|Review by Craftsman70||posted 04-09-2013 01:50 PM||10042 views||2 times favorited||31 comments|
This is not a full and extensive review, because I only had my R4512 for a couple of days. I’m doing this review for others who were in the situation I was. I was looking for a newer saw in the $500 price range and really wanted the R4512. I wanted to love the saw. I looked past the negative reviews believing the alignment/trunnion issues were only on earlier models and had been addressed.
Opening the box, it all looked good. The wheels and lift system are the best. I liked the riving knife setup and easy to use blade guard. I really liked the internal motor and dust collection. However, every time I moved the blade height wheel, the arbor and blade shifted side to side. It seems turning that wheel somehow racked the rear trunnion. Raise the blade a little and the blade moved 1/16” to the left. Lower it a little and the blade shifts 1/16th to the right. Now that might be something you could live with if it moved parallel to the fence. However, what would happen was the back of the blade moved more than the front.
I contacted Ridgid customer service, who recommended I take it to be repaired or swapped for another one. I called my HD and they were great. They helped me get it out of the van and had another one waiting for me. We opened up the other one and set-up the top cabinet by the service desk to check it for the problem. Well it had the same issue. According to the serial numbers these were both built within the few months and were new inventory. So we then took the blade off and tried the same thing on their display model which was several months older than the boxed ones. Much to our dismay, the back of the blade shifted on it also.
I know there are people who have R4512s that work fine, and even through HD was willing to order in another one or try another store’s inventory…. I was to disheartened at this point and simply took the refund.