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  • #31
    I talked to a new store manager in the HD in Palo Alto, and he had one shipped to me from another location. I picked it up yesterday, and started building it today. So far, I have put 3 hours into it, and it is starting to come together. I aligned the wings as best as I could. I squared the wings on the front, but the back is not quite squared. Not sure if this will affect when I install the rails.

    - Jimmy

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    • #32
      I spent an enjoyable weekend putting mine together a couple of weeks ago. Aligning the wings flush with the front and top of the main table took a bit of patience, but pays off in keeping the fence square throughout its travel. The back edge of the right wing was unflush (that's a technical metalworing term) with the rear of the table, and needed a couple of shims when I got to installing the rear fence guide rail. It helps to skim the whole manual through before diving in. It also helped me to download the pdf version of the manual from this site and print it out. That way you get the "large print" edition which you can still read while it is laying on the shop floor and sweat is dripping into your eyes.

      Have fun with your new saw,
      Tony<br /><a href=\"http://www.mindling.com/passages\" target=\"_blank\">www.mindling.com/passages</a>

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      • #33
        Tony,

        Did you just used wood shims to get the rear rails squared ?

        I am going to putting mine together tonight so that I can use it over the 3 day weekend.

        Thanks
        - Jimmy

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        • #34
          Shims come with the saw but most people don't get to use them.

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          • #35
            Things are very different in Canada. There are 2 major competitors in the Toronto area peddling different brands of equipment so the stores here are all laid out beautifully. The Rigid displays are complete. We have every power tool Rigid makes in almost all stores displayed in their own area. I just bought a Rigid Jointer that needed some adjustments despite what the manual said but it works perfectly. I am now looking at replacing my existing vintage table saw with the Rigid 3612. It looks great. [img]smile.gif[/img]

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            • #36
              I just purchased a 3612 at my local HD with the 10% off no interest/payments for 6 months deal. It's really a great saw for money. The new fence is what really made the difference for me. I would have to agree somewhat with others complaining about the Ridgid display area. The New Tampa Store on BBD Blvd had the 3612 on display but no model information, no price, no nothing. I was only able to identify the saw based on the photo from the box on the shelf. The salesman at HD was very helpful and knew the price of the saw and knew about the new fence design. Now if only the table had a T-Slot for the mitre gauge it would be perfect!

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              • #37
                The best displays in Dallas HD's tools sectioons is in the HD Supply store...unfortunately, they have hired morons to work the aisles and it's very hard to get an answer on anything. The most knowledgeable employees are in the Foprest Lane Store as far as I know, but White Rock is a close second depending on who you get to help you....White Rock doesn't have the display thing down at all and they need tons of help...all the Ridgid products are stuffed under a large shelf in the Tool Crib and are covered in dust.

                On another unrelated note, I would like to know if anyone has the portable saw/stand. I bought one in 2000 and it vibrated so much I went back and traded it for the 2424 (my space was limited at the time)...I love the 2424 and don't mind the fence push at all...anyway, I wanted the replace the Delta portable I have as it has begun to vibrate a lot and the stand is very poorly designed (the Delta "kickstand" for TS's) and I'm tired of messing with it.
                Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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                • #38
                  About a month ago I bought a 2424 because of the free accessories that came with it. When I got home opened the box and started assemble I had 50% 3612 and 50% 2424. Long story short, HD was USELESS Ridgid was fantastic. I got a full 3612 plus the accessories for my trouble, and it IS far superior to the 2424. I love it! The HD manager sold his 2424 ofter working with me and bought his other 3612. My suggestion:

                  Expect to get what you pay for at HD (Advice at a discount)

                  BUY A 3612!!!!!!!!!

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                  • #39
                    I posted this in the other General Discussion forum, but it really belongs here...th9is may not be the popular viewpoint, but here's my take....

                    I looked at one today at the HD Supply store...their display of Ridgid Tools was not nearly as good as I thought, but they did have it. I was under the impression that the fence was infinitely better than the 2424's....I tried it out and got it to lock without being square the very first time. It reminded me of the portable saw's fence a lot. Not bad, just not the fence everyone talks about. I'll stick with my 2424 anyday as the fence will always have a table surface under it (the 3612 doesn't). I would like the zero clearance insert though!
                    Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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                    • #40
                      KellyC

                      I bought one from Ridgid Parts online. You can see it installed at http://community.webshots.com/album/50560853bczanU

                      see this thread http://www.ridgid.com/cgi-bin/ultima...c;f=6;t=000090
                      <a href=\"http://photos.yahoo.com/rixworx\" target=\"_blank\">http://photos.yahoo.com/rixworx</a>

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                      • #41
                        Kelly, I think you have to consider the place where you saw the fence set up. From all the complaints, about HD, in this thread, would your really expect them to have the fence properly aligned?

                        If you look at the comments of people who have actually purchased and put the saw together, they love the new fence. The jury is still out on actuall magazine reviews/tests. I do understand that Am. Woodworker has reviewed the saw and given it a Best Buy award. Besides, if you have had success with the 2424 fence, which didn't get very high marks for it's fence, I'd certainly consider the 3612 if the design has improved.
                        Dave

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                        • #42
                          Nice outfeed table RixWorks! I just built one from four 2x4's resawn for my last bookcase project. Thanlks for the info on the zero clearance insert.
                          Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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                          • #43
                            Maybe you're right Dave. It sure looked like it was setup right, but hey, you never know. I have had my 2424 for two years now and love it. It's gonna be a long time before it gets replaced (if ever). I'm used to the way the fence works and can lock it square with one hand with the tape measure in the other. I would like the wheels to be a little taller though...my rough floor is murder on the short ones that came with it. Unfortunately , I can't move the "legs" up to give them more clearance or the wheels won't retract fully for stability when sawing. I guess I better get the floor resurfacing kit from Lowe's...
                            Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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                            • #44
                              I wonder if this is a problem with the American Home Depots. I've been to a dozen here in Canada and all had great Ridgid displays. And yes the one I was in this weekend had a 3612 setup.

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