As many of you know I have been waiting patiently for the TS3612. ;) I went to a HD in Tampa to see if it was available yet. The tool corral guy didn't know a thing about the saw, but he asked his buddy who had read something. Long story short they checked and found the 3612 and 2424 have the same HD stock number. Therefore they had no way to search the computer to see if any of the stores in the area have the saw.
I have been going store to store checking stock and so far nothing. :(
Ridgid now has the owners manual online and I read it last night the new features on the saw look fantastic to me!
This story is identical to my agonizing earlier search for the DP 1550 drill press. Same SKU #; won't order new till old are sold. Ridgid needs to have a visit with the boys at the Big Orange Box. Oh, BTW, the 1550 is [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]
Just musing a little---but I seriously wonder how long an exclusive contract Rigid has with HD. I really think other chain home centers might give them better "facings" (i.e. retail representation). Why haven't they got displays of the flip top table? Why doesn't anyone know anything about the new ts or new dp? Heck of a "kick-off".!
Was in my local HD---saw two Rigid OSSs at $149 and 179---one claimed to be display model (wasn't) and the other claimed to be reconditioned. Neither had spindles nor insert rings, etc. This says two things to me---no one bothered to order the missing parts/manual, etc., which are needed no matter how much of a bargin---and why should I believe that they refurbished anything---Besides, since I'm in the market for one---I can't help think---why do they have so many out of box ones---is there a problem? They sure aren't about to sell these fast, what with missing parts.
Sorry to rant, but there are many people who respect Rigid products---it's too bad HD gets in the way :D
what is the difference between the 2424 and the new 3612??
Check the posts and Rigid listing. Can't remember all the changes, but 3612 has an improved fence and longer extension table. Also, is re-designed to include a zero-clearance insert. But, keep in mind, FYI, that the 3612 doesn't include some of the accessories of the 2424, for the same price.
Update!!! Was in the Napa, CA HD today. Display model of the 2424 was gone and there were two cartons marked 3612, in it's place. Of course, at the rate the guy working that section, was working, they might have it assembled by Christmas--maybe. :D
I just finished putting the saw together and double checked all assembly. The blade fence alignment were right on the mark out of the box! The only adjustments needed were leveling the table extentions, bringing the fence rails up higher (so fence sat on 8pages of paper) and then tighten all.
Quiet, smooth and well worth it.
Oh... I neglected to mention when I picked up my saw (as described in the earlier message rant...) the tool corral guy was so confused with the whole combo thing, that he talked with the store manager and GAVE me free the dust collector, Dado insert and miter hold down jig. They just filled out the paperwork as "customer satisfaction" and wanted to me to be a happy customer. I was glad to accept and bought with pride. So I got the TS3612 and combo kit at the same price as the older combo kit. sweet. Thanks Home Depot.
I talked to a manager at the East Palo Alto Home Depot, and he called around and found one for me. He had it shipped in from Colma (about 2 hours away).
I think talking to the right people at Home Depot does help in obtaining the TS3612.
If anyone is interested in the name of the manager I talked to, shoot me an email.
I was in my local HD over the weekend and they still have the TS2424 on display. I am just about ready to buy the TS 3612, but have not been able to find any local to me. I asked the person working in the tool coral about the TS 3612, of course he knew nothing about it, however he was more than willing to look into it. He took me to the computer and we checked stock. Nothing there. He then called his Ridgid rep, who called him back pretty quick. Make a long story short, they had 3 of the TS 3612 in the top racks of the store. They were inventoried as TS2424's. I think I will be heading down to pick one up this weekend.
I think that the 3612 came out with the same sku number as the 2424 has added to the problem---as you mentioned, their inventory counted the 3612s as 2424s. Also, due to this, it is doubtful that you'll see them moving out the display models of the 2424 real soon, as it's doubtful that they'll discount the price. With access to 3 HDs, I've yet to see the 3612 fully assembled---just have to wait and see.