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Forum topic by Acts65Woodworks posted 07-01-2017 03:32 PM 1093 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Acts65Woodworks

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07-01-2017 03:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw delta ridgid unisaw

I recently got a great deal on a table saw so now I have two. Unfortunately I only have enough space for one and need to get sell one. I am having a hard time deciding which one to keep. My shop consists of half of a two car garage and so space is a big factor.

Ridgid TS3612 (~2002 – grey version) – The last of the American made (Emerson motor) Ridgid table saws. It cuts straight, motor is quiet, and has a nice stock T-fence. This saw has worked great for me. The only negative is the large footprint (42” x 64”), especially since the motor hangs out the back

Delta Jr Unisaw (~1950) – This saw is a smaller version of the classic Unisaw. The motor runs quiet and smooth. The saw uses an 8” blade, so I lose one inch of cutting height and the fence is not accurate (tube style fence). The saw uses an 8” blade, so I lose one inch of cutting height and the fence is not accurate (tube style fence) but it only takes up half footprint (27” x 42”) as the Ridgid since the motor is in the cabinet and the fence rail does not extend past the table as far and is a classic that continues to look and run great as if it were still 1950.

I am having a hard time deciding between the two. Can you please share which one you would pick and why? Thank you!

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Loren

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 04:27 PM

I would probably stick with the Ridgid due
to easier fence operation and the cutting
depth. I like the idea of the Jr. saw but
as a practical matter I think I would just
find the Ridgid faster to get the cuts I
want on.

Have you considered selling both and getting
a cabinet saw?

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knotscott

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 06:33 PM

Put the Ridgid fence on the Unisaw and live happily ever after!

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knotscott

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 10:41 PM



Put the Ridgid fence on the Unisaw and live happily ever after!

- knotscott

I just realized that the Unisaw Jr uses 8” blades, which would pretty much nix the deal for me. I’d stick with the Ridgid.

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jonah

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#4 posted 07-01-2017 11:21 PM

BTW, the fence on the Ridgid is not a t-square fence. It locks both front and rear, and (I speak from experience here, former 3650 owner) they are a bit of a pain to keep aligned.

I would go with option C: ditch the Delta and spend the money on a new T3 fence (~$200) for the Ridgid.

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ChefHDAN

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 02:28 PM

I’m a 3612 owner, but mine was the floor model when the 3650 came out. The floor model had bent rails so the tool manager opened a 3650 and gave me the fence & rails from the 3650. I’ve never had a problem with the 3650 fence.

I’d go as suggested above sell the Delta for whatever you can get and upgrade your fence…

Of course depending on how much arbor you’ve got.. a second saw that could run the dado would be pretty nice too… you anywhere near DC ???

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#6 posted 07-04-2017 12:43 AM



BTW, the fence on the Ridgid is not a t-square fence. It locks both front and rear, and (I speak from experience here, former 3650 owner) they are a bit of a pain to keep aligned.

I would go with option C: ditch the Delta and spend the money on a new T3 fence (~$200) for the Ridgid.

- jonah

could not disagree more with the PITA comment concerning this fence. i have two similar 10” emerson built conractor TSs, one with a ridgid OEM fence and the other with a delta t2. once aligned, the ridgid is as accurate and consistent as the t2.

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jonah

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#7 posted 07-04-2017 01:23 AM

Once aligned, yes, but mine consistently drifted out of alignment every few months. The alignment procedure is also a huge pain compared to t-square systems. A huge pain.

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rodneywt1180b

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#8 posted 07-04-2017 02:51 AM

I’d keep the Delta. You’re probably within around 1/2 inch or so on the maximum cutting depth. 8” saws tend to have smaller pulleys and arbors so the blade can rise a little higher/closer to the bottom of the table. The Unisaw Jr. was only made for around 4 or 5 years. It’s also one of the better 8” saws that were made. I’d keep it for the uniqueness factor. Maybe add a Beismeyer style fence if you’re really unhappy with the factory one.

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coxhaus

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#9 posted 07-04-2017 04:00 AM

I would keep the delta Unisaw Jr but I am bias as I own one that I have refurbed. I would add a piece of Baltic Birch to the fence to give you a flat side.

I love the feel of the controls on the old iron saws.

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