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11-15-2008 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reconditioned table saw ridgid 3660

I’m looking at purchasing a Ridgid TS3660 table saw. I like the saw and it should suit my needs well; however, it’s a little expensive for us at the moment. What experience have you had with reconditioned tools?

One of my concerns is that the lifetime service agreement, that you can register for when buying a new saw, does not seem to be available with a reconditioned saw from CPO.


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#1 posted 11-15-2008 03:46 AM

jmakinst, I am not familiar with CPO but I am sure you’ll get good feedback from others on this site. If you haven’t already, I would check out craigslist in your area before you pull the trigger. You may find a better quality saw at about half of its original price. I see table saws come up for all sale every week in our area.


-- Rusty

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 03:50 AM

Thanks. Yeah, I was just on craigslist poking around. It is certainly a possibility and I’m in no big hurry, so I may find what I’m looking for eventually.
Thanks again!

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#3 posted 11-15-2008 04:18 AM

Consider buying USED TOOLS.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 11-15-2008 09:41 AM

I have bought reconditioned tools and haven’t had any problems. However, a few reconditioned tools have problems in either the design or construction, which is why they have a bunch of them. So do your research first.
I agree with Blake, buy used tools. The older tools are build much better than today’s tools. They have mostly metal parts and they cost less than even a reconditioned tools. Just watch Craigslist for good deals. When I need a new tool, I usually check craigslist several times a day. Good deals are usually gone within 15 minutes.

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#5 posted 11-15-2008 02:58 PM

I have a reconditioned Delta planer that I’m really happy with. Got it from Tool King with free shipping for around $300.00.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 11-15-2008 03:51 PM

I am a big fan of older used tools, also.

When I was in the market for a table saw a coupla years ago, I was really impressed by the Ridgid TS3650. Research on the web showed that the 3650 was made by the same people who made the old Sears Craftsman 10” saws (Emerson). I bought an old (40 years) Sears table saw, reconditioned and adjusted it, replaced the fence with a Ridgid AC1036 and ended up with effectively the same saw for less money. There are pictures of it under my projects.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 11-15-2008 04:37 PM

I have had my eye on this particular saw for a while. It has gotten great reviews. Also, I’ve ordered from CPO before and been very impressed. When I clcked on your link and saw the price of $409 with free shipping, I immediately pulled out the credit card and pulled the trigger!

I have purchased a few smaller reconditioned tools in the past, and have found them to be as good as new. I hope my luck holds.

As far as other’s suggestions to watch Craig’s List, I’ve been looking for a table saw for the last two years and have not run across a good deal yet. I guess it’s the luck of the draw.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-15-2008 04:45 PM

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#9 posted 11-15-2008 09:33 PM

Thanks everyone.

I would like to find something used and even an older model, but we live out in the country, about 50 minutes from the two closest cities, so Craigslist is of limited use. If I live in Rochester, it would be a lot easier to find a saw and run out to check it out. From here, it’s a 45 minute to an hour drive each way. The few I’ve seen have been less than ideal.

Charlie, I’m glad to hear you’ve had success with CPO in the past. It seems like a good source and the price of $409 is really tempting.

The link shared by christopheralan was also very helpful.

I’d be interested to know if anyone else had bought tools from CPO.

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#10 posted 11-16-2008 04:46 PM

I’m with blake on this one. Buy used tools.

Just as a point of pride, my entire shop (heavy tools) cost under $800. That is contractor saw, 15 1/2” drill press (bench top), 14” Delta Bandsaw, 6” Jointer and my new 12” Belsaw Planer.

These are all old but in excellent condition. The old is a plus in my book. The webs on the main casting on my Delta is thicker than a modern Jet or Delta. I have resawn 6” Brazilian cherry (heavy dense wood, 3 times harder than hard maple) with it, using the stock 3/4 HP motor. It didn’t fly through the wood, but it wasn’t slow or problematic either.

While I hate to encourage competition, used old tools can be a steal and work better than the new ones.

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