After moving into a different house with a very small shop, I had to leave behind my beloved General Model 350 3HP cabinet saw with Delta Unifence and 50 inch rails…....... :-(
However, after much research and positive reviews on LJ and other forums, I purchased a Ridgid Model R4511 Hybrid Table Saw in 2009….... :-) I was much impressed by this well engineered tool with so many features offered at such a favorable price, especially with the sale going on at Home Depot at the time.
After using the saw for about a year or so, it became apparent that some improvements could be made to better utilize the space in my shop and adapt the saw to my own personal preferences. Some of the modifications were intended to correct perceived design deficiencies; some were equipment upgrades; and some were just to suit my own personal preferences.
This multi-part blog will describe these modifications and some of the logic behind them. As many of you have this wonderful saw, you may find some of these modifications worthy of implementing in your own shop. I would like to thank all of the folks who have so freely shared their ideas and expertise on this forum. Some of the changes I made were inspired by ideas shared on the LJ forums and others.
The topics to be covered in this blog series include the following:
- Redesigned Mobile Base
- Improved Dust Collection
- On-Board Storage
- Upgraded Rip Fence
- Rear Outfeed Table
- Downdraft Side Extension Table
- Relocated Tilt Handwheel — Design Considerations
- Relocated Tilt Handwheel — Finally Making It Happen
- Tilt Indicator Redesign
- Final Modifications
- The Unveiling — Before and After
Please come along with me on this adventure. I think you will find it interesting, and even if you have a different model tablesaw, you might just find some ideas you can put to work in your own shop—and hopefully improve upon!
-- Paul, Auburn, WA