If you’re in the market for a Delta table saw for your workshop, the Delta 36-725 might be on your potential buy list. It’s been getting a lot of good press lately and plenty of fascinating and in-depth reviews. I tried it out recently to see if all of the fuss was just a flash in the pan. Read through my comprehensive and hands-on examination of this tool to get an idea of whether it’s right for your not.
Delta 36-725 Table Saw Pros and Cons
In this section, I’ll highlight three things I loved about this saw and three things I did not like about it. Some of these things have been mentioned already in my review. However, I want to give readers a one-stop section that gives them a better understanding of this Delta table saw. And this section also emphasizes why I liked or did not like these design choices.
Three things I loved about the 36-725 include:
- The Durable Stand — I liked the stand that came with this saw quite a bit, as it was sturdy, easy to set up, and was explicitly suited to the 36-725. While you can place it on other stands or tables, the included stand is probably all that you’ll need to keep your saw operating smoothly.
- Its Powerful Motor — As mentioned before, I loved the power of this saw’s motor. It’s an outstanding balance between low- and high-powered saws. In this way, it should work well for beginning carpenters or builders and professionals. I let a casual builder try it out, and they had no trouble operating it.
- The Easy-to-Assemble Design — This facet is something that I think will draw a lot of beginners to this model. While some contractor saw models might be hard to put together, even an absolute first-time carpenter should have little difficulty getting this saw together in an hour or two.
As for the negatives, they don’t entirely overwhelm the value of the saw. That said, they must be discussed before you make a purchasing decision. In addition, some people may find that they are a deal-breaker, particularly if they want a more portable saw option.
These downsides include:
- Lack of Portability — People who want a contractor saw that they could take anywhere will be heavily disappointed by this option. Though you could load it onto your truck and use it there, the over 200-pound weight of this saw makes it suitable for one-spot carpentry.
- Confusing Angle and Height Adjustments — I hate to highlight this factor here because, honestly, the height and bevel adjustments for this saw are pretty strong and one of the best I’ve seen lately. However, I know that many new builders will find them a little confusing without experimentation.
- No Worm-Drive Motor — Many high-end contractor saws use worm-drive motors to reduce excessive noise and improve torque and cutting speed. Unfortunately, this Delta table saw lacks this type of motor. It’s still a solid and dependable tool: but I wish it had a worm-drive engine.
Do any of these downsides turn you against the 36-725? I hope not because I think that they’re mostly relatively minor. The biggest issue I have is the lack of a worm-drive motor. While I’m used to the loud noise of my power tools, worm-drive saws help to cut back on that issue.
That said, it still runs quieter than many other saws I’ve tested and has minimal vibration. I tried the nickel test with it, and this coin jumped very little on the table as I ran the saw. I call that a win for the saw, but others may disagree with me once they try it out.
Overall, the Delta 36-725 is a fine addition to any professional carpenter’s workshop and should be adaptable to many jobs and gigs. However, its lack of portability does hurt its standing, as I know that many carpenters need a saw to take with them to their varying job sites.
That said, this contractor saw will work well for the weekend warrior or anyone who wants a saw with adjustable angle and curve-cutting capabilities. Just know that you will be spending good money on this model and make your choice wisely.
The Overall Design: What You Need to Know
The Delta 36-725 is a big machine, something that I found pretty satisfying when I worked with it. Some saws and workstations have a flimsy feel that just doesn’t feel right when working with them. By contrast, this saw is sturdy, heavy, and reliable. However, I know that some people may be disappointed by its relatively large size and weight, as it lacks the kind of portability you might get from other saws.
Just how big is this model? Well, it definitely fits into my 20 by 20-foot work area with ease. However, it does take up a pretty significant portion of my floor: probably around one-fifth of my total work area. And with a weight of around 216 pounds, it definitely isn’t the kind of saw you’re going to take with you on a building gig. So you’ll need to commit to this saw for the long-term if you’re interested in buying it.
However, contractor table saws are rarely portable, and this model is great for many home workshops. More important than the size, though, is the saw’s power. Thankfully, it doesn’t let you down here. With a 13-amp motor capable of 3,600 revolutions per minute, a strong contractor saw competes well with other models on the market. The closed-induction design on the blade helps to make it even more efficient, as well. I was cutting through thick layers of wood with ease in a matter of minutes.
And like any Delta table saw worth your time, the 36-725 lets you swap out blades with ease. This option is excellent for us builders who work with wood, masonry, metal, and other vital materials. Not that there’s anything wrong with the included 10-inch carbide-tipped blade. This baby should provide you an incredible range of power and will stay sharp for a long time. I almost always default to it.
What about the quality of the saw’s overall design and build? Mostly, I was pretty pleased here. The robust metal structure seemed quite strong and resistant to various types of damage. Not that I took a hammer to it or anything, but I tend to work a bit hard with my tools. And it held up just fine under my most demanding cutting experiences, which is essential for me as a builder.
And yet, there were a few plastic parts here and there (such as a plastic handle and guide) that were disappointing. I understand why these parts are plastic. It is cheaper to utilize and usually easier on the hands than metal. So naturally, most saws or tools of this type have some plastic on them. It just can’t be avoided these days. However, this plastic doesn’t seem quite as strong as other types.
That said, I can’t downgrade this tool too much for a bit of plastic. After all, it has a great motor and a solid overall design. And while large, it is surprisingly compact and can fit in many areas surprisingly well. So I’d give it a solid B+ or A- for its design. I only downgrade it a little because of the plastic and because of a few awkward moments when trying to cut at tighter angles.
Performance and Cutting: Does It Stand Up?
With all that power under its hood, how does this Delta table saw handle it? For the most part, very well indeed. It includes a locking-angle and height-adjustment option that lets you create surprisingly in-depth curves and slopes. I was able to cut at 15-degrees up to 75-degrees and higher. Curves are a little more challenging but possible as long as you adjust the angle properly and smoothly.
Did this aspect of the saw handle quickly enough for my needs? Yes, though I think amateurs may find the saw a little confusing here. The adjustment knobs don’t create the best immediate understanding of the result. I believe that some visuals might have been helpful here. That said, anybody buying this type of saw should know how to handle this element of their cuts. But this slight flaw should be pointed out.
On the plus side, the rig capacity is quite broad. I created left and proper rips 30 inches from the right and up to 15 inches on the left. This means that you can make very broad rips that allow you to produce a surprising range of different projects. And the locking rip fence system uses a three-point design that helps to guide your cuts very efficiently. I particularly liked the steel rails here, as they were strong, durable, and reliable.
Dust Collection and Safety: Will Your Workplace Be Dirty?
Wood dust is a common problem for many workstations. It not only gets everywhere and creates a mess but can be pretty unsafe. Thankfully, the Delta 36-725 uses a chute-based dust-collection system that gathers all of your dust and funnels it outside to a safe storage bin away from your work area.
One thing to keep in mind about this saw, though, is that you must run the dust collector to avoid dust blow back. I found this out the hard way: cutting my first board without the vac, I got a face full of sawdust. This issue is common among many modern saws, but I’d hoped it wouldn’t be on this model.
Beyond this factor, your 36-275 also has blade guards, anti-kickback panels, riving knives, and many other safety features. Again, I found these to be adequate and comparable to other models on the market. I wouldn’t say that these safety features stood out, mind you, but they worked well and kept me safe.