Workshop #1: New Ridgid R4511 table saw

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Blog entry by Woodcanuck posted 04-18-2010 04:38 AM 1592 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511.

Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing.

Given I’m not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package.

The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the box could not realistically be any more efficiently packed.

So far, I’ve only managed to open it up and remove the obvious loose parts and give the granite top and wings a once over to make sure everything looks ok.

Since I’m juggling a few things at the moment, I’ll be stretching out the assembly of the saw over a few days or so. Stay tuned for the first cut!

I was extremely impressed with the fact that there are people out there (here?) who actually photo-document the entire process of unpacking, organizing and assembling this saw. I at least know that I won’t have to struggle too long if I run into any problems…the LJ helpdesk is always here. :-)

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 06:27 PM

I Have this same saw and love it. You will be very happy with it I’m sure. If you check the ridgid forum it has some great advice on how to really set it up. Don’t follow the instructions to a T. There are things that are not right in there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Rick Boyett

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 03:14 PM

I got a chance to test drive an R4511 and really really liked it. For a time I thought about upgrading my TS3650 for one of them. The only that kept me from pulling the trigger was my desire to have a full fledged cabinet saw.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 09:59 PM

I have this saw too. Of course, I got it when it was $600. Worth every penny. I’ve used it extensively since July 09’ and love it to death. I’m looking forward to putting an Incra LS – TS system on it in the next month or so.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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