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  • I did it!

    Thanks for all of your help and insight, I just purchased the 3650!

    I was able to combined my savings up to $125 with all the purchases and the promos they are having at HD.

    Now, my question is what upgrades should I be looking for in regards of the miter gage and outfeed table (I did see the outfeed from a member here that looks nice).

    I am use to the big SMT on the BT3000 that was large and very accurate.

    Your continued insight if very appreciated and I hope someday to be helpful to others down the road!

    Last question, will the Ridgid 16 gallon shop vac work well for DC until my DC system is conected and completed?

    P.S. Is there a secret TS3650 handshake or hat I have to learn or wear while using the saw?

    Tom
    Last edited by Tom O; 04-04-2006, 01:58 AM.

  • #2
    Hi Tom,
    I also moved up from a BT3K to the 3650. You are going to love this saw.
    I have an Incra Miter 1000SE and MiterExpress sled. This combo is more accurate and consistent that the SMT ever was on my BT.
    For outfeed, I just use my assembly table that sits behind the 3650.
    I didn't try a shop vac for DC, but I've read others are using them with success.
    Welcome to the forum, it's not as busy as BT3Central, but there is a wealth of information and folks willing to help.
    Enjoy the 3650.
    Ken
    Poplar Branch Wood Crafts

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    • #3
      Hi Tom - You're likely to want to upgrade the stock miter gauge. I've got a basic Incra V27 which is the next step down from the 1000SE. I added an aftermarket fence and am pleased with the results. Woodhaven also makes a very impressive gauge.

      http://www.epinions.com/content_195368423044
      http://www.epinions.com/content_213366771332

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      • #4
        I use a Ridgid shop vac on my TS3650 with no troubles. It is probably not as good as a real DC system, but it does get the majority of the bulk and dust. There is still some dust that comes out the top, but as my "shop" is small I often pull my saw out into the driveway when working (easy enough to do in sunny Phoenix! ) so dust is not a major issue for me at the moment.

        Others have put good answers in to your sled/outfeed questions so I won't bother there as I have not upgraded as of yet.

        WWS
        Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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        • #5
          I'm kind of new to the 3650 myself so I don't know how much my advice is worth, but you might want to use the mitre gauge which comes with the saw for a while, at least until you get comfortable with the saw. The outfeed tables can get kind of fancy but I use the basic roller on a triangle stand and this works well and doesn't take up much space. I too use a Shopvac connected to my saw and as far as dust goes it works great. However, the problem with this setup is if you have them plugged into a 110 volt outlet their power needs are too great, especially when the 3650 is starting up. I'm currently upgrading to 220 volts and I already know from having connected my saw to a 220 that it runs much, much better.

          Good luck and welcome to the forum. I've found everyone here to be very nice and helpful..........Mary

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          • #6
            Tom O, I am a lowly 2400 user, but I love my new Kreg Miter system. Welcome to Ridgid world. LOL
            info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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            • #7
              Tom O: I have the TS3650, and just upgraded my shop vac to the Ridgid 16 gal (both for noise reduction and the ability to go to a 1 micron filter). I work in my garage, which is wired for a garage door opener, which is on a separate circuit than the wall outlets. I hook the vac into the garage door circuit (outlet already provided and the 11 amps won't overload it) and plug the saw into the regular GFI outlet.
              The vac has more than enough power, but to extend the filter life, I pulled the motor out of the old 10 Gal Genie I had and plugged the shaft hole with a bolt and washer. I hook the Ridgid to the Genie outlet hole, and hook the genie to the saw. It works great as a chip collector for a jointer, too.
              The only drawback I have found with the vac is that it is too powerful to use with my RAS and finish sanders, so I hook those up to a 3.5 HP wall mount shop-vac. You will also get dust out the top with a Zero Clearance Insert (ZCI), especially when you can't use the blade guard (dadoes, resaw, etc) but a dust collector won't help in that regard.
              Enjoy the new saw. Its a good one!!. The only "secret" handshake I know is to use common sense
              Practicing at practical wood working

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hewood
                Hi Tom - You're likely to want to upgrade the stock miter gauge. I've got a basic Incra V27 which is the next step down from the 1000SE. I added an aftermarket fence and am pleased with the results. Woodhaven also makes a very impressive gauge.

                http://www.epinions.com/content_195368423044
                http://www.epinions.com/content_213366771332
                So what fence did you add hewood?
                Not responsible for speeling mistakes
                Jeff

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