Sorry for long post, please fell free to move it in wrong area…
I’m a noob who’s been trying to figure out best way to better set up work area in garage. Mostly going to be used for home improvement stuff. Possibly building shed, bookcases, etc. Only have very basic power and hand tools and looking to upgrade. That will include table saw, router (router table?), etc. I’ve looked through a ton of posts and here’s what I’m trying to figure out. Currently my work table is a cut down sheet of plywood with some cleats over some sawhorses (approx. 32” x 58” with a little floor space to either side). From what I’ve read it seems that where possible it’s better to try to go for a table saw (in my case looking at the Ridgid #4512) over a portable unit like the Ridgid #4510. Based on limited space (and funds) I was thinking that I might be able to cover the 4512 with a piece of plywood (maybe with some rubber pads underneath) when not needing the saw, to replace existing worktable. Then to use saw, I’d have to push down casters and swivel 90 degrees (it would normally be sitting where table is now, with rear parallel and close to wall i.e. outfeed side – so not in aisle space). Also based on posts I’ve seen, it looked like it would be good to combine with router table/extension at end to get best use of space.
So with that long winded intro…
Question 1 – Is it bad idea to cover table saw and use as bench? Otherwise, based on space, I’ll probably have to get a portable unit.
Question 2 – Based on what I’ll be using it for, does the Ridgid 4512 (or 4510) seem like a good choice? I checked a lot of sites and seemed to have positive feedback overall. I do have some other Ridgid tools and like the Lifetime Wty (even though I’ve seen some negative press on it too). I did call and verify that these units do qualify.
Question 3 – How good should shopvac work for dust collection (like many of you, I’m sharing garage with everything from pantry items to kid’s sports stuff and bunch of stored items)?
Last: Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your feedback!