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Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

2110 days ago by ferstler | 36 comments »

Note: while this review is of the BS1400 model, the owner’s manual calls it the BS14002. I do not know if the addition of the number 2 signifies an upgrade or is just the full number not listed correctly in the catalog. The earlier “gray” version might have been the plain, old BS1400. In any case, the one being reviewed here is the orange version seen easily at any Home Depot store, usually selling for about $350. OK, this is a pretty basic band saw in the old style. It c...

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Ridgid R4511 10 in. Granite Top Table Saw

Ridgid R4511 10 in. Granite Top Table Saw

1856 days ago by PurpLev | 160 comments »

To be fair , I was waiting to write this review after I tackled the last (and only) issue I’ve had with this saw as to give a proper review of it’s operation, and not limited by any aspect of missing/malfunctioning parts out-of-the-box. my ‘limitation’ was that the fence had a slight disposition issue once locked all the way down (was fine if locked half way – it would stay put and stay on the mark – but if the lock handle was pushed further, it would skew ...

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Ridgid R4512 Table Saw -- Full Review

Ridgid R4512 Table Saw -- Full Review

1213 days ago by Furnitude | 39 comments »

The Ridgid R4512 saw has features—including an integral lift/caster mechanism, a tool-less blade guard and riving knife, an accurate fence and good dust collection—on par with much more expensive saws. While it’s easy to get caught up in comparing tolerances, the most important thing to know about a table saw is whether it will do what you need it to do within your budget and space constraints. I generally make furniture and small items in my basement shop. I need a table saw that...

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Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

2110 days ago by ferstler | 35 comments »

OK, before I purchased the JP0610 I owned a 30-inch Delta JT160 tabletop jointer/planer. (Shown to the right in the wider-angle photo.) I still have the thing and now store it on a shelf where it can be quickly hauled out onto my shop’s workdeck for rough-and-tumble work that does not involve longer boards. The 45-inch-bed Ridgid JP unit has replaced it as a precision tool (some have complained of table alignment problems, but mine seems perfect in that respect), and of course the ne...

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The Full Potential of the R4512

The Full Potential of the R4512

394 days ago by aatwatch | 41 comments »

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 other than being underpowered at times. However, 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 tric...

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Newbie searching BORGs for TS

Newbie searching BORGs for TS

358 days ago by jacobgerlach | 20 comments »

I’m basically brand new to woodworking and recently bought a Ridgid R4512 as my first table saw. I wanted to write a post to consolidate a lot of the information that I found while researching this saw. I’m going to start with a section on the things I found while researching my purchase and finish with a couple of observations from the very basic work I’ve done so far. Like many people considering this saw, my budget was limited to about $600. This quickly narrowed my se...

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Review of the Ridgid Universal Digital Miter Gauge

Review of the Ridgid Universal Digital Miter Gauge

1016 days ago by David Grimes | 19 comments »

This is the Ridgid Universal Digital Miter Gauge. Lets start with the Universal part. The miter slot bar has a clever lobed t-slot washer that quickly adjusts and locks to the width of any t-slot lower trough. If your miter track is just plain square, then it rotates and locks in flush. They even threw in an extra bar for the non-standard undersized slots that are used on many table top machines. I believe it is truly universal and well-designed. The head unit attaches to a fairly be...

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Ridgid TS3650 Table Saw

Ridgid TS3650 Table Saw

2337 days ago by John Gray | 53 comments »

I’ve had this saw for about a year and love it. It was pretty square out of the box and the fence is really steady in contrast with earlier reviews on older models. The ability to move it on wheels is great, it comes with the wheels attached a bonus. There is a 2 1/2” dust collector hook up up under the saw which is so so, it’s hard to control the saw dust on any contractor’s saw. I have had no troubles with it and would highly recommend it.

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It's about value: lots of little things included, PC compatibility

It's about value: lots of little things included, PC compatibility

1631 days ago by thiel | 13 comments »

If you compare this router set to others, you might say that it’s only slightly less expensive for the same power… and you’d be right—UNTIL you look at the included accessories. This router includes a clear base (which you’ll want), a centering jig (which allows you to align the bit perfectly—a must for dovetailing), two chucks, and dust collection ports. This accessories will cost you quite a bit if you add them after market to another brand. So… ...

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