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Forum topic by kcmowood posted 01-24-2007 09:48 PM 1907 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kcmowood

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01-24-2007 09:48 PM

I am looking at a used Ridgid TS (TS 24121) about five years old and am looking for guidance. I am an amatuer woodworker and have gotten by in the past with a RAS. I am looking to take my abilities to the next level and purchase a TS.

I have gotten approval to purchase a TS this year from my better half with the anticipated total purchase this fall in the range of $400 to $600. I came across the Ridgid TS in the classifieds and just got back from looking at it. It looks like a five year old saw that was used commercially, but it does look sound. I does not, however, have the blade guard assembly, miter guage, or mobile base with it. They are asking $150 for it.

After purchasing Ridgid or aftermarket parts, I would expect to spend up to spend up to an additional $200 on it after purchase. One advantage of this saw is that I could purchase it now and buy parts for it later.

Should I just sit on my hands and wait until this fall and try to get a hybrid saw on sale? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, any suggestions on TS’s in the $400-$600 would be helpful.


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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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oscorner

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 11:44 PM

I agree, I know that you have the fever, but you need to have a saw with all the safety equipment and who knows if the bearings will hold up or for how long if it was abused. If it looked like a practically new saw and had all the safety equipment in good shape, then maybe I’d say buy it, but you’ll be happier in the long run with a newbie.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Quentin

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 07:09 PM

I also agree.

A brand new TS3650 costs $549 on the US home depot website, right now:
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I bought mine for $600CDN which was on sale from $800. So if you wait a bit, you should be able to get the TS3650 for ~$400USD, I would think.

About the only thing you’ll have to add to the saw is a new blade.

BTW. A great forum for Ridgid tools is here: http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/index.php

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Obi

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 07:19 PM

My Opinion.

Buying a new saw has the advantage of “If anything goes wrong, you can get it replaced or fixed under warranty”.
MOst tools don;t have a season as far as I know, so if you have the “better half’s” permission, I’d buy new and I’d buy now. Between now and the fall, think of how many projects you could do. You could really learn a lot in 6-8 months.

Never put off til tomorrow what you can start on today.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 08:33 PM

I found out if you buy top-line tools they never lose their value, And they’ll last you a lifetime.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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kcmowood

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#6 posted 01-26-2007 01:14 AM

Thanks for all the help guys. I have decided to hold off on this saw. By next fall my TS fund will be built up enough to purchase the TS 3650 or equivalent.

I wish I had the funds right now. Has anyone seen the deals on Amazon.com Amazon.com has free shipping and free sales tax (for my state) on some nice Jet and Powermatic saws.

Thanks again for the input.

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Obi

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#7 posted 01-26-2007 04:39 AM

I want a new powermatic. Have I mentioned that before? They also have two more complete workshops that you can enter to win from Rockler. ALl Powermatic stuff. Try entering, you might get a new shop for free. I love free.

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Bill

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#8 posted 02-27-2007 02:45 AM

When looking at the table saws (and large equipment) on Amazon, be sure there are not shipping charges involved. Some of the items are shipped direct from the manufacture, and could have delivery charges of some kind. I have seen some that even add an additional amount if delivering to a residential address, rather than a commercial one.

My vote would be to save for the new saw. Since I am in a similar condition, that is what I am doing too.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Sawhorse

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#9 posted 02-27-2007 03:21 AM

I agree with buying new, especially since you’ve gotten the green light. The new Ridgid saws are much improved over earlier models. I’ve got an old Sears Craftsman TS that I bought at an auction for $80 and had to put a new fence on, well worth it for that price. i’ve since ahd to replace the motor, but for $100 I’m still ahead. I’ve also got a 5hp 3 phase Powermatic that I can’t use because I don’t have 3 phase capability and don’t see getting it with the new shop I’m building. It has a rack and pinion fence, that needs to be replaced, and with all the cast iron leaves put on the table top is 8” wide and 30” deep. At some point I’m going to replace both TSs with a new one and the Ridgid is in the top 3 for sure.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX - www.sawhorseworkshop.com

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Sawhorse

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#10 posted 02-27-2007 03:23 AM

Opps, I meant to say the table top is 8’ wide with all the cast iron leaves attached. I even have a frame to support the extra weight from the fully assembled top.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX - www.sawhorseworkshop.com

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kcmowood

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#11 posted 02-27-2007 05:39 AM

Update on this string. I found a used table saw through craigslist.com that I am going to purchase this week. It is a General International 50-185 that is only three years old and in great shape. It also comes with an extra cast iron router wing and router fence. I am getting it for $600. I think this is a very reasonable price for a machine that lists for $750 + $75 good quality blade + $110 router wing and well made router fence. To top it off, the person I’m buying it from lives close by and will haul it to my house and help me unload. I’m glad I was fairly patient. This saw is not a cabinent saw, but it is excellent quality and will last me for years.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 02-27-2007 06:05 AM

Patience pays off. Have fun now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#13 posted 02-28-2007 06:50 PM

Let us know how that saw works out Kc.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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