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Forum topic by Domito posted 05-10-2013 09:58 AM 745 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Domito

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05-10-2013 09:58 AM

Hello All,

First I would like to thank everyone for all the great help, and information that is posted on this site. Now, on to my question, I’m new to woodworking and have been using one of those cheap Skil bench top table saws for the past couple of months. However, I was considering a upgrade if I could find something decent at a reasonable price.

While rummaging through CL, I found a listing for a Rigid 3650, with the router insert, with a asking price of $300. The same post also has a 12 Delta planner for $150.

So, I was hoping I could get some advice/guidance on what a fair price would be for either the table saw, or for both the saw and the planner.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 05-10-2013 11:00 AM

If the tools are in reasonable condition I’d say the prices are pretty fair. Heck, considering the TS comes with a router table wing, $300 might actually be a bargain if the wing is of good quality.
However, keep in mind that you can get a new Ridgid 4512 for about $400, but it won’t include a router wing. So if the router wing will be useful to you, then the used machine would clearly be a better value. But if not, then an extra $100 for a brand new machine might be a better play.
$150 for the planer is decent if works well. A new 12” planer will cost you $250-300.
Judging value without knowing the condition and included accessories is hard. But I think an offer of $400 for both would be where I’d start.

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Domito

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 12:02 PM

Thanks for the response. Like most people, space is at a premium, so a router wing would be a nice feature, so it’s something to consider.

I was reading previous reviews on the saw (most are a couple of years old) and it appeared that, with the exception of the arbor/dado issue, most people were happy with it, so I thought I’d take a look at it.

The planner is more of a optional item for me at this point in time, just thought if I could make a combo-type purchase that i may be able to work a better deal.

Aside from any potential rust issues, and the condition of the belt, is there anything else I should be sure to check before offering up any green stuff? Thanks again.

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shelly_b

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 12:30 PM

I just sold my ts3650. It’s a great saw. If you do get it and it has the arbor issue when using a dado blade, put a rubber o ring on the arbor in the grove and it fixes the problem. It’s a tight fit getting it over the threads, but it worked for me. Then just take it off before you put your regular blade back on.

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Domito

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 12:33 PM

Very cool Shelly, I appreciate the info. That was probably my only real concern after reading a bunch of older reviews.

What do you think of the price that is being asked for the saw?

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 01:53 PM

if the 3650- is complete (splitter, blade guard, miter gauge, fence system and herc-u-lift) then $300 is a good price for an excellent TS, assuming proper operating condition. the router wing just juices the deal. but i’m partial to older contractor style saws as i have two of them, both similar to the 3650. except for the 4512’s riving knife and better dust collection with it’s internally mounted motor, the 3650 is equal to it in every way.

and that $400 4512 price is contingent on finding a HD that will honor harbor freight’s “20% off any single item” coupon. the saw regularly retails for $500.

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#6 posted 05-10-2013 02:05 PM

I used to have a 3650 I paid $175 I thought $150 would be a more reasonable price, my saw was kept outside in colorado under a tarp and it had no fence, it was built very solid so when I got it home cleaned off all the rust and mounted a unifence on it, I had a heck of a saw, I took the stand off of it and built it into a cabinet for better dust collection I eventually sold it for 500 when I upgraded to a Jet Supersaw. The original Ridgid fence was kinda poor from a design stand point but it will get the job done until you upgrade. $300 for a 3650 in good shape is not bad. I hope that helps some.

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#7 posted 05-10-2013 02:42 PM

”The planner is more of a optional item for me at this point in time, just thought if I could make a combo-type purchase that i may be able to work a better deal.

Aside from any potential rust issues, and the condition of the belt, is there anything else I should be sure to check before offering up any green stuff? Thanks again.”

Yeah.The planer is somewhat of a luxury, but if you can grab it for a song, you’ll probably be glad you did. If you don’t find it useful, you could probably re-sell it pretty easily for $150.

Check the TS for:
- All the stuff you already mentioned
- Spin the wheels and make sure the tilt/elevation mechanisms move smoothly. Slight stiffness is probably OK and can be remedied with a clean/lube.
- If possible, remove the belt and spin the blade. Listen for any signs of bearing wear. Arbor bearings are easy and cheap to replace, so I would use any issues as a bargaining chip, not a dealbreaker. Look for obvious runout. Some people might suggest bringing a dial caliper along to check the arbor for runout. I wouldn’t bother. But thats just me.
-Inspect the fence for any glaring damage. Keep in mind that a MDF sub fence is commonly applied to a fence. So minor wear to the fence’s face might still be OK. But if the fence doesn’t lock down tightly, then its useless. And if the fence doesn’t move smoothly on its rails, you’ll wanto make sure the rails are not damaged. If no damage is evident, then some parrafin wax will likely solve the issue.
- Turn the machine on (of course).

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Domito

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#8 posted 05-10-2013 03:34 PM

Thanks for all the feed back, I’ll try and contact the seller to see about taking a look at it. Unfortunately, I can’t get any of the HD’s to take the HF coupons, even though there’s a HF less than a mile away from one.

I looked at the 4512’s, but I’m not ready to take the full $500 plunge just yet, and from what I’ve read, this (assuming its in good/decent shape) should serve me well.

Thanks to everyone for the responses.

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 07:38 PM

$300 isn’t bad price IMO. Take a look….if it’s complete and checks out, ask what they’d take, or offer ~ $225/$250 and see. I doubt on walk away from the deal @ $300 if the saw is what you want.

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#10 posted 05-11-2013 07:23 PM

I sold my 3650 for $250(thought I needed a cabinet saw) It was really a good saw. I’d say price is right for this one.

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#11 posted 05-11-2013 07:49 PM

I just purchased a 3650 off of CL. Seller was asking 350. I got it for 275. Missing blade guard. No router ext.

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#12 posted 05-11-2013 08:04 PM

See if they will take $325 for both.

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#13 posted 05-11-2013 09:50 PM

I sold my really nice 3660 (nearly the same saw with slight fence differences) to a friend for $275. I would have asked $350 for it on CL, settled for a bit less. $300 is a good price for an excellent contractor’s saw, especially with the router insert..

Bill

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Domito

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#14 posted 05-11-2013 09:59 PM

Hey guys thanks for all the replies, but the saw was already sold by the time I was able to get a hold of the seller. So I guess it’s back to rummaging through CL again.

But thanks again for all the feedback.

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shelly_b

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#15 posted 05-12-2013 11:36 AM

I sold mine for $300 w/o the router insert, so I think it’s a fair price. I did include a few blades, a (cheap) dado set, and all the jigs and such that I made for the saw, and everything that was supposed to go with it went(fence, miter gauge, wrench, etc.) Sorry about it selling:( If you come across another jump on it!

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