New Table saw Ridgid vs steelcity

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Forum topic by ChrisCarr posted 08-12-2012 02:38 PM 1751 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2012 02:38 PM

Just looking for opinions from you guys.
I want to upgrade my old delta contractor saw to a newer model.
I wanted to tune it up at first but for a new fence,belts, pulleys, miter gauge ,extension wings, and mobile base it’ll be like $400+, plus the table isn’t flat.

I have looked at 2 saws.

Ridgid R4512 and the steel city 35990CS
Here some links..

Both have stamped steel wings but they look much better than the ones on my delta which aren’t flat and i could never get level.

The steel city has cabinet mounted trunnions but uses connecting rods instead of a solid cast iron assembly to hold the blade. Both have the motors mounted inside.

The steelcity has a true t-square fence but its rails front rails are 2 connected pieces.

Thats just some info, heres what i am looking for in a saw….

- Dead flat top
- No plastic moving parts
- Easily to level table wings
- Trunnions that will hold their alignment
-mobile base
- very little vibration
- 110/220 (both voltages)
- a fence that locks square (thats a must!)

The steelcity seems to have less info around and will take more time to get to lowes for pickup. I can have the ridgid from home depot in store ready sooner.

Will table mounted trunnions really make a difference?

Which should i look to get?

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 05:22 PM

A contractor saw to another contractor saw is kind of a lateral move; Steel City makes a true cabinet saw with 1.75HP motor (110v friendly). I’d save for a bit longer and go for that.

If it has to be one of the two you listed, the steel city would be my choice for the cabinet mounted trunions, but the ridgid is a fine saw too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 06:35 PM

I dunno, given the choices, I’d probably go with the Ridgid. I don’t really see an extra $175 worth of saw from the SC product. And I suspect parts, service, and accessories would be easier to come by with Ridgid.

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 09:51 PM

The reason I want another contractor saw is because I just don’t have the space for a cabinet saw. I am not really sure nitewalker that i’d want to spend $1500 for a cabinet saw thats got the same contractor size motor , if i did have the space. I don’t think I need a true cabinet saw yet, someday yes, but then I’ll go for the absolute best.

Right now I’m looking for portability, low cost, and a solid design that can be calibrated for precise furniture work. These two seem to be the best i’ve seen.

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