Go with the new..................
Go with the new..................
I think your job now is to evaluate the advice everyone's given you. They've all said what I would say, so I won't repeat.
Welcome to the forums. I know however you decide, you'll love your new saw.
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.
I guess it depends on how much the price difference means to your budget. There's about a 25% swing, which is quite a bit. You'll ultimately end up with the same saw either way. New is less work, but the floor model might be worth it. Check it over well.
I'd ask for more of a discount (at least 25% off the $499 price) and if they bite, get the floor model.
I just bought a second-hand floor model that was not put together correctly and had some rust. Got it for $200, so I was willing to put some work into it. After a good day's work, I had it dialed in and singing. Couldn't be happier with my find.
IMHO, the TS3650 is pretty much bullet proof and unless it's been hit by a truck, you'll have a great machine in the end as long as you're okay with putting some extra work into it. For me, any shop time is good shop time, so I was happy to putz with mine for a while.
If you decide to go with th new one, ask for a 10% discount. I have 6 ridgid tools (5 from HD) and have not yet paid full price. Usually I just ask the tool department head if he'll take 10% off. If he says no, I wait a week and ask someone else or go to another HD. The HD nearest me has never declined.
Well, thanks for all of the advice (some of which I just read).
I ended up going new. Basically I rationalized that I had no knowledge about this saw, so how could I really tell if it was missing more parts than I "thought" (good point above about using the parts manual).
That, plus the price was the price, even without a blade, so I just got a new one.
Took about 5 hours to assemble. Not completely dialed in yet, but I ran out of time.
I was going to post up a thread for other "assemblers" for potential hang-ups in assembly. I thought the manual was excellent in some areas and horrid in others. Particularly in lack of information, or mis-information about fasteners. I guessed a few times on which length bolts to use, and ended up having to go backwards. I made some notes and hope to post it up once I get compiled.
The packaging and design is well thought out and implemented, it's just that it appears that no one actually "test-drove" the manual before assembly.
I ripped a few boards and all I can say is WOW.
What a difference. I've had a hand me down 8-1/4" crapsman from my dad that I know I dropped off his truck at least twice. God knows how many times he did, too! Anyway, I'm excited to start making some dust.
Thanks for all the replies.
"I was going to post up a thread for other "assemblers" for potential hang-ups in assembly. "
Don't start a new thread, add it to the existing "TS-3650 Assembly Tips" so others can find it easily. That thread is a 'sticky' that stays at the top of the list in the Woodworker's Corner > Tips and Techniques section of the forum.
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Bob D. Thanks for the heads-up.
Go with the New in the Box model