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Posted on Ridgid R4512 vs. Steel City 35990C

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 07:43 PM

the specs favor the SteelCity saw, and I’m basing this on the cabinet mounted trunnion. Other than that I have the R4511 which uses the same fence setup as the SC saw mentioned above and have had no problems with the 2 piece rails- but I do know many people complaint about it. a quick solution to this is to replace the 2 piece rail with a single 1.25×1.25-1/8”thick tube and problem solved (like many have done in the past).

so that leaves the price vs. trunnion – which is more important to you?

Another thing to consider is availability – the Ridgid is fairly easy to come by at any HD, or HD can get it from another store, where as availability of the SC is harder to come by (at least around here).

I have a similar saw in spec (1.5Hp 110v) and honestly do not think I will ever NEED a bigger saw. do your homework and get your last saw today, whether it is one of the above 2, or your final planned 3Hp saw.

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