|Forum topic by Ray D||posted 03-06-2016 04:03 AM||557 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
03-06-2016 04:03 AM
First off I’m sorry for the rambling and I hope I explained my needs correctly. I know I’ve asked numerous questions before and have yet to respond to the needs of others but I’m still getting myself back up to speed and don’t want to misinform anyone with improper answers. After falling ill I found myself with a lot of time on my hands so after decades of giving up my old shop and because of life’s new curve ball I decide to build a new shop again. With the exception of my table saw I have now spent thousands on full size machines and the basement build out. I really wanted a full size cabinet saw but the size was a bit much to get into the basement. So after reading a lot of reviews I sold my other smaller new saw. Then after receiving a “I’m sorry for the poor service, here is a $100 credit for whenever you want to use it” from HD (plus I had a coupon), I bought a Ridgid R4512 for $400 – it had all the new cast markings on it so let’s hope all goes well with it. Ha! Ha!
So my question is about a proper blade that’s compatible with a RK. The R4512 RK states the minimum blade kerf is .094 with the RK being .090. I was thinking that’s great, I got a new Ridge TS 2000 thin kerf (.094) for Christmas. I decided to double check the RK thickness and found it to be .092 (I think the increase is because of the powder coat and really don’t want to grind it down). With that be said I am now unsure if I want to chance that blade not working with the increase thickness of the RK and end up with now a used blade instead of new blade. Anyway, I emailed Ridge Carbide to get the actual kerf of the blade (which is an actual .094) and based off my concerns they proposed that since they make their own blades here in the USA, they could make me whatever kerf I want. To play it safe I’m considering a .100 grind. Truth being said, I would rather have a separate Ripper and CC but I can’t find a good thin kerf that fits. Do you think the .100 Ridge blade (body .087) is an acceptable choice or, does anyone have any other suggestions?
Side Note The folks at Ridge Carbide are wonderful to work with. Very responsive and will to work with you. Thanks again,
-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois