather than 4".

I am hesitant to say the company is going under, but there are some problems with the company since they were purchased from B&D, especially when it comes to getting replacement parts for their machines.

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I too have taken a hard look at this saw at Lowes. Nowadays, there are good and bad Delta power tools since the days they were in fact the standard by which other tools were measured. This contractor table saw--the store description not mine--seems much more like a workshop saw, but with a nice roller carriage to move it around the shop floor. Looks heavy duty and a good value for $600. Would also be interested in thoughts of others who do not have a Powermatic budget.
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I had a Delta contractor's saw that I purchased at Home Depot several years ago. It was underpowered, moved too easily because it was light weight, the blade guard got bent ... and I almost lost a finger. I bought a much nicer cabinet saw from Sears for under $1,000, and I have never regretted that decision. It's still not a professional version, but it is much safer than the contractor's saw ever was.
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Warren I looked at it and gave it a 3 minute quick check. Mike mention the 2.5" dust port a possible negative depending on how well the chute is designed but with a 4" to 2.5" reducer I wouldn't imagine a huge loss and Woody mentioned the roller cage a big positive. Another positive for me is the footprint, relatively small for a saw with 30" ripping on the right. The Miter gauge seemed tight (No Play) and the fence looked like it could be set up so you would have accurate cuts plus features a micro adjust. It has a built in arbor lock and has 120/240v capabilities. With out running it I liked it and it would fit my needs.

While looking at it I kept thinking of Steel City's version Shop STEEL CITY 13-Amp 10-in Table Saw at Lowes.com I haven't seen it in person but I believe its entire table is a one piece cast iron. Steel City has "The precision-machined cast iron trunnions are mounted to the top cabinet to ensure perfect blade alignment, increased stability and ease of adjustment" I don't know about Delta but assume if they aren't hyping it they don't have it as a feature.

Bottom line it would be worth it to me to take it home and see how it cut.

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I should mention that chances are your going to be very disappointed with the fence unless it says Biesemeyer on it .
My friend had a lower model than me and it was painful using it . It made me upgrade to a model with the Bies fence
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Actually the fence on it is very similar to the Delta T-2 fence, which I have on my TS. It is a smaller version of the Biesemeyer (also owned by Delta), and has proven itself as a good fence for me. In my mind, this is a big advantage over the Ridgid 4512 and the Craftsman zipcode saw.

For the dust collection concern, anytime you size down you lose some efficiency. The best thing to do is put the reducer on the saw itself, and run the 4" duct/hose right up to the saw. I could see this being more of an issue is someone had a 6" or 8" ducted system.


Again, my biggest concern about the saw is the company. Since I don't know the financials of the company, I am not going to say they are going out of business or going to be sold again, but I do know they have had some major problems in recent years.

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