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sh2005

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1810 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: r4511

I finally bought it….. I have been planning to buy a table saw, but wasn’t planning to buy one right now. But, with the current promotion going on at Home Depot, it seemed like it’s a good time. HD is offering $75 off for purchases upto $599 and $150 off for purchases of $600 and above. Coincidence or not, the saw is listed as $599, but if you add anything power tool related (as long as it is at least $1), the price of the saw comes down to $449. So, I bought a pair of drill bits for $1.79.

The saw won’t be here until wednesday. Will be fun to set it up and try it out; I never really had a chance to work with a saw of this magnitude.

I had been planning to buy the Steel City’s 35930, with the higher end rip fence. But, spending an 1000 dollars for a table saw was not something I could justify. The alternative was the 35920, with the standard fence. But, reading many posts, especially Purplev’s, made it evident that the R4511 and the 35920 are nearly identical. So, at that point, a $200 price difference (after the $150 discount) favored the R4511.

Thought I share that with you. For those who have been in the same boat – almost ready to buy this saw, the sale at Home Depot is till the 16th Sept.


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Ryan Brown

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#1 posted 1810 days ago

Looks like a really nice saw. I love my RIDGID TS3650. Just be sure that your saw isn’t included in the recall on the arbor shaft.

http://www.ridgid.com/Download/R4511_PR.pdf

Congrats on the new saw!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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knotscott

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#2 posted 1810 days ago

Congrats – Get it aligned well and put a nice blade on it, and it’ll serve you well for a long time.

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

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ladywoodrat

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#3 posted 1810 days ago

Congrats on the new Ridgid. I have the TS3650 and didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with a tablesaw. I doubt if you’ll have to worry about the fence. The fence on my 3650 was dead on when I first attached it. Ridgid makes a very good saw.

-- LadyWoodrat

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sh2005

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#4 posted 1810 days ago

I have seen the recall notice, so that’s something I would look at right after taking of the packaging carton. Interestingly, the floor model at the store, while still being in its packaged form, had a paper taped to its side that read “Checked”. I will find out if that is related to the the recall or not.

I believe the riving knife included with the saw is 1/8”. For a saw of this motor size, is a 1/8” blade recommended or should I think about having a thin kerf blade? (which means i need to have a custom knife). I don’t see myself ripping anything more than 1.5”-2” of hardwood.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1810 days ago

That should do a good job for you.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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knotscott

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#6 posted 1810 days ago

“I believe the riving knife included with the saw is 1/8”. For a saw of this motor size, is a 1/8” blade recommended or should I think about having a thin kerf blade? (which means i need to have a custom knife). I don’t see myself ripping anything more than 1.5”-2” of hardwood.”

It’s more likely that it’s 3/32” (thin kerf), but it’s worth checking first. The saw will have an easier time spinning a good TK, because a full kerf is ~ 33% thicker.

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

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 1810 days ago

congrats! been there done that – good choice! (not to mention the lifetime warranty – which includes wear and tear)

riving knife is actually marked as 0.090”. I made a low profile knife out of 1/8'' aluminum and it fits just as good – I dont see any difference in thickness, but based on the numbers there should be such a difference.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Cato

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#8 posted 1810 days ago

I run a TK Freud on mine with no problem from the splitter. The splitter is beveled on the lead edge.

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sh2005

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#9 posted 1810 days ago

I correct myself, the saw comes with the splitter and integrated blade guard. (I have to watch myself; now that I own a big saw, it would be inappropriate of me to mix up the keywords).

Cato, it’s good to hear that the splitter will work with a TK blade. Purplev, I had seen your post on the home built riving knife and I am keeping that mind as a solution. The other option is to buy one from Leeway Workshop. Well, at the beginning, it will be mostly through cuts that I will do with the saw, so the low profile riving knife can wait. The more important upgrades would be to mount auxiliary fences. I have a pair of the Board Buddies (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11262) that I used on my existing saw. I will have to see if there’s any need to have those mounted or not on this saw.

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 1810 days ago

Leeway’s RK looks great! I actually think it looks better than the alternative SteelCity parts which are not fully compatible with the Ridgid saw (surprisingly) and still require some modifications.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 1810 days ago

I’m sure you’ll love your new saw. I have the TS3660 and it’s great.

Just a side note on the splitter/TK blade issue, although I don’t think it applies to your situation: Some of the TS3660 saws (including mine) were shipped with an ultra-thin-kerf blade which was in fact narrower than the splitter. I thought I was losing my mind the first time I tried to rip a board and it got stuck on the splitter!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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sh2005

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#12 posted 1808 days ago

The saw arrived earlier this morning. Had to come to work, so I only got to unpack. Later in the evening, I will start with the assembly.

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Bassmaster911

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#13 posted 1807 days ago

Good luck with the instructions. They are the worst ever. On rigids forum there are some helpful links.

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sh2005

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#14 posted 1807 days ago

No kidding, Bassmaster….. you would think that Ridgid would realize by now how bad the instructions are compared to other companies’. I noticed that I didn’t receive the Repair Manual in the box. Once I found it in the Ridgid’s forum, things went relatively smoothly. The user’s manual itself is not sufficient. Oh well, it’s done now. I have assembled the base, the lift and have the cabinet sitting on them now.

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