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sgtq

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967 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I have the opportunity to purchase a fairly used but well taken care of Ridgid TS3650 the guy is asking 375 with a tennoning jig and his extra blades and 450 with the jig and a dado stack and extra blades. I offered 400 for the saw,jig and stack and am awaiting a reply. Is this worth the 400 or even the 450 if he wont come down or should I go to HD and spend 450 (military discount) on a new Ridgid R4512? I have read a few reviews on the 3650 and it seems to be a good saw, either way it will be a huge upgrade from my Hitachi C10fr. Thanks for the advice in advance.

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#1 posted 967 days ago

$450 sounds a little high for a used saw of that caliber. The tennon jig and dado stack is not worth a $150 to $200 premium which is what it sounds like he’s asking. I’ve seen better saws for less, but on the other hand, it’s a decent saw. The saw would probably be worth around $300. It does not have a riving knife which is a fact of life for most used saws these days; unless they are just a year or two old, then I’d be wary of why they are for sale.

I have a Craftsman saw that is virtually the same saw as the new Ridgid 4512, just a different paint color. It does have the riving knife and, in my opinion a fairly good fence, not a bad saw. I paid $409 for it last year, without a military discount, but on sale. If I was shopping for a saw today I’d rather have a better saw. The Craftsman/Ridgid 4512 is about the bottom end of the just acceptable quality range, IMHO. The trunnion assembly is a little on the light side, table mounted instead of cabinet mounted, fit and finish is marginal. For the money it’s a lot of saw, but I’m saying the next notch up in quality is a big leap up in durability. Unfortunately, that next notch up is about double the price.

On the other hand, for that kind of money, $500 to $800, you might get a used Powermatic or Delta Unisaw which is about as good as it gets. A big Grizzly would be good too, but I never see them on Craigs List.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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#2 posted 967 days ago

$450 is definitely too high, $400 might be depending on the dado stack (a Forrest, Infinity, Ridge Carbide, or Freud SD508 or 608 might be worth something, but most stacks aren’t worth much used). If it’s in great shape, I’d offer $300 for the saw and would let him keep the accessories….used accessories don’t usually add a lot to the value of a used saw, and they may not be what you’d choose on your own. Buy those later on as budget and need allow. If he won’t come down in price, let him keep it…it’s a nice saw, but there are other options, and other 3650’s.

Please keep us posted!

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 967 days ago

It’s a good saw, but they were selling for $400 brand new before the newer model came out. I wouldn’t pay more than $300 for a used one.

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

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sgtq

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#4 posted 967 days ago

Thank you guys and I made an appropriate offer based off of your advice hopefully he will accept it, once again thank you all for saving me some money and possible disappointment.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#5 posted 967 days ago

I’d say way to high by at least $100. I don’t know many people who put exceptionally high quality dado stacks in Rigid saws but I suppose it’s possible. If it’s worth $400 to you then it’s not the end of the World. It’s a tad high for my area though. On a lucky day, $400 might get you near a vintage Unisaw.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 967 days ago

agree with the others. I bought a 3650 this summer – basically brand new (the painted Ridgid logo on the blade wasn’t even worn off). I paid $300. If it’s showing more wear/use, I’d say that $250 is a fair price for the saw by itself..

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#7 posted 967 days ago

Agree, $400 is too high, they go for around $275 here in Mo. However I think there is some value in the jig and blades if they are higher quality.

I have that saw, and I use the forrest dado king stack, and WWII blades so there are some of us (or maybe only me) out there with quality blades on ridgid saws.

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#8 posted 967 days ago

^I stand corrected! I certainly meant no offense to Rigid owners (I own a $200 JET). That’s just an exceptionally good quality dado that Shane’s got, one that’s unlikely to be a freebie. Stranger things have happened, though. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 967 days ago

I have a different opinion, I don’t consider any saw without a riving knife worth using at any price. Just my 2c and I know many will disagree. :)

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Bertha

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#10 posted 967 days ago

^that’s a fair enough complaint. I could even understand, “I don’t consider any saw without a sliding table worth using at any price”. However, price is a reality for most people, including me. Practicality notwithstanding, we’d all have Martins. But I definitely respect your point.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 967 days ago

I like my riving knife, but it does pretty much the same job a proper splitter does….it’s just a better mouse trap. The BORK aftermarket riving knife doesn’t fit the Ridgid, but it fits several other saws. IMO not having a RK is a legitimate complaint, but I’m not sure I’d let that be the reason I’d pass up a great deal on a great saw if I were in the market.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 967 days ago

sorry…double post.

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ShaneA

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#13 posted 967 days ago

No offense taken Al, I knew what you were getting at. I just wanted to point out there could be some real value in the accessories. However, as you said probably not freebies, unless he’s giving up the hobby. I only paid $300 for my 3650 new. I have more money in blades than the saw itself. If I had money to upgrade to 220 and a new cabinet saw I would. But I dont, so I would have to say the money I have spent on the 3650 has bought me my biggest woodworking bang for the buck to date, I highly recommend that saw, but like all things in life, it is all relative. Budget and expectaions vary.

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Bertha

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#14 posted 967 days ago

^I have a friend with a lot of money who took up woodworking. I was expecting to see an insanely appointed shop with some terrible projects coming out of it. Upon a visit, it was the exact opposite. His work was breathtaking and his saw? You guessed it, Rigid 3650 with a nice blade. I’d rather have a Rigid with a Forrest than a SawStop with a Skil. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BreakingBoardom

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#15 posted 967 days ago

Yeah, I agree that the Ridgid 3650 is a pretty good saw. I have one and it works great for all I need, but I do agree it seems a little high as well. I may have just gotten a steal, but I paid less for more. I got my 3650 with a couple saw blades and basically an extra saw minus legs and the table wings, for $200. The guys father passed away and he needed to get rid of it. Apparently the guys father was one who always liked to be prepared. He wanted a second everything in case something went out so he’d have almost no downtime. So, extra saw base, extra motor, basically everything that could fail. I had to drive 2 hours to get it but I still think it was worth it. Hope your deal works out.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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