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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 06-14-2011 04:41 AM 1318 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jerkylips

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06-14-2011 04:41 AM

This time Thursday night I might finally have a table saw. I found a Ridgid TS3660 on CL. Seller says that he bought it new & cut approx 6 boards with it & never used it again. It looked really clean in the pictures. Agreed on $300 if all checks out when I look at it. It may be a little high, but this seems to be about my best bet in my price range & within what I’m finding on the used market. I’ve been watching for older delta’s, etc., but I”m just not seeing them & don’t want to wait forever. I don’t think $300 is a great deal, but I don’t think it’s bad, especially if it’s in the shape he claims. I’m excited!!


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#1 posted 06-14-2011 04:52 AM

I literally just sold my TS3660 on craigslist the other day. I sold it for more then 300 as well. I loved my ridgid table saw, it was the first woodworking tool I ever purchased. It has a nice fence, decent power, and a cast iron top and wings (which is better then even the latest ridgid table saw which has only sheet metal wings).

I will say that the original table insert is no great shakes and the best thing you can do to improve your cut quality is to get a zero clearance insert. Also the original miter gauge is not very good. Get an incra replacement and you will be much happier.

That being said, at 300 it will likely be the best table saw for the money anywhere. The only reason I sold mine was that I found a deal on an old unisaw for 350. But my unisaw was a rust bucket and needed serious work on the motor and every piece needed to be stripped and repainted. I put an additional 200 into my unisaw before it was done.

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 04:55 AM

That’s a sweet saw! I have the 3650 and love it. Hope you get it, good luck.

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 05:31 AM

I have that very saw, and I love it. For $300 in nearly-new condition, it’s a deal you’ll be very happy with.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 04:26 PM

I checked out the saw last night. The guy said it was in nearly new condition – I think he actually UNDER sold the condition. He said he cut about 6 boards with it, & I believe. There was not a scratch – all manuals, warranty cards, etc., still in the plastic. He kept it in his basement. The cast iron was perfect..

Needless to say, I’m a very happy guy this morning (although impatient to get it put back together so I can use it).

Final price was $300. If I had pushed I may have gotten it $25 cheaper, but I thought it was a very fair price so I didn’t bother..

The painted RIDGID logo still not worn off the blade!!

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 04:32 PM

I hope that the saw will serve you well and that you get it if it’s in good shape. It’s hard to wait on something like a table saw. It’ something that you need and put to good use immediately. Best Wishes.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 05:04 PM

That’s a super deal. Be careful and enjoy your new toy.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 05:12 PM

wow, does it still have that new saw smell? Congrats on the purchase!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 06:16 PM

haven’t smelled it yet, sorry – I can get nose to nose & report back.. ;)

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 06:32 PM

Did you get the fence, miter gauge and extensions?

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 06:42 PM

yep, it’s complete – I had to take it apart to get it into the car but everything was there..

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#11 posted 06-18-2011 01:12 AM

Hey,

Great score! I picked up a slightly older and more used Ridgid TS3650 for $300 and have been really happy with it.

Before you put it back together again, check out this thread at the Ridgid Forum about an extension table. I am about 3/4ths of the way though completing one for my saw. The TS3650 has lots of real estate in front of the blade, but it is a bit short after the blade. This table takes care if it.

If you have problems with the Herc-U-Lift lifting the saw high enough, make sure that the locknuts are only threaded in a little bit. Tightening down the nuts causes the lift not to work.

Lastly, 1/2 mdf is perfect for throat plates. Just use the one supplied, trace the outline, cut on a bandsaw and use your router table and a pattern bit (?) to finish it up. I tapped a hole for a machine screw at the back instead of using the tab.

Have fun!

Greg

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#12 posted 06-18-2011 01:36 AM

You’ll like that saw even more if you upgrade that OEM blade. Congrats on the find, you got a very nice saw for a very good price.

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