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08-28-2013 06:46 AM

Ridgid TS3650. New to the site and considering a used saw. TS3650 needs a belt and a fence. Have him down to $160.. Deal?

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 08:53 AM

I’d bite on that one for $160

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 10:28 AM

Get it, quick!
I’m biased. I have one and love it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 10:42 AM

Yeah I’d go for it. Looks like there might be rust on the table? I’d make sure it’s not too deep before pulling the trigger. I have a Ridgid as well (4511, granite top) and like it a lot. Welcome to LJs, by the way!

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 12:25 PM

Looks pretty rusty, so just know that’s going to require a good bit of work to clean up. Other than that, $160 is a fair deal for that saw. I love mine. Only thing I don’t like is the dust collection, which is pretty poor.

I’m not sure what a new fence will cost you, or if it’d be cheaper to buy an aftermarket fence and rails and attach that, rather than finding a Ridgid one.

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#5 posted 08-28-2013 12:55 PM

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I’m not sure I would go for it if it needs a fence .I would check the price of a new fence first, if it’s over a $125 I would pass because you can buy these saws for $300-$350 all intact. I also wonder if it’s been stored out side as rusty as it looks. If you decide to get it I would clamp a board across it as a temporary fence and try and rip a 2×4 with it and see how it goes,if in doubt pass. Good luck

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#6 posted 08-28-2013 01:54 PM

Before I would consider buying that saw I would require the seller to put a new belt on it so you can confirm whether or not it will spin a blade. Other than that,....... what a1Jim said.

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#7 posted 08-28-2013 02:08 PM

I would “el paso” on that saw, as it needs too much done to it…..I’d look for a good used Delta contractor or cabinet saw…...That’s just what I would do….

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 02:52 PM

I’ve got the same saw and it came with just about as much rust on top. It took a little time but it all came off. I love saw and have been using for about four years now.

-- David

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#9 posted 08-28-2013 03:20 PM

Passed on the ridgid.. Sketchy Craigslist guy. Looking at a Craftsman 315.228490.. Like new condition, used twice on melamine. I’ve got him down to $150. Thoughts?

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 03:21 PM

Grabbed it..

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#11 posted 08-28-2013 05:07 PM

I think you made the best decision passing on the Ridgid. Good saws but too many unknowns. Caveat emptor = Buyer Beware

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#12 posted 08-28-2013 06:31 PM

Since you bought the Craftsman saw, maybe later on you might want to think about doing some upgrades to it….I have 2 saws…..One is Delta Unisaw X5, and the first saw i bought was a Craftsman contractor saw brand new in 1985…..I used that saw for about 28 years before getting the Delta…..One of the first things I did was get rid of those “diamond wings” like on yours…I pinched my fingers so many times on them things….so I built some outfeed tables to replace them just for that reason…..If you go to my Blogs you can read how I refurbished the old saw….complete with story and pictures….I’ve still got it, and it works great….I’ve got it set up back to back with my Unisaw, and keep a dado set in it at all times to cut dados and rabbits only….....Take a look at my Blog….You might get some ideas from it, and use any if you want to…...

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