|Forum topic by Blurrytree||posted 49 days ago||1213 views||0 times favorited||35 replies|
49 days ago
I have been having a hard time finding out if saw pals can be made to fit the Ridgid R4512. If you do not know what they are you can see them here.
Basically they allow for fine tuning the trunnions on contractor saws. The ⅜” version is for ridgid saws, why it doesn’t state that is does not fit R4512 is beyond me. I have no clue about in-line industries business model but I would be willing to pay a premium if they manufactured an R4512 version only since added expense and frustration would be nearly eliminated.
I have ordered the ⅜” version (closest to 10mm) and am going to report back with what works or doesn’t when they arrive.
I have found three different methods for making them fit that is purely based on internet searches. These are not my sites or am I affiliated in anyway.
1. Shave off a bit on each end of the rear trunnion to allow the pals to properly wrap around the edge.
This method may require an additional machine shop expense and/or potential problems with heat and modifying your saw. This seems a bit extreme since wouldn’t it be easier to just modify the pals? However only a small amount needs to be removed. ⅛”?
2. Move the mounting hole on the pal. I read on another forum that someone simply drilled a 10mm hole on his existing pals to allow the part to clear the edge of the trunnion. I am going to consider this approach first if I feel I will have enough clearance around the new hole next to the previous one.
3. Make your own from scratch. The design is pretty simple which makes me wonder why a R4512 version is not available. I suspect R4512 owners would flock to the site to purchase for an easy fix because we all know it is not a pleasant task. I will most likely make a pair out of wood to get the sizing right and then either make them myself or find a machine shop to do a prettier version.
I suspect all of these options will work to a degree and I will let you know how I make out.