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Forum topic by kennyd posted 03-15-2010 02:39 AM 2569 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kennyd

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03-15-2010 02:39 AM

Hi Everyone,

I have a chance to pick up a new table saw, new to me anyway, and thought I’d get some of your input.

Right now I own a Ryobi BT3100 table saw system with all of the accessories including the router mount, miter slot extension, and some other miscellaneous stuff that came with the accessory pack. I’ve never mounted the router to the table saw since I have a dedicated router table. I’ve had pretty good luck with the saw but was never truly impressed with it. It’d hard raise and lower the blade due to the lousy hand wheel and gears, the fine adjustments for squaring the blade are a pain in the butt, the table surface isn’t flat cast iron with real miter slots but aluminum with ridges in it, and the casters are only on 2 of the legs so when moving the saw around you have to pick it up with the rails and jockey the saw around. Not great but it’s worked OK for me and cuts pretty good.

That being said, I have the chance to grab a Ridgid TS2424 saw with the Hurcu-Lift system that an older woodworker has had for a few years. It’s in mint condition and he’ll let me have it for $150.00. It seems to be a steal but I wanted to get some input from LJs.

What do you think?

Thanks,

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 02:52 AM

I have the TS3660, which is a newer model, and it’s a great saw. I’ve read good reviews of the TS2424…. I’d jump on the deal if I were you.

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

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Sawdust4Blood

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 02:56 AM

I’m also very happy with my TS3660. At $150 and in great shape, even if you end up hating it you should be able to roll it over and get all your money back.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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kennyd

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 03:11 AM

Thanks guys. Just what I thought. I’ve also just found a TS3650 that I’m probably going to look at as well.

I’ll keep you posted.

Kenny

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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kennyd

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 03:14 AM

I also found a Ridgid BS1400 for $200.00 and a PC 4112 dovetail jig for $50.00. I’m going to pick them up tomorrow.

Kenny

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 03:41 AM

$150 for a TS2424 in good shape is a nice deal. You should be able to slide the rails about 12” to the right, to make it the equivalent of a TS3612, which was the last of the American made Emerson contractor saws. Tune it up, put a good blade on it and enjoy!

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

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kennyd

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 03:46 AM

Thanks Scott. I’ve been comparing all of the Ridgid contractors saws and it’s been a real headache. I have my choice of the TS2424 or the TS3650 for a little more money. What to do what to do?

Up here in the NE we’re really hit hard by the recession/depression and a lot of folks are dumping tools to make ends meet. There are a lot of good deals up this way so I want to get the best I can for the money.

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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knotscott

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 04:06 AM

Well, the TS3650 has solid cast wings (except for the clamping slots) vs webbed cast iron wings for the TS2424. Plus the fence is already setup for the 36” rip, and has the built in rear trunnion adjustment. I’d think the TS3650 would have better resale too. There’s also a slight update to the fence of the 3650….

TS2424 manual

TS3650 manual

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

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Branum

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 04:37 AM

Hey this is a little off subject, but I have the 12” dove tail jig from p-c. At full price I think it is well worth it so at $50 its a steal!! Good luck with your new saw!!

-- Branum

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kennyd

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#9 posted 03-15-2010 04:39 AM

One thing I’ve noticed…No one’s come forward sticking up for the BT3100! Guess that says it all.

Thanks for all the input. I love this place!

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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bigike

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#10 posted 03-15-2010 05:15 AM

the second one looks good from the OM

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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kennyd

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 08:01 PM

Well, the $150.00 Ridgid TS2424 saw deal didn’t didn’t turn out to be such a good deal after all. The saw has been stored in a barn for about 3 years and is covered in rust and is missing parts. I don’t have the time or inclination to mess around with it so I passed. DAMN!

I did make a hell of a score though. I found a Leigh D4 jig in nice condition with manual, bits, and guide bushings. The only thing missing was the wrench and the square bit screwdriver. I paid $100.00. I almost felt as if I was stealing it! I ordered the wrench and driver from Leigh this morning for $17.00 including shipping. Fantastic customer service! I had emailed them late lastnight and I received not one but three emails from their customer service this morning. Incredible. I couldn’t believe how big this thing is. It’s almost 30” long. I was ready to buy an older PC 4112 but found this one instead. You get lucky sometimes.

Anyway, back to the table saw search.

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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knotscott

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 10:41 PM

Too bad. Light surface rust sort goes with the territory of owning cast iron, but it cleans it pretty easily and isn’t too hard to keep at bay. Major rust and missing parts add a bit of complication to the equation.

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

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kennyd

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#13 posted 03-18-2010 03:50 AM

Hi Scott,

I was bummed but I did grab a Leigh D4 for $100.00!! SCORE!!

I’m still searching for a saw and I’ll find one. I’m patient.

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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