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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Been watching craigslist.... nada....

Looking at going to Home Depot tomorow and picking up the Ridgid R4512 for $499.

Then tonight I come across a brand new (in box) Powermatic 64s... basically it's the 64A but with stamped wings instead of cast. It has a 30 inch MicroGlide fence (which I've never heard of). This is on eBay, but it's a local pickup from a place I recognize about a half hour from my house. I can get this for sure for $549

Is the powermatic at this level a better deal than the Ridgid? Both have the stamped wings. Doesn't look like I can afford to get into all cast iron top, but it is what it is. I wonder if I can later replace the stamped wings on the 64s with wings from a 64A

And the MicroGlide fence.... I have no idea what to expect from that.

Open to ideas here, guys as I'm going to have to move on this soon.

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I don't have any personal info about the saw but do have a link if it helps any about the 64s model

I have read threads where posters love their Rigid table saws.

Good luck and enjoy your new table saw to be named later

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I'm actually not finding many people who love that particular Powermatic model. Like the big powermatic machines are awesome, but this one is ..... not so awesome. Maybe that Ridgid is where I should be heading. I can't find a Jet, or a Grizzly, or a Delta near that price point with the features of that Ridgid. I looked at a PCB270TS at Lowes and it looked kinda chincy compared to the Ridgid.

Tomorrow could be decision day. I have to get this bought, brought home, and get it out of my van and back to the shop before the snow falls tomorrow afternoon .... or I have to wait again. I'm not a good waiter.
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Patience is the key word for craigslist, good things come to those who wait! On the other hand if you want it now, I get that too! Not sure at all about your power-matic, I own a Ridgid, as well as a Jet 3hp and a Craftsman 1.5hp, (comprable to the Ridgid in many ways), and I like my Ridgid, though the Jet is most favored. I picked it up for trade, no money out of pocket, and a weeks worth of evenung hours. If you can wait, HD will still have the Ridgid in a month, but that buys you a month to watch craigslist...Try SearchTempest - The EASY way to search Craigslist I use this OFTEN, when looking for a specific tool, input your zipcode, how far your willing to drive and what your looking for. It searches craigslist for you.

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10-4 about the PCB270TS at Lowes, seems flimsy for $600..... but the reviewers who own the saw really like it a lot! Wish I were in your dilema!!!!

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Don't forget to check out 'Moving Sales' and 'Estate Sales', not to mention auction houses. From a recent and ongoing experience, that where a lot of tools show up.
They won't be new, but they will be inexpensive. (And as I think I mentioned earlier, that's where the bankruptcy stuff ends up, although if it's a bigger company, the sale may actually be held on the business's own premises.)
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Charlie, since a table saw will last you many years you should concentrate more on the features than the price. I really like the granite table on the Steel City band saw I bought last year; not having to deal with rust is a real bonus. They have a nice saw with granite table and extensions for $649, you can view it here by selecting the 2012 sales flier: http://steelcitytoolworks.com/
A word about the cast iron web extensions: you only need to pinch your fingers once to wish you didn't have them! I have been happy with my Craftsman table with stamped steel extensions other than the fence.(you get what you pay for) Regardless of which saw you go with some sleds will make many tasks much easier. Having tried many different blades I highly recommend the red Freud industrial blades with a thin kerf; especially the 50 tooth combo blade. It performs better than the PC Razor, DeWalt or Craftsman blades for a reasonable price.

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I just got back from picking up the R4512. I registered for a Lowes "mover" discount coupon online and when it showed up in my email this morning I printed it. Home Depot honored it (because it had my name on it) and I got 10% off. They do not accept the Harbor Freight coupons at all. So I got the saw for $449 plus tax. Still haven't quite figured out how I'm going to get it out of the van. Probably have to wait for my sone to get home from work.

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Charlie, since a table saw will last you many years you should concentrate more on the features than the price.
Not disagreeing, but in my situation I pretty much had a ceiling of $500 to work with. $500 plus tax was about all there was for me to use. So keeping it UNDER $500 was a big deal. Nothing used coming up and I had to keep moving on this project. So while I do not disagree with your reasoning, in my case, I was constrained by both money and time. After a LOT of looking around I think I did OK with this saw. I guess I'll know more once I actually get it back to the shop and out of the box.

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Regardless of which saw you go with some sleds will make many tasks much easier. Having tried many different blades I highly recommend the red Freud industrial blades with a thin kerf; especially the 50 tooth combo blade. It performs better than the PC Razor, DeWalt or Craftsman blades for a reasonable price.
Thanks, Mike. I'll take the advice on blades and I know that with the new capabilities, I'll be making some sleds for various tasks.

Now I'm on to wondering if I can open that box in my van and remove enough weight to be meaningful, or if I should just leave it alone. It's hard to stay away heheheh
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My son in law has The Ridgid uses it for his remodeling company fixed wheels on it that fold out of way . He is a Ridgid fan on alot of tools and I now own a few based on His recommendations, I think You have a good saw there and good luck

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Default Got it back to the shop! :)

I put together one scaffold section and put the wheels on it. The scaffold can take 1000 pounds but I was a little concerned about the 8 inch wheels rolling over the yard. Well the ground is frozen tight so we had absolutely no issue with sinking. It was just bumpy. Once we got to the back patio we rolled it to the shop doors and lifted it off the scaffold and set it on the floor. Tipped the box over on its side and walked the saw out onto a piece of plywood, then rolled it on its top and put a couple pieces of 2x8 under it. Whew.... I'm REAL glad my son was here to help me. If I go out there and get the stand assmbled and attached tonight, he can help me stand it upright tomorrow.

I *might* be able to get it standing on my own, but with 2 people it's pretty easy and with one might be kinda dangerous So I may have to be satisfied with an upside down saw for one evening.
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