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Ridgid TS3650 bought today for 274$ new

by Mcnervy
posted 11-28-2009 08:00 AM


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 04:54 PM

You got a fantastic deal!

I have the 3660, which is basically identical. I get a little twitch when the saw starts up. Pretty normal for a contractor-style saw I think.

As for blade, you can definitely go with a full kerf blade if you want. As a matter of fact, I don’t know if you had this problem, but some of those saws (including mine) were shipped with an ultra-thin kerf blade that was so thin the piece you were ripping would hang up on the splitter. I thought I had put something together wrong until I figured out what was going on.

My switch is mounted on the right. As far as I know, the main rule of thumb for placing the switch is that you can reach it easily based on where you usually stand when you are cutting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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blockhead

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 06:19 PM

Great score Mcnervy! Be sure to post some pics when you can. BTW, welcome to LJ’s!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Abbott

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 06:44 PM

Good deal, I really mine and I paid $500.00 for it.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 06:45 PM

Great score!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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jaydub

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 07:04 PM

The 3650 was/is the centerpiece of my shop – I’ve had it for 2 years and love it. What a deal! I haven’t had the twitch that you mentioned, although one of the first and most valuable adjustments I made was to the guard – the two screws that connect the splitter/guard assembly to the mounting hardware allow you to adjust the position of the splitter right and left – helped really keep the piece tight against the fence when ripping. It really cleaned up my cuts. A nice blade helped too.

Cheers.

-- someday I'll work more in my shop than on my shop

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knotscott

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#6 posted 11-28-2009 07:52 PM

Nice deal! The stock blade is suitable for construction work and high risk wood, but not for good furniture work. The 3650 will spin a full kerf combo or general purpose blade for most thicknesses, but full kerf will pose more strain in thicker materials than a good quality thin kerf blade…the full kerf blades are 33% thicker, and simply require more oomph for the same cuts. It’s important that the blade is not narrower than the splitter or the wood can stop against the splitter in the middle of a cut.

Be fussy about the setup and your blade selection…the end performance is largely determined by both.

I prefer the switch on the left where I can bump it with a leg to turn off. If it’s mounted on the right, you need to lean in the path of the blade to get to it. It’s really a matter of preference though.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Mcnervy

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 04:23 PM

Knot Scott
I have aligned the wings with the front of the table and flat to the top

I have aligned the Saw blade to the miterslot to within readability of dial indicator attached to tight fitting miter gauge

I have aligned the fence to the miter slot to within readability of dial indicator

The throat plate is flat with the saw

The blade guard splitter is aligned with the blade

I have Kreg miter gauge that is aligned
Are there more things to align?

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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Abbott

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 06:14 PM

Are there more things to align?

OMG! Have you turned it on yet?

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Mcnervy

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 03:15 AM

yes and it cut clean thru your second amendment rights
I hope that was funy not inflamitory
I have made some great cuts in blood wood
I ordered the zero clearance and dado throte plates today

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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cabinetmaster

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#10 posted 11-30-2009 03:28 AM

Man O Man. I never find any deals like that. Great score though.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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twain

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#11 posted 12-30-2009 12:05 AM

Great Deal! I thought I got a deal at 300 dollars for the ts3650, but when I returned home ..noticed I was supposed to get TWO BOXES! I only have the BIG BOX #1 of the 2. Bummer! Would you be able to tell me what is in the smaller box, as the store says they can’t find the second box, the smaller box? It is over a 4 hour drive so I sure would like to know if the saw is worth keeping and assembling without the 2cd box? Thanks for your help.

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interpim

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 01:29 AM

the second box is your fence rails, you will need those unless you have another fence you want to put on it.

I have had the 3650 for a while now and LOVE it. You got an excellent deal

-- San Diego, CA

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twain

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#13 posted 12-30-2009 01:51 AM

Thanks very much for the info sir. ! I just spoke with the store and they don’t have the second box, so if that is all that is in it I’m going to probably have to buy the rails direct from Ridgid! I really was looking forward to useing this saw, but this sure puts a damper on enthusiam for the sale price, As the manager there says all sales are final.

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iamwelty

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#14 posted 12-30-2009 02:24 AM

You’ll want to check out this sight… it’s a great resource for your saw. I’d cotact Ridgid and explain your problem with the missing box… you might get lucky and get it for free… Let’s face it, you’re on a roll!!

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 12-30-2009 02:33 AM

Super deal
They should furnish the fence unless they disclosed it didn’t have one. It’s like buying a car with out a steering wheel.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rtb

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#16 posted 12-30-2009 04:17 AM

Twain, assuming that you bought this from Home depot, contact home depot not you local store, you may be suprised at what they can make happen. Mcnervy if your not happy just call I pay you every cent you laid our for it. There isn’t a saw made that can compete at that price and its really a number one at its original price .

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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kolwdwrkr

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#17 posted 12-30-2009 05:10 AM

Twain that’s hilarious, only because it happened to me too! I bought mine and got the one box home. Started assembly and started to get upset. Then I noticed the first box said box 1 of 2. The good thing was that Home Depot is 3/4 of a mile from my house. LOL
Mcnervy you got a great deal. I payed ~350 ish for mine. Keep an eye on the alen screws that you can see on the top of the saw. They adjust the tilt of the blade. Vibration can loosen those and when you set the saw back at a 90 it won’t be a 90 anymore. My screw adjusted itself and I nearly ruined the saw before I figured out that simple little detail. I wrote a blog on it in the past if you are interested. Or it may have been a forum topic.
Enjoy the saw

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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twain

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#18 posted 12-30-2009 06:44 AM

Well Boy and, (are there any Girl?) L(y) Jocks, ...I’m new here, But much impressed by the ENLIGHTENING insight and hardy welcoming! I’m sawing away at the problem, and hope you lumbering types wll measure out an alternate solution for the missing rails if my options cut to that end.

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dmorrison

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#19 posted 12-30-2009 09:53 AM

Very good price, enjoy.

Dave

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BreakingBoardom

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#20 posted 12-31-2009 10:53 PM

I just bought a slightly used TS3650 for $250 and it came with an extra table, Base, and extra brand new motor. Apparently the owner had spares in case anything failed so there wouldn’t be any break in operations. I feel like I got a pretty good deal too. It even came with 2 blades.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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Luke

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#21 posted 02-04-2011 07:14 AM

I wish I would have paid less for mine on CL, I paid too much… I know that now, but I really wanted a saw and the pickings were slim where I live, I would have haggled the guy for less knowing what I know now but I cant go back, but boy, do I LOVE THIS SAW. First thing I did when I got it home was try the “Nickle test” and it passed with flying colors, WONDERFUL piece of machinery, love it!

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FaTToaD

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#22 posted 02-07-2011 07:51 PM

That’s a great saw you got there, I love mine. As others have said you shouldn’t have a problem with a full kerf or a thin kerf blade. I also have a Oshlun 8” dado stack that I use on it with no problems. I also have my switch on the left, for it’s easier to turn off after making a cut. Also, if you get tired of paying for ZCI’s, you can make them out of 1/2” MDF. Here’s some I made for my 3650, message me if you want more details.

http://fattoad.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Stuff-for-the-Shop/Zero-Clearnce-Insert/15696570_K2292

David

-- David

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Gofor

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#23 posted 02-08-2011 04:47 AM

I use the 3650 I bought 6 years ago. You got a great deal. For probably the most comprehensive thread on this saw, any problems, the way to align this, that, and the other, you may want to view this:

http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7585

There are 11 pages to this tread. Most likely, any question you have will be answered in it.

Go

PS. I started with my switch on the right. Decided it was safer on the left as I am right handed, and had a couple instances where I had to reach across under a long board I was ripping to shut off the saw.

-- Go http://ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=730

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firehouse

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#24 posted 10-22-2011 10:29 PM

I JUST BOUGHT A TS3650 TO DAY TO REPLACE MY STEEL CITY MODEL 35990-C ALL I HAD WAS TROUBLE WITH THAT SAW. 1 MISSING PARTS 2 MOTOR MADE LOUD NOISE AFTER TURING SAW OFF,AFTER 3 MOTORS SAME NOISE. UTTER GUYS SAID THE HAD ONE STOCK THEY WOULD ASSEMBLE AN SWAP OUT MINE,TO DAYS LATER GOT A CALL NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THE SAW THEY HAD WAS MISSING PARTS.UTTER GUYS PICK UP MY SAW AND REFUND MY MONEY AND THEY DID. SO THINK HARD BE FOR YOU BY A STEEL CITY SAW MODEL 35990-C . THAT IS ALL FIREHOUSE———-

-- duke 66 ocala fl.

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lazyoakfarm

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#25 posted 10-23-2011 02:08 AM

Great deal. I put an Incra fence on mine. Paid as much for the fence as the saw but would do it again.
I use a full size balde and a zero clearence insert boutht from highland woodworking. It has been a great saw.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#26 posted 10-23-2011 02:19 AM

SUUUUUUUPER Deal on a nice saw !!!!!

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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nuttree

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#27 posted 11-05-2011 07:53 AM

Nice saw and a great deal. I have the same saw. I bought it, an unused Ridgid 13” planer, and a barely used Ridgid 14” band saw for $700 off CR. It was a pretty good deal. The saw is excellent. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and am sure you will feel the same. By the way my switch is on the left as well.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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