Problem assembling ridgid r4511 table saw

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Forum topic by thewoodmaster posted 02-13-2010 07:34 PM 1985 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2010 07:34 PM

I scored a r4511 from home depot a few weeks ago for $299! Started the assembly and most has gone off without a hitch, thanks to many blogs and reviews here on LJ’s. Last night I was putting on the table extensions and the right one had a sag of about 1/16” and the front edge stuck out about 1/16” from the rest of the table. The set screws for leveling the table are screwed in as far as they will go and it will not correct the problem. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was done to correct it? I called Ridgid and they are closed due to inclement weather.

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 07:48 PM

I think I saw a post that said the written instructions were wrong but the on line version was much better,

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 08:07 PM

Go to the Ridgid Forum for woodworking and you will find a hundred posts regarding leveling of the R4511 table extensions. Plus thousands of posts on all other aspects of the saw.

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 09:36 PM

Greetings woodmaster: I don’t own a Ridgid T.S., but I have a Unisaw, and I think this is what you need to do: Start over again. Take off the wings and look for any burrs that might be on the table itself, or the wings. If there is, take a bastard file, or 150 grit sandpaper, and smoothe the burrs off to where they are all gone )if any are there) Put the extensions back on, but don’t tighten the bolts all the way. Make some shims, either tin or copper, about 2” long, 1/2” wide, and 1/16” thick (make several of these), and place them between the table top and extensions. Slowly tighten up the bolts, and use a dead-blow hammer to level the table top and wings. You might have to use a ballpeen hammer, but just light taps to get everything flush. Put a level across the top as you work. Do both sides, and hopefully this will take care of the problem…. check and re-check…

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 03:21 PM

There are around 6 zillion posts about assembling the R4511 on the Ridgid Forum website

Just search R4511 and I’m sure you’ll find your answer. The assembly instructions that came with the saw were written by someone on crack, especially the hercu-lift and dust collection tray parts. It’s a great saw and you’ll be very happy with it once you get it put together.

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 03:44 PM

I just jointed some scrap wood and clamped it to the tabletop. And then set the setscrews…took all of 5 minutes.. I tried doing it by the instructions until I was ready to through everything out the window. The R4511 instructions read like hyrogliphics. Feel free to contact me by PM, I can send you some pics.

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 08:05 PM

I called Ridgid today and they are sending me out a new table extension. No fuss or hassle. Guy just said it sounds like it needs to be replaced, that’ll take 7-10 days, what’s your address? Gotta love great customer service.

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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