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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 05-13-2011 11:27 PM 1384 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2011 11:27 PM

Hello LJ’s!

I posted something similiar in a reply but I wanted to add a couple things.. I’m new to the site, looks like lots of good info here!

I got the go-ahead from the wife to buy a table saw & am trying to figure out the best option. I don’t have a workshop, but do have a big 3 stall garage with an empty (ish) stall. My budget is limited. I originally wanted to keep it under $300, but it seems like spending a little more can buy quite a bit more quality. I can’t go overboard, though..

I looked at the Ridgid saws today. I have a Ridgid 12” miter saw that has served me well, so I’m ok with that brand. Also (posted this earlier, too), I’ve discovered that HD will honor the 20% one item coupon from the weekly Harbor Freight ad. I recently got a Werner ladder & an Ariens snowblower (!) at HD & got 20% off..

I looked at the Ridgid R4512 & R4510. Both were $499. Assuming 20%, I could get either for $400. I don’t expect a need for it to be portable, but I guess you never know. My first project is to build a storage wall in the garage & want to rip some plywood down to 24”. I was looking at a couple others, including the smaller Dewalt (745, I think) but the ripping width was limited. I don’t know how much I’ll need to do it, but I definitely need that for the first project.

The Bosch 4100 seems universally loved, but is a bit out of my price range.

Also, I’m seeing a used Ridgid TS3650 on craigslist for $350, but I’m not sure of the condition. I’m not opposed to buying used, but I don’t feel I know enough about table saws to know if I’m getting a good saw.

One question I do have – I’ve heard that in an unheated garage, a cast iron top isn’t the best idea because they’re prone to rust. Is that something I should be concerned with?

thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 11:43 PM

I cover my TS with 50 in fence , in unheated shop, with, a no longer used motor cycle cover , and don’t have the rust problem any more

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 11:44 PM

Were in in your situation I would look for an early delta cont. saw,(early meaning late 60s-mid-80s). Before that they were missing alittle bit. After that period they cheapened again. But during that period delta stepped up and served the pro market with these saws. Before that period they largely served the garage guy. And now they serve those that are willing to lay down the money for them. Mind you I am talking about cont. style saws only. You should be able to easily find one for your target range. I personally cant imagine paying near 500.00 for a rigid tablesaw and for the bosch, well I guess it would do in a crunch but for the universel love, maybe by those that have not used other saws. But again,the best saw for you is the one youll use. As far as your concern for cast iron: That is desirable. For me in my region the only time for concern is a cold shop when heat is applied. Does happen, but rare. I keep my tops waxed reguarly. Be safe and enjoy !

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 12:38 AM

Since you don’t need portability, there’s no reason to pass up the many advantages of a full size stationary saw.

The R4512 seems to be a decent bang for the buck, but it’s relatively new with some favorable and some mixed reviews. With HD’s liberal return policies, there’s really not all that much risk of getting burned. The TS3650 is well proven and well regarded, but there’s no riving knife and $350 isn’t exactly a steal unless it includes some nice extras….you might offer $300 if it’s in nice shape. The Craftsman 21833 is very similar to the R4512, so a sale price might make that one attractive. The only other new full size saw that approaches budget is the Porter Cable PCB270TS, but I’m not sure I’d give that one a recommendation over the others mentioned. You might keep your eyes peeled for another good used saw if you pass on either of these.

Most of the better saws can be made to cut well if fitted with a good blade and aligned properly. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your progress.

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 02:36 AM

I bought my saw from a guy that had it in his garage since new. He hadn’t used it for about a year and when i bought it it had a couple of spots that cleaned up with a little fine steel wool. Put some topcoat on it and it will stay nice.

Lots of bargains to be had on CL. If you have a smartphone download the craigslist app and setup a notification for whinny table saws become available and get notified in real time.

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 03:00 AM

We own the 4511 and the 3650 and the 3650 is a better built saw with no doubt. I’m sure there is minimal difference between the 4511 and the cast iron top 4512. With this in mind Cl is the place to go for a good TS.

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