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05-14-2018 07:41 PM

Hi, I’m fairly new to woodworking and new to this site. I haven’t had much luck with a table saw. I’m sure this has been debated many times so sorry for that. Buget and space leads me to the Delta 36-725 and the Ridgid R4512. I understand that neither have zero clearance and dado inserts available. Which is not good I don’t have the skills or tools to make them. The closest Lowe’s to me is over 1 1/2hrs away. If it’s worth it I’ll gladly make the drive. I’m mostly ripping 1 by and 2 by pine material haven’t graduated to hardwoods yet. In need of accurate cuts tho. Either one I go with I’ll have to get Lowe’s or HDs card to be able to finance it for 6 months. What would be the best choice for me? Is there a place I can purchase blade inserts for these saws? Is there another saw I’ve overlooked? Thanks so much!


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#1 posted 05-14-2018 07:47 PM

I understand that neither have zero clearance and dado inserts available.
- Axcreek

Got no idea about the Ridgid, but there certainly are inserts (both ZCI and Dado) available. They ain’t cheap though.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 05-14-2018 08:07 PM

I have the Ridgid.Its several yrs. old.No alignment issues that have been reported here on LJ’s.I like it.If I were to buy again it would be something more substantial.And as MrUnix noted there are both ZCI and Dado inserts for the Rigid.I have both-purchased from Leecraft.

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#3 posted 05-14-2018 09:00 PM

Either one I go with I ll have to get Lowe s or HDs card to be able to finance it for 6 months. What would be the best choice for me?

- Axcreek

This is the part that jumps out at me. The best choice is not to go into debt to finance a hobby. Depending on where you live, you should be able to find a used contractor saw for $150-300 that is just as capable as either the new Ridgid or Delta with a little searching and patience.

Used Craftsman 113’s and similar saws from Ridgid, Delta and others pop up in most areas of the country on a regular basis and would give you a quality entry level saw for a much lower investment.

If you don’t mind sharing your general geographical location, there are several on here that are very helpful in finding good quality used saws on Craigslist.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 05-14-2018 11:43 PM

Thanks for the replies. Jay T that is incredibly a good point. I have a brain overloading with ideas so I’m getting impatient. The last saw I tried was a cheap one on Craigslist. The blade doesn’t square to the fence and power isn’t the greatest. So I’m not extremely educated on what to look for used. I’m in central MN.

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 12:16 AM

Something like this one would be a good starting point

https://stcloud.craigslist.org/tls/d/craftsman-contractor-table/6587897100.html

Cast iron top and decent fence for not a lot of outlay.

There are several other Craftsman 113 saws shown, but the others have the factory fence. It can be made to work fine, but the Align-a-rip on the saw above is much better. If the motor works fine, you should just need to put a good blade on it, align it and start cutting. It is missing the splitter and guard. If you want those safety pieces, they are easy to find on ebay for relatively cheap. A lot of people take them off (I did when I had my 113)

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 05-15-2018 01:42 AM



Something like this one would be a good starting point

https://stcloud.craigslist.org/tls/d/craftsman-contractor-table/6587897100.html

Cast iron top and decent fence for not a lot of outlay.

There are several other Craftsman 113 saws shown, but the others have the factory fence. It can be made to work fine, but the Align-a-rip on the saw above is much better. If the motor works fine, you should just need to put a good blade on it, align it and start cutting. It is missing the splitter and guard. If you want those safety pieces, they are easy to find on ebay for relatively cheap. A lot of people take them off (I did when I had my 113)

- JayT

That’s a great deal. An upgraded fence, belt drive induction motor, and two solid cast iron wings for $130.

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 01:47 AM

Thanks I just messaged the guy

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#8 posted 05-15-2018 10:47 AM

And those fence rails can be easily slid to the right for increased rip capacity. Agree that $130 is a very good deal, assuming all is in order mechanically.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#9 posted 05-15-2018 12:15 PM

Don’t dally, good buys don’t last long. I know….

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#10 posted 05-15-2018 11:52 PM

So I messaged the guy last night and I never heard back from the seller. Oh well there will be another one I’m sure

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#11 posted 05-16-2018 12:47 AM

The ad is still there, he may be out of town. Keep emailing him, don’t give up on the first try. larry

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#12 posted 05-16-2018 01:03 PM

Prolly a Ridgid TS2412 or 2424:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/tls/d/ridgid-table-saw-heavy-duty/6576063031.html

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#13 posted 05-16-2018 01:08 PM

This is a week old posting, but would be a good option if still available.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/tls/d/table-saw/6583679304.html

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 05-18-2018 01:41 PM

Any update, Axcreek? Didn’t know if you had any luck with one of the CL ads or if you are still looking.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#15 posted 05-18-2018 04:52 PM

No nothing yet so far. I should have a lot more time to shop around this weekend

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