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bgilb

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1639 days ago

I was staining something on my workbench, and glanced just behind the blade guard and looked closer and noticed a hair line crack going all the way from the middle of the throat plate to the edge of the granite. I ran my finger across and it only feels aesthetic. Sadly my pride is damaged though…

I don’t really know when this could of happened? I’ve been very careful about the top.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 1639 days ago

Always a bummer when something like that happens, but contact Ridgid CS and have them cover it under warranty. Should be no issues having it fixed.

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#2 posted 1639 days ago

Like Scott said Ridgid will cover it.

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Luke

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#3 posted 1639 days ago

Dang, that stinks. I was considering this saw but the granite was a no no in the end for me. For your sake I hope that’s the last crack you have to deal with, but it just makes me too nervous. Count this as #3 in the “cracks I have heard of” department. HD will fix it though, no worries.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 1639 days ago

Greetings….... I personally think that granite tops on table saws is the worst idea that has come along yet.
Granite is not meant to be used for that purpose. These saw manufacturers should realize that the vibration alone will cause it to crack in time. What’s wrong with these people? Stick with good old steel. It’s been around for decades, and proven itself worthy and realiable on power tools and machines. What a hair-brained notion…...!!!!!! I’m with skywalker 01…..I’ve also heard these horror stories (about 4-5) on those tops cracking.
I think folks should think about the consquineces before they jump in and buy these crappy-topped saws.
The old saying…..if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,.... still applys. And the bad thing is….. these guys have to go through the hassle of taking the saw back, getting it fixed or replaced, and have the same thing possibly happen to it again….. it ain’t worth it to me…..another headache I don’t need….. Ok….. I’m done.

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sh2005

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#5 posted 1638 days ago

bgilb,
Didn’t you recently buy the saw? Could it be that the top already had the crack but wasn’t visible until now?

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Roper

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#6 posted 1638 days ago

hate to be the bad guy but i think i just read where they are discontinung this saw because of this problem. i just saw one for sale at the local hd for dirt cheap.

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 1638 days ago

Its just another gimick to sell more tools.

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#8 posted 1638 days ago

Sorry to hear about the crack but Ridgid will fix it. That area is the narrowest on that top and might benefit from a few shims under that area.

I think folks should think about the consquineces before they jump in and buy these crappy-topped saws.
Funny how people are so quick to call these saws junk when they hear of a few cracking….A crack which, from my understanding, does not hamper the performance. Every TS top material has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Pick your poison. Yes, granite can chip and crack. Likewise, steel and cast iron can warp and rust. Personally I would much rather deal with a crack that is aesthetic and yet is still flat than a warped and rusted cast piece. Steel has been around a long time….but granite has been around much much longer.

I love my 4511 and IMHO you cannot get a better “bang for your buck” saw. If given to do all over again I wouldn’t hesitate one second to buy this all over again.

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1638 days ago

You are not the first to experience a crack in that same place. This is more evidence for my guess that one of the reasons Ridgid discontinued the saw is because they were losing too much profit replacing these tops under warranty.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dbhost

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#10 posted 1638 days ago

Not to disparage the R4511, there are a LOT of features of this saw that I LOVE… But the granite top has always been a concern for me… I am not sure why, but Home Depot early this month had them marked for clearance at $299.00. I know they have had a lot of trouble with production of this saw.

I can only hope that if the problem is with the granite, that Ridgid goes to a cast iron top on the same saw, as it is otherwise a really good machine for the $$...

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 1638 days ago

sorry to hear that – I’m also curious if that crack was there from shipping/mfg or is it something that just happened now?

on another note- yes granite tops may not be the best thing, and they are more fragile than cast iron, but if people didn’t try new things and innovate – we would still be using rocks for woodworking tools, and forget about getting anything square/flat within 1”

the good thing is that Ridgid fully covers those granite tops in the warranty.

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KayBee

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#12 posted 1638 days ago

Maybe they’ll let you keep the cracked top after they replace it. Then you’ll have a pretty serious surface plate for scary sharp or whatever. : )

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#13 posted 1638 days ago

Not to worry – too much. Mine cracked a couple months ago in the same spot, see it here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/11466.
Ridgid replaced the top, I have the new top sitting in the shop but have not changed it. I have also not noticed the crack getting any worse.

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Luke

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#14 posted 1638 days ago

Sorry to hear about the crack but Ridgid will fix it. That area is the narrowest on that top and might benefit from a few shims under that area.

”I think folks should think about the consquineces before they jump in and buy these crappy-topped saws.” Funny how people are so quick to call these saws junk when they hear of a few cracking….A crack which, from my understanding, does not hamper the performance.

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bgilb

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#15 posted 1638 days ago

The crack just randomly appeared one day. I’m 100% positive it wasn’t there before. My only 2 ideas of what could have caused it are the vibration heavy shutdown, or me accidentally releasing the herc-u-lift pedal too soon.

The crack really doesn’t hamper the performance at all. Mine looks about exactly like Timbo’s. I’m barely wanting to bug Ridgid for a new top, but I figure I could use an extra on hand in case it gets worse (Which I don’t really think it will, but In case I accidentally drop a 50lb barbell on the top hah).

The granite isn’t perfect, but cast iron has its flaws too. I am happy with the saw and thought it was awesome at 499$ and at $299 I almost feel like I’m stealing money from Ridgid.

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