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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 12-11-2010 09:36 PM 3605 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2010 09:36 PM

I was wondering how the general population of this forum feels regarding the new Ridigd TS. I have not had a chance to see it instore… but it looks solid enough… Any oppinions?

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 10:32 PM

I have the 3650 and LOVE it.
No issues out of the box, all cast iron table, and the fence is like butter.
They changed to save money, but I’ll bet their sales suffered in the process. They walked themselves right into a field of cheaper competitors.
They owned the contractor $500.00 level, and gave it away. It’s a shame as I love Ridgid products.

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 10:50 PM

I feel the same as Jim. I have the 3650 too. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Never had a problem. Adjustments are quite easy. Smooth operation all the way around. I didn’t know Rigid had changed. Too bad. I guess…”another one bites the dust”

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 04:55 AM

I agree. Have the 3650 and love it. I think Ridgid needs to stick with plumbing tools. They give their wood working line a short shrift.


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#4 posted 12-12-2010 06:57 AM

Other than the nameplate and color scheme, past Ridgid saws have nothing in common with the new R4512. Different trunnions, different motor, different fence, different splitter/riving knife, different body, different hand wheels, different wings….everything’s different. ‘57 Chevy…. 2010 Camaro. ;-)

The R4512 is essentially the same saw as the Craftsman 21833, so info about that saw may help answer some of your questions.

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 07:05 AM

Well… I guess Im not getting this one… Id rather a BMW than a Saab…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 01:16 PM

I have a 3650 and am very pleased with it except for the dust control. It’s solid accurate and easy to adjust. The built in lift mechanism works great and makes it easy to move the saw around.

I found mine on Craig’s List and they come up pretty regular around here for around $300.

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 10:51 AM

I looked this saw over at HD and left thinking they cheaped out. But I played with everything on it and all of it worked well. The mobile base worked great, the fence seemed, well, rigid. I got very little, if any movement on it. I think my overall feeling of the saw was completely based on appearances.

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