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Posted on is $200 for a "like new" Ridgid R4510 a deal?

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 09:53 PM

That’s a good price on a decent “contractor” (meaning job site) saw.

Couple advantages of this saw over a tradition contractor saw like the TS3650 or TS3660
1. Riving knife and split guard
2. Top is cast aluminum – don’t need to maintain
3. Very Mobile – folding stand
4. Good Dust Collection with a shop vac (dust shroud around the blade)

Biggest disadvantages are te same as any other job site/portable saw. The largest issue is always that it is a direct drive saw which translates to less power. The 4510 will still cut through wood fine, just have to take it slower. The next is weight, a portable saw is designed to be lighter and mobile, the granite monstrosity 4511 tips the scale at 452 lbs, even with a 3/4 enclosed cabinet that is close to most full blown cabinet saws because of the extra weight on the granite. Weight means less vibration and more stability.

If you’re challenged on space I’d take a good look at the Ridgid or a used BT3K, they’re great learner to early hobby saws, can keep your initial cost down and have reliable safety features, no they’re not SawStop, but remember that amputations aren’t the only danger of a table saw.

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