The Table Saw
Norm's "Heart of the Shop!"
Before I exploring my current table-saw, I want to encourage you to consider what I believe is THE MOST IMPORTANT upgrade you can make to your saw--An over-arm blade cover. Protect your lungs and your digits! You need not spend a fortune. I made mine for about $80! Check out the details, your lungs, fingers and hands will be glad you did!
In the picture of the saw (above), the over-arm blade cover, out-feed table, rolling shop cabinet were all shop made saving HUNDREDS of dollars!
I rewired the motor for 220v. On this Delta motor you pick up an additional 1/2 HP more because the run capacitor is not used. I highly recommend rewiring to 220v; the saw snaps on, motor does not experience line loss problems (resulting in seemingly more power) and runs more efficiently wired for 220v.
The shop made rolling shop cabinet simply slides into the "hole" to add more out-feed space. The idea for this cabinet comes from The New Yankee Workshop as well.
I would hate to have tried to build the information center for my parish without this tool! Once it is set-up, it remains dead-on accurate! I highly recommend this upgrade for your saw.
Blades and Upgrades
The first blade I bought for my saw was a 6" Freud Super Dado. It has performed flawlessly for me. I bought the 6" because I did not want to stress my small Ryobi saw, however, were I to purchase one today for the Delta, I would buy the 8". You do not need the extra depth of the 8” blade very often, but it nice to have when you do need it!
I use a Freud This Kerf (3/32") rip blade for ripping hardwoods, and a Forrest standard kerf (1/8") for crosscut and sheet goods. Both have been great blades. The Forrest is pricey, but what a cut! Worth every penny!
I also upgraded the standard V-belt on the saw to a Link Belt. What a difference! Cut back the belt chatter remarkably and 80% of the vibration. Should have done this simple upgrade long ago!