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Offline arkiewood

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Dewalt 788 question
« on: December 03, 2012, 07:45:43 PM »
I read a post on here about the older Dewalt made in Canada were better quality saws than the new ones. I am looking at replacing my Craftsman mainly because the blade tension is hard for me to set on it.
My question is do I need to look for older model Dewalt or go ahead with a new one?
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Offline Al W

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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 08:29:33 PM »
Arkiewood,   

I own and use one of the newer model 788's and I have had NO problems with the setting of the tension.  I used a Craftsman for a spell and another model that was also a pinned blade, rear set tension.

No comparison - get the new model 788 and you will not regret doing so, at least in my opinion.

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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 09:46:02 PM »
I'm with Al on this one. I also upgraded from a Craftsman due to tensioning issues and I am very pleased with the performance of the DW788. Low vibration, easy blade change, and angles both directions.
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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2012, 09:48:38 PM »
One important thing to consider. DeWalt has a 30 day no questions asked return policy and a one year warranty. A used saw has none whatsoever.
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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2012, 10:13:01 PM »
I have the 788 new style and it is great. I don't think you will be dissappointed with one.
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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2012, 10:19:24 PM »
Arkiewood, the Delta 40-690 is a clone of the DW788.  I have one and it works very well.  Tension sets easily.  Delta has updated the 40-690 to a 40-695 which has a built-in mechanism to keep the upper arm elevated for blade changes, etc.  It does have a 5 year warranty.

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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 10:56:34 PM »
I slso have the 40-695....   I  only have the use of one arm  and raising/locking the upper arm is a breeze.   Check out CPO Outlet.   They usually run a good deal on the Delta and Dewalt models.

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Offline Jim Finn

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Re: Dewalt 788 question
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 07:29:02 AM »
I once had a DeWalt 788 (Type 2) and it cut very well, blade changes are easy. It ran smooth.  The only thing I found is that it kept falling apart....literaly.  After the warranty ran out (about 20 months) I sold it and bought a more durable $aw. A Hegner.  I have used this Hegner every day for about 4 years, now, with no problems.
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