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Forum topic by CaptainOfThisBoat posted 08-23-2015 09:15 AM 525 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2015 09:15 AM

Long time lurker here and wanted to say hey and ask a question!

I have been looking for a table saw on craigslist for a couple months now and have also been considering the Ridgid 4512.

Not to many decent table saws come up in my area but this one came up today.

I was just wondering if anyone thought this was a good deal. Would it be better to just get the Ridgid?

I have been talking to the guy today and he said it runs strong. It does have a crack in one of the webs on the cast iron wing.

Its a pretty long drive ( hour and a half) for me to go pick it up.

Thanks in advance!!!

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#1 posted 08-23-2015 11:07 AM

A good fence will run you about $200. An insert will be about $25, but it’s possible (though with many saws, quite difficult) to make your own.

I would say that unless you could get a cheap used fence I would pass on the deal. Sure, you’ll end up with a solid saw with a good fence, but you’ll be out $300+ to do it. You can almost certainly get an equivalent contractor saw with a fence for $150-$200.

It’s sort of six of one, a half dozen of another, but there just aren’t cheap new table saw fences available. Paying twice the cost of the saw for a fence is a bit much I think.

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#2 posted 08-23-2015 11:42 AM

The saw is well worth $100. The motor alone would probably bring that on Ebay, plus the wings, hand wheels, fence, and other parts. The fence isn’t great, so you may want to replace at some point if not sooner. As mentioned, a decent fence starts at ~$200 for something like a Delta T2. $300 out of pocket will get you a solid full size belt drive saw with a grated cast wings and a good fence…no warranty, no riving knife.

The R4512, along with the similar Cman 21833, and the G0715P that uses similar trunions have a history of some units being plagued by an alignment issue. I’ve heard many times that it’s fixed, and many times that it’s not. If the G1022 doesn’t pan out, I’d be leaning toward the Delta 36-725….good track record, good fence (similar to the T2, but with a two-piece front rail) left tilt, full size, belt drive, riving knife, warranty, but has stamped steel wings.

The price difference between new and used in absolute terms isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things, but on a percentage basis, it’s an increase approaching 100%. Only you can decide what that price difference means to you at this point.

It looks like this one popped up over night for $200….I’d be the first caller to see it. That one could easily be the best solution in this price range.

Here’s another that’s pretty similar –

And here’s third good alternative –

How far is Bel Air from you? –

This Bridgewood looks to be in great shape, has solid cast wings, an excellent fence, and is made in the same plant as the G1022…probably a slightly newer model. The asking price of $400 is too steep IMO, but $300 would be a reasonable offer….I’d consider $350 if it checks out as good as looks in the pic.

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