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Forum topic by Woodster73 posted 08-10-2016 12:11 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodster73

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08-10-2016 12:11 PM

I have been pleased with the performance of the Ridgid R4513 since I picked it up at Christmas last year. My issue is the zero clearance insert or dado insert. Can’t find one, Ridgid doesn’t make one. The insert on this saw is metal and about 1/8 inch thick, riding on tabs with small screws in the tabs to adjust the height. It also has a small tab on the back side that holds the end in and magnets on the front that snap the insert down.

Anybody make one specifically for this saw, would love some suggestions.

Thanks


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toolie

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 12:30 PM

Get some 1/4” mdf or plywood and make ZCIs. Just don’t use your fence when cutting the blade slot in the ZCI.

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 09:03 PM

Maybe this would fit?

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/153117/ridgid-r4512-table-saw-zeroclearance-blade-insert.aspx

They also have a dado blank:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/153118/ridgid-r4512-table-saw-zeroclearance-dado-insert.aspx

I used to own the 4510 followed by the 3650. I used Woodcraft ZCI blanks back then. Worked very well.

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Woodster73

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 09:08 PM

Jon,

Unfortunately those inserts for the previous Ridgid saw won’t work, as Ridgid changed the shape of the insert to a rectangular one, so most of the current aftermarket including for the other Ridgid saws won’t fit.

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Woodster73

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 09:09 PM

Actually I did find that Ridgid sells a dado insert, but not a zero clearance one.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 03:32 PM

Make a few. Once you have a template making more is a breeze. Matthias Wadel on youtube has a great video as well as others.

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Jon Hobbs

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 04:27 PM


Jon,

Unfortunately those inserts for the previous Ridgid saw won t work, as Ridgid changed the shape of the insert to a rectangular one, so most of the current aftermarket including for the other Ridgid saws won t fit.

- Woodster73

Boo to Ridgid!

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 04:37 PM

Having to make it that thin out of wood (1/8”!) would scare me a bit, I’d be afraid that even 1/8” plywood or MDF wouldn’t hold up.

Take a look at common plastics when making it. Things like HDPE end up working great for something like that! The best part with HDPE is that you can just buy a cheap cutting board and use that, ends up being much cheaper (HF has a 2 pack for like $10!).

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