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#1 posted 11-19-2009 05:16 AM

I have the Ridgid 3660 and love it. Downside is poor dust collection but that can be dealt with adequately. It cuts everything I want, recently did a 8/4 butcher block with maple and walnut, cut like a champ. No regrets and probably comparable to saws in higher price brackets.

With that said, I would attempt to stay with a cast iron top like the 3660. I have never used the granite top but I have not heard great things so far. Some with granite tops would maybe disagree, but I am confident I am not going to break my cast iron top in my life time. My top can see some abuse from time to time and with granite I would be more cautious. Also, I use a magswitch featherboard, mostly on my shaper though, but from time to time I might use it with my 3660. That would not be possible on a granite top.

So, go for a 3660 or a comparable to that. You would likely need to get the 3660 used but well worth it. My best advise would be the Ridgid and a router and off of CL if you can be patient. I have 6 PC routers and all but one (that one off of CL) was bought on Ebay at great deals, they are a dime to a dozen and found cheap with shipping. PC is the biggest name for routers and should be your most flexible as most jigs and such are designed with PC routers in mind. If you buy right you will never loose, we could probably sell most or all our tools for a profit over what we have invested and we have bought quality.

Also, stay away from hitatchi TS and certainly not the skil bench saw.

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