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Forum topic by savan posted 02-05-2014 05:36 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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savan

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02-05-2014 05:36 AM

I’m picking up a r4511 tomorrow for $275 (post recall). I’m selling my cman 113 that’s equipped with a t2.

Id like to get $200 for my cman. Should I swap the fences before I sell the cman? I’d rather not go to the trouble if the stock rigid fence is good but I see lots of posts about fence upgrades on the r4511.

How bad is it? Thanks-


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Rick M

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 05:44 AM

I suspect you will miss your T2.

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 09:58 AM

Yes…I assume you’re swapping saws to upgrade? Downgrading the fence is counterproductive. Even if it means taking less for your Cman. The R4511’s fence is an upgrade from most of those old Cman fences….you could add some faces to it to make it look pretty.

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iamwelty

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 12:00 PM

While I’m not familiar with the T2. The Ridgid fence does kinda sick. I really like the saw and it’s granite top. I just put on a new Tenryu saw blade on mine… amazing!!!! Hope you enjoy your saw. Post what you do and how you like the fence.

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 01:05 PM

Never could get the stock Ridgid fence to be accurate on my 4511. Put a T2 on it and it’s been a really nice performing saw. No regrets about the saw or T2 fence.

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 04:33 PM

I had been using a 113/T2 for a couple years up until I found a MINT 315(113 clone) with an accu-rip fence for $100. The 113 was developing some runout and the support legs were damaged. Thus the desire to replace.
I compared both fences, and while the accurip wasn’t ‘bad’, it wasn’t as good as the T2. The T2 fence and rails are WAY beefier and seemed light years more durable. That said, I installed the T2 on the 315 and sold the accu-rip on ebay. I think I got $150+shipping. You can probably get a similar price for the Ridgid fence/rails. I also sold the 113 motor w/ switch for $140+shipping.
That said, you should keep the T2 and sell the Ridgid fence….then part out the 113. You’ll come out ahead.

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 04:48 PM

The stock fence on my Ridgid R511 does the job its designed to do, but nothing more. It took only a small amount of tensioning and adjusting to get it square to the blade and miter slots. Like I said, it works for the purpose it’s supposed to serve. One catch to that is cutting 1/4” material or thinner. I have found that when cutting thin material, it will slide under the fence resulting in a wobbly cut. To prevent this, I put a board on to act as a sacrificial fence. This fence sits flat on the granite and allows me to cut thin stock without a problem. Not a big deal, but if I had a choice I’d swallow selling your Craftsman for a little less and putting the T2 on your Ridgid. Other than that, I love my saw. Enjoy yours!

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 06:22 PM

I just finished putting the fence on my new R4511 last night. I am not at all happy with how it bumps over the split in the front rail. I was planning on going down to a metal supplier and replacing the front rail with a solid 6’ piece of tube. Keep the T2, I think you will be much happier.

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savan

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 02:42 AM

well, just for posterity I sold the 113 w/ the rigid fence and managed to get $200 for it anyway!

onward and upward to the r4511!

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 02:46 AM

Nice. The 4511 with the T2 will be a solid combo. You won’t outgrow that machine anytime soon.

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iamwelty

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 01:12 PM

What modifications do you need to make to the R4511 to fit the T2? I’ve already replaced the split rails.

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savan

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 01:28 PM

I havent attempted it yet, but from what I understand the T2’s holes make the rails sit too high. So, you have to redrill the rails in the t2. And, of course they sont line up anyway. I’ll also expect to have to move the tape.

When I mounted the fence on my 113 locating and drilling the front of the table top was a breeze hopefully this won’t be much worse.

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 04:27 AM

Keep me posted on what you have to do!! Good Luck!!

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