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Forum topic by sawyounekkid posted 01-25-2014 11:45 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2014 11:45 PM

RIDGID 13-Amp 10 in. R4512 or Steel City 10 in. Granite 35990G. I have read EVERYTHING I can get my hands on about these two saws. Both have pros and cons, but this will be my first true table saw. So my question is which one to pop my cherry on? I have been making furniture for a bout a year now, and plan on really making a go of this woodworking thing. I know neither saw is the end all be all, but this is my starting point.So any information or opinion will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 11:46 PM

“pop my cherry on”? Come on now. Do we really have to tell you where to pop your cherry?

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 12:18 AM

My table saw led me down the path of a Grizzly cabinet saw. I was looking over the Rigid and for the price, it was hard not to get this saw. I went with the Grizzly for different reasons, the main one was my wife and her Mom bought it for me for Christmas.

My humble shop is located in the basement, so dust control was important, I don’t plan on moving it often (although I got the mobile base) and I felt a cabinet saw would be better for this. Add-ons are easy to find and usually fit with little to no modifications.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either of those saws, I’m sure they will cut well enough to build whatever you want.

-- Pie

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 12:44 AM

I have the R4512 at home, another at work (it’s one of three, including a sawstop contractor saw) and 2 coworkers I know have the R4512. It is a great saw for the price.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 01:24 AM

Not trying to hijack this thread, but am curious about what what model Grizzly Pie purchased When I talked to Grizzly folks, they suggested that the dust control on the G0732 contractor saw was better than on the G0715P cabinet saw because on the 732 the dust is captured by the blade shroud, whereas on the 715 it is drawn from the hopper below the blade. Just curious how yours works for dust control, and what type of dust removal you’re using.

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 02:20 AM

I have a jet 10” table saw that has served me well for ten years now. I upgraded my 12” compound miter saw from craftsman to rigid w’ rigid table and really like this saw. Rigid is as well made as any out there as far as I’m concerned. The dust control on all miter saws could use a lot of improvement though.

-- Zippo, Auburn California

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 02:29 AM

Pop your cherry on your project page, and just make sure that all those projects you’ve been waiting for to sell, will actually sell ?

Yet another reason why the worlds economy is failing miserably ?

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#7 posted 01-26-2014 02:30 AM

I call it

“off loaded debt” syndrome ?

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 02:57 AM

Thank you all very much for the input. I will look at the Grizzly, Pie. But as of right now I am leaning towards the Rigid.

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 03:06 AM

a fool soon bites onto tales of Alice in Wonderland, like the pawns of a good chess game.

buy a real tool, and buy a used tool as they are just like cars, where the previous owner made the same mistake of buying a new car, and suffering through the value of money shoved through an open window of a “knee jerk” adolescent who’s young and stump stupid

Stump stupid is a level I don’t respect

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 03:12 AM


a 1/10th, the saw u can buy, for the same amount of money, and not even a trophy, that shows well.

a disposable tool……

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#11 posted 01-26-2014 03:15 AM

sometimes a disposable tool, is a worthwhile expense

: )

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 03:17 AM

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 03:25 AM

Isn’t the 4512 the one that has an alignment issue when the blade is raised or lowered? If I were going to buy a new TS I’d buy one I didn’t have to fix right from the get go…. just say’n….

I bought a used Unisaw over the summer for what I thought was a steal, and little issues have been rearing their ugly heads ever since. If ya wanna fix something buy a used TS LOL

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 03:29 AM

Maybe you should pop your cherry on some comprehensible replies.

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#15 posted 01-26-2014 03:58 AM


-- The older I get the faster I was.

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