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Forum topic by lab7654 posted 05-05-2014 02:34 AM 920 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2014 02:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question r4512

As I was using my Ridgid R4512 table saw this weekend, I noticed that that it was making a clunking noise upon start-up and while the blade was slowing back down. It seemed to be coming from the motor or belt, and not the blade. I stopped using it and took a look in the cabinet from above. I didn’t see much, but I spun the blade around manually and heard nothing. I inspected what I could see of the belt and didn’t find anything wrong. I took the blade off and ran it, and the clunking sounds lessened, but were still there. I was ready to flip the saw over and take off the legs and dust chute, but got cut short with another errand. Now I figured I’d do a little research before tearing into it, so any suggestions on what to look for and check would be great. I won’t be able to get back to the saw until next weekend anyway, so there’s plenty of time to discuss. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 02:40 AM

sTry removing the belt and running saw and see if u still hear the noise.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 02:45 AM

That’ll be the first step if I don’t see anything initially wrong, thanks for the input

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 03:20 PM

The best thing to be looking for is some sucker to sell it to.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 03:41 PM

I’ve had a dull clunk on mine for several years. Always thought it was the belt and when it breaks I will fix it. Would like to know if you find otherwise. Sure cuts well and is very accurate.

Tanks for the post.

Paul

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 11:47 AM

I’m honestly pleased with the saw, it cuts great and accuracy can be achieved if you’re willing to work around a couple things. The fence is garbage, I’ll admit that, but it works. This noise isn’t really a dull clunk, it’s pretty noticeable and sounds like something is bouncing around with the motor or belt. Worse comes to worst, I can always just haul it to have it serviced, because of the LSA.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 09:46 PM

Update on this: the noise has escalated to a more consistent rattling. I opened up the back panel and took the belt off, and the motor sounded fine by itself

I decided to use the saw anyway, figuring if it blows up I have the LSA to fall back on. Now there is a humming noise, which leads me to believe the arbor bearing is going out. Probably going to call up Ridgid this week and see what I can do to fix it.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 11:38 PM

sounds like you are on the right track. I have an older PM66 in the shop waiting for a new Arbor/bearing swap out. So it is just setting until I have some extra time.

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