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Hello all. I am still on the hunt for a decent used table saw. I came across a used Ridgid TS3650. The owner claims that it is 8 years old. I was thinking of offering him $300.00 CDN. Your thoughts and opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peter
 

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Thank you all for chiming in. I really appreciate it. Have yourselves a safe & wonderful Thursday wherever you may be! Peter
 

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Hi Peter,

If you look on Facebook Marketplace or Kijjiji, you will find much better deals. I have seen similar quality saws for as little as $100 ! for $300 you can find much better.

Cheers,
Dan
 

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Hi Peter,

If you look on Facebook Marketplace or Kijjiji, you will find much better deals. I have seen similar quality saws for as little as $100 ! for $300 you can find much better.

Cheers,
Dan
Thank you Dan. Hope that all is well. Actually, those are the only two places that I have been looking. You have to be real quick though because the ones being sold at $100 or so go awfully fast. I just came across this Delta
 

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BusyBee several years ago sold a saw that looked exactly like that Ridgid except for the colour and it didn't have the lift/wheels in the base. Mine was a terrific upgrade from what I had... direct drive Rockwell with tin table. My observances: The arbor shaft is a little short for a dado stack. I had the starting capacitor fail - cost me just over C$10 to fix that. I haven't had to adjust the fence on my saw since I bought it. I paid C$499 new for mine but the Ridgid would be worth more with the lift/wheels, so it was probably around C$600 or so new.
 

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I was going to mention Estate Sales in response to the other options mentioned.
Another option is people that are downsizing there woodworking (health etc. ) that belong to woodworking clubs. Word spreads pretty fast where I am when someone wants to unload their stuff; club members are the first to know.
 

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I just realized that when looking at the photos that the seller provided, I did not see a riving knife installed. Perhaps, they did not exist back then? So, should that / would that be a deal breaker?
 

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No,if it makes you feel better to have one, you can install an aftermarket one your self. I have not used one in 60 years and am not going to start now.
I will take that back, I used one once for awhile, and after the cut closed up beyond the saw blade and was stalling the blade, i took it off and never used one since.
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I like them...
 

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No,if it makes you feel better to have one, you can install an aftermarket one your self. I have not used one in 60 years and am not going to start now.
I will take that back, I used one once for awhile, and after the cut closed up beyond the saw blade and was stalling the blade, i took it off and never used one since.
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Thanks Herb. Do you think that an aftermarket one is available for a machine of this age. I believe that the model number is Delta 36-320C. It's possible that the "C" stood for construction. But, I could be wrong.
 

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The most modern saws with integral splitter have the splitter rise in conjunction with the blade and I think at the same height. One of the problems with using a splitter is when you aren't making a cut all the way through the thickness of the piece. If you are just cutting a shallow dado or rabbet for example the splitter will be too high and have to be removed. For the most part on those old saws, my 90s Unisaw included, the splitter was part of the blade guard and some also had anti kickback pawls integrated into the assembly. Anytime you weren't making a through cut it would have to be removed so most of us put them away never to be mounted on the saw again.
stand alone splitters and riving knife height stops shy of the blade height...
 

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Also it has to do with the thickness of the blade, a standard width blade riving knife doesn't work with a thin kerf blade.
Herb
but will work the other way around...
 

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It looks like the older Delta saw (36-320C) that I posted about earlier may have originally come with a splitter and kickback pawls according to the parts list that I attached below. I came across two other larger units (do not consider buying as they are way out of my budget) that also seem to lack riving knife / pawls. I assume that they are more popular with the smaller portable, big box store models.
 

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I bought a King 3HP saw about 15 years ago and it is still going strong. It's not perfect but it does the job. It's all aluminium so it's lightweight and does not rust. So I can't use magnetic accessories on it, big deal.It's also direct drive, no belts. I have used it on hardwoods and often use Dado blades never a problem.One of my former students recently offered me a free Powermatic 66 that was rough and needed a new motor. I thought about it I mean a POWERMATIC !!!!! but then I thought a motor is probably $300/$400 then the electrician to run 220 to where I need it and who knows what else. I said thanks for the offer but I'll pass. Sometimes it's just better to make do with what we have.
 
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