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Forum topic by Rob_s posted 07-16-2017 01:47 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob_s

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07-16-2017 01:47 PM

I assume I know the answer to this (return the POS) but I thought I’d check here first. What you see in the pictures below results in not being able to get the blade square to the top on both sides of the blade. If I get the blade to 90 degrees on the right, it’s slightly off on the left, and vice versa. Any suggestions besides returning it?

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 02:16 PM

That has to be the worst table saw top warp I have ever seen. I am usually the guy who says it won’t make any difference but not this time.

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 02:23 PM

Yup! That’s totally unacceptable.

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#3 posted 07-16-2017 02:54 PM

Check the top of any replacement before taking it home. Warping may not be limited only to one machine. If any other shows this much warpage, that is a signal to look for a different brand.

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#4 posted 07-16-2017 03:40 PM

Take it back.

-- mrg

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Rob_s

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 04:33 PM


Check the top of any replacement before taking it home. Warping may not be limited only to one machine. If any other shows this much warpage, that is a signal to look for a different brand.

- MrRon

I think I’m just going to get my money back. I can’t invest another day in this heat to assembling a new one just to find out it has problems too.

Question is, how much do I have to spend on a table saw to reduce the risk of getting another one like this?

Is an $1100 Jet going to be more likely to be flat?

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#6 posted 07-16-2017 05:29 PM

First rule, completely stay away from Rigid. Worst boat anchors to ever be labeled table saws.
The slightly more expensive Delta sold by Lowes is better based on reviews I’ve seen.
The next step up is Grizzly, in my humble opinion. That is what I intend to replace my Craftsman/Rigid TS with. And a good Grizzly can be had for less than a grand.

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Rob_s

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#7 posted 07-16-2017 05:42 PM



First rule, completely stay away from Rigid. Worst boat anchors to ever be labeled table saws.
The slightly more expensive Delta sold by Lowes is better based on reviews I ve seen.
The next step up is Grizzly, in my humble opinion. That is what I intend to replace my Craftsman/Rigid TS with. And a good Grizzly can be had for less than a grand.

- crank49

You’re basing this on internet reviews or your own experience?

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#8 posted 07-16-2017 05:47 PM

One factor in machine quality is aging of
“green” cast iron before it is ground flat.
Manufacturers at the lower end are known
to not age the iron very long while some like
Powermatic have a reputation for aging
the iron a long time. The aging reduces
the warping that can happen when iron
is ground too soon after casting.

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#9 posted 07-16-2017 05:49 PM

I’ve got the Ridgid 4513 with the collapsible stand and absolutely love it.

My guess is that you were unfortunate enough to get a lemon, but IMHO this isn’t an adequate representation of Ridgid table saws in general.

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#10 posted 07-16-2017 07:07 PM

I agree TaySC. A QC issue that could happen at most manufacturing. I’ve got a 4512 that has been quite good.

Sorry Rob that you got a warped top on your saw. Hope your next saw is better.
Mike

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Rob_s

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#11 posted 07-16-2017 07:37 PM

Turns out my neighbor, who has been quite happy with his saw until now, also has a warped top. He hadn’t even checked until I sent him pictures of mine.

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#12 posted 07-16-2017 08:11 PM

Not to defend Ridgid but it looks like someone was very careless with the saw and dropped it once or twice, most probably after it left the factory

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#13 posted 07-16-2017 08:12 PM

I’ve go the same saw, and my primary issues have been with the fence. That got fixed with a great buy on a biesemeyer fence that I stole off of craigslist. I’ve been over that to many times so I’ll stop there.
If I had to do it over again I would have returned the saw. Avoid the ridgid saws at all cost.
For the money and time I have invested in my R4512, I could have had a nice Grizzly saw. And my issues were fixable, unlike your warped table top.
Run away while you can!

-- John

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#14 posted 07-16-2017 08:45 PM



First rule, completely stay away from Rigid. Worst boat anchors to ever be labeled table saws.
The slightly more expensive Delta sold by Lowes is better based on reviews I ve seen.
The next step up is Grizzly, in my humble opinion. That is what I intend to replace my Craftsman/Rigid TS with. And a good Grizzly can be had for less than a grand.

- crank49


Ive got a Ridgid TS3650 that i bought second hand 5 years ago and couldn’t be happier.Also my jointer, planer, and spinal sander are Ridgid. I got less than a 1000$ in all of them combined. Im no fine craftsman but they have served me very well.

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#15 posted 07-16-2017 10:36 PM

I also have a 4512. Upgraded fence and added a Sharkguard. Works well and is a good bang for the buck. Would I like a better saw? Absolutely, but my budget can’t meet the price of one that would be better (at least 4 times what I paid for my new 4512. I particularly like the dust collection.

-- Mike

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