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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 512 days ago 572 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardwootton

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512 days ago

I found a Ridgid 3650 on CL for what seems like a good deal ($200) however when I called the owner about it he said that when you are adjusting the blade angle from 45 degrees to 90 that it may take some slight over or under adjustment for it to actually be at 90 degrees. He thought that there might be something loose underneath but hasn’t looked to try and fix it. Does anyone know what might cause this, and is it enough to stay away from buying the saw? Thanks in advance!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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Howie

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#1 posted 512 days ago

I had a 3650 and usually had to overtighten it slightly. I usually used a wixey box to set it. No big deal. I had this saw for 7 years and had NO trouble with it. Sometimes I wish I had it back, I thought I needed a cabinet saw….BTW I sold it for $250.00

-- Life is good.

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toolie

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#2 posted 512 days ago

sounds like the stops aren’t set up for 90 degrees (two hex head screws that are accessed from the table top just in front of the blade throat. not a cause for concern. i have two similar saws (one a c-man and the other a ridgid 2412) and i back the blade angle stop screws out as much as possible so they DO NOT contact the trunions and are useless. this means they do not “work” on my saws. but , IMHE, sawdust accumulates on the trunion and stop surfaces that mate to create the angles, causing them to be inaccurate over time or between thorough cleanings within the saw cabinet. i use a digital angle cube or drafting squares to set my angles. it’s more accurate and i find it more reliable.

if the saw is complete (fence system, miter gauge, splitter/blade guard and herc-u-lift) and functioning properly, $200 is a good price for a 1.5hp dual voltage motored, 36” rip capacity, 10”CI TS with an integrated mobile base and dust collector shroud about the blade. also, the fence can provide additional right side rip capacity by just sliding the guide rails to the right. 6-12” of additional capacity can be gained this way. it renders the front fence rail tape useless, but that’s a small price to pay for the additional capacity. and the tape can be pretty easily and inexpensively replaced if it were to be an issue. at $200, it’s almost a gloatable deal.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 512 days ago

Yeah, there are adjustments that can be made w/the hex bolts toolie mentioned. Plus as mentioned saw dust build up can limit the range of adjustment. A good cleaning, some patience, an engineer square, a triangle, and a few tweaks I bet you can dial it in. Good luck.

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cutworm

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#4 posted 512 days ago

http://www.ridgid.com/ASSETS/C4A23357031F4B34B574FB17FADF8ED6/TS3650_402_eng.pdf

Adjustments start on page 40.
200 bucks – I wouldn’t hesitate

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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richardwootton

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#5 posted 512 days ago

Ok o called the guy and left a message telling him I’d take it if someone hasn’t picked it up already. Now if everything goes as planned I’ll have a nice, new to me, table saw and hopefully my girlfriend won’t notice the difference between that and my craftsman when I should be spending that money on the two cavities my dentist said needed filling this morning.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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toolie

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#6 posted 511 days ago

great! please post some pics if the deal comes off.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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richardwootton

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#7 posted 511 days ago

Picking up my new toy in the morning. So glad I won’t have to use my old craftsman any more!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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