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Forum topic by WVshooter posted 08-17-2017 01:44 AM 597 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2017 01:44 AM

All, thanks in advance for your input. Having gotten my Dewalt DW746 up and going and getting an Incra V27 gauge on it, I’m pretty happy with the saw overall. It needs a bit of tuning yet, but I’m enjoying it. I have come across what may be a deal on another saw, though, and want some opinions. I have found a Ridgid TS3650 that I think I can be had for about 150. It’s a basket case, but looks pretty good. They say it is working and complete. My questions are:
1) What is the DW746 worth? Factory fence, stamped wings.
2) What is a complete, assembled TS3650 worth?
3) Which, if either, is the better saw?

I understand the Ridgid has a better fence, but I was also given a Bies fence that just needs rails that I could put on the Dewalt, should I decide there is a need.

Ok, shoot!

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#1 posted 08-17-2017 02:22 AM

assuming the Ridgid is operational, that would be my choice. it carries a lifetime guaranty against manufacturing defects regardless of ownership.

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#2 posted 08-17-2017 02:29 AM

In my area from what I’ve seen on CL:
1) $300ish
2) $250-$300ish
3) Never used either one for myself, but from what I’ve read they’re both decent saws with the Rigid having a better fence. The DeWalt is a high quality saw that is USA made. Sounds like the downsides to the DeWalt are the fence and the proprietary motor mount configuration, should you ever need to replace the motor….which should hopefully never happen anyway.

What did you mean by, “It’s a basket case.”?

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#3 posted 08-17-2017 02:29 AM

There was a sliding table attachment available
for the DeWalt. Other than that it’s a hybrid
table saw like several others. They were
sold in Europe for a time, perhaps still are.

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#4 posted 08-17-2017 02:35 AM

Basket case- “some assembly required”

I was given the Dewalt as it didn’t run. New capacitor and I’m in business. Motor is a Marathon, which carries a pretty good reputation. It is a proprietary mount, but it doesn’t appear to be something that can’t be fabbed up fairly easily should the need arise to replace it.

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 10:34 AM

The DW746 is a USA made hybrid saw with a solid design. The original fence is decent, but not stellar for a saw in it’s price range when new (~ $900). Overall, I’d say the 746 is the more substantial saw, and has a slighly beefier motor. The 3650 will have solid cast wings and a Herculift going for it, but has a smaller outboard motor. The Biese would make the DW a pretty slick setup, as would adding cast wings (with some work the Ridgid wings could be added to the DW). My only hesitation with the DW is that the motor is proprietary, so would need to be rebuilt in the event of a catastrophic failure (or fabbed as you suggested) vs buying an off the shelf NEMA 56 frame motor.

A complete 3650 in nice shape should run in the $250-$350 range. A DW746 with steel wings is roughly worth $400-$500. The Ridgid would fetch a bit less if you switched the wings, but that’s a hit I’d be willing to take for what would turn out to be a nice upgrade.

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