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Cutter26

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02-19-2016 07:43 PM

Hello all! First off I’m new to the forum so I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to post this question. I’m a beginner woodworker and I’m buying used tools to start. I found a used RIGID R4512 table saw on Craigslist for $300. My concern is the price and the rust on the table. Can someone tell me if this is a fair price? I read reviews and the saw gets mostly positive reviews for entry level woodworkers. Thanks!


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#1 posted 02-19-2016 07:56 PM

I don’t know…..i would look under the hood to see whats going on underneath. There might be more rust other than whats on top….

Considering all the heated discussion over the Ridgid table saw, and the condition (based on what i can see from 2 pictures), i would’nt pay $300. The fact that the saw doent go for much more brand new, and the fact that there’s no warranty, or certainty it hasn’t been abused, i would pass.

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 09:46 PM

Reviews are pretty mixed on that saw. Some are great, some are horrible. That one may be great. I still wouldn’t pay $300 though. If you’re looking at used saws, you can do a lot better for that amount of cash. Look for a Unisaw or Powermatic that’s a little older. Or an older Craftsman.

Not saying that saw isn’t worth buying, just saying I think the price is a little steep and the QC on those saws appears to be kinda iffy. And, you can’t return it under warranty like a lot of people have ended up doing.

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 12:14 AM

I would pass as well. I have not used that saw before but have read all about the alignment issue people have.

My main concern with the saw is your lack of experience with table saws. As a beginner to this hobby you may not know exactly how to check or have the tools to check for QC issues that seem to be too common on this saw.

Please don’t take this as me taking a jab at your lack of experience, it is not. I do not want to see you buy something that is not going to be your best option to learn on.

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 12:41 AM


I would pass as well. I have not used that saw before but have read all about the alignment issue people have.
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#5 posted 02-20-2016 12:53 AM

I’d vote to pass as well.

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 12:58 AM

You can buy that saw brand new from Home Depot for not much more, especially if you play with their gift cards and coupons. and have all the perks that come with new tools, like warranty, 90 days no question asked return period and lifetime service contract.

(The rust is very minor and can be cleaned easily)

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#7 posted 02-20-2016 01:00 AM

Hello Cutter, welcome to LJ’s. As far as the Ridgid, I’d pass also. Start looking for an older model Delta or Powermatic and you’ll find that the quality will outlast the initial cost. The Ridgid products just don’t appeal to me. For 3 or 4 hundred you should be able to find something with much more appeal and work-ability. Have fun, make some dust.

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#8 posted 02-20-2016 01:00 AM

The price seems a bit high. In general I find that for something that’s basically mint condition, I’m looking for half the retail price when buying on CL, simply because I am assuming risk by not having a warranty (which usually doesn’t transfer to the new owners). Given that $300 is already over halfway to a new R4512, I’d say no go. The rust, assuming it’s on the top only, wouldn’t look to be an issue. A course of Evaporust would wipe that right off. If you can talk the guy down to $200, and verify that the saw isn’t one afflicted with the blade alignment issue (search this site for many discussions on this), then I’d go for it. Also, if you’re willing to post your general location, i.e. which CL site you’re using, members are usually willing to scope out the scene and offer some suggestions that would maybe be improvements. Welcome to the site!

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#9 posted 02-20-2016 01:36 AM


I would pass as well. I have not used that saw before but have read all about the alignment issue people have.
- joey502

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- 716

My opinion is not based on that individual saw but that model as a whole. If i had used 10 of them without an issue my opinion would be the same.I do not think anyone new to the craft should buy something with known quality issues.

If someone from an engineering or tooling background asked the question my response may be different. That person should have the inspection tools and experience needed to make a better assessment of that saw. The OP did not state their background. Maybe it is a mistake but i am assuming they are not familiar with machine inspection and QC.

No one is helped by your shitty comments. Please go back to asking questions and then arguing with the people who lend their advice.

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Cutter26

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#10 posted 02-20-2016 03:54 PM

Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated! BTW I live in Portland, Oregon and I’ve been searching Craigslist in the Portland metro area and surrounding suburbs. Suggestions are always welcome. Thanks again!

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