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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2009, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have the opportunity to purchase either a brand new in the box Delta 15amp 10" table saw with cast iron table, cast iron wing, extension out feed, no stand. OR a used BT3000 Ryobi with stand, and all attachments.

The Delta is $100 out the door. The Ryobi is $125 out the door.
Which one would be the better saw for both accuracy and durability ?
I know more standard sizes are available for the delta because of the standard miter slots and iron table top but I would like a well versed opinion.

Need to know by Friday night
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Buy them both, try em out, keep one.

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Shhaaa... I wish I could afford to and had the room LOL!

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You do not say what the model of the Delta is so can't look that one up. What have you read regarding reviews? I have not untill now looked up anything on either saw. Google both and see what folks are saying about them.

Here a couple on the Ryobi
http://www.thewoodworkingcatalog.com...96/ryobi.htmls
The reliable Ryobi BT3000

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Duane,

I cannot speak to the Delta but I had a BT3000 for about 10 years so I can tell you a few of its strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths:
  • It is a very smooth running machine with no vibration.
  • The rip fence clamped on the front and rear and, once adjusted, did a pretty good job of retaining alignment.
  • It has a sliding table, which is an upgrade even on most high-end saws.
  • The original blade was pretty good but once I upgraded it to a thin-kerf Forrest WoodWorker II it cut through even thick hardwood without bogging down badly.
  • It is belt driven, unlike many of its competitors.
  • It has 3.5" of cutting depth so it will cut 4x4 stock. (I'm unaware of other 10" saws in its class that will)
  • It is light weight and moves easily on its wheeled base but does not move around when you are using it.
  • The dust collection is very good with a shop-vac attached.
  • If you have all of the attachments, you can mount at least some routers under one arm of the saw, giving you a router table.
  • Likewise you can mount a jigsaw in the same extension which emulates a cheap scrollsaw.

Weaknesses:
  • It has a universal motor (like a blender) instead of an induction motor. (The small Delta may too)
  • The table is made of aluminum, so magnetic attachments will not stick.
  • (The one I had) did not have a miter slot, so attachments that use one will not work.

I had it in my 12'x16' "shop", so space was a premium for me then too. It worked well for me.

I only sold it when we were moving back to Alaska and my sweet bride suggested I "sell it and get the Delta Unisaw you've always wanted when we get settled up there". Hence the new table saw in my gagage / shop.

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Thanks Jim !

Here is a link to the add for the Delta saw.
DELTA table top saw NEW IN BOX

and one for the Ryobi.
http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/tls/1285080286.html
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Buy them both, try em out, keep one.
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So I think he'd ever tried. haha

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Shhaaa... I wish I could afford to and had the room LOL!

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Ended up buying the Bt3000 and I am of a mind it was the best possible saw for the money I could have bought. LOVE it !
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Just my luck.. I go and post all the things I liked about my BT3000 and somebody local goes and posts one on Craigslist. If I only had the space, it'd make a good second saw!

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