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#1 posted 08-14-2017 03:41 AM

I bought my 3612 about 5 years ago. If I remember right, they were asking $350 or maybe $400… claimed they bought it from a neighbor who “bought it new for $1000” or something crazy like that, they’d never even used it. I wrote them a polite email explaining I was very interested (that was THE saw I’d been searching for for months), but they were mis-informed as to its value (I provided links, etc.), and I’d be happy to come buy it if/when they were willing to come down. A month or 2 went by, and I got an email out of the blue asking if I was still interested….. I drove an hour to get it, paid $300, and was thrilled to have it (I knew I’d overpaid, but as I said this was the saw I’d been looking for, and I was willing to pay to get it).

I’ve been extremely happy with it since. I’ve found that the extruded aluminum fence has a bit of a wiggle to it (somewhere between .003 to .005” out in some places). But that really doesn’t make any difference. The arbor has a touch of run-out too, but it hasn’t been a problem. Love the 36” rip capacity (it’s actually more like 37 or 38” actually). No idea why people ever bought the 2424 new… makes so much more sense to shift it all over.

Adding dust collection is quite straight forward. Home-made zero-clearance inserts are simple to make. The Hercu-lift is fantastic. Outfeed tables can be a bit tricky, but I finally built a free-standing version that just sits behind the saw and works flawlessly. I know it’s technically an “under-powered” saw, but it has no problem spinning an 8” dado set (mine is an Oschlun). I use thin-kerf Freud blades on it (a premier fusion for cross-cutting and thin ripping, and a 24-tooth rip blade for heavy rips), with excellent results.

Just a fantastic saw. Doesn’t get any better for a contractor saw.

-- Bill - Western NY

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