Ridgid TS 3650 or Jet JWTS-10?

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Forum topic by knighthood6 posted 09-26-2011 03:01 AM 3619 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2011 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jet ridgid tablesaw table saw question

Hello all,
New to the site and woodworking in general. Wanting to upgrade to a contractor’s saw and have been watching craigslist for some time now. For the longest time there were no saws there that interested me (within my budget), but now there are two listed that I thought may fit my needs. The Ridgid TS 3650 for $275 and the Jet JWTS-10 for $200. Both are said to be in good working condition. The Jet has a mobile base upgrade and the owner said he will throw in a Freud dado set. It is blue not white in color. Does that mean it is an older model, or does it even matter? Leaning towards the Jet but thought I would ask you guys. Thanks in advance for any input.

-- Sam

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 03:56 AM

I have the 3650, and have been very happy with it. The price seems reasonable, but lower is always better. The blue jet color predates their current white color. I am not familiar with the jet, but the ridgid should have the mobile herculift base as standard equipment.

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 04:49 PM

Not 100% sure of this but I believe that Jet made the color change around 1999 or 2000. The TS3650 was introduced around Sept. 2003 and lasted for a few years before it was replaced by the TS3660. So, vintge wise, you’re talking about two saws that could be just a few years apart in age. I believe that you will be happy with whichever one you pick but for that difference in price plus the included dado set I too would look strongly at the Jet.

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 04:57 PM

I’ve usec both and like the fence on the Ridgid better. as stated, it should have the herc-u-lift mobile base built into it. It is also newer (motor life expectancy) and has been getting rave reviews from users (here on LJ). I believe that the Jet also has stamped steel extension tables where the Ridgid are cast iron (big plus). I would go for the ridgid one.

what are you upgrading from? is there a reason you are not looking at upgrading to a cabinet saw with enclosed motor in the cabinet?

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 10:00 PM

Jet has a couple of variations…the wing material and the fence can change. If the Jet has solid cast wings and the Exacta or Exacta II fence, I’d lean toward the Jet. If the Jet has the Jet Fence or Microglide fence, and/or steel wings, I’d lean toward the Ridgid. Look at both and go with your gut….setup and blade selection will determine the final performance.

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#5 posted 09-27-2011 04:33 AM

PurpLev, I currently have one of those Delta direct drive $100 saws with a broken fence that I have to clamp in place just to use. I am really fairly new at woodworking and my budget (aka~The Wife) will not allow me to make the purchase just yet for a cabinet saw. Believe me, I would love one, but after some research on this site, figured the contractor’s saw should fit my needs and budget for now. Anyone out there have any suggestions for me, throw them at me. My shop size is 15×30 and want to eventually make some furniture and such. Maybe another poker table next.

-- Sam

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#6 posted 09-27-2011 06:04 AM

Sam – Just about any of the major full size contractor saws or hybrids should do well. There are only a couple of unique designs that most of the traditional contractor saws are patterned after…Craftsman/Ridgid (made by Emerson or TTI/Ryobi), GI/PM/Jet/Grizzly/Bridgewood, and Delta (the Delta is most similar to the Jet/PM/GI/Grizzly). Many even come from the same plants. The Emerson and Ryobi made Craftsman and Ridgid saws had a one piece cast arbor carriage, as opposed to connecting rods used by the others. What varies most between the similar designs are the things that bolt onto the main enclosure….wings, fence, motor, switches, etc. I’d pay more for solid cast iron wings, better fence, router table, mobile base, etc., but I’d pay very little extra for the brand name….some names sold for more, but often more because there was dealer support and longer warranty at the time of purchase than because of a huge quality difference. Dealer support and warranty usually don’t apply to a used saw, so there’s no reason to reimburse the original buyer for those perks.

Find one that’s in nice shape and has the features that you like best. As I mentioned, setup and blade selection will be big factors in how well the saw performs.

Here’s a look under the hood of an older and newer Delta contractor saw:

Here’s a look at a typical Taiwanese made contractor saw like the Jet/PM/GI/Grizzly:

Here’s a look under the hood of a Ridgid and Craftsman saw:

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