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Forum topic by Shane posted 09-13-2015 02:20 AM 998 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shane

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09-13-2015 02:20 AM

I have the ridgid 4511 and when I bought it we broke the blade raising gear loading it into the truck. So for years I used a pair of vice grips to turn what was left of the gear to make it work. Then I found the part I needed on the internet so I bought it and replaced it but ever since then it has been very stiff when I turn it. Well today I used my stacked dado set for the first time and then put the regular blade back on and now the gear is seized. It will not move. I’m going to take it apart the next chance I get and see if there is anything I can do but I can’t think of what that might be. I know there was a recall on this saw regarding the arbor for stack dado usage but mine was outside the range of model numbers specified. Really bummed right now.


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jonah

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 03:08 AM

You really ought to be able to find a replacement that works. I wouldn’t give up on it.

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 03:19 AM

IF you can lower yourself to using a Craftsman 113…...I might know where there is one…....over by Quincy….

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 11:30 AM

The R4511 had the same guts as the Craftsman 22116….internal parts should be interchangeable.

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Shane

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 12:32 PM

Assuming I can figure out what’s wrong…

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#5 posted 09-13-2015 12:55 PM

It sounds like it’s just packed full of sawdust.

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#6 posted 09-13-2015 01:08 PM

If you are mechanically inclined, it should not be difficult to determine what’s wrong.
You certainly could the parts from Ridgid and get your 4511 to work like it never did before. ( I used to have one).
If you choose to replace your saw instead, I recommend that you look for a used Unisaw or similar.
I bought one several years ago for around $300.00 and I spent some time cleaning and modernizing it .
Now I have a wonderful saw for very little money.

http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/blog

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#7 posted 09-13-2015 01:22 PM

Too bad you’re having problems,I think this is the perfect opportunity (excuse) to buy a new saw :))

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Shane

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#8 posted 09-13-2015 11:55 PM

So I just took it apart and the issue appears to be a bent elevator shaft. Once I took the weight off of it and spun it by hand I could see the end rising and falling as I spun it. The fact that I can only turn it half a rotation under load seems to confirm my guess. This will be the second time I have replaced this part on this saw. Not sure how it could have gotten bent unless it always had that from the factory and something I did made it worse to the point where it won’t turn. I’ll have to replace the hand wheel too as I broke it trying to turn the shaft yesterday. Assumming it all works I’m looking at a $75 repair.

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jonah

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#9 posted 09-14-2015 02:43 AM

Can you take some pics of the problem part? If you’ve had to replace it twice, I’m thinking you might have something else wrong that is bending the elevator shaft.

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Shane

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#10 posted 09-14-2015 09:42 AM

I replaced it the first time because it was broken from moving the saw not because it was bent.

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SirIrb

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#11 posted 09-14-2015 12:54 PM

What he said.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/104290
It will be the best money paid for a tool and experience you ever had. It can be [gasp] even better than making saw dust.


If you are mechanically inclined, it should not be difficult to determine what s wrong.
You certainly could the parts from Ridgid and get your 4511 to work like it never did before. ( I used to have one).
If you choose to replace your saw instead, I recommend that you look for a used Unisaw or similar.
I bought one several years ago for around $300.00 and I spent some time cleaning and modernizing it .
Now I have a wonderful saw for very little money.

http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/blog

Have a good day.

- b2rtch

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Shane

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#12 posted 09-17-2015 01:07 AM

I fixed it. Turns out the shaft wasn’t bent the collar that it rides in had come slightly loose which was causing the wobble. I still need to replace the broken hand wheel but that can wait. Phew!!!!

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#13 posted 09-17-2015 03:04 AM

Shane, that has got to be a real relief ! Good for you. replacing a part has got be a lot easier to deal with that the whole saw.

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#14 posted 09-17-2015 05:03 AM

Keeping old saws running is almost like a sport. Half exasperating and half exhilarating. Before my last Craftsman died it was saw for a half hour, work on it for a half hour

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