Upgrade old ts3612 or buy used r4512 or delta 36-5100

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Forum topic by RobS27 posted 08-13-2016 05:30 PM 1036 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2016 05:30 PM

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I currently have a ridgid ts3612. I bought it about 2 months ago for $100. The top was fairly rusted, it was missing the splitter, and the rear rail was bent. I have it all cleaned up & waxed, installed a splitter, aligned the blade but it still needs a new fence rail. So here’s how I look at it, I currently have 3 options, short of buying brand new:
Option 1: Upgrade to delta t2 fence system and keep on using ts3612
Option 2/3: Sell ts3612, thinking $125-150ish and buy either a used ridgid r4512 for $400 or a still in the box, delta 36-5100 for $500. Those prices are just their listed one, but stuff is usually pretty negotiable. Suggested prices would be great!
I like the idea of option 1, it’s always nice saving some money; but options 2/3 seem a bit better because I would feel much more comfortable using a saw with a riving knife. Just that piece of mind would be worth $$. Also, not having the motor hanging off the back is a plus, and the dust collection is yet another.
I keep reading things about the 4512 having issues with blade alignment and the split fence rail, so that is something I’d have to check on this particular saw.
I’m really leaning towards the delta 36-5100, but I haven’t done a lot of research on it. I figured I would start here, and get your guys opinions while I furthered my own research and opinions. Any comments and suggestions would be awesome! Thanks guys!!

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 06:29 PM

First of all let me start off by saying that I’m a very biased owner of the RIDGID TS3612. If your scenario would be mine I’d keep the 3612 and upgrade the fence/rail. The 3612 was the last in a series of table saws that were “Built In USA” by Ridge Tool Co. All RIDGID table saws sold under the RIDGID Trademark after the TS3612, as the 4512 is, were and still are made by One World Technologies who also makes Ryobi products. The T3 would be a fairly inexpensive choice for a new fence/rail system and so, IMO, would be the Vega PRO 40 for some extra monies. The Vega would give you 10” extra inches of ripping capacity to the right of the blade than the T3 would.

My feelings are that the 4512 is nowhere near the quality level of the 3612 you already own. Yes, there are some design advantages with the 4512 but as you stated there are also some design disadvantages too. I have no knowledge of the Delta nor have I ever seen anything but a picture of one but I would have to question its quality level also. The current owners of Delta have in appearance at least seemed to have abandoned most of the higher quality level of the old Delta tool line, with the exception of the Unisaw, and concentrated on the lower level consumable tools.

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#2 posted 08-13-2016 06:42 PM

I have the 4512, and do it again I would of went with the delta because of the fence, i use it all the time and used to it, I like it minus the fence, but weather you stay with your saw, or go to another saw you still will end up with the a saw and fence possible, with a good fence system is a must as your products become more complex.

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 10:30 PM

Stick with the 3612. I have a similar saw w a t2 and it does everything a hobbyist needs to do. The 3612 carries a lifetime guaranty for manufacturing defects regardless of ownership.

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