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Forum topic by dubczech posted 03-21-2014 06:45 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2014 06:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw rigid delta r4512 36-725

I’ve done the research, read the reviews and settled on my price point. The only thing I can’t decide is whether to buy the Lowes verison or the Home Depot verison:


Delta 36-725 for $569

Home Depot:

Rigid R4512 for $529

Any comparative opinions? Is one dramatically better than the other? Ease of assembly? My wife insists that we park cars in the garage, so being able to move the saw around is imperative.


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#1 posted 03-21-2014 07:00 PM

The ridgid has a much better built in mobile base. It also has a better dust collection system. The delta has the ability for a riving knife and a slightly better fence.

For my money the ridgid is the better buy between the two. Even better yet would be a used saw. A grizzly hybrid used would go for about the same price.

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 07:13 PM

If you’ve done the research, you’ve no doubt read about alignment issues with the R4512. If that doesn’t deter you, it’s as valid a choice in this class and price range as any.

Checking CL for a good used saw is always a viable option if the right deal comes along.

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 07:30 PM

Delta. The ridgid is a crap shoot because of the alignment problem.

Ease of assembly shouldn’t be a factor since you only put the saw together once.
Alignment, and how a saw holds its alignment, however, should definitely be a factor.

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#4 posted 03-21-2014 07:37 PM

I’ve been trolling CL for a used saw for way too long. I’d actually prefer a Grizzly hybrid, but have been unable to find one.

I live in a small NW Ohio town that doesn’t have a lot of resources for tools outside of Lowe (The home depot is actually a 30 minute drive to the north)

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#5 posted 03-21-2014 07:49 PM

Try search tempest (google it) lets you search multiple cl locations at once. You might have to drive a bit. The farthest I have driven for a tool was 5.5 hours one way.

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 07:52 PM

Search Tempest and I are very good friends. I’ve seen interesting ads in Chicago or Detroit for some table saws, but I can’t quite get my arms around paying $300-$400 for a used saw form 40 years ago.

Some of the CL Sellers have completely unrealistic expectations.

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 08:16 PM

It all depends on what kind of restore you are willing to do. If not willing to do any restore then you are right to skip used saws.

In which case just pick one. Either one will have a warranty against defects. So if you get a bum saw you can return it. Good luck.

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 08:48 PM

I was going to mention that I’ve seen a few older cabinet saw lately in the Toledo / Detroit area in your price range and I understand your reluctance in buying used or taking on a restoration. It has never scared me and I’ve had some decent luck with lightly used or resto equiptment but I know some people are weird about it.

There are 2 ways to to look at it. Pull the trigger on a new contractors saw. Sure it’s brand new and perfectly shiney but your pit falls are size, power, dust collection is not even close. Not to mention either a sub-par or mid grade fence and that’s not even mentioning the reunion alignment issues.

On the other hand you could contact the couple guys on CL in the Detroit area that are trying to unload their 10yo Jet cabinet saws for 6-800. I’m almost positive I still seen the ads posted as of a cpl days ago too. You get 4 or 5 time the saw and the 2 I’m referring to only needed a light cleaning. With these you get the assurance of rock solid fence and a machine that might need adjust every 5+ years if that. Not to mention power and dust collection. Now if it was a 3 phaser that needed a full resto I would pay more than 500 because a new motor would be 200 alone.

Also if you go with the contractors series in the following year or 2 you will probably dump a cpl hundo in upgrades and it still won’t be a PCS. As your hobby grows you will more than likely yurn for the full size saw you don’t have. By swooping up a used cabinet style your set for good unless you have the money to blow and really want the newest thing with a new trivial feature.

Here I even did the leg work for you.
A jet cabinet saw.
Delta Unisaw.

Either way good luck and enjoy.

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