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KPW

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873 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

O.K so I know this is a widely talked about issue but can anyone tell me why the Rigid R4512 does not have the same alignment issues as the obviously same manufactured Craftsman 21833 ? I,m looking for a new table saw in this catagory, and don’t want to pay shipping so HD or Sears is an easy pickup for me.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 873 days ago

I don’t know the answer but over the years I’ve learned that even though something looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it isn’t always a duck. As an example, what tool brand is the most often misspelled?

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KPW

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#2 posted 873 days ago

I don’t know. Is this a riddle?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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KPW

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#3 posted 873 days ago

Oh, I know. It’s Jet right?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 873 days ago

Ridgid by all means. Don’t forget to fully register for the warrenty. R-I-D-G-I-D. Often misspelled.
I have found that though products may be made by the same mfg., specs may be different. I have no faith in Craftsman stuff today. I have a bunch of the old, good C’man tools. Kinda disappointing ain’t it?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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KPW

223 posts in 974 days


#5 posted 873 days ago

Very good Bill

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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NormG

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#6 posted 873 days ago

I have the aforesaid mentioned Craftsman 21833 since February 2010. I had some initial issues as some others also had. After these were addressed, I have had good service from this saw. Yes, the Craftsman 21833 is not anything like the older Craftsman saws. I will replace the fence when I can afford one, the miter was already replaced with an Incra V27. It runs smooth, passes the Nickel and Penny test. Would I put the 1.75 hp up against a 3 or 5 hp, no, but it does a wonderful job that meets my needs. If I could afford or could justify the need for a Powermatic and/or a Unisaw I would jump on one of them. I plan on posting a full review in the not to distant future

-- Norman

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knotscott

5374 posts in 1981 days


#7 posted 873 days ago

I’m sure I’ve read that some of the Ridgid’s have had alignment issues.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 873 days ago

The Ridgids do not have alignment issues. However the Rigids, do. Especially when using a Frued or Tenyru blade.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 873 days ago

My rigid 3650 had no issues (old model somewhat different) I would suggest going to the Rigid
wood workers site, you’ll find many examples of people who bought the saw and explain in detail
what the set up was like, saw performance, problems and trouble shooting. It was that web sight
that fully informed me, before I bought the saw. These people talk intelligently, and bring up real
issues not rants.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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knotscott

5374 posts in 1981 days


#10 posted 873 days ago

It’s definitely spelled “RIDGID”

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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jeff

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#11 posted 873 days ago

no alignment issues with my R4512.i purchased last march and have been using it since.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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cdhilburn

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#12 posted 873 days ago

Unfortunately the alignment issue is difficult if not impossible to resolve. I couldn’t fix mine on the 21833. But it is easily determined that there is an issue. The blade does not move up and down in a straight line. It shifts. So if you get the 21833 together and the blade shifts while going up and down you know you have issues. Most of the other alignment issues such as the 90 degree set screw, too little play in the bolt holes, etc. can be resolved but I haven’t seen a reasonable fix for the other. I had to get rid of mine. But for the record….I really liked the saw.

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 873 days ago

ooops sorry thank you knot scott. Ridgid

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Bill White

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#14 posted 873 days ago

“The Ridgids do not have alignment issues. However the Rigids, do. Especially when using a Frued or Tenyru blade.”

Gene, that is a good lick. Subtile too. Oh, you forgot Onesrude blades.
Bill (snickering in his coffee)

-- bill@magraphics.us

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doncutlip

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#15 posted 873 days ago

A tablesaw is pretty important in the shop. I wouldn’t let shipping charges keep me from the saw I really wanted.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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