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Posted on Ridgid R4512 vs. Steel City 35990C

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 08:18 PM

Grunt58, that’s a good observation. There are two schools of thought though. The “old timers” have all been where we have and have bought multiple table saws when saving up for just one would have worked out better financially. The second group is the people like you (and me) that just want to get woodworking. My table saw is not the only tool I bought. Last year at this time I owned a chop saw and a few drills. I now have a complete woodworking shop that if I were to total receipts probably cost more than my first 4 cars combined. I think I may be in the upgrade category soon, but that has more to do with my current financial status than the shortcomings of the R4512.

The ridgid alignment issue can be diagnosed in the parking lot at home depot if present. I haven’t seen any recent examples of this, but it was quite prevalent. The Steel City is a little nicer, but not worth the premium in my opinion. Keep in mind included blades are junk, so you will need a new one right away. Getting a dado set, zero clearance insert(s), upgrading the junk miter gauge that comes with saws (or building a sled) etc, all factors in as well. That is a zero sum equation between the R4512 and the SC.


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