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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 10:55 PM

My advice – if you’re looking to spend $350, all thing said and done, on a five-year-old RIDGID TS, you should really consider spending the extra $100-$150 or so on a brand new one.

There were a few minor issues with the older models. One that immediately comes to mind is the arbor wasn’t threaded completely and people had trouble getting dado blades to properly seat on it. It seemed a bit of a hassle to fix – I have a newer model and it doesn’t have that problem.

The older models had a basic miter gauge track, while the new ones have a T-track.

And then if the used one was in a commercial shop, you don’t really know how many people used it and how it was treated… always a concern when buying used power tools.

If it were up to me, I’d shoot for a brand new RIDGID TS. Every now and again, I get a coupon or rebate in the mail from HD that is good for $25 or $50 off my next purchase of so much. I’d keep an eye out for one of those, sign up for the HD credit card when you make the purchase and get the additional 10% off and see if you can’t bring that price down to something under $500.

But that’s just me. I’ve had my RIDGID TS for several years now and I’ve never had one complaint about it or issue with it.

I think there was another forum discussion on table saws… let me see if I can find the link.

Found it. Recommendations for Table Saws.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com


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