|Project by ToddTurner||posted 04-09-2010 02:14 AM||15133 views||13 times favorited||29 comments|
I really like my Ridgid tabel saw. I have the accuracy to within .002” but it is severely underpowered :-(
I have the knowledge and resources to help the underpower problem :-)
These saws come with a 1.5hp motor. I got a 3hp, 230vac motor and the power improvement is 5 times what it used to be! I ripped through an 8/4 red oak scrap without issue and hesitation. I was afraid that with this power, burning would be an issue but its quite the opposite. With the power, the blade doesnt slow down so burning doesnt happen. THe power is unbelievable. It doesnt hesitate or bogg down. The cut is way smoother and there are NO splinters or tearout. I ripped this 8/4 oak with a 90 tooth blade. This is capable of smoking up the shop, but no! Went through it like nothing. Slick as snot!
This upgrade isnt something you can do just on whim. I spec’d this motor out for weeks. I had to find what type of motor was the original base, which is a 145t. 3400 rpm. I also had to go to a starter from the original switch. None of this is a big deal if you know how to do this. If you dont, dont try this at home kids, you could get hurt or burn up your new motor or worse, your shop. If i had to pay for this full out, its about a $500 upgrade. With my resources, I’m out about $45! Heck for $600 more i would sell the saw and go for the PM2000. I am rambling now, but only because I am so satisfied with this project! I have a whole new saw!
Once again, this is the result of giving a redneck too much time, money, and resources!