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Blog entry by RuggedCross posted 05-05-2013 12:59 PM 947 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok so i have to make 5 post before i can email anyone. I need input on buying a Table saw that will handle ripping wood just a little bigger than 4×4’s. I am just a do it yourself(er) and yes i am on a very tight budget. I have read alot of reviews on here but do not feel comfortable with a certain saw over one or the other from what i’ve read. So please no rude comments just some good advice THANKS, and God Bless…

-- Ramey, Texas

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#1 posted 05-05-2013 02:14 PM

Hey Ramsey,

You are going to find this hard to do. A 10 inch blade with a 5/8 inch arbor only has 4 3/4 clearance on either side. By the time you allow for the table you are down to around 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 Max cut. If you plan to cut full 4×4 you won’t have enough blade. If you are cutting milled lumber it will be 3 1/2 inch so it will be close but OK depending on the saw.

Have you considered a band saw instead?

Lots of luck!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 03:04 PM

think about a band saw

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 03:34 PM

+1 on Bandsaw.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 03:43 PM

I agree a band saw might be a good investment but you can resaw on a table saw but it may take more than one pass. You didn’t say what your budget is.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 04:27 PM

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 04:41 PM

28” rip saw. (hand saw)

Yes i’m serious.


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#7 posted 05-05-2013 05:05 PM

A 12” table saw will do it, usually.

12” saws can be found on the secondhand market. Sears
has sold a few 12” contractor saws over the years
and they resell for about $100.

Beyond finding an older Craftsman saw you’ll be
looking for an oddball lighter weight vintage table saw from
a non-collectible maker (Rodgers, Spee-D-Kut),
an industrial cabinet table saw (lots of them out there),
or a vintage cabinet saw from a collectible maker
(Oliver, Yates, INCA).

The good news is many buyers avoid 12” table saws
because they don’t want to mess with acquiring
blades and re-boring blade arbors for them.

If you are ripping solid wood a band saw is a good way
to do it. The wood will move after it is cut anyway
and to expect clean ripped surfaces off a table saw
in 4×4 stock is unrealistic. You’ll have to flatten
and surface your wood whichever way you rip it.

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#8 posted 05-05-2013 06:30 PM

To elaborate on A1Jim’s comment about multiple passes, you just need to make a pass on each side. A 2 inch reach will cover the side of a 4×4. I do it all the time (up to a 6 inch wide board).

Bandsaws work great too – just get the right blade.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 02:42 AM

Actually, I know how to rip them. That’s not really the problem, i do appreciate the advice. I am just trying to figure out what kind of table saw i need. Trying to keep it around $600. I did by a diablo blade and it made a huge difference on my little craftmen i am using. It just bogs down really bad. but it is an old saw. I have read to many scary reviews on the rigid r4512 i think that was it. I have a bunch to rip and just need a dependable saw. i know it is a slow process and i need to take my time. any feed back on some newer table saws that might work would be appreciated. thanks again

-- Ramey, Texas

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 03:58 AM

I have a Rigid with the cast top. I have never had any complaints with it. Wouldn’t have the granite top. Grizzley also makes good equip in your price range.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 04:02 AM

thanks so would you say the Rigid 4512 is a good saw and i guess just some of the people have gotten a bad luck of the draw so to say? And do you think it will ripp 4×4’s with no problem? Or should i look into the Grizzly products? If so where do they sale this line of product? thanks Texas

-- Ramey, Texas

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 04:15 AM

My rigid has cut 4×4’s several times with no problems. Lots of them oak. Very sharp blade and right feed pressure. HD sells the rigid. Grizzly is online at

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 05-07-2013 05:23 AM

1.5-2 HP saws will rip a 4×4 but it’s best to do it in multiple passes. A rip blade will be much easier on your saw than a combo blade. The problem with Rigid is some saws are great, some good, some awful, even among the same model#; that’s why you see a variety of opinions. You can’t sell a saw that cheap without cutting corners. $600 is low for a good saw unless you’re buying used.

-- Rick M,

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