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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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11-02-2015 07:10 PM

Hi All,

I just purchased the Rigid 4512 Tablesaw and I have been reading that if a model date after 1402 got updated trunnions my saw has a date stamp of 1420 and some people are saying that the Roman numeral II is on the updated Trunnion .. I’ve looked at my table saw and I don’t see any Roman numerals..

In essence does that mean my Tablesaw will have allighnment issues!!! I did so much research and was careful in selecting the date the saw was made thinking I did a good job…

Am I screwed ??

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”


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WhyMe

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#1 posted 11-02-2015 08:01 PM

This guy says the II is on the trunnion at the back of the saw.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/58529

Here’s a tread that shows where the II is stamped. Post #15
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/65101

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 08:37 PM

The trunnion issue is apparently only one of several problems that can be found on those saws. But it’s in front of you, so you are best to determine if you got an orange lemon or not.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Still waiting to hear what happened with “I’m going to get the Craftsman 21833” (from here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/113050 ) and what changed your mind.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 10:11 PM

I saw in your other post that you’ve removed the saw from the box. Just install the handwheel/blade, the run the blade up and down…....and measure the distance between blade/miter slots at various heights.
Apparently, even some of the “pre II” 4512s did not suffer from the alignment issue. So you might have gotten lucky.
Good luck.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 10:15 PM

Not having the “II” designation only means there’s a possibility of a shifting alignment issue….not all were affected. OTOH, I’ve been reading about folks who’s R4512 has the “II” designation, but can’t get the saw aligned at all…with this scenario, it’s not shifting out of alignment, but simply can’t be adjusted into alignment in the first place.

With so many issues, I would not recommend this saw. There are good alternatives. The Delta 36-725 is about the same price, is in the same class, has a better track record and a better fence. I’d also consider looking at used saws, or new saws in a higher price range.

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

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Alexl

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 10:54 PM

I have to agree with the previous poster. I looked heavily at the delta at lowes after taking my ridgid back and almost pulled the trigger. It really does seam like a better saw. However the Delta does not come with a dado throat plate, and is another 55.00 to buy. After buying the throat plate and tablesaw and paying sales tax on both, i was within $60 of the grizzly G0771 shipped. At that point it seamed like an easy choice to get the grizzly. Good luck!

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SuperCubber

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#6 posted 11-02-2015 11:17 PM

Ed has already let us know he’s 100% committed to the R4512. Trying to sway him to a better saw is a waste of breath.

Ed, I hope none of this matters and you ended up with a good one.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#7 posted 11-02-2015 11:18 PM


The trunnion issue is apparently only one of several problems that can be found on those saws. But it s in front of you, so you are best to determine if you got an orange lemon or not.

Cheers,
Brad

Brad the 2 saws although craftsman and rigid are basically the same saw.. Same setup.. The rigid where I am is $100 less.. And I was warned by a lot of people to avoid craftsman .. Also the rigid LSA is a considering factor .. But what mainly detected me from the craftsman was that the mitre slots were not standard (3/4” x 3/8”) and the dado stack would not have fit
PS: Still waiting to hear what happened with “I m going to get the Craftsman 21833” (from here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/113050 ) and what changed your mind.

- MrUnix


The trunnion issue is apparently only one of several problems that can be found on those saws. But it s in front of you, so you are best to determine if you got an orange lemon or not.

Cheers,
Brad

Brad the 2 saws although craftsman and rigid are basically the same saw.. Same setup.. The rigid where I am is $100 less.. And I was warned by a lot of people to avoid craftsman .. Also the rigid LSA is a considering factor .. But what mainly detected me from the craftsman was that the mitre slots were not standard (3/4” x 3/8”) and the dado stack would not have fit
PS: Still waiting to hear what happened with “I m going to get the Craftsman 21833” (from here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/113050 ) and what changed your mind.

- MrUnix

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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markf

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#8 posted 11-03-2015 03:30 AM

Ed
You’ve committed yourself to the saw. There’s worse problems to have that can’t be solved. Let’s get this thing together and see how it flies. If it has alignment problems you will find a fix for it and it will be the saw you wanted. Who cares if you had to find the fix yourself?

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