my Ridgid R4512 table saw gloat

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Forum topic by indychip posted 02-09-2013 11:35 PM 3523 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2013 11:35 PM

Maybe not a a huge gloat, but I just picked up a 1 year old R4512 for $300. This thing is in perfect shape. Seller threw in a brand new Diablo dado set and a Rockler taper jig free of charge. What makes this a better gloat is how I got the money to buy this.

I sold my band saw for $125 (never used it anyways). Took that money to the local pawn shop and found a brand new Bosch router and a brand new Porter Cable 690 router and bought both of them for the $125 I made from the band saw. Put both routers on ebay and sold them both for a total of $350. $300 went towards buying the R4512 and I still have $50 left! Not too bad for having $125 to start with. Basically I bought the R4512 for $75, since I still have $50 in my pocket.

Now I need to buy a decent blade for my new toy. Should I buy a Forrest Woodworker or a Marples blade? I was leaning towards the Forrest, but I have heard great reviews about the Marples. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 11:42 PM

I have that saw. Does a great job but DC is a bitch. I use a Freud thin kerf and it cuts so so nice.
Great saw and you did well dealing for it. Don’t forget to wax the surface down good.

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 12:32 AM

Great deal indeed for a year old. I like frued Diablo blades from home depot, smothered effortless cuts. I have the same saw & really like it.

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 12:33 AM

Congrats on the new saw, and on the killer deal!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 01:40 AM

Congrats on the new saw, and other goodies!

As far as blades go…the Infinity Super General, Freud Fusion, and the new WWII 48T leave cleaner edges, cleaner crosscuts, and better plywood cuts than the standard 40T WWII. If you’ll be doing more thicker ripping, the WWII 30T would be my choice….very clean ripper, and does a respectable job of most crosscuts. All available in 3/32” thin kerf. You might also consider the Ridge Carbide TS2000….made in the USA, very similar to the 40T WWII, has more carbide than a WWII, but costs a little less (Holbren has it for ~ $90 shipped, use “BT310” discount code for a total of ~ $81 shipped).

You might also consider going with separate rip and crosscut blades for the optimum performance from each.

Tips for picking saw blades

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 02:56 AM

+1 for the diablo blades i have the same exact saw with a 80 tooth diablo blade in right now. It cross cuts maple like paper and flies through plywood!

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 06:26 AM

congrats on your saw,i have the 4512 also…put a thin kerf blade,a zci and you will be in business…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 06:27 AM

Congratulations on the saw, that’s a fine bit of buying and selling to obtain it! That’s better than my deal of $200 after applying saved cashback from our credit cards for nine months. A free Freud dado set is awesome, aren’t those $100 or more?? Wish I had a dado set, it’s probably my next purchase.

I’ll third the recommendation for the Diablo blades. I purchased the $28 Diablo 24T ripping blade at HD and it works great. I have the CMT ITK Plus combination P10050 for what I assume will be my main blade, but it’s getting harder to find. It cuts great, and rips fine for thinner material.

-- Aaron

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 11:13 PM

FYI….Woodcraft has a Freud 80T and 24T thin kerf set of crosscut & rip blades on sale for $59.99. That’s a fairly cheap approach to some nice separates…that deal even leaves money leftover for one of the value 40T or 50T combo blades as well.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 12:16 AM

I’d call that a gloat for sure! I need to take you with me when it’s time to buy a car.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 12:25 AM

I have the infinity, freud industrial, and WWII blade and I have to say, the new Irwin Marples blade is impressive. I really like it and dont think you can go wrong for 38 bucks or whatever it is in your area. The only downside is it is a little louder than the frued and infinity, But not enought to worry about.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 04:18 AM

Great find on a great saw. I’ve been watching craigslist for a month and haven’t seen a single 4512.

-- CronenBuildingCo. Portland OR

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 02:15 PM

I went ahead and splurged on a Forrest thin kerf blade. Thanks for the suggestions. For those of you looking for a R4512 on Craigslist. I too have been searching for weeks. So I put a want ad on Craigslist. Within a week someone called me wanting to sell me their 4512. Placing a want ad helped me, try it- you never know

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 04:55 PM

I don’t know where you live, but I’ve never seen anything real good at local pawn shops, let alone new. Maybe it was my timing but everything seemed well used and high price. I wonder if I should give it another try. Good find on the saw!


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