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Forum topic by matty83 posted 01-18-2012 04:54 PM 1933 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2012 04:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Hey all, I’m new to the forum, but have been lurking around for some time. I’m a “new woodworker” if you will. Been in the construction industry for a long time building homes, so wood is nothing new but the “small garage project” type thing is a little new and I’m still working out some of the kinks. Anyhow, my question to all of you is this. I’m looking at getting a new/used table saw for the garage workshop. As I’m finding out quickly, space is a premium in most shops and mine seems to be no exception. I’ve set up my shop so far in a way that allows me quick set up and take down so that I’m still able to get my truck inside when the weather is no good to park outside. This being said, I’ve come across a couple of saws on Craigslist that I’m interested in. I realize I’m kind of comparing apples to oranges with the two saws I’m looking at, but I’m not sure which route to take. The first TS is the Ridgid TS3650. I’ve read all the reviews there is to read on the internet and I’m pleased with what I’m reading. This saw seems to be quite a big hit here as well. The other saw is the Bosch 4100-09 that’s a few years old as well. I’m liking the Bosch because of how compact it folds up. I can easily store this saw in my garage when it’s not in use and still be able to get my truck inside when I want to. However, I’m realizing quite quickly that the TS seems to be the center point of a well set up shop and I’m afraid that the Bosch is going to sacrifice some quality/accuracy compared to the Ridgid. The downfall of the Ridgid being of course, that it’s large and difficult to store. I would lose my ability to park inside the garage with the Ridgid unless I store the saw at my inlaws for the winter. I’ll cut things off here, as I didn’t realize this would be such a long winded post. What say all of you? Will the Bosch be a good investment or would I be wiser to grab the Ridgid and live with having to “shut down” the wood shop in winter time when I want to park out of the snow?

One last note, I’ve always been a believer of “you get what you pay for” or “buy quality once and be done”. Just not sure which way to go with this one.


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#1 posted 01-18-2012 05:07 PM

I would suggest going with the larger saw, you would appreciate it being stronger and more accurate. Is there a unique place you could store it so that you wouldn’t have to loose your shop in the winter?

Think vertical….. Build some sort of pulley system and maybe lift it up so that it would hang over the hood of your truck? Not sure if your garage is even tall enough for this, but I just encourage you to try to find someway to make it work.

Have a way to protect it from the elements and store it outside…..... protect it WELL…..

Just some quick thoughts.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 05:10 PM

Just did a quick google search and found this – https://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/attachments/6030d1236556496-dscn1013-s-.jpg

If you think you could possibly hang it but you do not have the ceiling height to do it you could always remove the base when you raise it up. Or build another base that you could quickly clamp or bolt the saw to.

I just couldn’t imagine not having my workshop all winter!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 05:10 PM

I have the Ridgid saw in a small garage shop. Yes, it eats up space. But having upgraded from a portable saw, I would NEVER give up my full-size saw. (By the way, the mobile base on the Ridgid makes it easy to move around when you need to.)

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

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 05:12 PM

Both are quality saws, but the Ridgid is more appropriate for doing woodworking. Having a larger saw is preferred—what that says about your space, I don’t know. I imagine that if you were to buy the Bosch you would find yourself wanting a larger saw with a big fence. The problem is that once you start jumping into woodworking, you’ll find yourself wanting/needing other large powertools and workbenches and assembly tables etc. which will fill up your garage quickly.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 05:23 PM

Thanks for the replies so far guys! Everything I’m reading is confirming my original thoughs, which is a good thing. I’m leaning more towards the Ridgid, just based on quality, accuracy and size. Size….. that’s the one problem though. As I said earlier, I don’t have much space in my garage to put it. I have no problem parking my truck outside when there’s no chance of snow, just need to get it in there when the white stuff flies!

Sailor, I like the idea of having it on a different base such as the one you posted in the picture. I’ve thought about hanging it from the ceiling when I need to get the truck in there. The garage is tall enough for sure.

I’ll try to post some pictures of my garage/shop later so you guys have a better idea what I’m working with and what I’ve done to problem solve some previous issues. I’m liking the idea of hanging it from the ceiling though, if I can build a structure/system strong enough to hold it over my truck for extended periods of time. Any ideas on the best way to do that?

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 05:31 PM

Get the Ridgid, park in the snow! That is what I did/do, and havent looked back. While the Bosch is a well regarded saw, you will be able to do more, safer, and accurate work w/a contractor saw like the Ridgid. Good luck, and remember to get a good blade too!

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 05:50 PM

I have no problem parking in the snow at all. The HOA that my house falls under however, does have a problem with vehicles in the driveway when the snow plow contractors come thru to clean up after a recent fall. That’s the problem…..

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 07:36 PM

Decent full size stationary saws in general have several mechanical advantages over a decent portable saw. A full size saw has a larger table (especially in front of the blade), more mass for better stability, quieter operation, more torque, smoother running, better long term reliability, are more easily upgraded, and are more feasible to fix in the event of a failure. While the Bosch is a good example of a portable, the only advantage it has over the Ridgid is portability. I’d get the Ridgid, or a similar Craftsman, or a Delta, Jet, GI, Grizzly, Bridgewood, etc…

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 07:38 PM

Can you trade your truck for a motorcycle? ;-)

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