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Workshop #2: The Ridgid R4511 is built!

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Blog entry by Woodcanuck posted 04-22-2010 04:58 AM 2893 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: New Ridgid R4511 table saw Part 2 of Workshop series Part 3: Finally posting my workshop »

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I’ve been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can’t wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I’ve got to get the saw in it’s semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I’ll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I’ve been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven’t quite got everything sorted out. That and I’ve got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4” hose to the dust collector.

Here’s the old saw in it’s place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.

Out with the old…..

....and I’ve got some work to do before I can say ‘in with the new’....but here’s the new saw anyway:

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



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Bill729

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 05:24 AM

As someone who doesn’t own any TS at all. I would be quite interested to hear, first hand, some of the advantages of your new saw. You mentioned that it create a much nicer environment. Do you anticipate that it will give you superior cuts (implying something was going wrong with the old ones)? You seemed to suggest it was smoother and easier to cut, no? Visually, it’s clear that you’ve got a more substantial piece of machinery! Congratulations!

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davidroberts

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 05:25 AM

there’s nothing like the smell of a new saw in the shop. the difference will be night and day compared to the benchtop model. you get extra points for pics. thanks for sharing.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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D1st

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 06:34 AM

Congrats. I just bought a Delta 10” contractor saw off of craigslist and it is an appreciated upgrade compared to my bench top Ryobi. It did its job but its gotta go. Nice to hear that purrrr isnt it.

-- http://www.furstwoodworks.com/

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 06:48 AM

I have this saw in a 12×16 shop building, cramped but funtional. I have my workbench behind my saw in a similar fashion. You will definitely see an improvement in your creations.

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

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 02:31 PM

So jealous!!!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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HokieMojo

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 04:09 PM

If I could still find one for $300, I’d buy one too but my store never carried them, even at full price. I’m jealous. You should be very happy!

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PaulJerome

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 07:46 PM

I have this saw and built an extension table for it. In the process of building a router table extension for the right side. Let me tell you, this saw will not disappoint you! It’s been an outstanding performer. Also added PVC boards to the fence. Keep cutting!

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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Woodcanuck

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#8 posted 04-23-2010 03:15 PM

Bill,

I haven’t had a chance to use the saw much yet, but here are a few of the improvements I see over my old saw:
- quieter
- MUCH less vibration
- the t-slots for the miter are standard sized, so it opens up some options for add-ons and jigs (the old one was a narrower slot)
- the fence is much bigger, reaches wider and is rock solid when locked down (the old one was very flimsy and tended to move a bit)
- the riving knife….just having the splitter move with the blade is a big plus
- the gear driven mechanism to tilt the blade is so much easier to set accurately
- I can make my own zero-clearance inserts (the old one made this REALLY difficult)
- of course the saw is more powerful

The main thing for me is going to be accuracy though, being able to do things in a way that doesn’t require as much work after making the cuts to tweak the fit will be a big time/aggravation saver.

I’ll post an update after I’ve done some work with the saw to see if my expectations have been met.

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

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 04-23-2010 03:23 PM

what a beauty.
I really like how you had your old saw setup though with dust control, very cool. but new saw will be a whole new ball game.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#10 posted 05-03-2010 04:16 AM

A couple notes, I have this saw with an Incra TS-LS and a Miter 5000 sled. Man, this saw can almost build projects on it’s own now. I ordered a riving knife through Sears parts direct. Riving knife part # 31096.00 it fits perfectly. I replaced the stock belt with one from a local belt retailer. I don’t know the part #, but it fixed the vibration problem when the saw was stopping. Also, I got the Ridgid 50 tooth combo blade on mine, works great. Just make sure you calibrate that saw correctly and you won’t be let down.

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

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Roger

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 02:56 AM

I like that big-ole ships wheel on thar

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 02:59 AM

Niiice! I have been on jobs that had a Ridgid tablesaw similar to yours that was available for my use. I thought that they were well worth the money (steel tops only, no granite.)

I think you will love it. Have fun:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Woodcanuck

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#13 posted 11-08-2010 06:07 PM

It’s been a few months and I’m pretty happy with this saw….the granite wings are nice for checking flatness of things as well….for the price, it’s been a great buy.

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

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