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 about $100)
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 36-655...absolutely!
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..
Ken Burlington, Ontario, Canada (eh!)