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Posted on Delta 34-444 vs. Ridgid R4512

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 08:37 PM

Before you get lured in by the lifetime service on the Ridgid, find out where the closest place is that will do the warranty work. Ridgid gave me the name of a place. I called. They told me they stopped doing Ridgid warranty work because Ridgid stiffed them for a lot of money in reimbursements. So…. next place was 350 miles away. That’s a long drive! Home Depot apparently takes in the smaller tools for warranty work, but not the larger ones. Without a service center, the warranty is garbage. They would not ship me the parts to fix the R4512 myself (former journeyman millright… I could have handled it).

There are some very happy R4512 owners out there. But for every happy one there’s probably 10 that have picked up and returned a defective one.

The 34-444 was a top-of-the-line Delta contractor saw from the 80s into the 90s. If it has the cast iron wings (not the stamped steel ones) and a decent fence (I think they came with or could be ordered with a unifence), then if it’s in mint condition and comes with extras it might be worth $400. I’d try getting him down to $350 though … but that’s just me. :)

knotscott may chime in with more info. He’s kinda like the table saw god. :)

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