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Forum topic by bobbylight2 posted 11-25-2016 04:24 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2016 04:24 PM

I am thinking about purchasing a portable table saw, and I am leaning towards the Ridgid simply because of the warranty. I have read up alot and it seems to be that the Bosch gets the beest reviews, hobut I just can’t afford that. How does the Ridgid compare to the Bosch, and is there anyhthing I should know about the Ridgid, good or bad?

Thanks guys/gals


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 01:16 PM

Not the best saw for a ww’er. They are really more for a carpenter looking to rip the occasional board.

What’s the budget?

I suggest start looking at a contractor’s saw. For the same money you can find used ones, maybe even an older model Delta. Even a recent model Craftsman would be better.

Good luck!

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 03:44 PM

Gotta remember that the “warranty” is a service agreement, and you have to send/take the item to a service center for repairs. Lots of folks have been burned due to their interpretation. Small items may not be a problem, but try shipping a table saw to a service center. Not easy at all.
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#3 posted 11-26-2016 10:45 PM

I bought the Ridgid contractor’s saw on Black Friday last year—so a year’s worth of experience with it. It was $299 and honestly, I think it has been well worth the investment. It has done what I have needed. Previously I was using a Shopsmith and after a BAD kickback accident, I decided I wanted a saw with a riving knife, pawls and a blade guard. What I like about the saw: The fence seems to be ok for what I use it for. The blade has stayed square and true—so none of the issues reported online. I can change the blade quickly. The table area is fairly large, so for me, it has been fine. I built a large cross-cut sled and use that a lot. What I don’t like about it. It is fairly light and can move when cutting heavier/thicker wood pieces. I HATE the quick start—when you turn the saw on, it jumps from zero to full speed in a nano second. Not a smooth start.

So, for a very low cost saw—it has worked well for me. I have made several large furniture pieces – lots of end grain cutting boards—book cases and a variety of other projects. I would love a larger and heavier saw, but for me, it isn’t going to happen. I have space issues and a basement shop. This saw can fold up when I need the space for other projects. So like others have said—if you can afford a better saw, go for it. If you are like me and need something that works pretty well and does what you need, the Ridgid has been fine. Note: getting the warranty is tricky. You register and send in your receipts and THINK they will send you an email telling you to do the final steps. Nope, I checked back after 29 days and found that I had ONE DAY to finalize the warranty. I made the cut off time—but it really is not an easy process. And as other have said, not sure it is worth the effort because you have to haul the tool into an authorized dealer or ship it.

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 11:50 PM



I bought the Ridgid contractor s saw on Black Friday last year—so a year s worth of experience with it. It was $299 and honestly, I think it has been well worth the investment. ...
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Are you talking about the Ridgid R4512 contractor saw for $299, or the R4510 portable jobsite saw?

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#5 posted 11-26-2016 11:57 PM

Sorry—-I was talking about the R4513—Heavy Duty 10 in. Portable Table Saw With Stand.

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#6 posted 11-27-2016 02:14 AM

I was refering to the R4513.

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#7 posted 11-27-2016 02:17 AM


Not the best saw for a ww er. They are really more for a carpenter looking to rip the occasional board.

What s the budget?

I suggest start looking at a contractor s saw. For the same money you can find used ones, maybe even an older model Delta. Even a recent model Craftsman would be better.

Good luck!

I just want something to do a few things during the weekends. Not a professional, just like to tinker.

- rwe2156


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