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Rigid 4512 Assembled

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Project by edwood1975 posted 11-05-2015 04:46 PM 1740 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although this isn’t a review I’ll do one in a few months after I do a lot of projects on it

It was a project in assembling it

So far the assembly was quite long mainly because all the little adjustment needed to true it up and square it off…

Let start off by saying it’s truly a remarkable saw. For all the “nay Sayers ” I was almost not going to get this saw and right now I’m glad I didn’t listen ….

It’s not a cabinet saw but it’s a damn fine contractor saw.

The motor is a lot quieter than the saw I was replacing.. The fence is awesome and big but lightweight enough to move it off and on the table .

Although I did see quite a lot of complaint about the squareness of the blade but mind was perfect out of the box… And my saw didn’t have the Roman Number II on the Trunnion …

I love it’s caster system it’s extremely easy to move Around the shop..

The blade is ok and I’ll probably replace it soon , something with more teeth per inch…

Like I said this isn’t a review more a first impression of the saw…

IM A VERY HAPPY CAMPER and I can get back to building my commissioned cedar cooler and playing with the best tool in my shop the Rigid 4512

-- Ed





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#1 posted 11-05-2015 05:30 PM

Nice Saw! Looks like your off to a great start Ed.
I have the Ridgid – TS2400-1 Portable Tablesaw It’s a good saw and it does just what I need it to do but if I had to do it again I would opt for the saw you have there.
I see your from Norwood MA. I grew up in Norwood MA… now living in FL. I sure do miss my Basement!
Good luck with your new saw!
Tony

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 05:32 PM



Nice Saw! Looks like your off to a great start Ed.
I have the Ridgid – TS2400-1 Portable Tablesaw It s a good saw and it does just what I need it to do but if I had to do it again I would opt for the saw you have there.
I see your from Norwood MA. I grew up in Norwood MA… now living in FL. I sure do miss my Basement!
Good luck with your new saw!
Tony

- woodshaver

Thanks yes live right near the center of town near the firehouse

-- Ed

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 05:42 PM

Nice job on the Rigid ED. it’s good to hear your pleased with your purchase. You need to build a router insert to fill that big hole on the right. I did that on my General and it works killer.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 05:47 PM



Nice job on the Rigid ED. it s good to hear your pleased with your purchase. You need to build a router insert to fill that big hole on the right. I did that on my General and it works killer.

- Mark

Thanks Mark.. I already built a very nice router table and cabinet .. I’ll probably just put a insert into the right side and use it as an infeed table

-- Ed

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 05:52 PM

My work shop is what they call a 2 car garage here, not fit for two cars at all. But I only use it for my woodworking. If I had more space I would trade in my old saw for the one you have.

I know the area you live in. We lived at 8 Hillcrest Rd. moved there when I was 9. We Ended up in Franklin MA in 77. I built my dream shop there in 86 then my job moved out of state in 89 so we had to move, it was hard to give up my dream shop, I had to sell all my machines and start all over again in a new state, nothing is the same anymore but ok I guess. Glad I clicked on you project Ed.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 11-05-2015 08:11 PM

Had mine for couple of years now with no complaints Enjoy!

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#7 posted 11-06-2015 02:35 AM

I have had one too for a few years. Couldn’t be happier! Nice choice.

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#8 posted 11-06-2015 04:41 AM

Hopefully they have fixed the squareness issue… mine, sadly is plagued by the creeping blade with vertical adjustment. The back end of the blade moves toward the fence when you raise the blade and away when you drop it. Still a great saw though and I am sure you will get lots of great use out of it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2015 05:48 AM

I have had mine for 2 years now, and I love it. It bit me last year, but that was operator error not the saws fault. It does what it supposed to do and I have no complaints at all.

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#10 posted 11-06-2015 06:58 AM

I have had mine for some time and I like it.Its been a good saw for a hobbyist like myself.No alignment issues.A thinner kerf blade will make your saw perform better.Congrats.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#11 posted 11-06-2015 11:26 AM

I’ve had my 4512 I would guess about a year now and am quite happy with it. Mine did have a slight issue with the squareness/creeping issue. I don’t remember exactly what I did to fix it, but I am pretty sure I found instructions on a web site or YouTube and it involved grinding the trunion supports slightly.

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#12 posted 11-06-2015 07:03 PM

Congratulations on your 4512. I have had this same saw for about 2 1/2 years. Mine has the creeping issue but I have found that backing the pressure off after raising the blade will bring everything back to where it is supposed to be. Don’t regret my purchase at all.

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#13 posted 11-08-2015 06:04 AM

I also have the R4512. I’ve had no major issues. I find the blade to be slightly out of square at first. Was fairly easy to adjust. Later began to loose power. After an inspection I found a loose belt. Again it was easy enough to adjust. For the money this saw is great. It has plenty of power and has done everything I’ve put to it with ease. Now if I was other than a DIY-er woodworker, I might invest in a Grizzly. I’m not and this saw fits my budget. The worse part in putting mine together was the weight. If I remember correctly, it’s about 250 pounds.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#14 posted 11-14-2015 04:05 AM

I’ve had an earlier version of this saw (3650) for almost 10 years and have been very pleased. It was reviewed in Fine Woodworking several years back as ”....the best saw under $1,000…”. The differences I see are the handle on the fence, the switch and the foot pedal. Its solid and accurate, no adjustments were needed out of the box (a heavy box).

I did add a Kreg miter gauge, which I love

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