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Forum topic by Jose posted 11-03-2015 03:29 PM 438 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jose

94 posts in 1118 days


11-03-2015 03:29 PM

Hello,

I’m not a professional woodworker nor I have expensive tools to make micro adjustments on my tools. I’ve looked in many places online about adjustments to the Ridgid R4510 saw and have found maybe one or two things but not quite what I want.
What I want to see is if anyone here owns this same saw and how you adjusted the fence to be perfectly square and produce perfect cuts. I’ve spent hours trying to get the fence perfectly square but I can see the back is maybe less than 1/16” off than the front. Also the riving knife seems to be straight on a flat surface but it doesn’t seem that way when it’s installed on the blade. Also, the miter gauge is wobbly and does not produce good cuts and the user manual does not help at all with adjustments, I know, I’ve tried.
I’m interested also how to improve the dust collection in this saw because it just doesn’t work well even with the dust deputy attached to it. Most of the dust goes to the bottom of the saw and makes a mess all over the floor.
Please share how you made adjustments to the fence, miter gauge, and improved the dust collection. I want to make this saw as close to perfection as possible and I repeat “as possible” even though it’s not 100% possible.
This saw was not cheap and I’m gonna use it util it runs no more or I hit the lottery :D. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

-- Jose


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Bill1974

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#1 posted 11-03-2015 07:45 PM

I have the same saw and dust collection is poor no matter what you connect to it. You would need to close up all the openings to improve it. The challenge is closing them up but still being able to adjust the saw.

Alignment has not been much an issue for me. The fence is not that great, you need to be careful that is clamps down square to the blade. If the nylon parts on the front of the fence wear or break it always clamps out of parallel. getting them square helps a lot to making it work ok, otherwise I need to fight with the fence and double check every time I move it.

You may fine that is works better or more consistently if you always move it one direction or the other before clamping the fence down.

My riving knife seems to get out of wack the more I move it. The handle keeps getting tighter and need adjustment to keep it easily movable. plus dust or chips can throw if off it you don’t clean it out will before reinstalling it.

All in all not a bad saw, but had i known what I know now I would have saved for a non portable saw.

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Jose

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 09:20 PM

I guess I have to check the nylon runners. Maybe adjust them until the fence is square to the blade. I don’t trust the miter slots though, they don’t seem square from factory as opposed to steel top saws. I’m just going to make a sled to solve the problem.
I did enclose the saw’s bottom with plywood to prevent dust from flying everywhere. It worked but the problem I faced was the dust mound collection it produced and was clogging the motor too which is a fire hazard. Maybe a dust bag would do the job and would be safer too.
If I had waited a little longer I would’ve bought a Craftsman 2183 contractor saw or a Ridgid R4512.

-- Jose

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