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Benzilla

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04-08-2016 08:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridged table saw question tablesaw ts3650

I am looking at this Ridgid Table Saw on Craigslist. Its about 2 hours away and the owner wants $300 firm for it. I thought it was the TS3650, and that it might be worth it with all the good reviews, but the roller base doesn’t match any that I’ve seen in the TS3650 pictures, and he swears its the one that came with it from Home Depot. What do you guys think?

http://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/5527849686.html

Any input on value and model is appreciated. I’m also looking at a Pwermatic 66 for about $500 about 30 minutes away, but then I have to have the garage wired for 220v so I’m trying to decide which way to go as I really don’t get much free time to use my shop presently, but hope to get more use in the near future…
Thanks!
Ben

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bigJohninvegas

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 08:34 PM

I think it is a 3650 with an after market HTC base on it.
Which make me wonder what happened to the base that came with the saw.
Or was the saw ever offered without a moble base.
Good luck.

-- John

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 08:49 PM

Looks like a 3650 to me too.

I don’t believe that these were offered without their herc-u-lift system, but I wouldn’t let that deter you. It’s a good saw.

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 09:08 PM

How does the PM66 look? Could be a good deal especially if the 220v wiring would be fairly easy, i.e. Sufficient panel capacity, easy wiring pull, etc.

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 09:12 PM

It’s a good saw, for the price I would jump on it.

-- Rodney, Arlington Texas

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 09:18 PM

Looks like my 3650. Mine is over 10 years old and still works like a charm. Had to replace the belt once, started to make noise. Agree with others about the base. Maybe something happened to the herc-u lift system and they replaced it with that. I would still try to get it a bit cheaper, $200.- 275. Looks like you will have some work on the table to get it back in shape. Try it out , turn in on, see how it runs. Mine still runs smooth with a hum.
Good luck.

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 04-08-2016 09:25 PM

Mine is also ten years old and I paid $500 for it so $250 or less is what I would price it. It is a good saw but only has a 1.75 HP motor. It works well for me but then I just make small crafty items.

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#7 posted 04-08-2016 09:43 PM

The parts diagram (see page ‘E’) for that saw shows leveling feet, not casters on the legs, so they were probably offered without the lift system at one point. And I agree with the others that it’s priced too high…

Cheers,
BVrad

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#8 posted 04-08-2016 10:09 PM

It’s definitely a TS3650/3660, but that’s definitely not a Herculift. $300 is fair price IMO if it works well….especially if he delivers it. Less is better, but there doesn’t appear to be many more options in that price range that are better.

There’s also this Delta contractor saws with a T2 fence…I think it might be a 36-680. $250/BO.
http://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/5515236496.html

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ArtMann

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#9 posted 04-08-2016 10:17 PM

I have one for sale that I used for 10+ years. It never developed any problems and cut accurately. The fence system is sturdy and easy to use. The power is adequate, especially with thin kerf blades. The only reason I am selling is that I found a great deal on a new hybrid saw with more horsepower. Some people bought the saw new for $500 but many, many more paid $600 or $650. My saw is in great condition and I won’t not sell it for less than $300 because it is worth that much to me as a dedicated dado machine.

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ChefHDAN

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#10 posted 04-08-2016 11:53 PM

AS has been said, a 3650, from the first generation of the orange tools. I’ve got a 3612 but I have the 3650 fence & rails. Many of the less expensive ie weekend warrior hobbyist contractor saws have poor fences, but the 3650 fence has been a great fence, I just recently was in the midst of some maintenance while I had the back apart and the fence was only off by a few thou after 5 years of use, barely noticeable if performance. I think you could easily get it for $250, but then $50 for delivery might be a deal for you.

That said, If I could get a $500 deal on a well taken care of PM and sell my 3612 I’d do it in a minute.

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Benzilla

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#11 posted 04-09-2016 01:34 AM

Delivery is not an option as it is 2 hrs away, and he said he was firm on the $300. I’m really torn as I found an engineer friend that said he would help me do the 220 install, so it would just be the parts and materials for the 220 making the PM66 much more interesting now. My main concern with the PM66 is space… If I by the 3650 then it’s maneuverable, and I’ll have a few hundred left to spend on a router table insert to go on it, or buy another tool to go along with my Chop saw and band saw… Oh, what to do??? To fit the 3650 in a van can I take the wings and fence off and lay on its back or side? Is there any way to get a PM66 apart enough to get in a van?

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Benzilla

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#12 posted 04-09-2016 01:50 AM

This is the only picture I have of the Powermatic. it doesn’t say, but it’s not big enough, (and it’s 220) so it can’t be a 72, so I think it has to be a 66 (they didn’t make any others in that size that I can find). I think he said he has the original fence and rails for it. He was asking $750, but after we talked a little on the phone and I told him what I needed and had to spend he would sell to me for $500 as he just bought another cabinet shop and has to get rid of some extra tables. This would be only 1/2 hr away.

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#13 posted 04-09-2016 02:09 AM

The Ridgid would give you a good functional saw that’s worth roughly $250-$300. The PM66 would give you one of the most sought after saws ever made that’s potentially worth a whole lot more than $500….GO GET IT!!!!!

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toolie

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#14 posted 04-09-2016 10:42 AM



The parts diagram (see page E ) for that saw shows leveling feet, not casters on the legs, so they were probably offered without the lift system at one point. And I agree with the others that it s priced too high…

Cheers,
BVrad

- MrUnix

The 3650/60 were never offered without the hero-u-lift. The only difference between the 3650 and 3660 was the packaging and the leg stand bracing.

The saw the OP is considering is probably being sold by an owner other than the original. There’s no way anyone would consider an HTC base over the H-lift.

As for the PM 66, $500 is s good price for a left tilt 3hp cabinet saw, if it’s in good shape.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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toolie

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#15 posted 04-09-2016 10:49 AM



Delivery is not an option as it is 2 hrs away, and he said he was firm on the $300. I m really torn as I found an engineer friend that said he would help me do the 220 install, so it would just be the parts and materials for the 220 making the PM66 much more interesting now. My main concern with the PM66 is space… If I by the 3650 then it s maneuverable, and I ll have a few hundred left to spend on a router table insert to go on it, or buy another tool to go along with my Chop saw and band saw… Oh, what to do??? To fit the 3650 in a van can I take the wings and fence off and lay on its back or side? Is there any way to get a PM66 apart enough to get in a van?

- Benzilla

Lay the 3650 on its top, after removing fence, wings , rails and motor. Do the same with the 66, but do not remove the motor. bevel the blade to45 degrees to get the motor positioned closer to the saws center of gravity. It helps s lot. It’s also how most new cabinet says are configured for delivery.

FTR, I agree w Scott. Go get the 66, assuming it is in acceptable condition.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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