|Forum topic by Rayman24||posted 01-16-2012 11:17 PM||6763 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-16-2012 11:17 PM
This is my first review on LJ’s…I hope someone finds it useful!
I researched many table saws for weeks, explored the cost vs benefit aspects of everything in my price range which was $600-$800. After turning my brain to scrambled eggs reading about tables saw I ended up with the Ridgid R4512 from Home Depot. The major reason I got the Ridgid was cost, by using the Harbor Frieght 20% off, and the warranty. Below I have shared my purchase, and assembly experience. As well as my first impressions, tests, and alignments. Please understand, I am just a basic home hobbiest, so wood working is not my life. Please enjoy, and I hope someone finds this useful.
How I used the HF 20% off coupon @ HD:
After beating my head against the wall several times trying to decide which table saw to purhcase, I finally ended up with the Ridgid R4512. I read a lot of reviews concerning Home Depot honoring HF’s 20% off any single item in the store coupon. So after researching this coupon I found it online good through 1/20/2012 and printed it. I called one of my local Home Depots and asked for tools and hardware. I asked the person that answered for that department if they accept cometitors coupons, and he told me they did not. I was a little suprised at the answer he gave since I read so many reviews on here stating other HD’s had honored them, so I called back and asked for the store manager. He was very nice, and after describing the coupon to him he told me he would gladly honor it. I jumped in my truck and went to the HD, where the asking price of the saw was originally $529, I presented the coupon at time of checkout and was rewarded with 20% making my final sale price $424. My advice for anyone interested in this saw is to call the HD before you go in and try.
Assembling the R4512:
I got home from work and unloaded my new TS
MY first test was to try the Casters…I was very impressed they are easy to use and very effective, causing the saw to glide where ever you need it. Next I alligned the ZERO indicator on the rip fence. Finally I checked the blade alignment. Since I dont own a digital miter gauge I used a T square…the blade required about an 1/8” adjusment. Aligning the blade was very easy to do even for a begginer. Once adjusted I did the nickle/penny test…turned the saw on for the first time, and the coins didnt move at all. The first thing I noticed was how quiet is was, and how fast it reached max RPMS. The factory blade is decent at best, I do recommend replacing it with something nice ASAP. The fence is decent enough for your average home hobbiest.
All in all for $424 I this is the best TS on the market from a cost/benefit point of view, especially when you consider Ridgids lifetime warranty. If wood working is mearly a hobby, then this TS will suit you just fine. The fence is more than adequate for your average garage wood working hobbiest. It has more than enough power, and over all is pretty well built. I hope this might be helpful for anyone considering this table saw.