Alright, so I posted this quite awhile ago but the problem still isn’t resolved. My Ridgid R4512 started to make a loud, rapid clicking noise about a year ago, and since then I’ve been able to work around it by shutting it back off momentarily and turning it back on before the blade slows down, and that eliminates the sound. But as the motor slows itself down, the clicking returns and is back on the next startup.
I brought the saw to a local tool store to try and repair it under warranty, and the first time they thought they had it fixed all they changed was a belt. I brought it back after confirming the sound is still there, and they couldn’t find anything wrong so they “reccomend I just run it until something goes wrong and I can bring it in again for repair under warranty.”
I’ve determined it isn’t anything pulley or arbor related, as that was my first thought. The fact that I can get it to go away after initial startup and it only comes back on shutdown leads me to believe it is something related to the motor. My question is what could it be? Would it be the centrifugal switch? I’d appreciate some help fixing it on my own because the warranty repair place I use is around where I live but the saw is at my cabin, which is 3 1/2 hours away and lugging around a 250lb saw by myself isn’t much fun. Any suggestions would be great.
-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.