I had been considering buying a new bigger table saw for some time. On setting up my new workshop in 2007, I figured this was a good time to look for a new one.
At The Home Depot, at the time, they had the Delta model 36-655C 10" hybrid table saw, for $900 + tax. This wasn't a bad price. But the price also included the delta tenon jig, and a good rip fence. On top of that, there was a promotion for a $150 mail in rebate, and another in store promotion for a $200 Home Depot gift card that happened to be on. Those two promotions made the saw a really good deal:
|Tabe saw base price:||$900|
|Minus mail in rebate:||-$150|
|Minus home depot gift card:||-$200|
|Total after taxes:||$676|
Once I set up the saw, I found it didn't cut particularly cleanly, even after I replaced the saw blade it came with. It turned out that the saw's arbour flange had a bit of a wobble to it, but I was able to grind the arbor flat with a grind stone.
Not surprisingly, the saw's alignment was also not entirely on, and I ended up disassembling the saw to align the arbor. While I had the saw apart, I also moved the upper depth of cut stop to increase the maximum depth of cut I made a new making a zero clearance insert for it. I also extended the table and made a router table extension for it.
In June 2017, we moved again, and I had to take the saw apart to move it out of the basement. Below is a video about this saw and taking it apart.
Optimizing this saw was time consuming, but fortunately, nothing on it was outright defective. The only money I had to spend was for a better quality saw blade, and a link belt. When you buy a cheap saw, you expect to have to do a bit of work on it. Much more frustrating would be buying an expensive saw, and then finding that it needs work too.