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Vududude

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386 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw ridgid

So I recently purchase the Ridgid R4512 table saw. so far really happy with it. I have a very small workspace and so I really needed a saw that could be moved around.

So far the lift/caster mechanism is great, but the only caveat is when you let the saw down it really comes crashing down. It’s only about 1/4 inch drop but it’s loud when it comes down and I’m worried that over time it will cause things to loosen or get out of alignment .

Anyone with this saw have any recommendations on what to do? Wasn’t sure if padding on the feet would do much for a 250 pound saw.


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geolinnie

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#1 posted 386 days ago

Vududude,
I’ve got mine still sitting in the carton in the garage. I have seen reviews of the 4512, about the way it sounds when you drop it. Kinda like a Harley only sounds like a Harley. Sounds kinda nice to me, looking forward to it.

You’ve made a good point but the encouraging factor is there haven’t been too many people complaining about the saw. That’s why I finally chose it. Right price, heavy, accurate for us everyday woodworkers.

Looking forward to the posts that come in concerning alignment, if any and what they did to correct it.

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jeff

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#2 posted 386 days ago

i have one and have moved it many times in my small shop and it has remained accurate…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Charlie

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#3 posted 385 days ago

tell it that it’s a really nice saw and very good looking, but that you just need to move on

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Matt Przybylski

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#4 posted 385 days ago

I’m not superman and I too dislike it crashing when releasing the wheels, but what I do is try to grab onto the front of the table slightly and “pick it up” as much as I can as its coming down to get it a bit gentler in the drop. It’s heavy as we all know but this helps a bit.

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

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 385 days ago

I guess you could get a different mobile base for it or build one, where the wheels lock instead raising and lowering.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 385 days ago

“How do you let this thing down gently?”

Sit it down in a public place, have a frank discussion and say, “it’s not you, it’s me”. Say “I think we should see other saws”, then shake hands and walk away.

I let a girl down the same way, once. She was about 250 lbs too. Padding her feet didn’t help, she still stomped the crap out of me.

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kdc68

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#7 posted 385 days ago

“How do you let this thing down gently?”

Sit it down in a public place, have a frank discussion and say, “it’s not you, it’s me”. Then shake hands and walk away.

Very tactful….lol…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 385 days ago

Stumpy, where were you about 50 years ago when I needed romantic advice?
Bill

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cutworm

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#9 posted 385 days ago

I’ve got the 3660 and have it about 1/8 or so off the floor. They are pretty sturdy and I wouldn’t worry about it.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Vududude

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#10 posted 385 days ago

Ha. I knew I should have rephrased my question. When I googled how to let the saw down gently, I got a lot of hits of how to let your significant other down gently…

Sounds, good, I won’t worry about it too much. I’ve really like the table saw. I’m new to woodworking and read a lot about issues with alignment especially with raising and lowering the blade. I don’t have a dial indicator yet but at least with my combination square it seemed to hold true. Had to do the usual adjusting to get the fence and riving knife lined up and probably will need to do more when I get more accurate measurement equipment, but I’d say for a beginning home woodworker it seems like a great saw that can be upgraded along the way to address some of its issues.

BTW I was able to use the harbor freight 20% off coupon on this saw at the Campbell, CA Home Depot if anyone is interested. Saved $105. I just called ahead to make sure I wasn’t wasting my time going in. Talked to Ari, who I assume is some sort of manager, and he didn’t give me any issues with using the coupon.

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 385 days ago

You did the right thing regarding the coupon; when I bought my drill press (ridgid) I spoke to a manager over the phone first confirming they would take the coupon. When I went to make the buy, another manager tried to give me some trouble about it but because the other manager gave it the ok, they honored the coupon.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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toolie

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#12 posted 385 days ago

I just called ahead to make sure I wasn’t wasting my time going in.

alternate experience here. i’ve had them decline on the phone and acquiesce when i showed up in person. IMHE, it’s always easier to say no over the phone and more problematic when you’re standing in the store.

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

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