|Project by bake||posted 11-15-2009 08:38 AM||3664 views||13 times favorited||11 comments|
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”: http://lumberjocks.com/PurpLev/blog/7991 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.