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BenjaminDaniels

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12-07-2015 02:43 AM

Hi Boys and Girls!

I’m in the market for a table saw. I’ve currently been working with a basic benchtop model, so I’m looking at the Ridgid 4512, the Dela 36-725, and Craftsman 21833. I know there has been a few posts about this, primarily suggesting that the Ridgid has had problems, but I’m sure if they have been rectified by Ridgid. As of right now I’m leaning towards the Delta, but it’s a little wide for my shop at 62”, but I’ve heard that the fence system is superior to the Ridgid and the Craftsman. Let me know what you think and thanks A TON!

All the best,
Ben


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David Taylor

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 03:37 AM

I don’t know about the other two, but I just got the Delta 36-725 in October, and it has been fantastic.

There’s a great set of articles on LJ by thetinman (http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3822) with reviews and tips about the saw. I highly recommend the Delta, it’s a great saw.

I understand it’s no cabinet saw, but it’s also not 3-4000 dollars!

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 03:45 AM

This question pops up about once a week… if you use the search function (upper right of the page), you can wade through the dozens of threads about them. I’ll save you the trouble though – the Ridgid is generally not recommended, and the others are recommended by those that own them (see post above – and below!)

;-O

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 03:50 AM

Happy with my Delta 36-725…

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knotscott

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 11:55 AM

The R4512 and 21833 are nearly identical, and both shared similar alignment issues. I’ve read numerous reports about that issue being fixed, only to read more reports about problems still existing. It even appears that there may now be a 2nd alignment issue that’s different than the first, but it’s difficult to verify if it’s more than an isolated issue at this stage. Regardless, IMO the fence on the Delta is superior, as is its track record.

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 12:15 PM

I know there has been a few posts about this, primarily suggesting that the Ridgid has had problems, but I’m sure if they have been rectified by Ridgid.

A few? LOL. Maybe a few hundred. And even the Ridgid saws that have supposedly been ‘rectified’ seem to have other quality control issues. I’m not sure what else can be said about this product? Its junk. I really wish people would stop considering them. Better yet, I wish Home Depot would stop selling them.
But in fairness, there are a few LJ members that bought and love their 4512. Maybe you’ll be one of the few that gets a good one too? (as mentioned, the 21833 is the same saw with the same issues).

Just get the Delta. In six months you won’t remember and/or care about the extra $100 you spent over the Ridgid. But if you get the ridgid, in six months you’ll STILL be wishing you bought the delta.

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SirIrb

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 12:15 PM

I would never buy craftsman or rigid.

+1 on search the topic.

There are some things where you can cut costs. I just bought a HVLP gun from harbor freight for $15. I am ok with getting a cheap gun because Im not painting cars. A table saw is the heart beat of the shop. Spend the cash.

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 01:30 PM



....I m not sure what else can be said about this product? Its junk. I really wish people would stop considering them. Better yet, I wish Home Depot would stop selling them.
...

- Tedstor

As an aside, it’s kind of interesting how long this problematic design has been out compared to some of the higher quality models that saw very short shelf lives. You don’t suppose profit has been an influence? .... ;-)

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716

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 02:43 PM


I know there has been a few posts about this, primarily suggesting that the Ridgid has had problems, but I’m sure if they have been rectified by Ridgid.

A few? LOL. Maybe a few hundred. And even the Ridgid saws that have supposedly been rectified seem to have other quality control issues. I m not sure what else can be said about this product? Its junk. I really wish people would stop considering them. Better yet, I wish Home Depot would stop selling them.
But in fairness, there are a few LJ members that bought and love their 4512. Maybe you ll be one of the few that gets a good one too? (as mentioned, the 21833 is the same saw with the same issues).

Just get the Delta. In six months you won t remember and/or care about the extra $100 you spent over the Ridgid. But if you get the ridgid, in six months you ll STILL be wishing you bought the delta.

- Tedstor


99% of people that actually saw the saw would disagree with you. Check the reviews on HD site.

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 02:59 PM

I have the Craftsman 21833 and it DOES NOT have alignment issues. That was solved over 4 years ago. It is a great saw that has very few issues. If you want to read my full review on it here is the link. I would say that it is a solid saw and I haven’t had any unusual or un-foreseen maintenance issues. I would purchase it again if the price was right.

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Tedstor

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 04:27 PM

I know there has been a few posts about this, primarily suggesting that the Ridgid has had problems, but I’m sure if they have been rectified by Ridgid.

A few? LOL. Maybe a few hundred. And even the Ridgid saws that have supposedly been rectified seem to have other quality control issues. I m not sure what else can be said about this product? Its junk. I really wish people would stop considering them. Better yet, I wish Home Depot would stop selling them.
But in fairness, there are a few LJ members that bought and love their 4512. Maybe you ll be one of the few that gets a good one too? (as mentioned, the 21833 is the same saw with the same issues).

Just get the Delta. In six months you won t remember and/or care about the extra $100 you spent over the Ridgid. But if you get the ridgid, in six months you ll STILL be wishing you bought the delta.

- Tedstor

99% of people that actually saw the saw would disagree with you. Check the reviews on HD site.

- 716

99% of of home depot shoppers have never used or owned a table saw in their life. So in their mind, the 4512 is the best table saw they have ever used. A lot of those same people will also rave about the Skil router they just bought, and say “I gave it five stars, just for its looks. I’ll leave another review once I get around to using it”. LOL. Please tell me that you realize that those reviews are manipulated – right?

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BenjaminDaniels

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#11 posted 12-08-2015 01:43 AM

Thanks everyone! I just got the Delta today, so I’m going to start putting it together tomorrow and see how she does! Thanks again!!

-Ben

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Tedstor

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 02:18 AM

Good choice. Enjoy!!

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