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Forum topic by Krieger posted 09-30-2009 05:33 PM 2088 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2009 05:33 PM

I’m recently new to woodworking, and finding that I enjoy it quite a bit(though with a 2.5 year old it’s tough to find time to do it). I picked up an older ~1986 model craftsman tablesaw at a yardsale earlier this summer to start out. I’m finding that the fence is complete crap, and alot of my cuts are off because of it. For my birthday I asked for giftcards to go towards the cost of purchasing a new tablesaw. Unfortuantly they all got me GCs to Homedepot so my options are fairly limited. So until I can raise the cash for a better saw, I need to know which of the saws homedepot lists on thier site is the best bang for my buck. I dont want to throw any more money into the craftsman, as It’s not really worth the effort.

So my options are the following:

Any Advice you can give me would be greatly appreicated. You all seem like a great bunch of people, and I’ve been reading the forums for a while now.


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#1 posted 09-30-2009 06:11 PM

I was kind of shocked to see that there is no full sized table saw on HD’s website. I guess maybe they have temporarily pulled the Ridgid R4511 because there was a recall due to an arbor problem.

I would really not recommend you spend your money on any of the four saws HD is currently offering. Not that there is anything wrong with them for their intended purposes, but they are all portable saws and you will find yourself limited by the small tables and somewhat flimsy fences. You already have a so-so saw and are looking to take a step up. Ridgid, which is normally found at HD, makes a fine product. I’d ask them if they know when the full size saw will be available again.

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

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 06:13 PM

I was looking for the Ridgid, but can’t find it anywhere.

Well If I should hold off, how do I go about fixing my fence problem?

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#3 posted 09-30-2009 06:13 PM

the 4511 was never on their site. only in stores. – HD, Lowes, and other stores don’t list all their products on their website for some reason… odd…

I’ll second charlie – I would not spend the money on a temp- solution… save up and wait – and get the “real thing”

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

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#4 posted 09-30-2009 06:35 PM

If you’re willing to forfeit a small percentage of the GC’s, you can always sell them slightly below face value here, other wwing classifieds, or on Ebay, Craigslist, etc.

HD may be able to order you a new fence for your current saw if it’s full size (27” deep)...the Delta T2 is a nice value at ~ $175, or you can check how much a Ridgid fence is.

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

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#5 posted 09-30-2009 06:57 PM

PurpLev is right, the Ridgid 4511 is not listed on Home Depot’s site, it is only available in stores or special order through their service desk. HD is the exclusive distributor of the saw and the saw is still for sale – all have been checked for the recall. I have the Ridgid TS3650 and I see PurpLev has the 4511, they are great saws!

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#6 posted 09-30-2009 06:59 PM

I say from my experience with Crapsman saws don’t waste your time and money upgrading there saws . The Ridgid contractor saws I’ve seen have smooth well locking fences. The new granite top version is $ 499 at my local HD store but I’m not thrilled with the Idea of a granite top table saw even the display had a slight chip in it. Some stores still have the older model with the steel top if you can still find one One of my students got one for $ 299 because there discontinued..

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#7 posted 09-30-2009 07:11 PM

As Jim said, if you can still find one of the discontinued TS3660 or TS3650 Ridgid cast iron saws at a discount, jump on it in a heartbeat!

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

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#8 posted 09-30-2009 07:24 PM

Well I guess that means a few trips to some home depots… darn.. I just hate going to the hardware store :)

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#9 posted 09-30-2009 10:58 PM

I talked to a tool manager at HD…. my local HD is having somewhat of a rough time right now and is not stocking up much.

I went to look at newer more portable TS 4616 but the older model was in stock. I had wanted the cast iron top TS 3660 but it is being replaced by the granite top (4511?). Cast iron is hard to find and my local HD only had the granite top. It gets confusing at times. I read a good review of a piece of equipment, but then I can’t locate one convenient to me.

BTW: Another place to look is The handle Rigid and other brands… just a suggestion, not a recommendation. I haven’t bought there, but have been in one of the stores. Missed out on a really good deal on a Ridgid 14 inch bandsaw. Couldn’t get it in the car…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 10-01-2009 04:55 AM

If you’re looking for a portable saw, take a look at the Bosch 4100 too. I bought a Bosch 4100 contractor’s saw last year and have loved it ever since. It works great in my shop (a garage, where the top priority is parking cars…). I found that, believe it or not,, had the best prices over Lowe’s/Home Depot (and free shipping). I like the contractor saw since it’s collapsible and can be easily moved out of the way. I can hook up my shop vac to the dust port and it mostly takes care of the dust… I’d love a full sized cabinet saw, but I can’t swing the cost or the space.

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#11 posted 10-01-2009 12:25 PM

Can anyone tell me the dimensions for the 4511(specificly the depth)? I may not have the space in my garage for it, so I may end up having to look at a portable saw.

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#12 posted 10-01-2009 06:13 PM

I would wait just a bit longer before buying a 4511. Seems they had a recall from Ridgid about an arbor problem. I would give it another 30 days. Recall was back in August, 2009. Dealers were to return all stock for retro-fitting.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#13 posted 10-01-2009 09:19 PM

If the fence is the only real problem with your saw, I would suggest installing an after-market fence. I put a Shop Fox Classic (~$120) fence on my Jet JWTS-10, and have been happy as a clam with it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 10-01-2009 10:04 PM

I would have to agree don’t spend you money on anything they have online. Check with the service desk and you may be able to order a refubed Ridgid form the depot. I picked up a TS3650 in February that is a refub and paid the same as they want for the little Makita ($350) they used to list them online. The down side to the refub is warranty is only 1 year. If you get one of the saws you have listed you will be wanting a larger one in no time at all.

Good luck


-- Alex

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#15 posted 10-05-2009 04:48 PM

Well I checked out the HD by my house(couldn’t go far, wife and kid were sick with the cold that’s going around), and they have the 4511…for $600 … That’s more than a little out of my budget range. I couldn’t get to the service desk as there was only one person there, and about 6 people in line. I’ll have to check with them and see if there are any of the 3650’s I could pick up.

On a side note… I really did like the 4511. They had one setup(badly I might add), and I loved it. I’m not sure it will fit in my garage space though…

what about something like this?

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