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Forum topic by Michael posted 03-21-2018 01:49 PM 1420 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael

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03-21-2018 01:49 PM

Good Morning!

I’ve been putting together a wood working shop over the last year purchasing mostly used stuff on Craigslist. I’ve also sort of fallen into collecting older Craftsman 50s-60s era tools. I really enjoy them, however they have their limitations. Specifically the table saw has a poor fence (model 113.29991).

Today on craigslist the following table saw popped up:

It’s a Ridgid 3650. As you can see the top has a fair amount of rust on it. I’ve had experience in the past cleaning rust off cast iron tables, and have a large electrolysis tank in my garage. The fence is in good condition, and the saw runs well.

We’ve negotiate a price of $80. This is going to be my primary work horse saw, as I cannot afford a jet/grizzly cabinet saw at the time.

Is this a pretty good deal? Is there anything I should be wary of?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-21-2018 01:53 PM

$80? LOL, that is a steal. Call the cops.

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 01:54 PM

For $80 bucks, if you’ve verified that the “fence is in good condition, and the saw runs well”, how can you go wrong? A good quality blade will cost you as much.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 03-21-2018 02:01 PM

I’m stopping over tonight after work tonight to verify the operation of the fence and saw itself.

I purchased an older craftsman 113 table saw about a year ago that had a cast iron top with webbed extensions. It was left outside and had a substantial amount of rust on it. After getting it home and spending some time on removing the rust I ended up selling it for a fairly good profit, which was much needed for a jointer.

I’m going to hold this one. It’ll actually be the best fence I’ve ever owned on a table saw.

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#4 posted 03-21-2018 02:44 PM

You stole that, I bought one new 10 years ago and it has served me well. I picked up a used one for my son, both have worked out well. Great find, a little cleaning and your set to go.

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 02:47 PM



You stole that, I bought one new 10 years ago and it has served me well. I picked up a used one for my son, both have worked out well. Great find, a little cleaning and your set to go.

Have you had experience cutting dados with it? I did some research and found some articles about there being issues with the arbor throwing dado blades.

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 02:48 PM

I have a 3650 now – bought it used for 275 years ago, still going strong. In the realm of contractor saws, I think it’s a good one. As long as you have the time/resources to clean up that rust, go for it.

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 04:37 PM

Cleaned up it’s probably worth closer to $350. What a steal at $80 if it works. Motor, fence, Herculift, and wings are each worth at least $80 asking price.

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#8 posted 03-21-2018 04:46 PM

I’ve been running a TS3650 for about a decade now. If the fence is in good condition it runs and well, give him $80 and run away laughing all the way.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#9 posted 03-21-2018 11:13 PM

Picked up the saw after seeing it power on and verified the fence was in good condition. It was missing the blade guard, but I wasn’t planning on using it anyways.

I started scraping the rust with a scraper, and most came off very easily. I’ll introduce this thing to my electrolysis tank this weekend and get her polished up nice. Super happy with it!

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#10 posted 03-22-2018 12:26 AM

Well done, Michael! For $80 bucks you deserve a great big “YOU SUCK!”

Congrats on your new saw!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#11 posted 03-22-2018 12:30 AM

I have had mine for 12 years now and like it. It was $500 new.

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#12 posted 03-22-2018 12:41 AM

What a deal, with real cast extensions too!

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#13 posted 03-22-2018 12:44 AM

Very Nice!! I hope you’ll document using the electrolysis tank and explain how it works. I’ve never seen one but it sounds interesting. Good Luck.

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Michael

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#14 posted 03-22-2018 01:01 AM



Very Nice!! I hope you ll document using the electrolysis tank and explain how it works. I ve never seen one but it sounds interesting. Good Luck.

Sure, I’ll take some pictures for you. I just bought a larger bin, so hopefully I can do at least both wings in one soaking. I took a brass brush and WD-40 to a corner of the main table and it came pretty clean, lots of black magnetite, bleh.

I was intending on selling this saw, as I already have a vintage Craftsman “100” table saw with stand. However this saw is really impressing me. The Hercules wheel base is very convenient and the fence is so smooth. Tough decisions ahead.

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#15 posted 03-22-2018 01:16 AM

From the looks of that table, it appears to be in great shape and doesn’t seem to warrant the disassembly hassle and use of electrolysis… just a good scrubbing and it should shine up like new. Maybe a little oxalic acid (ie: barkeepers friend) to remove any stubborn stains after.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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