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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 01-25-2017 02:44 PM 678 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie75

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01-25-2017 02:44 PM

I have a Ridgid 4512 table saw that has the newer three casters system for moving the saw. I am looking for someone who has the four caster system. I am going to see if I can convert my three wheel system to four. I need some photos and dimensions from some one. You may PM me here or my email address: jdgp1931@gmail.com

Anyone who has tried this I would like to hear from you also.
Thanks in advance. LJ folks have been very helpful in the past and I am sure will be again.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 01-25-2017 02:50 PM

Might as well post the pics and measurements here Charlie, in case someone else wants to try it….

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 03:25 PM

Can’t help with the request, but I am curious about what the drawback is for the new three caster base. I assume that Ridgid was looking to save the cost of one caster, but does the new base really suffer as compared to the older one?

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 06:53 PM

I have the R4512 with four casters, but i looked at the levering system once to see if i could emulate it for another tool, and it’s actually pretty complicated. I think honestly you would have a bear of a time trying to do this project. Easier to just buy or make a mobile tool base and place the saw on it, if you want 4 casters.

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#4 posted 01-25-2017 07:15 PM

knotscott, I had not thought about that before but it’s a good suggestion. Someone else may dislike that three caster system as much as I do.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 07:22 PM

Kazooman, My experience with my three caster system is that it is very unstable and I almost tipped mine over twice. Plus they changed the location of the foot pedal from the front of the saw to one side or the other. The right side is difficult to get at because of the rails sticking out and especially more so if you put a router table between those rails. In my shop the saw sits very close to the wall on the left side so it is difficult (spell that almost impossible) to squeeze in there ti activate the foot pedal.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the saw other then that. I just don’t understand, unless it’s to save a few dollars, why Ridgid decided to make this change.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#6 posted 01-25-2017 07:29 PM

William, I am beginning to think like you do. I assume your foot pedal is in front of you. Is this the narrow side or the wide side of the saw? I bet you really like your four caster system.
To us three caster guys, the big rub came because most of the printed material showed the four caster system and when we (I) opened the box, you guessed it. The three caster system.
There have been a few guys who have threatened Ridgid with a complaint to the BBB and they claim that Ridgid managed to locate a four caster system.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#7 posted 01-25-2017 07:39 PM

Charlie, I see your problem now. Having the pedal on the side does create some issues, especially if the saw has to be near a wall like yours. That said, the pedal on my PCS Sawstop is on the left side. I wish I had the better Sawstop base, but the one I have came as part of a package deal.

As far as tipping the saw over can you adjust how high the base lifts the saw off the floor. The smaller the distance between the feet and the ground the less likely a spill could occur.

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 09:00 PM

Kazooman, I don’t think there is a way to adjust this as you suggest.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#9 posted 01-26-2017 01:22 AM

Ok, here a the photos of mine. Hard to get a good photo, but the 1st two the saw in down, the the 2nd two it is up.

-- John

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#10 posted 01-26-2017 02:13 AM

Thanks so much. These are somewhat different then the three caster set up. This is turning out to be more complicated then I first thought.
Is the side where the foot pedal is the narrow side or the wide side of the saw?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#11 posted 01-26-2017 03:20 AM



Thanks so much. These are somewhat different then the three caster set up. This is turning out to be more complicated then I first thought.
Is the side where the foot pedal is the narrow side or the wide side of the saw?

- Charlie75


All the photos are looking under the left wing. The pedal is at the front of the saw. So wide side, and you face it as if you were using the saw.

-- John

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#12 posted 01-26-2017 09:46 AM


Thanks so much. These are somewhat different then the three caster set up. This is turning out to be more complicated then I first thought.
Is the side where the foot pedal is the narrow side or the wide side of the saw?

- Charlie75

All the photos are looking under the left wing. The pedal is at the front of the saw. So wide side, and you face it as if you were using the saw.

- bigJohninvegas


-- Charlie75, Alto

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Charlie75

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#13 posted 01-26-2017 09:55 AM

Then I guess that what I wanted to do would not be advisable. Reason being, Ridgid apparently redesigned that whole saw. If I read your statement correct the wide side of the saw is towards the operator. My saw the narrow side is towards the operator. Even if I were to secure one of the four castor systems the pedal would end up on the end of the saw instead of the front. I have gained almost nothing.

So, I guess I am back to square one. I will build a DIY caster system or buy one of the many systems out there. Woodcraft has a sale on one right now for about half price I think.

Thanks John for taking the trouble to send me photos. And every one else who commented here, thanks you also.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#14 posted 01-26-2017 03:21 PM

Charlie, if you have not solved your problem yet pm me and I will send you 2 plans that you may like. They are not my ideas but 2 that I have found that I like that you can do yourself. larry

Just found the link to one of them so here it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=122w40ZBrJg

The second one is easier but it is in a pdf file.

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#15 posted 01-27-2017 02:49 AM

Charlie,this one is real simple, I think I will try it and see how I like it.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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