Removing Ridgid R4512 lift mechanism

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Forum topic by LeChuck posted 09-17-2012 12:57 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2012 12:57 AM

Hi folks,

For owners of the Ridgid R4512 table saws. Has anyone removed, or not installed the lift mechanism/wheel system? I’m not using it beyond the initial positioning of the saw, since my table saw is right next to a heavy router table and it will not be moving. I am thinking of removing the whole mechanism to facilitate access for the dust collector hose, as the thing is in the way, and also wondering if I could reuse the mechanism for something else, but my main concern is that I’m wondering if it would affect the stability of the saw and integrity of the base.


-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 01:11 AM

I have a craftsman 21833….. basically the same saw. there is no reason why you cant remove the mobile base

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 01:14 AM

I would say it will de-value the saw.
The base is the one feature that most folks say they like and generally agree works well.

How is the base in the way of your dust collector hook up? Mine just clamps to the 4” outlet and turns and comes out the side opposite the power cord; no where near the caster mounting components.

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 01:27 AM

I’m not really concerned about the value of the saw. I simply will not be moving it.

I have a dust collection hose going to the area at the back of the saw, not on the side, and I have a Y connector there with one branch going to the table saw. In my case, while I can still connect it without a problem, the caster assembly is still in the way a little bit, and I have also been thinking that I could reuse it to install on something else that I might have reason to move around. This is not big deal, but then again it’s only 2 bolts on each foot to remove.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 06:11 AM

You can take it off without compromising the stability of the saw. It is a bit of a pain with the d/c hose, agreed. I move my saw frequently enough though that I’m glad it has the mobility kit.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 07:19 AM

Thanks. When I looked at it, it seemed that it might have acted as cross-members for the base, but probably not.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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