Craftsman 315.228390 or Ridgid R4511?

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07-15-2015 07:56 PM

Well, now that I got my Delta TS yesterday, my dad is looking a couple right now. He’s considering the Craftsman 315.228390 contractor’s saw for $225 or a Ridgid R4511 hybrid saw for $275.

Any opinions on either of these?

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 07:58 PM

Forgot to mention, the R4511 has been serviced per the recall on the arbor and I guess the guy has the documentation to go with the recall.

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 09:20 PM

Without having used either one, I would say that if the saws are going to be used in an environment with high humidity or temperature swings, the granite top on the Ridgid would be a bonus. A bit brittle and chippy from what I’ve heard, so there are downsides. But no rust, and probably a flatter top.

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 10:19 PM

The Craftsman 315.228390 contractor saw, is probably the next to last model in the older lineup. So its been discontinued for the newer one that is made by the very same company that makes the Ridgid table saw: Dayton Electric, a division of W.W. Grainger. In fact Grainger sells the same saw as well. So, if you were going to buy a new saw from either of these places you would be getting basically the same saw, with only a few niceties here and there, such as the cultured granite.

I’m not sure who made the 315.228390. Emerson used to make all of Craftsman’s contractor saws until the mid 90s. My old 1981 Craftsman is an Emerson. I forgot who took up the slack for Craftsman after they quit doing the supplying.

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#4 posted 07-15-2015 10:21 PM

The R4511 was made in conjuction with Steel City/Orion. AFAIK the current R4512 is made by Dayton. It’s a hybrid saw with the box-style cabinet mounted trunnions and riving knife. The fences aren’t similar, but are comparably rated IMO….both ok, but not awesome. The hybrid style cabinet and weight from the granite have some advantages too. Both have the potential to be pretty serviceable saws.

That Cman was made by TTI/Ryobi…at the same factory that the TS3650 was made.

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 11:10 PM

I know he likes that granite top. He babies his tools so I’m sure he wouldn’t have any problems with chips or anything. I’m going to recommend the R4511 to him because it comes with a true riving knife (aftermarket) and 2 Freud blades. I know he also gets tired of oiling all of his tops for winterizing every year.

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