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Forum topic by nwbusa posted 02-02-2013 10:10 PM 1837 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nwbusa

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02-02-2013 10:10 PM

Well, I sold my R4512 today after a year of ownership. I have to say that overall, it was a pretty darn good table saw, especially given the price point. I built over 20 projects with it last year, big and small, and it never let me down. Ultimately though, the saw had a couple of limitations that I grew tired of working around.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the split rail system. Try as I might (and I tried a lot) I could not get the front rail completely true along its split length. As far as I am concerned, it’s just a design flaw in an otherwise excellent tool. I considered replacing the fence with a Delta T2 or Vega, but I knew I’d be upgrading to a cabinet saw eventually, so I decided to cut my losses and sell it now.

I have to get my shop prepped with some 240V circuits (luckily plenty of space in the panel) and then I’ll decide what saw to buy. Up here in my part of Canada, we have Delta, General, Laguna, and SawStop readily available. Grizzly is 1.5 hour drive across the border if I decide to go that route. In any event, I see 3HP and cast iron wings in my not-too-distant future… :)

-- John, BC, Canada


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toolie

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 10:16 PM

oooooo. new tools! every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 10:21 PM

Congrats! I have a feeling my future will be similar. If you don’t mind me asking, what did you sell it for? They actually go for about 425.00 on CL around here. They are rarely posted, and if you check a day later, the post is gone.

Like you the split rails is killing me. I love everything else about the saw. It has by far the best mobile base on any tool I have used. I am really contemplating a slider – especially after playing with the Hammer K3 Winner in person. I don’t like the metric arbor and the weird euro dado blades though. There is a good chance I am taking a trip to Grizzly soon and really want to see their 10” sliders in person. Have you considered going the slider route? Grizzly has some very reasonably priced options.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 10:31 PM

Congrats and good luck with the new saw

-- Norman

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 10:38 PM

I bought the Grizzly 1023RLW and got it the day after Christmas. So far, I am loving it. Especially with the router table extension wing. I installed a Start/Stop switch from Rockler. Used the combo yesterday ripping boards, then roting them to make shelf pieces for a coffee table I am building.

Good luck with whatever you wind up purchasing.
Here is my saw.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 10:44 PM

hope you buy your dream saw and enjoy it.thanks for sharing your story.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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nwbusa

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 10:50 PM

Thanks guys. I was actually kind of sad to see it go… I’m sure my sorrow will dissipate when I get the new saw. :)

Joe—I sold it for $350, which was probably a bit of a bargain seeing that I threw in the folding outfeed table (new saw will have a permanent outfeed table), crosscut sled, and some throat plates I made. It sold within hours of being listed on CL and I got numerous bites, so I probably could have squeezed a few more bucks out of it. But I think it was a fair price, so I’m satisfied. Re: the sliders, I am not ruling them out but I need to educate myself more on those saws. I’d like this to be my last TS purchase so I want to do it right.

MT—that is one saw I was considering, but I think I am going to build a stand alone router table with some serious dust collection. The TS router tables are great on saving space (I used one in my R4512) but I was never happy with the DC aspect. Very nice saw, though!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 11:05 PM

Yeah. I consider the Ridgid a VERY respectable saw, but split rails on any saw is a turn off for me. Not saying it causes an enevitable problem, but a solid rail seems far superior.

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 11:22 PM

“MT—that is one saw I was considering, but I think I am going to build a stand alone router table with some serious dust collection. The TS router tables are great on saving space (I used one in my R4512) but I was never happy with the DC aspect.”

I bought the dust collector adapter for the Bosch 1617 Fixed base. I have it hooked up to a Lowe’s Bucket Max. Works pretty good from underneath. The fence from my wooden router table top also works on this saw because I modified it a wee bit so it could be clamped to the saw fence. However, just today I made a portable jig so I can hook up the hose to the shop vac and collect from above the fence. It is just a simple piece of 1/2 inch plywood with 4 3/4inch magnets sunk into the underside. I cut a piece of one of the Shop Vac accessories and mounted it on the plywood I can simply sit it near the router bit and collect from above the table also.

I will post a pic later.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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nwbusa

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#9 posted 02-02-2013 11:44 PM

Cool, I’ll look forward to seeing it. Thanks!

-- John, BC, Canada

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Matt Przybylski

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#10 posted 02-03-2013 01:02 AM

I have the same saw and like you and lumberjoe I’m also contemplating my future. I like the saw, don’t get me wrong, but i don’t feel 100% happy with everything on it, the fence in particular. I started woodworking about 15 months ago and knew nothing about table saws or any tool for that matter. In this time I’ve learned so much and I just yearn for more out of the most used tool in my shop. I’m pretty dead set on a SawStop as my next saw and while I expect it to last me a long time I’m not sure it will be my “forever” saw since I’m only 30 :) nevertheless, I really want the power and safety the SS offers on top of all the other things it brings with it.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 02-03-2013 02:44 AM

Here ya go, John.
Portable dust collector fixture

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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nwbusa

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#12 posted 02-03-2013 02:57 AM

That’s a slick idea… might have to steal that one! Thanks for sharing MT.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#13 posted 02-03-2013 03:48 AM

Cl is the gold mine for good quality machines if you can be patient. But since u sold your T’s your left without one. We bought our 3 HP unisaw with unifence for 400.00. Great saw. We paid 300 for our 3 HP grizzly. And we paid 50 for our pm66 at auction. Our pm66 will require some tlc and about 700.00 more in cash but to get a nice pm66 for less than 800.00 is doing good.

Theirs actually a nice newer condition pm66 5hp single phase in an online auction right now, I hope to win the bid myself but who knows.

Just saying there are some really nice deals out their for the taking. The same online auction also has saw stop cabinet saw, it will probably go higher then what we will have in our budget.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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nwbusa

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#14 posted 02-03-2013 04:06 AM

Quality used woodworking equipment at a reasonable price is tough to find in my area. If I was still down in the States I might go that route, but up here we don’t have nearly the selecton. I’ll keep my eyes open on CL, though, in case a screaming deal comes along. I don’t mind being “in between” table saws for a month or two. I have enough other projects to keep me busy right now, and it’s cold out there in the shop anyway! :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 02-03-2013 04:35 AM

update us when you find your new table saw.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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