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09-27-2016 12:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid delta table saw rockler fence systi matic curf blade mobile base craftsman dato stack precision link belt anti vibration 15 hp ridgid ts3650

Hello all – First of all I am new to the forum. I appreciate everyones input in moving forward of my next saw purchase.

I have been looking at table saws after getting rid of an old cast iron craftsman that gave up. I primarily am a hobbyist. I have used my prior table saw for doing custom automotive and boat stereo builds but have recently gained interest in building cabinets and/or other furniture items. I am not in the market for a cabinet saw nor do I need one. I would appreciate honest input in regards to what saw is a better saw at this point. Both saws are older saws and my needs are more based on reliability and accuracy for a reasonable price point.

I found a Ridgid TS3650 for 150.00 locally. I has been stored out of the weather and has everything. From what I have researched the ridgid seems like a decent saw for the money, especially at the 150.00 mark. This has the cast iron top. It shows weathered in the photos bu the seller assured e that he has since cleaned the surface rust off and waxed the top. (See photo below)

The other option is a Delta 10” Contractor II saw. Has a 10” Systi Matic thin curf blade, rockler dust collection bag, mobile base, 6” craftsman dato stack, delta precision saw guide, link belt anti vibration belt, 24” table extension on the left and 10” metal table on the right. Owner said that he just bought a new saw and no longer needs this one. Its in excellent shape and seems as if he has added a few things to it. He said the balde does need sharpening though. He’s asking 425.00 fir this saw. (See photos below)

Both have a 1.5 HP motor and run on 120 V.

I truly appreciate all the input and help. Thanks in advance.


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Kirk650

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 01:31 PM

I have the Ridgid saw, and I like it very much. At $150 it’s a steal.

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 01:36 PM

I have the TS 3650 and it has met all my requirements. Bought it new 15 years ago and still very accurate and strong, quiet. The Ridgid has it’s own base and a dust bag can be purchased at HF for under $ 6.00. Ridgid also has a 36’’ extension. I’m sure it will easily last another 15 years. Never tried the delta so can’t compare it. For $150. I would be right on it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 01:52 PM

The Ridgid is a solid value at $150. No doubt about that.

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#4 posted 09-27-2016 02:01 PM

It’s a toss up as far as performance and function….both are solid choices. The Ridgid is left tilt, and is a much better deal…..no brainer IMO. Align it, and put a good blade on it.

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

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#5 posted 09-27-2016 02:48 PM

appreciate all the input guys. Aquiring it in a way that most would hope would never happen as an older gentleman passed and his family is selling off all his tools. Just feel fortunate enough to get a great deal on a decent saw. Any reccomendations on a good blade. I plan to do a zero clearance but wanted to know if you guys had any luck with specific blades.

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 02:49 PM

doubleDD what is HF. sorry newbie here.

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#7 posted 09-27-2016 02:52 PM

I have had that model Ridgid for over 10 years and it has been excellent. I am only selling it right now because I upgraded to a more powerful cabinet saw. The saw is in excellent condition and I expect to get about $265 for it in my market.

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#8 posted 09-27-2016 03:54 PM

Harbor Freight. Fits most contractor saws.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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DirtyMike

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#9 posted 09-27-2016 03:59 PM

I was going to say the delta until i noticed the huge price difference, I considered buying the rigid last year and was very impressed with the reviews.

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ChadMatthews

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#10 posted 09-27-2016 04:44 PM

I know I can clean up the ridgid and the price difference made it definately a winner for me. I will have to just figure out how to get it all dialed in. I want to do an extension on the right side. possibly an adjustable router plate. i use a router quite a bit doing stereo stuff so it be nice to have a flush mount with the ability to lower and raise. Suppose I will reach out for input on that once I pick this thing up and get it dialed in.

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#11 posted 09-27-2016 07:38 PM

I bought the Rigid in 2006 and still use it every day. The lifting mechanism is a great feature of this saw. A stronger motor would be nice but it works well enough for a hobbyist.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#12 posted 09-27-2016 09:38 PM

Just for info, I use a Forrest WW 2 std kerf blade on my Ridgid.

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#13 posted 09-28-2016 01:00 AM



... Any reccomendations on a good blade. I plan to do a zero clearance but wanted to know if you guys had any luck with specific blades.

- ChadMatthews

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/12395

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

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#14 posted 09-28-2016 03:36 AM

thanks for all the updated posts. I managed to pickup the saw today and its in excellent condition. A couple nuts missing which I replaced on way home. previous owner has a different blade on it already and extended the power plug significantly longer. I am impressed. at 150.00 heck… the guy even helped me lift it up onto my flatbed trailer. I am impressed and mine has the 4 wheeled base. Sounds like some people ended up with a three wheeled base and didnt like it. I am happy and drove home the hr and a half back with a smile from ear to ear. best 150.00 value I’ve came acrross in a while. I’ll post a few pics tomm. Love to see if anyone knows what kind of blade it is based on photos. It is a gold colored blade and looks like a diablo but just gold…..

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#15 posted 09-28-2016 10:59 AM

That saw is a copy of the Ridgid 3612 and has an eccentric handle attached to the rear trunion making blade to miter slot alignment easier than is possible for conventional contractor saws with table mounted trunions. Good luck with your new saw. It will do everything a hobbyist needs to do.

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

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