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oldfolks

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07-08-2008 02:18 AM

I have recieved some unexpected money and would like to buy a Ridgid contractor ts. I am not to handy with tools and I am wondering how hard it will be to assemble one. I lost two fingers on my right hand in a print press accident and lifting is a problem for me.

I can buy the Ridgid portable but would like to have the best ts for the money… no more than a Ridgid. Is there a dvd that comes with the saw ? If I buy one and run into a problem could somebody here help me through emails ?
Thank you

John E. Duck (old folks)

johneduck@eastex.net

-- oldfolks


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lew

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 02:42 AM

I found the specs here: http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/TS3660-Table-Saw/EN/index.htm

Doesn’t look like there is a DVD included. I personally have not used this saw but from the specs it looks like it is a decent choice.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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John Gray

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 02:55 AM

I have the contractor saw and love it. If I remember right it was not hard to assemble. You’ll love the way they package the bolts and such. You might have to ask for a help lifting but a 6 pack of their favorite drink seems to get me all the help I need.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Gofor

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 04:21 AM

I have the Ridgid TS3650 which I bought Jan 2006. (The current model is the 3660, but has only a couple changes in the support legs.) Love it. I would not opt for the portable unless you really need portable (like taking to job sites, etc. The full sized will move around a garage or shop with no problem). The full sized is a lot more saw and is easier to use. Larger fence capability, larger table and more in front of the blade to support crosscuts, dadoes, etc). It is also much quieter and more stable. For a lot more info, help in assembly, etc, you may want to visit www.ridgid.com ,go to the forums page, and go the tips & techniques section under the woodworking forums. The first thread there is devoted to the saw’s assembly and adjustment. If you buy the saw, I would read this before assembly as it may make things go much easier, as well as use it to ask any questions. Although I managed mine by myself, realize that the saw comes in a box of 300+ lbs. (The 3660 comes in one box. If you get the older 3650 which still is in stock in some stores, it is 2 boxes – one is 287 lbs and the other is about 15 for the fence rails, so make sure you get both). You may want some help getting it out of the box and the initial assembly. You can assemble most of it one the floor upside down, but the cast iron wings are quite stout, and then the saw must be uprighted. After it is upright, you may want some help installing the motor, also pretty weighty. However, I think you will be pleased with it after the initial assembly.

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Bigbuck

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 05:12 AM

Get the 3660! I got this saw aa few month ago and love it. Assembly is easy, even though the assembly directions like those for most tools are a bit vague. Like Gofor said just make shure you have someone to help you as it is heavy. The lift system makes it easy to move once assembled.

Just holler if you have any problems with the assembly and we will help you.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Chris

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 03:30 PM

Doesn’t it come with a mobile base built in? Or was that an older model?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Randy Sharp

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 03:58 PM

I’ve has the 3660 for 1 1/2 years. I highly recommend it to anyone for value and quality.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Bigbuck

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 04:16 PM

Chris- You are correct, it comes with a built in moble base.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Chris

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 05:06 PM

Thanks Buck! I think the built in mobility is a nice feature of these saws… What is the warranty?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Bigbuck

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#9 posted 07-08-2008 05:47 PM

No problem, with the lifetime warranty you can’t go wrong

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#10 posted 07-08-2008 07:02 PM

I have the TS3650. Have used for two years now. Love it. It may be the best thing I have in my shop. The mobile base comes in handy for garage shop.

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Gofor

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#11 posted 07-09-2008 04:16 AM

Chris mentioned the lifetime warranty. To get it with the fewest problems, save the original bar code which is on the box as well as the receipt when you buy it. You can use copies of the receipt, but they really want the original bar code cut out of the box. I sent mine in with a cover letter stating the date of purchase, where bought, model of saw, serial number, as well as the fact that I was including copies of the receipt and the original bar code. It took about 6 weeks before it showed up on the web site, and a full three months before I got my ID card needed for the repair centers. Never have needed the warranty yet, but others have, so it is wise to apply for it.

I have really put mine through the paces, cutting white oak, walnut, and tons of pine. This includes resawing at the full height of the blade and cutting 2 1/4” white oak and walnut with a 60 tooth full kerf blade. I think it is probably the best 120v saw you can buy (it can be rewired for 220). It is not a 3 hp cabinet saw and does not purport itself to be, but is a good saw for the DIYr building cabinets, tables, fine furniture, etc.

Just for info, for the thick resawing, I went with a 50 tooth Freud full kerf combination blade, as the stock thin kerf blade would not hack it. The saw could, but the blade was lacking. (I now have a bandsaw, so no longer have the problem. I guess you can see where this purchase will lead you down a slippery slope!!)

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