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Forum topic by nubby posted 10-24-2014 09:56 PM 1285 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2014 09:56 PM

There is a Ridgid R4512 on local Craigs for $425. He includes 3 insert plates, 2 blades and a Freud dado set.

Looks good on listing, but I wanted to get some help before I set up a physical inspection. Here are the items of concern that I am hoping that yall might help me be aware of:

1. Are there any points that I should be aware of as far as proper functions on this model saw?

2. Since the warrantee is probably not transferable, how is getting parts through Home Depot should I need any if you do not have a warrantee?

3. Should I just pass on this saw and look for something else. (right now the only other saw on Craigs is an older Delta Platinum Series contractor saw with a table to the right for $250. I know that this model is no longer made and Delta is getting a bad reputation for service and getting parts. However, I did inspect this saw and it is almost vibration free and cuts accurate and strong. No blade guard, riving knife or splitter, in fact no extras except for the blade on it.) ?

-- Ben,in Dixie,

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 10:17 PM

The Rigid is still available through others than HD. That being said, the 4512 is getting on in years, and may or may not be a model in the future.
I own one, and save for a bad experience having the C clips on the lower/raise worm gear fall out and the subsequent consequences, it has been a pretty good saw.
There have been some with a few arbor issues, but few and far between.
On the other side, with the right HD and the right Harbor Freight coupon or military discount, you can score a new Rigid 4512 from any HD that might still have one in stock for about $25 more. Brand new…

I can’t speak for the Delta.

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 03:19 AM

The R4512, the nearly identical Craftsman 21833, and the Griz G0715P with similar guts all have a history of moving out of alignment when the blade height is changed. The issue doesn’t affect every unit, but many are impacted. If the problem exists, it can’t be fixed. I’ve read repeatedly that the problem has been fixed, only to continue to read about it. I’ve also read stories about the sellers totally denying that there’s a problem, but I can’t recall which ones are denying it. Proceed with caution.

$425 isn’t a great deal IMO. A new one from the store with a full warranty and return priveleges isn’t much more….I’ve even read of people getting HD to accept a 20% Harbor Freight coupon. 10% HD coupons are easy to come by.

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 03:32 AM

Seems like I might need to pass on this particular saw and move on. Guess I’ll just keep watching on Craigs or start checking new ones again. There are just a lot of features on the brand new ones it’s like buying a car….......”this one? no that one ! Well maybe this one or should I have bought that one”.

-- Ben,in Dixie,

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 10:47 AM

NUBBY! I bought this saw new from Home Cheapo last spring. It has some serious issues if you get one of the bad ones. Mine had the number one issue is that the BLADE is NOT parallel with the miter slot. Apparently MINE does NOT have the height blade kick out issue but blade not aligned with the miter slot is a huge issue.

I would of taken mine back until I found a right one but the beast is over 300 pounds and takes a day to screw together so I dealt with my issues.

I bought that damn PAL alignment thing and THEY DO NOT WORK don’t waster your money. The theory works great BUT the parts that come with the PALS system DO NOT come close to fitting the new Ridgid and Sear saws. Not even close!

FIRST off even with these issues it’s a great saw for the money. Rock Solid, quiet, and no vibration what so ever. So I copied what I could learn from the images of the PAL system and made my OWN that worked, And it worked very well. they are installed on it today One can DIAL in the adjustment to get the blade 100% parallel to the miter slot.

Now my miter slot is not exactly TRUE. Seems Chinese Political Prisoner number R4512 was not at his best the morning when he made my cast iron table saw table top. The Miter ROD literally rattled down the slot and no amount of banging punching or bending helped.

I got a INCRA V24 BUT it still bound up going in and out so I had the do some filing to get the miter slot more true.

I have had to do a very unacceptable amount of work to get this saw up and running right but now it’s a pussy cat.

In hindsight I should of taken it back and saved a few more bucks and gotten a Grizzly.

-- Rich

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 12:10 PM

If that Delta Platinum has a Biese, Unifence, or even a T2, it could be a nice deal @ $250 IMO. You already mentioned the downside of no riving knife or spliiter, but those could be added or made. You should be able to source parts from places like, or

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