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08-12-2012 11:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

After many years away from woodworking, I’m now repurposing my small 1-car garage as a woodworking shop. I have my eye on two table saws:

  1. Grizzly 10'' Hybrid (~$900)
  2. Ridgid 10'' from Home Depot (~$550)

I like the Grizzly’s riving knife; I like Ridgid’s built-in mobile base. Some considerations:

  • I gave myself about a $1k budget. The Grizzly has seen very good reviews, but I wonder if I might better use money that I save by buying the Ridgid to purchase useful table-saw accessories. (Suggestions welcome!)
  • Although much of my day-to-day projects will involve sheet goods and soft lumber, I definitely plan to try my hand at making furniture with hardwoods.
  • Probably I’ll be able to wire in 220v into the garage.

I’ll be glad for any comments, including advice on other comparable saws that I might instead consider.

Many thanks!

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 11:50 PM

The link you show for the Ridgid is for the TS 3650. That saw has been discontinued for a couple of years.
I had a 3650 and it was a great saw. Used they are usually a good deal. The guy I sold mine to loves it.
I bought a new General and am very satisfied with it.
What ever you buy, buy a good blade for it.

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 11:53 PM

Get the Ridgid and use the left over $$$ for other things you will need. My Craftsman Contractor Saw has served me well for years and I bought it used for $225.

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 12:00 AM

220 is not essential but the riving knife is a huge help. I used to have the rigid and it was a great saw. It bogged down a lot when cutting anything hard over 3/4 inch thick. I now have a 3hp sawstop….love it! Power is NEVER AN ISSUE anymore.

The riving knife helps with kickback and will help when cutting sheet goods.

if you hav the money now for the more powerful saw do it. You will never regret it. Make a mobile base as you first project with some 5/4 oak and see how it cuts like a hot knife through butter.

Best of luck

-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 12:19 AM

What you need to look at is the Rigid R4512. $499 if you can catch it in a store, $529 on their web store. I just bought one about a month ago and it is outstanding, heavy, has a greatriving knive and does everything I want it to do. I also looked at the Grizzly, and the money difference is just too great for the difference. And I own two major Grizzly tools, a spiralhead planer, and a 17” bandsaw.

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 01:19 AM

I’d go with Ridgid. Pick up a new blade for it though. I installed a CMT 50t on mine and it made a big difference. The thin kerf blade is like adding hp to your saw.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 01:26 AM

That Ridgid is a great saw…. I have one just like it. But I can’t help thinking that’s not really the one you mean. Like Howie said, that saw is discontinued, and if they still have one it should be selling for less than $550.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 01:31 AM

I would save my money for a 3 HP cabinet saw like Grizzley 1023 but, if your budget is limited go for the Rigid 4512 as Paul suggested. Spend your savings on a high quality thin kerf crosscut blade and TK ripping blade. Then buy a high quality dado set, 8” if it fits the Rigid.

This will cover most everything you will want to do..

Good luck with your selection and post a review after you get your new TS.

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

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 01:37 AM

If your going to spend a grand on one and 500 on the other this is a crazy match up. I think if your really willing to drop a dime on a saw you should look at other saws in that price range. Like the jet pro saw it is a great saw. I am sure there are many more saws in that grand neighborhood that i would pick before i went with a grizz.

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 02:36 AM

CL is certainly the way to go. We own a 3 hp unisaw and a 3 hp PM 66. I also have the Ridgid 3650 but as soon as I find another 3 hp cabinet saw the ridgid is gone. And just to let you know, I gave less money for my unisaw and PM 66 combined then what you propose to spend on the Ridgid, in fact I gave almost as much for my Ridgid saw on clearance as I have given for both of our cabinet saws.

Just to give more details though, I gave 400 for the unisaw (9 years old) in good working clean condition. The PM 66 was 50.00 and has a 52” fence, has a 3 phase motor. It will require around 600.00 in extra money spent before the PM 66 is in like new condition and in service. But after a new motor, new arbor bearings, new paint and all cleaned and lubed, we will easily have a 1500.00 + table saw for around 650.00 total.

Just 2 weeks ago I found a Rockwell Unisaw 3 hp on CL for 200.00. The owner had listed it, wrongly, as a Rockwell contractor saw but when I clicked on it I seen clearly the Unisaw nameplate photographed. I called but was the second caller. Just saying those deals are regularly found, and not considered rare at all.

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#10 posted 08-13-2012 05:13 PM

Howie, Tennessee, et al.: Thanks for pointing out that I gave the wrong link to the Ridgid TS. The correct model is the R4512, which is carried by my local Home Depot.

I agree with comments that these two saws are an odd matchup.

Really what I’m trying to understand is the “category” of saw I should be shooting for. (I list the Ridgid R4512 and Grizzly G0715P because they appear to be favorably reviewed saws that are available in big-box and more specialized tool outlets, respectively.) The Ridgid’s low price is attractive, but I’ll admit to a certain squeamishness at buying tools from big-box stores—I’d rather stretch my budget and get something that I’ll enjoy for many years—but I’m willing to go for the Ridgid if it’s truly a decent tool.

I’m now learning how difficult it can be to precisely align saws with table-mounted trunnions, which is the case for both the Ridgid and Grizzly I listed. But, this may be an unfounded worry.

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#11 posted 08-13-2012 11:27 PM

They are both great saws, but with a 1K budget, I would look at other saws. There’s a lot more out there, But I would pick the Rigid because you will have a lot more money left over for jigs and other toys.


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#12 posted 08-13-2012 11:35 PM

I do have the ridgid, great saw. I have been intensively using it for almost a year and I am still as happy as day one. Actually happier than day 1. The grizzly is nice. I looked at it but it was out of my budget. It’s not worth the price difference IMHO.
You cannot go wrong with the Ridgid. Save yourself some $$$ and build a router table on the right side extension of the saw.

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