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Posted on Okay.. someone got me thinking... Steel City 35990C vs. Ridgid R4512

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 10:50 PM

I’m going through the same search and I think there should be some kind of support group for people shopping for table saws. There are lots of choices and they are expensive. Plus, the table saw is such a critical part of woodworking. Anyway, I’m comparing the Steel City 35990C with the Ridgid 4512. They are essentially the same saw, as others stated above, but I see that there are a few features that tilt the discussion in Steel City’s favor. The 35990C has cast iron wings and the top is cabinet mounted (as opposed to table mounted). On Ridgid’s side, their warranty is lifetime whereas Steel City’s warranty is for 5 years. I hope to be happily working with a SawStop in 5 years, so I think that warranty is probably fine. The seamless top also seems really nice. Steel City is definitely interested in innovation, which I like to see. Anyway, for more on my shopping struggles, you can check out my blog on Lumberjocks or my other blog, Furnitude:
Good luck.

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