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02-24-2011 11:46 PM

I don’t have 220V and at this time I don’t think I am looking at purchasing a highier end saw over $1000. Due to these variables I have found 2 used saws that I am considering and would love to have some feedback on people who have used these or have some insight about them.

1. Saw 1: (list price $225- Craftsman 2004 model 152.221040

2. Saw 2: Ridgid 3650 $350 used (2.5 yrs old)

I understand the ridgid has cast iron extensions, the motor mount has a single cast iron mount piece where as the craftsman has the double bar with cast iron trunions for mounting and the craftsman has steel wing extensions.

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 12:11 AM

I’d go for the Craftsman. I prefer the motor mounted underneath.

The motor on a contractor’s saw hangs out the back, complicating
outfeed table setup and dragging on the trunnions when the arbor
is tilted, which can make the blade heel. There’s a cure for the problem,
but it’s a hassle to implement. Tilting a contractor’s saw arbor also
takes more effort in my experience.

I also don’t like extension wings with holes in them. The first time you
jam a dangling finger in between a board and the ribbing in the wing
you’ll know why. Ouch.

Both saws were probably made by Emerson in the same factory.

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 12:26 AM

Personally I don’t like craftsman and don’t think they have made anything good in the past 10 to 15 years at least. I have heard good things about the ridgid but don’t own the table saw. All I own ridgid is the belt/spindle sander and I like it but its still pretty new. I own and like a little bit older, made in the USA, Delta contractor saw. I wish I had a Unisaw or Powermatic cabinet saw but when it comes to contractor saw I think the old delta is hard to beat. You can usually find them for $250 or less used. Some people don’t like the Delta because a lot of them were right tilt instead of left but I have owned both ways and currently have the right tilt and it really doesn’t seem to effect me. The older Craftsman saws were good as well but I would make sure its 20 years old or so. Anyway I have rambled on a bit and to answer your question about those two, I personally would go with the Ridgid over the Craftsman.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 01:33 AM

Thanks for these comments, I would love to hear other reasons or experiences individuals have had these saws.

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 02:45 AM

i picked up a used 3650 from CL and it’s been very solid for me. i still need to do some tweaking on it but generally it cuts pretty well

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 02:53 AM

I recently overhauled my 30 year old Craftsman 10 inch with a new fence etc, but I did a lot of research on new ones. Steel City appears to be the best quality for the money. Granite surface, quiet running, good dust collection, and great reviews. Around $2100.

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 03:26 AM

I bought a ts3650 about 5 years ago and have since built a complete 16×16 shop around it. I purchased a shark guard splitter/guard a few ZCI’s and a WWII full kerf blade. Couldn’t be happier with the saw. Table is flat to .002 and the arbor runout is less than that. Still use the factory fence, I’ve looked at several aftermarket but just can’t seem to find a problem with the Ridgid fence. Does everything its asked. I’ve recently been ripping 12/4 maple with the blade 3-1/4” up and had no problems as long as I kept a steady feed rate. My biggest complaint with the saw is dust collection. Shark Guard has helped some with that but otherwise it still stinks. The factory guard/splitter is also lousy in my opinion but the Shark is a great investment. I have no idea what the Craftsman is like but I can say if you can live with the poor DC, IMO there isn’t a better contractor saw on the market for < $700.

Any questions let me know.

-- Scott

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 04:07 AM

I’m no expert on either manufacturer. What I learned from a table saw seminar i attended at a local wood show. Consider the weight, a heavier table/unit will produce less vibration there for a higher quality cut.
Just some food for thought.
Also why shy away from 220 it’s simply using 2 hot and a neutral. Easy enough to convert any double 120 outlet into a 220. If you can get a higher quality saw thats 220.

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 01:22 AM

The craftsman lol. A classic. Own two one in a professional setting and one at the home shop.

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