I'm considering upgrading from my current contractor saw to a hybrid saw.
I'm hope to gain improved dust collection because of the enclosed cabinet
and a smaller footprint than my current saw (a craftsman 10inch
contractor). I'm limited to 115v in my shop.
Do any of you have experience with the Delta 36-717? The reviews seem mixed
on Amazon... that makes me nervous. Would you recommend a hybrid saw by
I apologize if this has been discussed, I did some searches without success.
Check out this 'modofied' contractor saw from Jet. The dust collection
is supposed to be much better than a standard contractor saw. I don't
have one so can't say.
I just bought this saw last month and I couldn't be happier. I got a
pretty good price on it ($399.99) at Woodcraft. The saw is sweet but I
have to say I am going to string a 220 line and convert the motor to
220 as sson as I can. This thing really sucks the juice. That said,
it works like a charm with my shop vac hooked up to it.
Do yourself a favor.
Go to Sears and look CLOSELY at the 22104, 22114 and 22124 saws.
Wonderful, well-performing saws built by Orion, which is run by
These saws can often be had at deep discounts.
I've had a 22114 for a few years now and couldn't be happier.
On Fri, 08 Dec 2006 15:44:00 -0800, ibarakicho wrote:
How rigid is the fence on that?
I was looking at a 22114 in the Sears store the other day, on the one in
the store the fence had a good deal of flex in it, compared to the
Biesemeyer on the saw next to it that had no give at all, and compared to
a Ridgid at Home Depot across the street that felt like it was welded
down. I could grab the back end and wiggle it an eighth of an inch or
more easily but it felt like springing rather than something slipping.
Now, I'm fully prepared to believe that the people in the store didn't
assemble it correctly or didn't sock down all the fasteners, and am
wondering if that is in fact the case, hence my question.
I got a canvas bag from Harbor Fright for $5 and added snaps to saw and bag
for about three dollars. I have to empty it, of course, but it does collect
lots of saw dust!
If you can get a "collar" sized to fit your shop vac, add it to the bottom
of the bag (its the weight,, dear) and you can suck the dust out of it (next
Much cheaper than a new saw if the old one cuts well enough for you!
Strictly speaking I'm not limited to 115v... My Oneida dust collector is
wired for 220. I just wanted to avoid running a new line. I have a
dedicated 20a 115v line I use for my tablesaw and wanted to keep exploiting
it since it's already there.
My big concern is the dust collection. I've found my contractor saw to have
enough cutting power (Craftsman model 113.299410, contractor saw). The
open back makes it messy.. even with the DC pulling air.
The hybrids seem to address this concern... at least somewhat. I was just
curious about what folks thought. The hybrids also seem to have a slightly
smaller footprint. I *am* somewhat limited in space so a full-blown unisaw
is out of the question, I'm afraid and if the hybrid was slightly smaller,
all the more room for me in the shop.
Thanks to all the posters!
I appreciate the feedback,
Regarding the "footprint." The table top and fence will be larger than
the base of the saw. A table that is not very deep is going to make
cutting stock difficult. The length of the fence is independent of
the saw when your comparing a cabinet saw to a hybrid to a cabinet saw.
Mike, if you've got the $, I believe you will find that for the same
fence rail length, the Unisaw will have a slightly SMALLER footprint
than a standard belt-drive, motor-in-the-back contractor's saw.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
For 1/2 the price you can get a used unisaw that's much more sturdy and
has a 110/220 volt motor. But if you have the extra bucks to spend on
a lesser piece of equipment go for it. Plus the new saw will be more
pretty and shiney and the wood does care.
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