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Forum topic by Luke posted 01-17-2011 06:52 AM 2904 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Luke

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01-17-2011 06:52 AM

Hello all,
I was hoping that someone could help me with a question about the Ridgid 4512 Table saw. I’ve been looking for a better table saw for some time. Wife bought me a cheapie Ryobi a few years back, and its served its purpose.

I’ve been basically looking at three saws, the Porter Cable TS270 ($599 @ Lowes) the Craftsman 21833 (Heard some unsettling things about it) and the Ridgid 4512. I’ve been hounding craigslist for anything used but not much except more of what I’m trying to get rid of.

I really like what I’ve heard about the Ridgid models, but can anyone confirm that the miter track is a t track? I know the fence system has T-Track but my Home Depot doesn’t have these, and I can’t seem to find a display in my area.

Thanks,
Luke


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#1 posted 01-17-2011 05:00 PM

Luke – The miter tracks on this saw are t-track, but it’s worth noting that this saw has little in common with previous Ridgid saws except for the name plate, so drawing correlations between them won’t be overly helpful to you. AFAIK, this saw is made by Dayton, and is essentially the same saw as the Cman 21833, also made by Dayton, but there may be some minor differences in a few of the “bolt ons” or accessories. The former Ridgid R4511 was made by Steel City/Orion and was a completely different design with a different fence. The former Ridgid TS3650/3660 contractor saw was made by TTI-Ryobi for Emerson. The former Ridgid TS3612, TS2424, and TS2412 were made by Emerson in the USA, and was the same as the former Craftsman contractor saws made by Emerson until 1997.

You’re likely to hear positive and negative comments about all 3 of the saws you’re looking at. From what I’ve seen, they have comparable features, comparable quality, and there’s no real clear winner among these three.

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