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New Ridgid TS

by gaftech
posted 05-04-2013 11:31 PM

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 11:41 PM

It sucks to receive a defective product but on the bright side, it’s better to have it broken before you use it then to have it break when you’re using it. I can only imagine what the results would have been if the mount would have given way while you were making a cut and it might not have been pleasant.

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 11:55 PM

That’s a good point, and one I hadn’t thought of. Thanks for bringing it up. I will definitely be checking out the new saw in detail!

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 12:00 AM

Sheesh. Generally speaking the 4512 has a pretty good reputation. But lately that model has been getting a lot of bad press. If I were buying a TS today, I might still go with the 4512. But I’d want to assemble and check it out at the store before taking delivery.
I’m wondering if the Porter Cable 270 might be a better move at this point? Its more expensive, but might be better from a QC POV.

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 12:10 AM

I’m relying on the pretty good reputation. Yeah, I got a bum rap, if you will, but after reading all the good reviews and given my budget, I’m convinced this was nothing more than a fluke. We’ll see on Monday.

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 01:20 AM

i got my r4512 about 3 months ago and everything went together well and so far has been a good saw.hope the new one coming is fine.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 01:32 AM

I appreciate your thoughts and I think the next one will be fine. It’s just so odd that the cast iron broke. There had to have been a crack in the mold or something.

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#7 posted 05-05-2013 03:10 AM

How was the alignment on that one?

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#8 posted 05-05-2013 03:19 AM

ok so i have to make 5 post before i can email anyone. I need input on buying a Table saw that will handle ripping wood just a little bigger than 4×4’s. I am just a do it yourself(er) and yes i am on a very tight budget. I have read alot of reviews on here but do not feel comfortable with a certain saw over one or the other from what i’ve read. So please no rude comments just some good advice THANKS, and God Bless…

-- Ramey, Texas

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#9 posted 05-05-2013 08:03 AM

I bought a 4512 about 2 months ago.. Works great. Never had and alignment issues. Good luck.

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#10 posted 05-05-2013 02:11 PM

Thanks, gearupflapsup, I’m just thankful that HD is being so cooperative.

knotscott, I didn’t even get that far. I followed the directions and placed it upside down on a couple of boards, attached the legs and wheels, and flipped it over. That’s when I saw the broken motor mount. I’ll definitely know what to look for the next time around.

RuggedCross, you need to chill out a bit. You’ll find lots of helpful advice on this forum, but not if you post like that. FWIW, you have to do your research. Anyone can offer advice, but ultimately it’s your decision based on your budget, and the kind of work you want to do.

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 03:59 AM

Thanks gaftech, not quite sure what i said that was wrong unless you took something the wrong way but i do apologize if there was anything out of line. I didn’t mean anything in particular to this site about meaning one saw over the other i just meant from all the reviews i’ve read on table saws in general from other sites. Thanks again and God bless…

-- Ramey, Texas

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 08:36 AM

@RuggedCross – no apology necessary…as a matter of fact I should be apologizing to you. I did take it the wrong way because of the bold type and italics you posted. It’s been my experience that when people post with that kind of emphasis, I perceive it as shouting. But that’s my problem, not yours.

BTW, where’s Ramey, TX? I live in Sanger, which is in far north TX, about 30 miles south of the Oklahoma border.

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#13 posted 05-07-2013 08:57 AM

Well, I’m happy to report that HD swapped out my saw with a new one, no questions asked. I was worried that they wouldn’t take it back because I had to destroy the box it came in so that I could get it put together, but they took it back and delivered a brand new saw yesterday. With the kind assistance of the deliveryman, I made sure to inspect the saw before he left…all is intact.

I’ve got the base and wheels put on and am now at the point I was the other day. So, barring any unforeseen problems, I’ll continue putting the saw together using the owners manual and all the wisdom and knowledge gleaned from the pages of this forum and others. Thanks for all your collective help!

Oh, and if anyone has any particular ideas about how I should be setting this saw up, now would be a good time to speak up.

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#14 posted 05-07-2013 03:46 PM

Before you do much more, put an adjustable square in the miter slot and put the ruler against the back of the blade. Then raise and lower it a few times and make sure it doesn’t shift to the side when you change directions.

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 12:50 AM

Thank you, sir. I know about that to which you refer and hopefully I won’t have that problem. Judging from other posts both here and elsewhere, it appears that Ridgid has done away with that particular woe. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to it for another two weeks…it’s back to 12 hour nights at work (7p-7a), then a trip to Kansas for my nephew’s high school graduation. I’ll report back when I can.

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#16 posted 05-08-2013 01:06 AM

Congrats and enjoy!

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#17 posted 05-08-2013 01:24 AM

They are a good saw, sorry to hear of the issue and glad to hear of the replacement so fast

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#18 posted 05-08-2013 01:25 AM

that is not a nice thing to say about your wifes weight. shame on you.

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#20 posted 05-08-2013 01:48 AM

Don’t want to rain on your parade, but there was a set of posts on here in just the last couple of weeks where someone got two of those saws in a row that were defective. They had to pack the saw into a truck and haul it back to HD themselves. They gave up and got a different saw the third time.

I have had one of these saws for about 3 or 4 years. Mine is a Craftsman 21833 which I bought just after Ridgid quit selling the 4511 and just before they started selling the 4512. I have been so frustrated with this saw it goes beyond words.

I wish you well, but want to warn you that this saw is a very poor design that will probably not last nearly as long as you thought it would. The quality of the internal components makes the typical power tool from Harbor Freight look top notch in comparison.

Also, consider what you will do for service after the 30 day return period has expired. After that HD has no further obligations. Then you have to deal directly with Ridgid. And ship the whole saw to a service center.

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#21 posted 05-08-2013 02:11 AM

@DAC, I thought the same thing =)

@gaftech, definitely do yourself a favor and make sure this saw doesn’t have alignment issues. I gave this saw a go about 6 mo ago and unfortunately my saw did have the issue. Couldn’t get it really much more than 8-10 thou square to the miter slot and the blade did a lot of shifting left-right when it was raised and lowered. It was manufactured in September of 2012. I’ve seen people make posts before that about how theirs was dead on and people since then given positive and negative feedback.

It seems like it can be a decent saw if you can get one without gremlins, but you need to check before your return period is up. Fortunately, you’ve got 90 days for that.

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#22 posted 05-09-2013 03:13 PM

I tried several of them about six weeks ago and was extremely frustrated by the blade shifting right/left when raised and lowered. Definitely test it and report back to us. I loved the look for the Ridgid and like the Riving knife… wish I could have gotten a good one. I ended up going the route of rehabing Craftsman 113 (Emerson made) and am happy with it.

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#23 posted 05-09-2013 04:16 PM

Awww man … Sorry about the initial experience. I know how disappointing it can be to finally get something you’ve been looking forward to for a long time, only to find it broken or some other issue upon opening. It’s great that they replaced it with little fuss … but I’ll bet the few extra days waiting must have sucked.

Post some pics of the newly replaced WORKING saw when you can !! :-)

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