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Forum topic by mattm posted 10-16-2008 05:29 PM 3651 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mattm

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10-16-2008 05:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Okay, so yesterday I was at Home Depot picking up some items for the new house we just moved into. Of course I can’t resist going down the various tool aisles just browse. I know Home Depot sells that Ridgid contractor saw for about $550, I’ve seen it many times before.

Now for a little background, I have a crappy, tiny, not very powerful, and mostly plastic Ace Hardware brand table saw that I found in my mother-in-law’s garage when I was first getting into woodworking. It produces “okay” cuts, but I definitely have been planning to get a new saw ASAP.

Anyway, at Home Depot yesterday, I saw out in the aisle a Ridgid TS-3650 marked as $250 for “This Item Only”. The reason given for the discount on the tag was “Slow Moving Item”. The whole thing was pretty dusty, and the surface had a lot of marks on it. These mostly looked like something a little elbow grease and a rag could remove, though there were also some scratches and what may have been a couple of rust spots.

The knobs and wheels for the blade adjustments were missing, as well as the blade guard and riving knife set-up, and so was the fence. I couldn’t find an employee in that section for the life of me, so I was not able to ask if those items were just still in a box somewhere or if they were missing.

So, I’m just looking for opinions as to whether I may have stumbled onto a good deal, or if this is something I should pass on. My previous plan was to either get the same Ridgid saw at its normal price of $550, or its comparable Grizzly counterpart. Or to just save-up the extra cash and get the SawStop contractor’s saw, since while I always put safety first (especially given my current saw), in the long run the added peace of mind seems worth the extra cash.

But now, since I’ve actually been putting off doing some woodworking lately specifically because of my current table saw, I’m wondering if I should just grab this open box Ridgid for $250 in the interim. I just don’t know if it would actually be a waste of money, since while to my novice eyes the marks on the surface appear to be mainly cosmetic, I have no idea if there is something more wrong there. Thanks!!


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mhawkins2

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 05:37 PM

I have read good reviews of this saw before. I had narrowed down my selection to the Delta contractors saw and the Rigid. I ended up getting the Delta with cast iron and the unifence. I think the Rigid is a good saw, but felt the fence on the Delta was better. However for 250 that distinction would be hard to make. You can’t even get the Bosch portable for that. I am certain with a few spare parts from Rigid you will find this saw to be a different world from the one you have now. Currently my personal preference, assuming you are fabulously wealthy and money is no object, would be for the Sawstop because of the riving knife. My splitter and I don’t have a good relationship.

I should also note that many experienced wood workers recommended Delta because of the Made in the USA, but now most of their saws are not. In the end I think for the price it is an excellent choice.

If you buy this one let me know and I’ll send you a couple of phenolic zero clearance inserts I bought for the Rigid prior to changing my mind and buying the Delta.

-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?

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#2 posted 10-17-2008 02:23 AM

Those saws are known to be good ones, but with parts
missing I think it’s not such a swell deal.

You can do good work on a used $100 contractor’s saw if you
put a good blade on it and a few other things. If you are
in doubt of your current saw’s ability you might want to check
out the JimmieJig – a rather clever way to turn a small portable
saw into a decent cabinet’making tool.

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#3 posted 10-17-2008 02:44 AM

I have a Ridgid 3650 and think it is a great saw for the price. However, with all the parts you say are missing, i would not think that is such a good deal. If it is in that bad of shape, what else is missing? Does it have the Herc-u-lift base on it? What about blade and blade wrenches? You can probably find a good used one on Craigs list that is complete and for about the same money. By the time you replace all that is missing, you will have as much invested as a new one would cost. If you are willing to put up with the aggravation or finding replacements that fit, offer them $100. If they won’t take it, leave it in the store.

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mattm

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#4 posted 10-17-2008 05:06 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I went back to the store, and was informed that it is being sold “as-is”, there is no box that the rests of the parts are residing in. So, I suppose that is a no-go. I’m not quite sure why they’re trying to sell something that is essentially useless instead of sending it back to the manufacturer, but whatever. I mean, upon closer inspection, the various wheels and knobs that control the blade settings appear to have been actually broken off at their base. Who knows. Anyway, thanks again.

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dsb1829

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#5 posted 10-17-2008 08:09 PM

Pass. Broken parts are a no-go. Missing parts are one thing, but handling damage is something else.

I picked up a floor model jointer missing some parts. In the end I didn’t really save any money when the deal was done. I wouldn’t do it again unless the price was a fire sale.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#6 posted 10-17-2008 09:59 PM

I wouldn’t buy it. Save your money and get a better saw than the rigid if you plan to do alot of woodworking. I have a General International contractors saw that in my opinion is much better for $700.00 or go with the grizzly. I say that because my friend had the Rigid and there was enough of a quality difference in the fence alone that he sold his Rigid and went out and bought a better saw with a better fence. I think if I were to do it again, I would get a cabinet saw. I am very happy with the General though for a contractors saw. (After it was put together) My advice….do your homework and compare the differences between different brands before you buy anything. The more cash you spend the better the saw you’ll get because it will be the work horse in your shop.

-- Rusty

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