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Posted on Ridgid R4512 vs. Steel City 35990C

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gtbuzz

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 08:00 PM

I’ll jump in here because I’ve got some experience with the former…

All I can say about the Ridgid and that style of trunnion design (Craftsman 21833 and Grizzly G0715P) is that make sure you can get a good one. I’ve gone through 1 R4512 and 2 G0175P (long story) and here’s what I’ve found:

Ridgid #1 – was able to square the blade to the miter slot +/- 0.001, however it never held. It would lose the alignment within a few cuts. What’s worse is that if you raised the blade, the alignment went WAY out of whack. Really wish this one worked out because I got it for $470 or so from HD, but it went back.

G0715P #1 – awesome alignment. +/- 0.001 and didnt’ change with the blade raising / lowering and with the blade angle change. Saw had some motor problems so I had to get it swapped out

G0715P #2 – no motor problems, but alignment is AWFUL. Can’t get it better than 0.015”. Doesn’t change when you raise/lower the blade so I really think the trunnion mounting holes in the bottom of the table were mis-drilled. Grizzly has agreed to take this back (I think).

Having gone through 3 saws with the same trunnion design, all I can say is…. I give up. 66% failure rate (on the trunnions at least) is far far too high for me and just not worth the frustration going through a bunch of them to find a good one. If you can find a Home Depot or a Sears with the 4512 or 21833 on display, I’d say check it out and if it’s good take that one and that one only. Alignment problems aside, it seems like a decent saw, especially for the price.

I’m in the hunting for a table saw phase again, and I’ve basically narrowed it down to a handfull of Steel City models (950, 926 and 990 that you mentioned) as well as the Craftsman 22116 which is basically a copy of an older SC saw, still has cabinet mounted trunnions too. Wouldn’t have thought it was worth the few hundred $$ difference, but apparently, at least based on my experience, it does.

Really don’t want to break the $1000 barrier either, but honestly there’s this thing in the back of my head telling me to go ahead and buy the 3hp SawStop because I’ll never have to buy one again.


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