|Forum topic by nealius||posted 03-23-2014 05:18 AM||1799 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
03-23-2014 05:18 AM
As some of you may know, I’ve been looking for a used table saw to upgrade my aggravating old craftsman 113. After watching craigslist, estate sales, auctions, etc. for months, I finally found something good (or so I thought). A small local cabinet shop was closing and selling off their equipment. Since most of the owner’s money was tied up in the big cabinet saws, shapers, and drum sanders, he was willing to give me what I thought was a good deal on a gently used Ridgid TS3650.
So I drove out to look at the saw, and everything seemed as he had described it. The motor ran nice and smooth with no vibration, the blade raised and beveled smoothly. The fence appeared to be the stock 3650 fence. So I picked up a few other things he had, paid the man and drove home.
I spent most of the afternoon dismantling, cleaning, and re-assembly the TS. Everything went smoothly until I tried to put the rear fence rail back on. The rail didn’t match the drawing in the manual and couldn’t be attached the way it was described. After some head-scratching and research, I determined I have rails (front and back) from the newer Ridgid model R4512.
It’s pretty clear to me that someone did a little garage engineering to make this fit. Different fasteners, drilled out holes, the signs are there.
Here is a picture of the rear rail I have (R4512):
And here is a picture of a TS3650 rail from the internet. Incidently, this is from a blog where the user is putting TS3650 rails on his R4512:
Thanks to the previous owner and his handy drill, the new rail attaches to the table, but there are a few other problems I’ve discovered that are not so easily fixed.
2) The new rail impedes on the motor mount and keeps the blade from beveling to 45 degrees. I can only get 41 degrees of travel. Here is a picture of the splitter mount hitting the rail:
3) The new rails make the fence sit up off the table about 1/8th of an inch. This is obviously bad if you’re cutting thin stock.
I’m kicking my self for not picking up on these things, but they were clearly Ridgid rails on a Ridgid saw. They looked like they fit, and fence clamped down well. I guess that’s what you risk when dealing on CL.
So here’e my plan:
Are there others in that price range I should consider? What about other ideas for resolving my fence/rail issue?
I’m very appreciative of this site an all the members that make is such a valuable tool. Thanks for all your responses in advance!