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Forum topic by elroyy posted 05-11-2017 01:01 AM 428 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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elroyy

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05-11-2017 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: r4511 discontinued parts ridgid customer service large brains

Hi folks, Maybe more than anything I just need a few new eyes and brains on my problem. I have a 6 year old Ridgid R4511. Great saw. A little underpowered on 8/4 hard maple, but that’s what I get for buying a 1.75 hp saw. I started having elevation adjustment problems about 2 months ago. The height adjustment worn gear intersects a 1/3 moon shaped cast iron gear that raises the trunnion. The moon shaped gear is pictured below… its cast iron and has a few teeth worn and won’t adjust over 1 1/8” high without removing the blade, getting a pry bar under the gear and raising it to about 2 1/4” height where the gear will engage again. The part is discontinued and When i bought the saw there was on online LSA glitch where I was told to mail in UPC, form, and receipt and I’d be OK. Well, that didn’t happen and I’m not OK now.

Ridgid has discontinued the part. I cannot find a pet on Steel City’s (manufacturer) website that looks anywhere close to the same.

The biggest problem this presents is when trying to use my dado or box joint blade sets, which are only 8” in diameter. So I’ve got to cut either no dado or a dado 1/2” deep or more.

Can’t really afford to buy another Saw right now.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."


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SignWave

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#1 posted 05-11-2017 01:51 AM

I don’t see any photos in your post, but I presume you’re talking about the Pivot Bracket (part B43).

If this happened to my saw, I’d remove the part, then build up that area with some silicon bronze brazing filler. Then I’d use a file to true up the grooves.

If you’re not comfortable doing this, a machine shop can do it. Not sure what it will cost, but it will be cheaper than a new saw.

I like my r4511. I replaced the fence, but other than that, it is a fine saw.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#2 posted 05-11-2017 02:12 AM

Yes, the pivot bracket. I did find the online entry where I tried to register the LSA, the receipt, and the UPC, where I sent it in Nov 2011. I’m going to tr to sweet talk Ridgid customer service tomorrow.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#3 posted 05-11-2017 02:20 AM

I hope they are responsive.

The teeth on mine seem to be in good shape, thankfully.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#4 posted 05-17-2017 11:24 PM

No help from Ridgid, but some sleuthing and Google fu led me to Sears Parts Direct where I ordered part number 31061.00, pintle, which will he here tomorrow. Pictured below is the culprit. $38 to the door.

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#5 posted 05-17-2017 11:27 PM

One can see that I’m eventually going to have the same problem on the front bracket, which controls bevel. Unfortunately the rod holding the bevel worm gear passes through the cast arm of the trunnion so there’s no adjustment. Luckily I don’t use the bevel a lot.

Starting to save nickels for a real table saw.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#6 posted 05-18-2017 12:16 AM

I’m glad you found a replacement.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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