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#1 posted 01-10-2012 12:07 PM

Don’t waste your money. I have the Craftsman 21833, which is the same as the Ridgid 4512. I paid ~$450, including tax, and have regretted the purchase since.

I wish I had saved a little more and gotten something like the Steel city 35900.
Cast iron top, cast iron extensions, cabinet mounted trunion, 1.75 hp belt drive induction motor, riving knife.
It’s just south of $1000 which I know is more than you wanted, but it would be a lifetime tool that you won’t need to replace in a few years.

If I just had to have a saw and absolutely could not spend more than $650 I guess I’d go to Craigs list and get something older, but still well built like a Powermatic or Delta Unisaw.

OR, if mobility was an issue the Bosch jobsite portable sells for around $600 I think. It’s aluminum and has a noisy universal (with brushes) motor, but has standard miter slots and can run a dado blade. Gets good reviews. I just hate the thought of spending that kind of money on a portable saw myself.

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