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#1 posted 2214 days ago

I have the Ridgid TS3650 which I bought Jan 2006. (The current model is the 3660, but has only a couple changes in the support legs.) Love it. I would not opt for the portable unless you really need portable (like taking to job sites, etc. The full sized will move around a garage or shop with no problem). The full sized is a lot more saw and is easier to use. Larger fence capability, larger table and more in front of the blade to support crosscuts, dadoes, etc). It is also much quieter and more stable. For a lot more info, help in assembly, etc, you may want to visit www.ridgid.com ,go to the forums page, and go the tips & techniques section under the woodworking forums. The first thread there is devoted to the saw’s assembly and adjustment. If you buy the saw, I would read this before assembly as it may make things go much easier, as well as use it to ask any questions. Although I managed mine by myself, realize that the saw comes in a box of 300+ lbs. (The 3660 comes in one box. If you get the older 3650 which still is in stock in some stores, it is 2 boxes – one is 287 lbs and the other is about 15 for the fence rails, so make sure you get both). You may want some help getting it out of the box and the initial assembly. You can assemble most of it one the floor upside down, but the cast iron wings are quite stout, and then the saw must be uprighted. After it is upright, you may want some help installing the motor, also pretty weighty. However, I think you will be pleased with it after the initial assembly.

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