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631 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

I am looking for a new table saw to upgrade from my entry level craftsman. I have been looking at the Ridgid R4512 and the Grizzly G0732. I have heard that this Ridgid model is being made be someone else. Some have had good luck with it and some have not. I have not heard too much on the Grizzly and I do know it is towards their lower end. Either would be a huge step up from what I am working with right now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, even suggestions on something else would help. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 631 days ago

Time to make popcorn and watch.

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#2 posted 631 days ago

The R4512 is much more proven, has a better warranty, has a built in mobile base, better fence, is larger and heavier, is less expensive, and easier to buy (or return). The G0732 is not a full size saw (25” deep vs 27”), has a mediocre fence, a 1 year warranty, and is unproven. I’m a fan of many Grizzly tools, but I fail to see many advantages that the G0732 has over direct competitors and even saws costing less.

The R4512 suffered from the same alignment issues that early models of the Cman 21833, and Grizzly G0715P did. Those have supposedly all be resolved for more than a year.

They’re all made by “some else”.


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#3 posted 631 days ago

Scott,
You have to have a list with canned responses to these questions by now…lol. In interest of full disclosure these are always my favorite topics to watch. Hopefully if the OP ends up buying a saw he will post which one, why and with some pics.

To OP, IMHO there is the R4512 is the better choice between these two saws because for one its more proven and more importantly is priced very well. If you are going to get a Grizzly table saw, it would make sense to just pay little more and get the 0715P, 0713 or 0661 all of which are on sale right now. Please let us know what you end up getting.

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#4 posted 631 days ago

+1 here for the 4512. for the reasons scott mentioned and: if you can find a HD that honors the harbor freight “20% off any single item” coupon, the 4512 could be had for $400 plus tax. also, in addition to the 4512’s better warranty (3 years for ridgid vs. 1 year for grizzly), it is eligible, to the original purchaser, for ridgid’s lifetime service agreement (LSA: http://www.ridgid.com/tools/power-tool-warranty ).

and, FWIW, i was able to purchase a NIB $700 generator for a neighbor @ a local HD and saved them $140 in the process with a HF 20% off coupon. unfortunately, according to HD customer service, honoring that coupon is at the store manager’s discretion.

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#5 posted 631 days ago

I have the R4512 and its a good saw. It’s my first TS so I don’t have anything to compare to but with proper tuning (which I didn’t do when I first got it) and a good blade it’ll be great for you. It’s worth mentioning that I got it last year on Black Friday for $375 (25% off ridgid coupon, hoping for it again this year to get their oscillating spindle sander) so you may want to wait and see if they do it again this year. At $375 I think the saw is a steal.

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#6 posted 631 days ago

Add me for R4512. I don’t own either of these saws, but I’ve been thoroughly researching saws of this level and I find good reviews of the Ridgid everywhere. The warranty is what really sticks out from the rest to me. It’ll be the saw that I’ll be buying, as soon as the budget allows…

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#7 posted 630 days ago

for $75 more then that grizz you can get this grizz: http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife-Polar-Bear-Series-/G0715P

Much better fence and cast iron wings

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#8 posted 630 days ago

I have the ridgid 4512 and pretty much like it. I am a little confused about why the riving knife wobbles? There seems to be no way to adjust/tighten it and sometimes it stops a cut because it is not in the kerf.

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Matt Przybylski

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#9 posted 630 days ago

@kajunkraft: you definitely have a problem or you did not read the directions fully. The riving knife is easily adjustable by the little screws on top of it (two different sizes for left/right and forward/back movement). This should all the explained in the manual if I remember correctly. If your knife is wobbling or stopping cuts that’s a huge problem and very dangerous. I’d get it figured out ASAP.

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#10 posted 630 days ago

Matt: Yes, there are screws to move it left/right, forward/back. However, the bracket itself is attached between the blade and the motor, around the arbor. That’s where the wiggle is. Guess I probably will contact Ridgid.

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#11 posted 630 days ago

add me to the r4512.as soon as i save my pennies and nickel’s thats what i’m buying.

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#12 posted 621 days ago

I will actually have to disagree with most people on the 4512. I purchased mine a few months back and wish I had returned in within the grace period. For me, a $500 tool purchase is a large purchase. However, when I take into account that I’ll end up spending another $250-300 dollars on a decent fence, I really wish I would have spend a grand on a decent grizzly that has a nice shop fox fence. I have to check my fence alignment every time I slide my fence. I can’t get too upset since this is technically a contractors saw. My other complaints include the difficulty making zero clearance plates because of how thin they are, and the difficulty aligning to the miter slots. I find that even when it gets trued up, it moves slightly when the bolts are tightened back down. (I only loosen 1/2 a turn to reduce the movement.) This has just been my experience, but there are much better saws on the market for not a lot more money if you can wait.

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#13 posted 621 days ago

@buzzrate…...... no need to drop $300 on a fence system for a 4512. a new delta t2 is ~$165 shipped (they were down to ~$142 recently):

http://www.tools-plus.com/delta-36-t30.html

the 4512 takes a bit of cajoling, from what ive read, to align correctly. there are a few threads using a single handle bar clamp to help with the alignment (can’t recall whicj forum i saw them on). as for ZCIs, they are probably like the ones on the emerson electric built ridgid and c-man TSs. just use 1/4” material and route a slight recess under the perimeter for a good fit.

BTW, when you purchased yours, didn’t you try to find a HD that honors the “20% off any single item” harbor freight coupon? i saved a neighbor $140 plus tax on a genny i just bought him 2 weeks ago, and i’ve used those coupons several times at surrounding HDs. too bad. that $100 savings would have covered a large portion of the cost a t2.

and there aren’t a lot of cabinet saws that provide a lifetime service agreement with them (assuming you registered your saw with the program). it’s unfortunate you aren’t enjoying your 4512. the general consensus is that they are a good value at $500 and a really good value at $400.

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#14 posted 621 days ago

Sadly, they won’t let me use the harbor freight coupons locally. I’ve seen quite a few good reviews on the delta t2 and think I’m going to give that a shot. The clamp method is the best way I’ve seen to align the saw. (PALS are not available for the 4512 yet, although the owner said if someone would give him accurate dimensions, he would begin making them.) With the added fence, the total will be $665 for an upgraded Ridgid R4512. Right now the Grizzly GO715P Hybrid Table Saw is on sale for $725. I don’t think that it would even be comparing apples to apples between the two and for only $60 difference.

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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#15 posted 621 days ago

I bought the 4512 about 6 months ago and have generally been happy with it. I do feel its a little underpowered, but my options were limited with having a certain budget, and only 110v outlets. Although it can eventually make it through some 8/4 hard maple, so I don’t know if I have a valid complaint about its power.

I do like that it’s so quiet compared to the screaming banshee Craftsman I had before. I don’t even need hearing protection while running it.

I do wish the riving knife was easier to adjust. I do a lot of cross-cuts on a sled, and the latch that holds the knife in one of two locations takes a hammer to loosen. Yet it easily tightens by finger strength, go figure. So switching from cross-cut to ripping (where I actually put the blade guard and prawns on) takes a minute and usually leaves me with a pinched finger.

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