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10-04-2011 04:34 PM

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Still looking to purchase a table saw and ran across these two. Both contractor’s saw. Both around the same price, within 75 bucks. The first is a Rigid, looks to be a newer model but unsure as they do not tell the model. It is said to be in excellent like-new condition. The other is an older Craftsman 3.0 hp saw. From what I have been reading, I believe this one would be a american made saw (correct me if I am wrong). Which would you choose? Here are links to the postings. Thanks for your input.

-- Sam

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 05:35 PM

The newer Ridgids, as in last 2 years, have the motor contained within the base. But the one you are looking at is a good saw; won’t have the riving knife, might be a little low on hp.

The Craftsman makes me suspicious with a 3hp rating. Is the motor hung out the back? Most contractor saws, with the motor out back were 1-1/2hp or less. Most saws that are considered contractor saws and have a 3hp rating do not have induction motors, they have direct drive universal motors (with brushes) and that’s not a good thing. HP ratings on universal motors are worthless; like shop vacs with 6.5hp ratings and run on 120volts. But then, that Craftsman says it is belt drive so maybe it really is a 3hp induction motor. I would have to know more about this one, but it might be the best deal if it really is a belt drive 3hp induction motor.

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 07:33 PM

I had the Ridgid before I bought my SawStop. If I was in the marked for a contractor saw at that price point I would go Rdigid all the way. It was a great TS and I could find parts like insert plates at wood craft. I have been dissipointed in Sears stuff for may years now.

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 08:44 PM

The Ridgid and Craftsman contractor saws are kissing cousins. Depending on age, both were either made by Emerson in the US, or TTI/Ryobi in Asia. They share a lot interchangeable parts….wing material varies, and the Emerson made Craftsman saws (113.######) had a pretty lousy fence but were otherwise all pretty similar.

In this case, the Ridgid is either a TS3650 or TS3660 mady by TTI/Ryobi, and the Cman looks to be an Emerson made saw. Both are on the expensive side IMO, but I’d rather have the solid wings and fence of the Ridgid in this case….offer less though…

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 08:54 PM

That Craftsman is an Emmerson built USA saw, the Ridgid is TTI/Ryobi and I think Taiwan… Now having said that, the Ridgid does have the Herculift, more solid wings, and appears at least in the photos to be in MUCH better condition. The fence on the Ridgid is okay, the one on the Cman is, if it’s the same as the ones I have been around, truly awful.

BOTH saws would be considered overpriced here in Coastal Texas. But your market may vary. Around here the Ridgid would grab about $300.00 in that shape, the Cman wouldn’t go for more than $150.00, there is one guy trying to sell one of those here for $250.00, he has been listing in on and off for over a year, and just refuses to get a clue that nobody is going to pay $250.00 for a rusty old hooptie of a saw…

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 09:02 PM

I have that Rigid and it has been good to me.

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 09:18 PM

Another vote for the Ridgid, although I agree the price is a bit high.

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 09:45 PM

That is a 3650 best I can tell. Looks to be in good shape. I would also be suspicious of the 3hp rating on the craftsman. The price on the sears saw seems way too high. The ridgid is high compared to what I see in the KC area. However, there is value there, and its a good saw. If you have to buy it at that price it wouldnt be like you got fleeced. You will probably enjoy it and be making sawdust all the sooner. Get a sharp, quality blade, probably thin kerf and you should be good to go.

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 10:14 PM

Between the two I would go with the ridgid table saw. I had a craftsman that I hated so much I gave it away. The fence, tilt control and elevation control were terrible.

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 10:21 PM

Personally, I’d go for a Ryobi BT3000-3100 series. Sears is still selling them under the C-man umbrella for under $600. You can find them on the internet classifieds for under $300. They have a sliding miter table, lot’s of accessories, and even though it’s a universal motor, it’s belt drive. Runout is around .001” and hasn’t changed in about 3 months. The fence is a “T” bar type and seems to work well.
I use mine quite often to cut 12/4 White oak and Live Oak… it doesn’t even slow down.

For the ones you are interested in, my choice would be the Ridgid. It’s a well built saw from Ryobi. I had that same Sears Contractor saw… It sucked BIG GREEN WEENIES! The fence would never stay true, the arbor was a joke and even after the bearings were changed, the vibration was so bad it ruined a bunch of really nice edges.

On another note, my wife is in MB right now and could go do a runout on the saw of your choice if you would like. Never buy a saw without seeing it run and cut…. measuring the cuts afterward.

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 02:32 AM

Around here (SW Ohio), I wouldn’t pay more than $150 for the Craftsman and maybe $275 for the Ridgid. I’ve owned 4 of the Craftsman 113.xxxxxx saws and they all cut OK but were fussy to align. The stock fence is a waste of steel IMO.

I’ve not used a Ridged but I’ve never read a discouraging word about them on the forums.

Two of the Craftsman saws I had wouldn’t sell so I parted them out on ebay. One realized $400 and the other $335.

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