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Ridgid R4512

by blu0ne
posted 959 days ago


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jim C

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#1 posted 959 days ago

I could only assume if most HD stores are out of them, a new model might be coming out.
Problem is every time Ridgid has a new version, they seem to be flimsier and a step backwards. I hope they can actually improve if there is a new version.
I have the 3650 and love it. Any models after that have reported user issues.
Just my opinion.

Good luck.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Dan

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#2 posted 959 days ago

i have had the Ridged 2424 for 10 years, no problems and vibration free, it has the deepest cut on the market for the 10 inch blade; 3-3/8 deep. Thats a lot of blade above bed. you will not go wrong on your investment. good Luck!!

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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knotscott

5417 posts in 2001 days


#3 posted 959 days ago

I’ve heard zero rumors about a new stationary model coming out, and Ridgid is terribly unreliable with information on new tools. The R4512 (and nearly identical Craftsman 21833) is getting mainly positive comments from owners as a good value. Some folks are getting HD to accept an HF 20% off coupon. It’s not uncommon for new releases to have some early run manufacturing errors…the 3650 had a rash of bent fan blades on early models, and they produced a slew of saws with miscut arbors..the R4511 supposedly had some arbors that were recalled due to being prone to breakage. The good news is that they tend to correct those problems along the way, so buying a model that’s been out a while is better than buying a new release. Also FWIW, the R4512 is made by Dayton, and has little in common with previous Ridgid saws, aside from color and the name plate.

DT – I think the Ryobi BT#### series and Craftsman clones have your blade height capacity beat with over 3-1/2” cut….they’ll cut through a 4×4 in one pass.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 959 days ago

My guess is that they’re just behind on stock. It’s been a decent saw for them and they haven’t started selling them for cheap like they usually do when they’re prepping for a newer model. Remember all those ridiculously priced R4511s?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Havasumatt

25 posts in 977 days


#5 posted 959 days ago

I have one and love it! For the price it can’t be passed up. Wings are little cheap but everything else makes up for it. I made a router table for the void in the right side. Has a lifetime warranty! Unless you got an extra grand, you should go with this one. When it ships, more than likely there’ll be a ding on the front right rail, argue with HD for a while after you put it together and refuse to take it apart to return it and they’ll give in and give 30% off. I did! Then ridgid will replace the rail free, if they have one. The ding is very minor and causes no problems, just cosmetic. I rip alot of 2×4’s with no problem on the stock blade. Stays square, minor adjustment after a couple months but that’s me bein anal. What flaws it has is definately worth the price!

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blu0ne

17 posts in 962 days


#6 posted 959 days ago

Thanks everybody. This makes me feel a lot better. Seems like I only have 4 or 3 around a 20 mile radius, so I better jump on it. Chat with you later!

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RJweb

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#7 posted 958 days ago

I just bought the 4512, a couple weeks ago, got it together and now need to make sure it is aligned correctly, but it passed the nickle test with flying colors, you won’t be sorry getting it, like you I am just starting out, i also used the hf coupon, and military discount.

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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DSparks

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#8 posted 958 days ago

RJ, what is the “HF Coupon”? I’m going to buy one of these saws and would LOVE to get 20% off!

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DSparks

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#9 posted 958 days ago

Harbor Freight Coupon…Got it now. Thanks all!

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blu0ne

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#10 posted 958 days ago

RJweb! Thanks for mentioning the HF coupon. I found one online and am going to try and use it this weekend! I’ll let you know what happens. Thanks a lot!

-- blu0ne - Los Angeles - blu0.com -- I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...

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knotscott

5417 posts in 2001 days


#11 posted 958 days ago

Good luck with the coupon. Don’t be afraid to try more than one store and more than one manager/employee if you get turned down the first time around…it only takes one “yes” to get the discount!

Be sure to set aside a few bucks for a decent blade….save the stock blade for junk cuts.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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jaydubya

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#12 posted 958 days ago

Check out onsrud blades on ebay for some good deals on blades right now. I just picked up a 50t combo, 60t crosscut, and an 8 inch dado stack for 80 bucks total

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Carl Webster

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#13 posted 957 days ago

Every Home Depot store I’ve been in lately has quit stocking the “larger” power tools (table saws, jointers, band saws and floor model drill presses). These type tools are only available on special order. I’m sure this is due to the economy and low customer purchase rate. I have let several bargains slip by with huge markdowns on Rigid power tools when Home Depot was clearing this type of stock due to little or no sales.

-- Carl in SC

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RJweb

32 posts in 1258 days


#14 posted 957 days ago

When I purchased my 4512, the different HD kept them up on the steel shelving up high, then they forklifted it right into my suv, if you check on line or ask in the tool department they can check there inventory, good luck with your purchase.

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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blu0ne

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#15 posted 956 days ago

SUCESS!! Everybody… earlier today I became the proud owner of a brand spanking new Ridgid R4512… That sucker is HEAVY! Anyway… still assembling it and hopefully will make a few cuts tomorrow… btw, the HF coupon worked! There was a guy saying “what’s that website?” and causing doubt, but after a while, everything worked out. RJweb… thanks! $105 savings!

PS – the saw is a 10in saw… I have a Freud 7 1/4in, 60 tooth blade… can I use that for right now (until I get the right sized one) instead of the blade that came with the saw? (dont worry, I’m not doing it unless a few of you tell me it’s alright!)

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jaydubya

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#16 posted 956 days ago

there have been several posts about using smaller blades on the 10 inch saws. i think the general consensus is that as long as the blade isnt too thin for the riving knife its OK

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