After great deliberation for the past few months, I finally broke down and decided to buy the TS3650 saw. I've looked at the Jet Supersaw, the Griz 1023 and contractor, Sears and others. Now it's time to make some sawdust.
After some discussion with the HD store manager, they honored their initial offer to give me 10% off the purchase with my new HD charge card. So the saw was $512. They were out of the Ridgid jointer until this coming Wednesday, but said they would give me 10% off on it as well, which makes it $314.
Since my HD card was burning a hole in my pocket (12 months, no interest), I also bought the Porter Cable CFFN250N nailer kit. This was an extra sweeeet deal at $270 with my 10% discount. You get a 6-gallon, 135PSI compressor, 2 complete nailer kits (18 gauge brad nailer and 16 gauge finishing nailer), air hose, couplers, nails, carrying kits and accessories. If all that were not enough, Porter Cable has a mail-in coupon that's good for a free stapler gun kit, if you buy the compressor kit before the end of the year.
Read about the Porter Cable kit here.
Oh, I almost forgot. Ridgid has a new line of what appears to be high quality, thin kerf blades that are made for them by Freud. A couple of the store employees who I know and trust said they are awesome! Titanium coated, titanium carbide tips, low vibration, heat expansion slots, etc. They have a lifetime warranty, and are a beautiful gold color. The 50-tooth combination blade was $45.97 and the 90 tooth finishing blade was $64.97. I also got another 10% off on those.
Read about New Ridgid Blades here.
All in all, it was a good afternoon at the Orange Box. I'm going to start putting the saw together tonight, and will come back with my comments when I'm done.