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Forum topic by nexgen91 posted 11-19-2017 05:59 PM 3888 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nexgen91

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11-19-2017 05:59 PM

First of off hi everyone, I am a long time lurker, but decided it was time to make an account, as I wanted to get opinions on table saw purchase. I have the opportunity to purchase a DeWalt 746 locally, it includes the 52 inch extension table/rails, as well as a dado set (which I don’t have and need as well) the seller is a professional shop, and the price is $400 for everything. The other option is to save my pennies a little longer and get a Ridgid R4512, I am not sure how it compares exactly, and which would be the better saw, so I am looking for opinions. Will be used as a hobby saw. The thing that concerns me with the DeWalt is the lack of a riving knife, I currently have a Ridgid R4513 as my first saw so used to it being there should this worry me?


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01ntrain

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#1 posted 11-19-2017 06:29 PM

Eh, this one could go either way, as I think that the older Dewalt is probably a little tired. The Ridgid is OK, but it comes with requisite issues, as well. If you’re saving your pennies, I’d give a serious look at the new Grizzly hybrid saw.

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nexgen91

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#2 posted 11-19-2017 06:46 PM



Eh, this one could go either way, as I think that the older Dewalt is probably a little tired. The Ridgid is OK, but it comes with requisite issues, as well. If you re saving your pennies, I d give a serious look at the new Grizzly hybrid saw.

- 01ntrain

Thanks for the input, I like the grizzly it looks like a nice saw and not a bad price, I need something somewhat portable as I have to use my shop (two car garage) for auto repairs occasionally and need to be able to move it (or keep it) to one side do you think it would be possible with the grizzly?

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Carloz

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#3 posted 11-19-2017 06:50 PM

$400 for a used by a shop contractor saw is a ripoff. $75 is the max you should pay for it. I personally would not buy anything used in a professional shop.

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nexgen91

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#4 posted 11-19-2017 06:56 PM



$400 for a used by a shop contractor saw is a ripoff. $75 is the max you should pay for it. I personally would not buy anything used in a professional shop.

- Carloz

Thank you for that, bringing me back down to earth (and to my senses). I am supposed to go look at it later, might just stay here :)

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01ntrain

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#5 posted 11-19-2017 07:27 PM

If you can get it for $75, feel free….people around my area would def buy it for $400, or more. We’ve got people around here trying to sell 30 year old Craftsmans for that much. Being a bit unrealistic there, Carloz.

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#6 posted 11-19-2017 08:15 PM

^^^
If uou want to see what people are trying to sell go to the “Craigslist posters gone nuts topic

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#7 posted 11-19-2017 08:21 PM

Okay let me tell you this. about the Ridgid 4512….. OH NEVER MND!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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nexgen91

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#8 posted 11-19-2017 08:26 PM



Okay let me tell you this. about the Ridgid 4512….. OH NEVER MND!

- richardchaos

please elaborate :)

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#9 posted 11-19-2017 08:29 PM

you have never read my harangues about the R4512?

Okay let me tell you this. about the Ridgid 4512….. OH NEVER MND!

- richardchaos

please elaborate :)

- nexgen91

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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nexgen91

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#10 posted 11-19-2017 08:37 PM


you have never read my harangues about the R4512?

Okay let me tell you this. about the Ridgid 4512….. OH NEVER MND!

- richardchaos

please elaborate :)

- nexgen91

- richardchaos

~~negative, link please :)~~ disreguard I found some of it, duley noted. i am considering a grizzly hybrid or delta now I guess.

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ppg677

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#11 posted 11-20-2017 01:46 PM

The R4512 is heavily criticized in this forum. I had it for a year before upgrading to a SawStop PCS.

The R4512 is a decent saw and far better than portable or jobsite saws. It has good safety features, good power, and has the heft of a cast iron top.

But the fence is a poor design and can’t reliably lock down straight. You can upgrade the fence later. But agree that once you include the price of a fence upgrade, stretching to a Grizzly looks attractive.

I know nothing about the DW746. If it has a riving knife and a good fence, I would definitely consider offering $300 for a solid servicable contractor-grade saw.

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#12 posted 11-20-2017 02:30 PM


i am considering a grizzly hybrid or delta now I guess.

I have never owned one, but if I were starting out I would be looking very hard at that Grizzly hybrid.

Your thinking the right way, IMO. Speaking from experience, the first ts I owned was a 60’s vintage used “crapsman” I bought from a friend. (Actually my first ts was circ saw screwed to a piece of plywood) It was a dangerous saw because it was underpowered and had a very poor fence.

I saved my pennies and bought a 3HP Jet cabinet saw. It was like going from a Model T to a Porsche. 15 years later & I have never had to adjust the saw.

What I’m saying is aTS is THE most important machine in a ww’ing shop. I would definitely avoid the consumer saws you see in the big box stores, although lots of guys have that Rigid and like it, your expectations may not be what their’s are.

Before you buy a new saw, I suggest you look for a used, older model saw like Jet, Rockwell, Powermatic, or Unisaw. They are not necessarily that easy to find, but if you have a $1K budget you are in reach. Or, you may find a really good deal, too.

Good luck hope this helps.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#13 posted 11-20-2017 02:34 PM

Thanks for the input, I like the grizzly it looks like a nice saw and not a bad price, I need something somewhat portable as I have to use my shop (two car garage) for auto repairs occasionally and need to be able to move it (or keep it) to one side do you think it would be possible with the grizzly?

You can put wheels on any saw and make it portable.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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nexgen91

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#14 posted 11-20-2017 08:28 PM


i am considering a grizzly hybrid or delta now I guess.
I have never owned one, but if I were starting out I would be looking very hard at that Grizzly hybrid.

Your thinking the right way, IMO. Speaking from experience, the first ts I owned was a 60 s vintage used “crapsman” I bought from a friend. (Actually my first ts was circ saw screwed to a piece of plywood) It was a dangerous saw because it was underpowered and had a very poor fence.

I saved my pennies and bought a 3HP Jet cabinet saw. It was like going from a Model T to a Porsche. 15 years later & I have never had to adjust the saw.

What I m saying is aTS is THE most important machine in a ww ing shop. I would definitely avoid the consumer saws you see in the big box stores, although lots of guys have that Rigid and like it, your expectations may not be what their s are.

Before you buy a new saw, I suggest you look for a used, older model saw like Jet, Rockwell, Powermatic, or Unisaw. They are not necessarily that easy to find, but if you have a $1K budget you are in reach. Or, you may find a really good deal, too.

Good luck hope this helps.

- rwe2156

Thank you for the info, I am keeping a lookout on CL, Letgo, etc to see if any good deals come up (most everyone around here wants top dollar for their used stuff, I have seen a few good deals on older saws, but most are far away or dont have the features I want). The Grizzly fits the bill, and I think it would suit me for the foreseeable future. This little portable job saw is just not cutting it (literally) :)

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nexgen91

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#15 posted 11-20-2017 08:28 PM



Thanks for the input, I like the grizzly it looks like a nice saw and not a bad price, I need something somewhat portable as I have to use my shop (two car garage) for auto repairs occasionally and need to be able to move it (or keep it) to one side do you think it would be possible with the grizzly?

You can put wheels on any saw and make it portable.

- bondogaposis

I dont know why I didnt think of that :)

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