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Forum topic by hammerscope posted 05-18-2020 11:22 PM 291 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hammerscope

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05-18-2020 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: used table-saws craigslist values

Hi, Been looking casually for a table saw recently and there are a couple of potentials on Craiglist near me.

  • Ridgid TS3660, asking $450
    This sounds a little high considering the table is probably 10-12 years old and today’s new R4512 is $750 with a riving knife. On the good side:
    (+) Everyone likes this saw model, I used to have a Ridgid 3650 when I lived in another state and it was quite good
    (+) Has the Herculift base which is decent
    (+) Appears to have the extra-long sliding fence rails
    (+) Cast iron wings.. nice to have. Bad side:
    (—) Doesn’t have a riving knife, looks like the basic splitter might also be missing.
  • Grizzly 1022Z, asking $175
    (+) Looks very clean; probably ‘98 or so I’m guessing
    (+) Couldn’t even buy a plastic-body saw for this money
    (+) Clean guard/splitter but no riving knife obviously

I could see the argument for the Grizzly considering it’s a pretty good price and neither one has a proper modern riving knife setup. What’s the value of the Ridgid these days? Are they still as loved as they used to be, or is it “Give me a Riving knife or nothing” these days?

(I’m a very casual weekend warrior and I’d like to keep my fingers.)


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#1 posted 05-18-2020 11:45 PM

A riving knife is just a splitter, although a little more convenient- and pretty much every used saw you will run across with have left the factory with a splitter. US Saws did not start implementing riving knives until around 2009 IIRC, so you would have to find a relatively new one for it to have one. I would not make that a deal breaker by any means.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 12:22 AM

I’m a vote for riving knife. I found myself never using the safety gear on my Delta saw because it was so cumbersome. Got rid of the saw when I recognized the safety with ease that a riving knife offers Bought a Grizzly G0715P used for $750 a couple years ago, and love it. I would never go back to a saw without a riving knife if at all possible. Couldn’t disagree more that a riving knife is basically a splitter – it’s way better than that.

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#3 posted 05-20-2020 04:54 PM

Thanks for the thoughts guys. I’ll keep looking for one with a Riving knife, and in the meantime, maybe get the inexpensive G1022 to get my feet wet again. I’ll be careful.

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