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Project by bake posted 11-15-2009 08:38 AM 3949 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new granite top Ridgid table saw to replace my old bench top Craftsman. I have had it for about 3 weeks now and so far I am really happy with it. I saw mixed reviews on this but I have been so happy with my other Ridgid tools (jointer, planer, os sander, worm drive saw and crown stapler) and after comparing the Craftsman and the Steel City granite tops which seem to be pretty much the same saw I went with what I new and went with the best warranty.

I made a jig for a runout gauge so that I could tru it up. The table was out about .010” from the blade after I got it put together. It is now .002”, that’s close enough for the girls I go with. I also made some zero clearance inserts (something that was nearly impossible with my old saw).

Not as hard to assemble as I had expected, thanks in part to “Purplev’s blog”: and also a lot of info on the Ridgid forum. The only issue I had was that the exploded diagrams and parts list was missing but I was able to download this from the Ridgid forum. I had read everything I could find on assembly before I opened the box (try this sometime, you’ll be amazed) so I new right where to find it. I assembled it alone on my work bench and the tailgate of my truck and then got the neighbor to help me set it out (it weighs about 12 lbs less than a Sherman Tank). After I tightened everything up I just used the Hercu-lift and rolled it into place and leveled it.

Woodcraft had a good sale on the Incra miter gauge and the Tenoning jig.

It runs smooth with no vibration (it passes the nickel test), but I have noticed a bit of a shudder after it is shut off. If anyone has any thoughts on this or has noticed it with theirs I would appreciate hearing them.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 09:25 AM


You will love this saw, I had mine since about 3 or 4 months ago and its been a flawless saw to me.

Lucky me after assembling everything together my saw was dead on, no further adjustments besides just a little tweaking on the rip fence but nothing big at all. I also made some ZCI
and I’ve been planning on building and extension table wing with a router access, which I think it will be really helpful to me.

I also have a little vibration when the saw is shutting down, and I heard I think on the ridgid forum that replacing the belt will help to reduce it, but it won’t eliminate it.

Have fun with your saw.


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 03:53 PM

Great jig, I have built a similar jig for ripping thin pieces. I made the front bearing for thin ripping and dial indicator interchangeable, this way the jig is much more useful. If you don’t already have a thin rip jig, this is a painless conversion/addition to what you have pictured, just a thought.

I had a similar shudder during shutdown on my Jet table saw. I purchased one the ‘link’ belts from Rockler and that all but eliminated the shudder, almost perfect now.
Good luck!!!


-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 04:49 PM

The shudder on shut down is likely the motor brake engaging. This causes the whole motor to “pop” up loosening the belt and then it is slammed back down because of gravity.

The linkbelt I put on my jet pretty much eliminated the shudder from the brake engaging. You might also be able to install a bungy to help keep the motor from jumping up.

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 06:18 PM

Very smart…’nuff said!

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 07:25 PM

Love the gauge and all of your new toys : )

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 08:01 PM

good job

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 10:08 PM

Wow, nice saw! Looks like you’ll be ready to make some serious sawdust. Good for you!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 01:32 AM

Nice looking setup! Have fun making some sawdust! BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 04:23 AM

Nice Jig!!
I have this saw also got it in june and love it. I also have the chatter when shutting down and like you have been looking for the answer and thanks to your posting I may have found it.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#10 posted 12-16-2009 01:52 AM

Mine also shudders on shut down, but runs smooth otherwise. I’m not concerned with it based on what I’ve read and seen. I’m glad you like it.

I’ll have to make a jig like yours. Thanks!

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 04:00 PM

As you see here you don’t need $200 dollers for a jig to set up your saw , just a dial indicator
Great job

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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