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11-28-2009 08:00 AM

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I think I just got a great deal on a ridgid table saw.
It is the ts3650 and i just finished assembling it.
I got it this morning at HD for 274$
I do have a couple questions for other owners
1. is it normal for the blade guard to twitch when the saw is turned on?
2. the blade it came with seems to have a very thin kerf is there a reason i cant go with a full kerf combination blade.
3. Which side should the switch go on? I installed on the right but was not sure?
Thanks in advance

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

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

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

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

Great score!

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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.


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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.

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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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!!

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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.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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