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Forum topic by AttyJoe posted 11-13-2014 08:10 PM 1506 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AttyJoe

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11-13-2014 08:10 PM

I’m going to pick up a Ridgid R4512 or the Delta 36-725 soon. Waiting on Black Friday ads to be released to see if one or the other might be on sale. I’ve seen plenty of threads about the saws but some mention that the Ridgid blade issue may have been resolved in saws manufactured more recently. Is there any truth to this?

I’m back and forth on which one to buy. The ridgid blade issue bothers me but the Delta hasn’t been around as long and seems as though there are fewer parts and possibly concern that they don’t produce it very long.

My shop is a long narrow garage that is on the other half of my poolhouse so it is really the portable of these saws that interests me as it will be pushed up and stored against a wall when not in use and I don’t like the jobsite type saws.

Any thoughts/input from owners of either saw – especially recent purchasers of the Ridgid?


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#1 posted 11-13-2014 11:19 PM

I’ve had the Delta 36-725 for a good part of the year and am really loving it. It’s very easy to move around, aligning the blade to the miter slot is Super easy compared to so many other methods requiring to loosen trunnion bolts. The split fence has no effect on my saw, so I may have been lucky on that as it is completely smooth in the transition. The bismeyer fence is very nice, takes up to 8” dado blades, good guard and adjustable riving knife. You can also switch between 220 and 110. I haven’t really seen any negatives beyond on the fact it is relatively new and parts are harder to come by, but Delta is still in transition, so things should get better. Several other posts have stated their customer service is very good right now, so it may not be as difficult Now to get parts. It also helps that the ZCI’s are finally showing up on Lowe’s website, but I made my own since I wasn’t going to wait that long. At any rate, I hope this helps out a little as one of the owners of the saw.

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Gwjames

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#2 posted 11-14-2014 12:07 AM

I’ve had a the ridgid R4512 for about two months, I didn’t buy it new but I love it. My shop is also in my garage so I don’t have room for a stationary table saw and I really don’t like jobsite table saws so the r4512 was perfect. I can’t speak on the delta or anything delta for that matter but if my wife sold my table saw tomorrow I would go out and buy a brand new ridgid Saturday morning (and then sell her). Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 03:13 AM

The Delta has a better fence and a fewer chinks in it’s armor. The R4512 has some significant risk.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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jacquesr

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 03:34 AM

Go with the Delta 1000%
You can get it for 450%
Look at my other posts to find out how
It is a much more modern design.
Service is AWESOME (you will never be able to speak with someone at Ridgid) and parts are aplenty.
Plus lots of support on this site
You can’t go wrong

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 11:01 AM

I have the Delta and it works well for me.

-- Gary

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 11:47 AM

I have the R4512. Better save up for a MICROMETER, a new miter gauge and a lot of hours fixing the ills of the R4512. The blade issue if you get one that has that issue is absolutely maddening. I would buy one from Home Cheapo and set it up and see if it has blade issues and if it dos TAKE IT BACK.

I love mine now after weeks of beating it into submission, But no one should tolerate CRAP tike this fro ma brand new piece of gear. One should have to buy 100s of dollars of NEW TOOLS to fix another new tool.

IF you do get a R4512 and the blade is NOT parallel with the miter slot…... DO NOT repeats DO NOT Buy the PAL Alignment system even for the R4512… IT WILL NOT COME CLOSE TO FITTING or WORKING.

MAKE sure own alignment stuff. Look at the PAL thing and figure it out on how to make one yourself.

ALSO remember all these SAWS coming from CHINA use Metric BOLTS

-- Rich

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#7 posted 11-14-2014 02:38 PM

The fence on the Delta is superior to the Ridgid’s IMO.
Its easy for me to say that you should spend the extra cash on the Delta, but I honestly feel like you’ll be glad you did.

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#8 posted 11-14-2014 03:00 PM



Service is AWESOME (you will never be able to speak with someone at Ridgid) and parts are aplenty.

This hasn’t been my experience. I’ve always had helpful and articulate customer service reps when I’ve called Ridgid, and I’ve received excellent warranty service.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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caster513

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 03:10 PM

I have had the r4512 for about 5 months now and have had no problems with the alignement. I agree the miter gauge is junk and needs to be upgraded, I went with the Incra HD. The fence isn’t great but works. To me the overall fit and finish on the Ridgid seemed better than the Delta, the weight on the Ridgid is 267 lbs. and the Delta comes in at 197 lbs. With the lifetime service agreement and $130 in savings($470 with 10% off HD) leaves you some cash to upgrade fence/miter gauge. If I did anything over I would have saved more and got a cabinet saw…..

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#10 posted 11-14-2014 04:53 PM

Ahhhhhh!!! Another R4512 thread!!!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#11 posted 11-14-2014 06:07 PM

I agree on the Ridgid customer service in that they have been quite good. I haven’t had bad experience with them as they helped me consistently when I was restoring my old JP06000 jointer. If it wasn’t for them, I would probably still be putting the pieces back together. I’d say service is a hit and miss depending on the questions asked to either company at this point after reading so many threads going back and forth. I only have experience with the Delta table saw, so that was my vantage point. I did look at the Ridgid, but after reading so many threads on the alignment issues, I went with the Delta. There is no alignment issues with this because the entire motor and blade housing system is enclosed and moves along a set of guide rails inside. This is what makes aligning the blade to the miter slot so simple since you just need to rotate the assembly on the rails and it’s done.
And if you’re lucky, it can’t hurt to ask HD or Lowes if they take Harbor Freight coupons. Mine did and I got a great deal on my Delta.

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Richard

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#12 posted 11-14-2014 08:02 PM

And for you Veterans out there remember that HD and Lowes will give you a 10% discount. All you need is your VA ID card if you have one or a copy of your DD-214. I have had no problem with either store even asking a Manager if it was ok , the clerk just looked at the DD-214 and and my DL and the names matched and I get the 10%.

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 11-14-2014 10:45 PM

Ridgid saw performs well.

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WhyMe

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#14 posted 11-14-2014 11:22 PM


And for you Veterans out there remember that HD and Lowes will give you a 10% discount. All you need is your VA ID card if you have one or a copy of your DD-214. I have had no problem with either store even asking a Manager if it was ok , the clerk just looked at the DD-214 and and my DL and the names matched and I get the 10%.

- Richard

Yeah, but you don’t get the 10% if you served and are not retired from the military. You have to be active, retired or receive VA benefits. I think it sucks that those who just served are excluded from getting the 10%.

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knotscott

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#15 posted 11-15-2014 12:17 AM

Still with us AttyJoe?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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