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post #41 of 49 Old 03-11-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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David,

Good choice with the new saw.
I also upgraded from the same Sears TS to the Ridgid 3660 on Saturday.
Mine is half assembled to the point where I need a friends assist to flip it over.

Regarding the Sears saw, replacing the stock blade with a thin-kerf blade did help the underpowered saw, somewhat. I won't miss it though..

Good luck with yours,
Ron
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Consider eBay COUPONS when making a major purchase (such as a saw). I bought 2 10% Lowe's coupons (single use barcoded) for $3.00 when I bought my Delta 36-979 contractor saw. Dropped the price of the saw to under $400.

With the other stuff I bought it saved me $90.

Be careful, though. Lowe's would not take the 20% Home Depot coupons that the sellers stated Lowe's would match
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Hello, I just found this site last night because I was facing the same issues as the orginal poster. I orginally had a budget of around $150 so I puchased this table saw http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Table+Saws thinking it would suit my needs. Boy was I wrong. I then set out to find a table saw with a budget of $250. I went to all the local stores that sold table saws and looked around online. I finely figured out I would probably have to pay at least $400 to $500 to get one that fit all my needs. I went to the local Home Depot yesturday and seen two I liked, The Ridgid Model TS2400LS and the Ryobi Model BTS21, I was doing a search last night to figure out which one would fit my needs best. Which is how I came across this website. I actually found this thead from yahoo. After reading this thread from start to finish I decided to take the Craftsman one back to Sears and buy the Ridgid Model TS2400LS this morning. I would have like to have had the larger stationary Ridgid model they sold, It wasn't that much more money but I just didn't have the room in my shop. I used the March Race for Savings 20% RIDGID. link posted knotscott (thanks knotscott) and printed out the paper to take to HD. I also had a 10% coupon I took. I didn't figure they would honor both, but I didn't figure it would hurt to try. They did and it saved me nearly $100. I think thats the first time a forum has actually saved me money; especially the first time looking at it. Anyway I love the saw and I think it will be just what I need. Thanks for the great forums and Im now glad to be a member.

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Three things Rob:
1. No pics, it didn't happen!
2. (Congrats if it really did!)
3. My usual commission is 10% of the savings, but I'll wave that if you'll spend it on a decent blade!

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Three things Rob:
1. No pics, it didn't happen!
2. (Congrats if it really did!)
3. My usual commission is 10% of the savings, but I'll wave that if you'll spend it on a decent blade!


Hi knotscott. My wife and I love to take photos. Some how every time I make a large purchase I some how aways get a photo of it . The first one is of the Craftsman I took back. The other three are of the Ridgid.
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All of the new saws you mentioned are fairly poor quality. They're small, light, loud, unreliable, sloppy, more dangerous, not all that fun to use, and have poor resale value. They're the type of saws many of us start with and outgrow very quickly.
Very, very well said, Scott. You know what Dad always said....you get what you pay for. Here's hoping you don't get what you deserve.

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Nice upgrade from that little Craftsman Rob! It's simply a better class of saw. Bonus points for multiple photos, and extra bonus points for the pic pointing out to other newbs what to avoid! The first saw was a case where spending too little would have cost alot more in the long run. Nicely done.

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I went to visit my uncle in-law yesterday for an Easter lunch and he had just finished remodeling his kitchen. He built everything from scratch, cabinets and all. He has this very same saw. He used to have the larger one but sold it to get this portable one because he takes it to job sites. He said it is great saw and has no complaints.
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Also, don't pass up some old iron. I recently bought this Delta Homecraft completely rebuilt for $200. There was one on ebay that came with the Homecraft jointer, sander, and drill press that went for 49.99 in Charlotte. Though it only uses an 8" blade, it cuts way better than my previous contractor saw.


Hey thats my saw

Been using it for 10 years and it works awesome. I replaced the original motor about 5 years ago other than that its been virtually trouble free and I have used the crap out of it.

Never look past tools just because they are old.
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