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Forum topic by knighthood6 posted 09-26-2011 11:46 PM 1492 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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knighthood6

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09-26-2011 11:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw rigid

Looking for a table saw and found this one on craigslist. It is said to be a TS3650, but the ones I have seen in pictures have a solid cast iron table where as this one is not solid. Is it not a TS3650 or was that top optional?
Thanks all.
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/tls/2606250965.html

-- Sam


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Fireguy

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 11:59 PM

I dont think it is a 3650. I have one and it is orange with the solid cast iron wings. It looks like the older Rigid model.

-- Alex

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 12:04 AM

It is a 3612.

-- Alex

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 12:16 AM

Ain’t no way it’s a 3650.

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#4 posted 09-27-2011 12:28 AM

Definitely not a TS3650….probably a TS3612 made in the USA by Emerson before contracting out to TTI/Ryobi.

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knighthood6

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#5 posted 09-27-2011 12:30 AM

I didn’t think it was. Don’t run across that model on craigslist often. Pretty slick trying to pass it off as the TS3650. Oh well, guess I will keep searching.

-- Sam

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#6 posted 09-27-2011 01:17 AM

Not sure why you think they are being slick by passing it off as a 3650. I would take a 3612 over a 3650 any day. As was already said, the 3612 was “Built in the USA” and is powered by an American made Emerson motor while the 3650 is China made and the motor on it is also a Made in China motor. The 3650 also had some stability issues that were corrected when they came out with the 3660. I’m not you but if it were me I’d seriously take another look at that 3612. On the other hand, $275 is on the very high end of the price scale for a 3612 IMO. Somewhere in the range of $200 – $225 is more realistic.

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knotscott

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#7 posted 09-27-2011 01:56 AM

Other than having grated cast wings instead solid, I’d prefer the TS3612 too… tell them about the error, then offer less.

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knighthood6

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#8 posted 09-27-2011 01:59 AM

Guess I was assuming since the top was not solid like the 3650 that it was not as good as it. Guess I should do my homework first before posting. Does anyone have this saw, and if so, are you happy with it?

-- Sam

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 06:19 PM

Nice to see someone else from Raleigh on LJ

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#10 posted 09-29-2011 06:46 PM

as others have said, it’s a 3612. Older than the 3650, but a nice saw. In addition to what others have mentioned, Ridgid sold this one with a lifetime warranty. I think that starting with the 3650 it changed to a lifetime “service agreement” which covered only the original owner. the warranty on the 3612 is supposed to be valid regardless of whether you bought it new.

I’d definitely take another look. I think that $275 is on the higher end, but if it’s in good shape I wouldn’t rule it out at that price..

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syenefarmer

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 12:23 AM

While I still think that $275 is on the high end for a 3612 that price is still less than 50% of what that saw sold for new. I paid, IIRC, $597 for mine in 2003. The 3612 would sometimes go on sale for $547 but rarely if ever sold for below that until they clearanced them out. When they introduced the 3650 they originally tried to get that $597 price level however that didn’t last long as it didn’t take people long to figure out they had really cheaponed up the saw compared to the 3612. There were some other issues with the 3650 so the sell price dipped to slightly below the $500 mark until it was discontinued and replaced by the 3660. By the time the 3660 was headed out the door the Ridgid contractor saw was selling for under $400. I guess my point is that comparing the Emerson built Ridgid contractor saws with the OWT/TTI built Ridgid contractor saws is not quite an apples to apples comparison. IMO and it’s just my opinion, I feel that the Emerson built saws are a much higher quality built TS than the OWT/TTI versions. I’m not saying that the OWT/TTI saws aren’t good saws just that the Emerson ones are better.

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#12 posted 10-01-2011 06:04 PM

I think I have the Sears version of this saw. Mine is a 2000 model I snagged off of Craigslist for $220 last year. I think the list price was $549 back in 2000. It needed a good going over and cleaning, but it’s a nice saw with a good fence for the money I paid. I found a new Hercules lift on Ebay. You should check this saw out.

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knighthood6

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#13 posted 10-04-2011 02:24 PM

Cortland, that is a nice saw and very cool setup with the dust collection. I am still looking for a saw and hope to find a deal on craigslist. I look everyday on about four different cities.

-- Sam

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#14 posted 10-04-2011 02:29 PM

Look down as far as Greenville, SC. I’ve seen one pop up there every now and then. I have a 3650 and have enjoyed it for five years. I don’t share the pessimism of several of the above posts. If you can get one at a reasonable price you won’t be dissapointed. I prefer the solid cast iron table compared to the 3612.

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