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MajorWood

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11-26-2014 03:00 PM

I am new to woodworking and I am looking for a table saw and I think I may have found the right one, but I would like some other opinions. The saw I’m thinking of getting is the Rigid 10in. Professional Table Saw. Has anyone here bought one of these? Any known issues or potential problems down the road? Any advise or opinions would be welcome. Thank you all in advance.

-- Don't try to act all hard with MajorWood


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IHRedRules

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#1 posted 11-26-2014 03:06 PM

I had one. It is a good saw for the money. The only reason I sold mine was to upgrade to a cabinet type saw with more capacity. I would highy recommend it for a starter saw, even a “forever saw” if you don’t need more capacity. With proper care it should last a long time. Some of the early ones up had issues with the trunnion, but from what I hear, that issue has been addressed.

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MajorWood

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#2 posted 11-26-2014 03:22 PM

Just a few follow up questions for you IHRedRules. Can the arbor accommodate a full stack dado set? And if so, can you tilt the dado set? I plan on eventually getting a radial arm saw, which I would prefer to use to cut compound dados, but a radial arm saw would be the last piece of machinery I would buy and I would need a tool to use in the interim. I watched the great Norm Abram build his portable miter bench and he made several compound dado cuts. Now, obviously, that is not a project I would start my woodworking with, but it is something I would like to build down the road. Are there any communities online that are aimed at owners of this particular saw? Possibly something that gives assembly tips not given in the instructions or helpful setup advise.

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IHRedRules

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#3 posted 11-26-2014 03:30 PM

MajorWood, I used a Frued 8” stacked dado upto 3/4” width without any problems, it had plenty of power for what i threw at it. I never had a need to tilt the dado, so I cannot answer that, but I think you would be able to. If you are not into making your own inserts, you can find aftermarket ones, so that is another plus to this saw.

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MajorWood

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#4 posted 11-26-2014 03:38 PM

It sounds like a good product. Did it come with a good warranty?

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#5 posted 11-26-2014 03:39 PM

Welcome to LJs Major.
There must be one bazillion post on LJs as to what table saw to buy ,you might do a search here on Ljs to get a whole lot more answers.

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=what+table+saw+to+buy&sa.x=14&sa.y=6

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IHRedRules

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 03:45 PM



It sounds like a good product. Did it come with a good warranty?

- MajorWood

If you are referring to the saw, they have a lifetime service agreement for the original owner. Be sure to jump through the hoops and register so you get the LSA. I registered mine for the LSA, but thankfully never needed to test it out, so I can’t speak to how they are in dealing with issues down the road. I’d be more concerned when they stop producing the saw, will they still honor the LSA, when they don’t have the parts laying around.

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#7 posted 11-26-2014 06:18 PM



Welcome to LJs Major.
There must be one bazillion post on LJs as to what table saw to buy ,you might do a search here on Ljs to get a whole lot more answers.

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=what+table+saw+to+buy&sa.x=14&sa.y=6

- a1Jim

Jim for the win. +1

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brtech

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 07:38 PM

Ah, the R4512. Please do have a look around this site for people’s experience with that model. There is a known, really bad manufacturing problem with it that does not seem to be fixed, does not affect every saw, cannot reasonably be repaired, and will cause you all sorts of grief if you get a saw with the problem. If you get a good one, the reviews are quite positive. If you get a bad one…. ugh.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 07:41 PM

The saw in your link is commonly known as the “R4512”. It’s nearly identical to the Craftsman 21833. The alignment issue mentioned earlier was reported in both brands….it doesn’t affect every unit, but those that have it can’t be fixed. There have been several reports that the issue has been resolved in the past couple of years, only to continue to hear new reports that it still exists….it’s been a while since I’ve heard a new complaint, so the whole truth is hard to know (like in Ferguson), but it’s a big enough issue that I’d approach very cautiously if you pursue either of these saws. (edit: LOL….basically….what “brtech” said!)

The Delta 36-725 is close in priceand class, and is worth a look IMO. It hasn’t been out as long, but so far has been free of reports of major systemic issues, and it seems to have a better fence.

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greenacres2

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#10 posted 11-26-2014 08:45 PM

Just considering the Ridgid 4512 and Craftsman 21833, as of 2 years ago the C-man version was 15 amps (never accept Sears HP ratings on a motor, amps should be a better indicator) and the 4512 was 13 anos, Also, the 21833 included the dado insert, 4512 was a $30+ extra. Sears always has bizarre coupons/clubs/secret society that will bring the price lower than the 4512—but forces one to be a “shopper” for the deal. (bought mine online from my car in the sears parking lot, then walked in to pick it up. If i would have walked into the same tool department, it would have been over $200 more for me to put the same box in my car at the same pick-up area—i don’t get it.

I didn’t have the blade issue, fence is okay but added an incra later anyway—way better. I’m okay with the saw, but if i was doing it again i’d have waited and saved a little longer for a little more beef, probably a 3 HP (real HP) cabinet saw. Grizzly 1023 possibly.
earl

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lepelerin

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#11 posted 11-27-2014 04:36 PM

use the search function either on this site or with your preferred search engine. You will be surprised how many times the same question have been asked.
Good luck and have fun with your new saw.

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MajorWood

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#12 posted 11-27-2014 05:51 PM

I’m not only new to woodworking, I am also new to online forums. And I haven’t used forum search tools before, so I figured it would be easier to just ask the question. I appreciate the polite way you phrased it, but I can see the annoyed subtext of your post. I will be sure to be more careful in the future before asking another question.

-- Don't try to act all hard with MajorWood

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