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Forum topic by Rayman24 posted 01-16-2012 11:17 PM 5147 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rayman24

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01-16-2012 11:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

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 10:30pm. I decided that i wasnt tired enough to sleep, and decided to put this thing together. So at about 11pm I opened the box to see what I was geetting myself into. First I was impressed how well packed the saw was, all the pieces were where they were suppose to be. Overall the saw was very simple to put together, I finished about 1:15am so a toal of 2h 45min. The saw is pretty stout weighing in at about 250lbs. Most all the directions were very clear and self explanitory. Most of the drawn diagrams are helpful and easy to diagnos, however there was a couple times i found myself scratching my head when looking at the diagram. All in all the saw went together without a hicup…all parts and pieces were in the box. Final recommendation is to give yourself as large of assembly area as possible, & like anything dont rush…again dont rush…if you take your time, and double check everything will go much smoother. One other suggestion is to were old clothes because the table top is coated with some protective oil that will get on your clothes.

My Tests:

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.

Final point:

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.

-- Rayman24


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don1960

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 11:57 PM

A very good review, and I agree with you completely. I have the same saw, just bought it right before Xmas.

I too was amazed at how ruggedly it was built. “Gliding” on the casters is a good choice of words. It’s like it is riding on air. Darn slick.

Just this weekend I made a small box from some scrap walnut. Mitered corners, and this is the first thing I ever made on a tablesaw that fit perfectly the first time. Absolutely perfect 45 degree corners. (now , my previous saw was an old aluminum table 9” craftsman that was a low end saw, so I never had anything good to actually work with. Even so, I was darned impressed with the Ridgid.)

I can highly recommend the zero-clearance replacement insert from Woodcraft. I know a lot of people like to make their own, but for $25, that thing is nice! It fits with no leveling adjustment needed between it and the factory insert, and running an indicator along the whole thing it’s only out of level .0025” at the worst point. Impressive.

-- -- Don from PA

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 12:46 AM

I think I would wait and use the saw for a few weeks before proclaiming it the “best saw on the market from a cost/benefit point of view”

I have the Craftsman 21833, which is the exact same saw in red and silver paint. I, too, thought it was so nice when I got it together, and how nice it glides around, and didn’t vibrate at all. And what a deal, I only paid $409 for it plus tax.

Now after having to re-adjust the arbor alignment 4 times in less than 2 years, and discovering the riving knife shifts laterally about 2mm when you raise the blade, causing your work to hang on the riving knife, and the blade is not vertical or parallel with the miter slot except at the height it was when you adjust it, I’m not so willing to give it such a glowing review.

Maybe, they improved the crappy construction and design since they built mine, but I still think you are being a little pre-mature with you review.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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toolie

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 04:08 AM

rayman…what about the warranty appealed to you?

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

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Rayman24

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 06:10 AM

The fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty is nice…and I have a Ridgid service comapany here so I dont have to send it out. If ia company is willing to stand behind their work for the life of the product tells me that they arent to worried about things going wrong, otherwise it woulndt be very cost effective to have a lifetime warranty.

-- Rayman24

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 06:14 AM

I’m sorry you had a poor experience Crank49, But if you notice in my review I stated with the HF discount it becomes the best cost/benefit saw on the market in my opinon…if I was unable to get the 20% off I was going to get a grizzly. Also the lifetime warranty was a nice value to me as well since we have a Ridgid service center here in Reno, NV.

-- Rayman24

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 06:27 AM

Rayman;

You are right about the HF 20% coupon and Home Depot. Acceptance is pretty spotty. I had two in my pocket when I found a HD that accepted them and promptly bought the Ridgid Drill Press and Oscillating Spindle / Belt Sander. Went back next weekend with another coupon and picked up the Ridgid 6” joiner.

That was also during a period when HD was giving a 10% discount to US Military Veterans (now active duty only). Got that also.

SCORE!

Went to same store about two weeks later and they would not accept HF coupon or honor Vetrans discount.

Timing is everything!

Thanks for your review. Hope you update it after you get to use it for a while.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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toolie

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 05:48 PM

rayman….ridigid power tools do not carry a lifetime warranty, please see the following:

http://www.ridgid.com/tools/power-tool-warranty

power tools properly registered with the LSA will be repaired free of charge (that’s parts and labor) for the tool’s original owner for the life of the tool. this excludes reconditioned and used power tools. if the LSA qualifying tool is not registered properly, all coverage ends with th expiration of the new tool 3 year warranty. the linked site contains the specific process for proper registration. i humbly suggest keeping copies of all material sent in for LSA registration as ridgid has, on occasion, misplaced a registration request or two in the past. follow up on the part of the tool owner is essential.

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

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Willeh

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 06:59 PM

Toolie:
I am currently in the process of appealing the LSA registration from my Ridgid table saw. As you have said, they misplaced my registration request, fortunately i kept a photocopy of the reciept and UPC code. I guess we will see how it works out.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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Rayman24

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 03:15 AM

Thats good to know…thanks for the heads up Toolie.

-- Rayman24

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toolie

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 05:08 AM

wileh…..........over the past 7 years, that has happened to me several times. each time, i’ve had a CS rep @ rididi ask me to fax them the registration material i had copied and, within a day or two, the 3 years was updated to LSA. just keep after them.

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

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