|Review by aatwatch||posted 164 days ago||5277 views||4 times favorited||37 comments|
First off, I am fully prepared to receive the criticisms of putting such pro quality upgrades on a table saw from Home Depot. Posts like this stir the pot on here and that is not my intention. I am sharing this simply for those that own this saw and have wondered how different upgrades work on it. I have seen many posts stating that the saw itself doesn’t matter as much as the fence, blade and miter guage that are on it and that same rationale gave me the courage to give this a shot. I have an R4512 with a MLCS cast-iron router table extension, Incra 32” TS-LS fence system, Incra 1000HD miter guage and 48 tooth WWII blade. I love this saw and have no complaints. Once everything is properly calibrated I would argue that this setup could perform as well as any comparable duty saws and it has made me very happy to own.
The MLCS cast-iron extension bolted up easily with the supplied hardware. The middle bolt was tricky to pull off but I was able to get it securely on the left side (as shown) with plenty of room for my router. It did sit 1/16” low of the table saw table so I bored out the holes on the extension table with my cordless drill and it leveled out very easily. This extension was well worth the money and am very satisfied with my purchase.
The Incra TS-LS system was extremely easy to install with no modifications required to the R4512. The alignments and calibrations took a long time but once set I don’t see ever having to do it again. As you have probably read the Incra system requires a huge footprint to the operator’s right which is true. It caused me to have to turn my saw longways which will require me rolling the saw out to the main part of the garage to cut ply or long stock. The r4512 has a very good caster system so the inconvenience is minimal for what I gained.
The R4512 is capable of a lot with the right upgrades and blade and I was able to use the 20% HF coupon at home depot making the saw $432 with tax. That made it an even easier decision.
Hopefully this helps a current owner or prospective owner in some way.