Finally bought the tablesaw

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Blog entry by rlrjr posted 09-20-2010 12:48 AM 8142 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good evening to all. The cool weather that we experienced a few weeks ago has quickly disappeared and summer is back here in north Georgia with another week to 10 days of afternoons in the mid-90’s. The leaves are turning slightly but enough to notice. Autumn and spring are my favorite times of the year here in north Georgia
I found a Rigid TS3650 table saw on Craig’s list and made the two hour drive up into the foothills of the Smokies to take a look at it. I believe the fella said that it was 4 years old but he said that he only used it to build some cabinets in his basement and has been in his garage the entire time.
I did months of occasional research on table saws and finally got to the point to where I didn’t even want to hear the words “table saw”! But the price on this saw seemed to be pretty good: $375.00. It looked as though it was brand new with just a very few minor scratches on it. All factory accessories came with it
Loading it into the back of my pickup was a killer job as this saw weighs about 290 pounds and to compound the issue I have a fiberglass bed cover on the truck which only opens partially, not to mention the fact that I’m 67 years old with COPD but we finally got it loaded and I headed home.
When I got home I backed the truck up to the door of the shop (width of door is 30 1/4”) so I took off the fence rails and the cast iron side panels, used two pieces of 3/4 plywood that was left over from building the work table and rolled it right on into the shop.
There was some surface rust along the edges of the side panels that I removed quite easily with some coarse steel wool; bolted the side panels back on along with the rails for the fence. As luck would have it we both forgot to put the fence on the truck so when I got home I had no fence! The seller is gong to box it and sent it UPS and I should get it on Monday. I went through the manual and checked for proper alignment of blade and fence rails and it all looked perfect.
What a great feeling it was to see this saw sitting in my little shop. She sure is pretty.


-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 01:07 AM

sounds like a good deal .

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 02:18 AM

Rick: I have a 3650 that is about 4 years old. I bought it new and have had no problems at all and I use it every day. The only complaint I have is the dust collection could be better. Get a good blade and I’m sure you will be happy.
I added a tray across the mid section to hold the fence, zero inserts etc. really helps.
Another thing I did (and I haven’t seen it here on LJ’s) is to use drawer slides just under the table(mounted on wood) that extend out the back of the saw for a quick outfeed. They are okay for light pieces and are really handy. I would post a picture but I don’t like Photoshop(too much information) but if it interests you send me an email and I’ll send you some pics.

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