This is for anyone curious about the TS3650. Just my.02. Well, I finally bought it a few weeks ago and it seems to be a solid piece of machinery. I haven't used it to saw much wood yet, but it was easy to assemble and passes the "nickel" test fine (although replacing the poly v belt would probably smooth it out even more). I wanted the Grizzly 1022zx, but didn't have the extra $150 (that includes shipping). So this was a tough decision: Do I go with a "proven" brand like Jet or Delta? or do I go with the rookie offering better value in the middle of a manufacturing overhaul? Well, after scouring woodworking forums and sites across the web for weeks, I found that all brands have their share of horror stories and critics. And I also found the same complaints leveled against Ridgid ( usually by non-owners), could be found leveld against Delta, Jet, Grizzly, etc. ( Although Craftsman seems to be universally hated). The clincher came, however, when I examined the Delta 36-650 TS (one of the saws I was looking at) at Lowes. IMHO the Ridgid blows it away in quality and value. The packaging and instructions are excellent; fit and finish good (although there were a couple of nicks in the paint on the base assembly); and above all, everything was machined square and needed very little adjustment out of the box. I personally haven't found the legs to be "wobbly" or inadequate and the herc-u-lift works great. I haven't had a chance yet to test the reliability/accuracy of the fence and only time will tell if customer service will be a problem. I could care less about the color (which isn't that bad) and so what if it's made in Taiwan. So is Jet, Grizzly, General International, Craftsman and many of the Delta products. All in all, I feel that the criticism's of the Ridgid are unjustified: the saw is a solid value and comparable to the other big name brands out there. Again, only time will tell if the saw will hold up for many years to come, but I am confident it will. I am not trying to defend my purchase either, just giving an honest telling of what I know. OBTW, I called a few machinery repair shops and none had anything negative to say about Ridgid (although one emphatically tolsd me to stay away from Dewalt).
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Bought a 3650