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Forum topic by ScottyWes posted 402 days ago 742 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottyWes

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402 days ago

Before I go to HD and get the R4512 I was thinking about making an offer on this saw:

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/tls/3865612782.html

$350 is steep. Any estimates on its worth?

Thanks,

Scott


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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 402 days ago

Really well regarded saw. I’d go with $275 in cash and offer it up tomorrow AM. As you found out before, someone else will buy it if you don’t ;)

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#2 posted 402 days ago

Missing blade guard is the bargaining chip.

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#3 posted 402 days ago

I agree with Todd. It’s a $500 new ( in Iowa at least ). And this is used. If you can get it fit $300 go for it, if not go get a new one.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#4 posted 402 days ago

To me that saw (3650) is BETTER than the R4512 by a long shot!

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ScottyWes

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#5 posted 402 days ago

Really? The 3650 is a better saw than the R4512?

I’m going to offer $300 and see if he takes.

Thanks for the input guys.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#6 posted 402 days ago

the 3650 has CAST IRON wings. That is a big deal for stability and vibration. No blade elevation issues on it either, unlike the R4512.

Only issue I heard of on the 3650 was a small run of production with a “step off” arbor, where a dado blade sat a bit uneven on the arbor. Only a small amout of saws had this and many easily just fixed it by putting JB weld in the step off and sanded it smooth while drying.
https://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t2353/

Do a search. This issue would not stop me from getting that saw. LOTS of happy owners of that saw.

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#7 posted 402 days ago

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RonInOhio

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#8 posted 402 days ago

I bought a 3650 off of Craigslist back in March. Seller was asking 350. I offered 275 and got it for that. 275 is a reasonable offer. I would start there.

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toolie

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#9 posted 402 days ago

agree that:
1. $350 for that saw in that condition is to much.
2. $250 -275 is a more appropriate price for the linked saw.
3. the 3650 is a saw with fewer issues than the 4512.

however, 3650 vs. 4512:
1. no returns
2. no warranty
3. no LSA
4. 4512 may be had for ~$400 w/ HF coupon. is ~ $100 “savings” worth what is given up?

good luck with your choice.

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

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Charlie

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#10 posted 402 days ago

The service agreement for the Ridgid table saw is only as good as the nearest Ridgid Authorized Warranty Repair center and Ridgid LIES on the web site as to how many there are and where they are. (First hand experience here, not going by here say). If the closest repair center is 375 miles away instead of 40, that’s a big deal

Not all HD accept the HF coupon. None of the ones in my area accept it. Their stance is, “If you can find THIS saw at HF, we’ll honor the coupon.”

The SMALL tools you can take to HD for warranty repairs. The large ones…. not.

I hope you NEVER get into a situation where you have to see if a manufacturer backs up their service claims, but don’t believe everything you read either. Call the large tool warranty repair center that Ridgid has listed as being nearest you and see if they still do Ridgid warranty work. THEN decide if you’d ever want to pack up your saw and take it there.

When I bought my Steel City table saw (after returning the R4512 and opening the other 2 HD had in stock only to find the same problem), I bought it from a local distributor NOT HD or Lowes. I asked what happens if it needs warranty work, “Like arbor bearings or something”. How is that handled? The guy say, “We come to you and fix it. Who wants to move a piece of heavy machinery for warranty work?

Now I realize that may be as much a policy of that distributor as it is warranty service, but still. This is NOT a Ridgid vs Steel City thing. This is a Check you service options before buying thing no matter WHAT manufacturer you get. Ridgid makes a lot of good tools. I just don’t feel the R4512 is a good option unless you can open it in the store and check it. If you get a good one…and to be fair there are several guy on here that have them and love them, then it’s a good saw. And THEN don’t get sucked in by the service promise unless you can verify it.

As a former millright I can tell you that a table saw is a relatively simple machine and any of the people buying a $500 (or more) saw can probably fix any of the typical things that might need fixing.

I love a good warranty as much as the next guy, but be very careful when you start using a warranty or service promise as the basis of a decision.

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toolie

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#11 posted 402 days ago

The SMALL tools you can take to HD for warranty repairs. The large ones…. not.

FWIW, i just checked with three local HD stores that all have proper tool rental centers and are all within 50 miles of my location. all confirmed that that will accept any ridgid hand held or stationary power tool for repair.

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#12 posted 402 days ago

+1 more for the 3650.
With as many documented issues the 4512 has I’m surprised so many people even consider it…

Regarding warranty, it’s a table saw. Not a complicated machine. I’ve had to flip over and completely disassemble my delta contractor saw a few times to fix things that went wonky (my fault).

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Charlie

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#13 posted 402 days ago

toolie – see? You checked! hehehe.
Still means you gotta pack up a table saw, but I guess it depends on the repair that’s needed. On a smaller repair I’d just do it and forget about the warranty just so I wouldn’t have to move it. In my situation it has to be hand carried (or a dolly or cart with LARGE tires, about 120 feet to get to my driveway.

Also, when I checked, the local places would accept the tools and ship them for you, but they don’t fix the large tools on site. The ones near me don’t take the large tools at all, but in other areas I know they ship the large tools out (some also ship out the small ones). So then the question becomes, “how much do you trust a HD shipping monkey to prepare your equipment for shipping?” I’m sure some are fine, but others….. yikes.

And I am not saying Ridgid’s warranty promise is a load of horse hockey either. Just in my area, it’s kind of useless for large tools. It just pays to CHECK and verify (as you did) before using the service promise as a deciding factor.

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knotscott

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#14 posted 402 days ago

$300 is a good offer on a 3650 IMO, and likely about my top end unless it includes something like an Incra miter gauge or a decent dado set. I like the solid wings on the 3650, and believe the fence is better….the R4512 has the benefit of a riving knife, hybrid design, and a warranty, but it also has some a checkered past with alignment issues.

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TorxNut

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#15 posted 402 days ago

I agree with Knotscott that $300 is reasonable for this saw, assuming it’s in good shape. Like the others said, this is an excellent contractors saw. I had a 3660 (same basic saw with minor fence differences) and really liked it. I’d still have it if a good deal on a Unisaw didn’t come my way. I sold my 3660 to a good friend for $275 and he’s been thrilled with it ever since. Had I sold it on CL, I would have started at $350 and maybe bargained a bit.

Bill

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