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Delta Unisaw 36L352

*Est. $2950
Reviewed
April 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Delta Unisaw

Pros
  • Made in the U.S.
  • Superb blade guard system
  • Lots of conveniences
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent fence, miter gauge
Cons
  • No flesh-sensing sensor
  • Dust collection just average
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The Delta Unisaw, redesigned in 2008, earns top ranking in reviews for convenience, power and accuracy. It's assembled in the U.S., using mainly materials and parts also made here, and earns high marks for build quality. Reviewers praise the convenience of all adjustments, from blade bevel and height to riving knife and blade guard. Onboard storage includes a drawer designed to hold extra blades and accessories; additional drawers are available, as is a mobile base. Reviewers have a hard time finding any drawbacks to this saw; dust collection is judged only average, but does collect sawdust above the table as well as below. For an even safer saw, though, consider the SawStop Professional cabinet saw (*Est. $3,000) , which stops the blade in milliseconds if it touches flesh.

We found excellent reviews of the Delta Unisaw in publications aimed at serious woodworkers, both professional and amateur. Wood Magazine compares the Delta Unisaw with seven other cabinet saws that also have riving knives, based on thorough comparison tests. Woodcraft compares the Delta Unisaw with its prime competitor, the SawStop Professional. The 2011 Taunton Tool Guide examines the riving knife and overall blade guard system of the Delta and seven other cabinet saws. We also found useful single-product reviews of the Delta Unisaw at Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Tools of the Trade (where it wins an Editors' Choice award) and About.com. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.) Popular Woodworking also provides a 10-minute video on the Delta Unisaw, and we found a few owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.

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Our Sources

1. Wood Magazine

The Delta Unisaw shares the top spot with the SawStop Professional, based on thorough comparison tests of eight cabinet saws that have riving knives. While the SawStop has the edge for safety, mobile base and dust collection, the Delta Unisaw takes the lead for overall convenience. A lot of small, thoughtful details on the Unisaw add up -- such as nine adjustable stops on the miter gauge, and an extra-large throat plate so it's easy to make blade changes.

Review: Tool Review: 3-HP Tablesaws, Editors of Wood Magazine, May 2010

2. Woodcraft Magazine

This detailed review compares the Delta Unisaw with the similarly priced SawStop Professional, judging them equal in accuracy and power, with very low vibration. Though a mobile base is a useful advantage for the SawStop, the review gives the Delta Unisaw the edge for overall convenience. Blade adjustments and changing are easier on the Delta, and the review finds the fence and extension table better built. Except for the SawStop advantage when it comes to safety (because of its flesh-sensing blade brake), the Delta Unisaw would be the clear winner.

Review: Table Saw Face-Off, Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, Oct. 2009

3. Taunton's 2011 Tool Guide

The redesigned Delta Unisaw wins the Editors' Choice award for the best overall blade guard system, compared with seven other saws that have riving knives. Aligning the riving knife to the blade is simple, and once attached, the single knife raises and lowers as needed -- no need to switch knives or remove the throat plate. This beats the systems on prime competitors SawStop and Powermatic.

Review: A Riving Knife Prevents Kickback, Roland Johnson, Nov. 2010

4. Fine Woodworking

This single-product review by an editor of Fine Woodworking praises the redesigned Delta Unisaw for convenient placement of adjustments (and their smooth operation) as well as a blade guard system that's especially easy to use. (For example, adjusting the height of the riving knife doesn't require removing the throat plate.) The saw passes all the tests easily -- for table flatness, arbor runout and fence and miter gauge accuracy. The 3-horsepower saw tested here has no problem cutting 1.75-inch hard maple. The only drawback noted is that dust collection, while good, is just average.

Review: Delta Hits Home Run with Redesigned Unisaw, Tom Begnal, Sept. 2009

5. Popular Woodworking

This brief online summary of Popular Woodworking's review of the redesigned Delta Unisaw praises its ease of use. "Never have we operated a saw with adjustments as easy to turn as theseÉ.And when you lock the handles, they are locked tight."

Review: Tool Test: The New Unisaw, Glen D. Huey, Aug. 2009

6. Tools of the Trade

The Delta Unisaw wins the 2009 Editors' Choice award at this publication aimed at professional woodworkers. Editors praise the dual front cranks for blade bevel and height, plus the tool-free adjustments to riving knife and blade guard. The new design adds space in front of the blade (15 inches) to make cutting plywood and other panels easier. No drawbacks are noted.

Review: 2009 Editors' Choice: Delta Unisaw, Editors of Tools of the Trade, April 27, 2009

7. About.com

This review of the redesigned Delta Unisaw by About.com's guide to woodworking highlights the pros and cons of this table saw, giving it a perfect 5-star rating. The emphasis is on features, so it's hard to tell whether or not Baylor actually tested the saw himself. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Woodworking Review of the Delta Unisaw, Chris Baylor, Undated

8. Blip.TV Popular Woodworking Videos

This 10-minute video demonstrates the redesigned Delta Unisaw on display at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), discussing its new features as well as the fact that it's assembled in the U.S., with at least 90 percent of the components also made in the U.S.

Review: Delta Unisaw at IWF, Glen Huey, Aug. 20, 2008

9. Amazon.com

The handful of owners reviewing the 3-horsepower 52-inch Delta Unisaw here love it, but also report minor problems -- one with the fence, another with the plastic table insert not being flat. Other Delta Unisaw models with a 5-horsepower motor and/or 36-inch rails get a few reviews here too, equally positive.

Review: Delta 36-L352 3 HP 10-Inch Unisaw, Contributors to Amazon.com

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