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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Delta Contractor Saw Preview

Delta Contractor Saw

Delta Contractors Saws Offer Power and Durability for Professionals

The new Delta Contractor Saws have us buzzing around with excitement! These four new 10 inch saws are built with professional use in mind and designed for the long haul.  Let’s take a look at what Delta is offering from the ground up!



Starting with the stand that the Delta Contractor Saw sits on, we find a tubular design that provides support and stability. Although the saws are heavy (the lightest is 230 pounds), you can still move the saw around with the two fixed and one swivel wheel found on the base. The table top is made of cast iron and the extension wings are stamped so there’s no confusion between the left and right sides.

One of the major points that Delta makes is that many contractor saws lose accuracy over time. The new Delta Contractor Saws deal with the issue at it’s source: the fence body. It is made from tubular steel and is welded to angle iron eliminating the need for adjustments over time. The aluminum extrusions are, of course, replaceable should they become damaged. The fence is a Biesemeyer style and features dual rip windows.

The rail system is a one piece design to help with the precision of cuts.  There is a large, easy to access, on/off switch and the blade brake stops the blade within seconds of turning the unit off. The tool-free split guard design allows for a true rise and fall riving knife by use of a lever found on the inside of the throat plate. Both the riving knife and anti-kickback pawls feature tool-free assembly.

In addition to the above features, the  5052 and 5152 models also include a right hand extension board with support legs.

The term I saw over and over when reading about these Delta Contractor Saws is “Heavy Duty”. It’s pretty clear in the information leading up to their release sometime around July that Delta is primed to enter these saws into the market and keep them around for a long time. Delta is backing their design with a 5 year warranty. Retail prices are expected to be between $1099.99 and $1499.99.

While Delta does have a model being exclusively sold at Lowe’s, take it with a grain of salt. There are a lot of upgrades that we’ve been told about over that model. While we’re told to expect widespread distribution, we don’t have specific retailers to mention… yet. We’re looking to get one in for review soon, so keep an eye out for more specifics when we get our hands on it!

 

Delta Contractor Saw Specifications

Each of these Delta Contractor Saws are built around the same core, so here’s what all four have in common. I’ll detail the differences with the specific model numbers below.

  • Motor: 15 amp induction motor, 1PH, 60 HZ
  • Voltage: Dual voltage 120 – 240
  • Arbor: 5/8 inch
  • Blade Tilt: 45 degrees
  • Depth of Cut Max @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/2 inches
  • Depth of Cut Max @ 45 Degrees: 2-1/4 inches
  • Dado Capacity: 13/16 inch x 8 inch stacked Dado
  • Dust Collection Port: 2-1/2 inches
  • Height: 44 inches
  • Depth: 33 inches

36-5000 10 inch Left Tilt with 30″ RH Rip

  • Table Size: 20 inches wide, 27 inches deep (50″ x 27″ with Wings)
  • Width with Fence: 57 inches
  • Weight: 230 pounds

Delta Contractor Saw

36-5052 10 inch Left Tilt with 30″ RH Rip

  • Table Size: 20 inches wide, 27 inches deep (40″ x 27″ with Wings, 76-1/2″ wide with extension board)
  • Width with Fence: 83 inches
  • Weight: 245 pounds

Delta Contractor Saw

36-5100 10 inch Left Tilt with 30″ RH Rip

  • Table Size: 20 inches wide, 27 inches deep (50″ x 27″ with Wings)
  • Width with Fence: 57 inches
  • Weight: 260 pounds

Delta Contractor Saw

36-5152 10 inch Left Tilt with 50″ RH Rip

  • Table Size: 20 inches wide, 27 inches deep (40″ x 27″ with Wings, 76-1/2″ wide with extension board)
  • Width with Fence: 83 inches
  • Weight: 305 pounds

Delta Contractor Saw

 

For more information, be sure to visit Delta’s website by clicking here.

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Bobbler

I bought the 5000 nov/2017, and am in the process of setting it up. I am annoyed that the stamped wings need the holes to be elongated for proper alignment (and it’s a pain to elongate holes in sheet metal). And the stamped steel wings are not totally flat (the edges are slightly raised where the sheet Metal band is). I suppose this is probably common to all sheet-metal wings everywhere. And we’re only talking the thickness of a sheet of paper or two, a foot or two away from the sawblade, which seems in consequential. I align the highest… Read more »

Jason

Do not buy this saw. I repeat: DO NOT BUY THIS SAW. I bought this from Lowes for $900 and I still don’t have a working saw. The rails never shipped to me. The table top and fence are not usable without them. Delta claimed to lowes that they ship in the same box, which is impossible. The one time we got Delta on the phone they clearly don’t know anything about the product and were utterly unhelpful. Delta support is non-existent. I and Lowes staff sit on the phone on hold with Delta for hours on end. I will… Read more »

Mike Mabry

Anyone know the specs on the HP for the 36-5000 and whether it is direct drive or belt driven?

Jonathan

“While Delta does have a model being exclusively sold at Lowe’s, take it with a grain of salt. There are a lot of upgrades that we’ve been told about over that model.”

1. The motor
2. The Fence
3. The Wings

Is there anything that is missing from that list?

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