is $200 for a "like new" Ridgid R4510 a deal?

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Forum topic by Millo posted 09-02-2010 07:09 PM 2466 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 07:09 PM

Sorry to ask this type of question, which I know is somewhat nuanced because it depends on whether it is REALLY like new, or whether it was bought extremely cheap b/c there was some defect in it, etc… I haven’t seen it yet, but even though I thought I wouldn’t buy a table saw until I had $2000 to get a SawStop (i like 5 yrs from now, LOL!) this ad came up on CL, and since I remember seeing this saw being sold for I believe somewhere $400-500 at Home Depot just thought “maybe I should just cut the crap and start getting tools I know I will need”. I’m partially kidding w/ the SawStop—initially I was looking for a belt-driven b/c I’ve read they;re more powerful and quieter—I’m a musician and keeping my fingers attached to my hands and protecting my hearing are two very important concerns. I am also taking a single introductory cabinet-making class at the local community college and have used a SawStop there, and since the first time I used it I and everyone around immediately noticed how much quieter it was compared to the Unisaw, Powermatic, etc. also in the workshop. Oh, I’m not expecting the R4510 to perform as these cabinet saws.

I am also a newbie w/ ADD who should be concentrating on applying finishes to the few projects crappily built as opposed to spending money on tools he thinks he might not have the time to use at the moment, LOL!

Any input in regards to this saw will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 07:13 PM

cabinet making? furniture? fine woodworking? hobby for the long run?


just get a decent belt driven saw. the direct drive are just not worth it in my opinion – even though some are really good for what they are.

the only reason I’d get a direct drive saw, is if I absolutely didn’t have the space to put a floor standing heavy saw.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 07:16 PM

if you don’t have a table saw and could use one for things you want to build, then I would get it. Better to have something when you could for a good price than nothing at all.

If your that concerned with you fingers (as everyone is, I’m sure) just always be alert to what your doing knowing that if your not…. I think you get the picture.

I say go for it, assuming it is in good working order. Like new or not, it can work good for a long time if taken care of.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 07:30 PM


I forgot to mention, LACK OF SPACE IS A CONCERN. I was wondering if the ts3650 or 3660 were easy to move around, as I don’t have either the money or muscle for buying or moving around a granite-topped model.

Aside from that, all the jobs you mentioned on the first line of your post are my eventual goals. Eventual.

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 07:30 PM

oh, thanks!

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 09:53 PM

That’s a good price on a decent “contractor” (meaning job site) saw.

Couple advantages of this saw over a tradition contractor saw like the TS3650 or TS3660
1. Riving knife and split guard
2. Top is cast aluminum – don’t need to maintain
3. Very Mobile – folding stand
4. Good Dust Collection with a shop vac (dust shroud around the blade)

Biggest disadvantages are te same as any other job site/portable saw. The largest issue is always that it is a direct drive saw which translates to less power. The 4510 will still cut through wood fine, just have to take it slower. The next is weight, a portable saw is designed to be lighter and mobile, the granite monstrosity 4511 tips the scale at 452 lbs, even with a 3/4 enclosed cabinet that is close to most full blown cabinet saws because of the extra weight on the granite. Weight means less vibration and more stability.

If you’re challenged on space I’d take a good look at the Ridgid or a used BT3K, they’re great learner to early hobby saws, can keep your initial cost down and have reliable safety features, no they’re not SawStop, but remember that amputations aren’t the only danger of a table saw.

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 06:16 AM

Guys thanks for the replies. Do you know: is this thing as noisy as any other saw, or is it noisier?

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 04:02 PM

I’ll pass for now… It’d be collecting dust (not necessarily saw dust) for the next two months or so, and I’d rather save for now. Thanks for your help, guys!

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 04:31 PM

I just got this saw recently (new). It was a huge upgrade from my first, which was a bottom-of-the-line ryobi BTS10. I also have limited space and a cabinet or hybrid saw is just not realistic for at least a couple of years. It was somewhat pricey, but I figured that with the warranty (which you probably wouldn’t get) I will find uses for it even after I have a better shop saw (jobsite stuff around the eventual house/yard). The direct drive is loud, but more than capable of cutting 8/4 hardwoods with a good blade and slow feed, which is about the limit of what I need for the foreseeable future. If you don’t have a table saw, even this saw would vastly improve your work and enjoyment. Plus, ear plugs are an easy option and with diligence and safety features installed most table saws are quite safe.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 06:51 PM

If you wait for the new ridgid table saw


I heard it will be releases on labor day or that week

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 02:37 AM

Dchip: wow, you got a lot of cool projects there… that saw, huh? Well, I already told the lady I needed to pass…

Steven: thanks for the heads-up. Seems reasonable considering extra stability, power and less noise. Cool…

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