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Forum topic by bill1352 posted 01-22-2010 03:35 PM 987 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2010 03:35 PM

my little woodworking business is in dire need of a real table saw. my job site fold up Craftsman is a good saw but precision is not its middle name. as i’m living on unemployment money is more then tight. Jet has a sale on its pro shop line. looks like a good table, sure beats my table. 52” fence system but the choice is cast wings or stamped steel and the difference in price is $200 for cast. i could get a nice mitre guage for that. Any ideas on if its worth the $200 for cast over steel? seems to me both would be solid. the mitre tracks are in the table top not the wings & that is cast.

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 03:59 PM

bill1352, call a few of the HD’s in your area and see if any of them have the Rigid 4511 left on sale for $299. Great price for the saw.

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 06:39 PM

Bill, I’ve seen both versions of this saw. Of course it all comes down to the money, but I would definitely
go with the cast iron wings. To me they are worth the extra $200. Long term they will hold up better. With power tools, heavier is always better.That said, if you are moving the saw a lot, the stamped steel wings would be lighter, therefore easier to move.Unfortunately, we usually all have to weigh cost versus quality, and establish priorities. You might desperately need that $200 for another tool. If so, the stamped steel wings are certainly OK.
This is a very good saw for the money, and I would highly reccomend it. The saw is the same, no matter which wings you chose.


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#3 posted 01-22-2010 06:50 PM

If you can still grab one, the $299.00 sale for the Ridgid R4511 is a GREAT deal on a really nice saw…

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 06:51 PM

Since money is an issue right now, go with the stamped steel and upgrade if you want/need to after you get rich doing woodworking. I used a Craftsman TS with stamped steel wings for over 25 years. I always thought it would be nice to get the cast wings, but didn’t see any real advantage to having them.

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 07:43 PM

Cast iron is a “nice to have” in my book…$200 is pretty steep. Steel works, but I definitely prefer cast…it’s value really depends on what the $200 means…seems high to me. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can always get steel, then scope out a deal on any used solid 27” x 8, 10, or 12” cast wings later. Cast iron drills pretty easily so is easy to retrofit. Then you could sell your steel wings. Between the $40-$50 or so you’ll get for the steel wings, and the money you saved buying used cast iron wings, you can still get a decent miter gauge.

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 09:20 PM

what advantage does cast iron provide over stamped steel?

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 09:43 PM

Jei -

That’s what I kept asking myself when I had that Craftsman TS. The cast looked cooler, but since I’m a bad one to lay stuff on the saw table (as well as every other horizontal surface), the stamped steel kept me from constantly having to pick my stuff up from the floor. – lol

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 09:48 PM

I had a Delta TS with stamped wings for my first 10 years with no problems. Like was mentioned before it you feel you need them at a later time then you can upgrade. Save the money and get a good Forrest saw blade and pocket the change. A good blade is better than cast wings in my book.

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 10:13 PM

Thats what I thought. i couldn’t see dishing out $200 for cast over stamped. that $200 can buy a nice Incra mitre gauge. if i had the extra cash cast would be nice. I did check on the Rigdid, all sold out. they aren’t carrying them any more thats why the big sale. I thank you folks for the input, always good to get a second opinion.

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