I have a Delta 36-600 table saw that I purchased when I thought that all I
would be doing was "rough" cutting. Now I have caught a bit of the bug, and
would like to try a bit of cabinetwork. I was thinking of buying a new
fence for it (Biesemeyer or the like), and of course a new blade
(regardless). Will this saw be O.K. for finishing type work, or should I
bite the bullet, sell it and buy better. At the moment the saw can
definitely outperform my woodworking skills. I can at this time
successfully turn large pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood about 90%
of the time. Hopefully this improves over time. I have in the past help
build some nice speaker cabinets and stereo stands at a friends, and he was
using a midline Craftsman saw. (Busy Bee fence & Freud blades) This is
what makes me think that the Delta I have may be adequate. Any suggestions
are most welcome.
Paul - The rec.woodworking lurker
had that exact saw for several years. It's not worth putting money
into fitting it with a better fence. There are too many other weak
points that can't be fixed: a loud universal motor, light duty innards
(had to replace the bearings and little belt on mine), etc. That
said, it was fine for what it was and more than accurate enough to get
started in fine woodworking. Keep it as is and have fun with it until
it's used up or starts to limit you, I'd say.
Check the Biesemeyer web site. They have a close-out section and you can
sometimes pick up a blem at a good price. Upgrade my fence from 40 to 52"
by getting blem rails. Nothing wrong just scratched paint.
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