First of all I would like to thank those who responded to my inquiry about
the Dewalt 746 Sliding table saw...your comments were all appreciated!
Upon reflection I didn't feel comfortable with this saw for the price...well
over $2000 here in Canada (then add 15% tax on top) and also found it very
curious that at a major woodwork show which I attended in my area (Hamilton)
last weekend that not one dealer showed the Dewalt saw. All that being said
I did have a saw follow me home from the show. After I had assessed my
needs as a home workshop user I got realistic and decided that what I really
needed was just a Delta type contractor saw.
Here's the interesting part...when I got to the show dealers were showing a
new saw from Delta in their Industrial series. It's labeled in Canada as a
36-655. My understanding is that it is being test marketed in Canada before
proceeding to the USA.
The saw is essentially a Delta Contractor with its' 27" x 40" CI top, a 1
3/4 hp induction motor 110/220, an upgraded box style fence and a floor
cabinet as opposed to the open legs. 30" rip on right 24" rip on left. I
couldn't believe the price they were putting it out at....$899 (Canadian).
I couldn't resist!!! The dealer had them at the show to take home,
soooooooo......one very heavy wooden crate and one long box later I made my
way back home to try to sneak it into the house without wife finding out!
(ya right!!!) Oh yeah...when I signed over my Credit card to the dealer and
we had finished with the paperwork he also told me to take my choice of a
Delta tenoning jig or an 8" dado set. Not Bad! They sell here in Canada for
The next day I assembled the saw and let me tell you how delighted I am with
it. Nice smooth flat table, standard miter gauge but with an aluminum
extension bar included, well running motor with all the power I need, a
fence that amazed me with it's rock solid feel and accuracy, (complete with
micro adjust) as well as a floor cabinet that actually allows me to have
some control of the dust. (Looks terrific in the shop as well)
All in all I was very impressed with the fit and finish of this product. It
assembled easily albeit requiring a little muscle for the CI wings and it
performs as advertised! If in the future I ever decide to change the fence
for any reason it is drilled to accommodate the Unifence or a Beismeyer.
Now... this is not a Unisaw X5 and I'm not embarrassed to say that as nice
as they are they are out of my range pricewise as well as being overkill for
my needs. If I were a pro using this 8 hours a day would I buy
it...probably not. As a home user do I recommend this Delta Industrial
Just thought I'd put this info out about this new product as it doesn't show
in any Delta brochures or on their website. However, if you go to the
Delta Machinery website and type in 36-655 into their search section you end
up with an Acrobat file which is the complete manual for the saw as well as
a nice pic of it on the front cover..
Burlington, Ontario, Canada (eh!)