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01-06-2015 01:53 AM

So…for the longest time, I’ve been using a measuring tape to measure EVERY one of my cuts from the fence to the saw blade, and after watching a load of Youtube videos, I realized that I’ve been doing it all wrong.

So now I need to solve that. Does anyone how how to adjust the measure on the Ridgid to be more accurate?

Also, the fence on this thing sucks. It constantly isn’t square all the way through. I’ll set the fence to say, 10 inches, make my cut, and the far end will be either 9 3/4 or 10 1/8 or so.

It’s incredibly difficult to get a cut exactly 10 inches throughout the cut.

That is causing a frustrating issue with every project I work on never being square.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 02:26 AM

Welcome to owning a Ridgid R4512.

First Run a trusted straight edge down the FENCE. Make sure it’s not bent.

Here is what I have ran across with my fence.

THE part of the fence That rides along the fence gauge the part of the fence that is bolted to the guide MAY BE higher than the Cast iron top PLEASE SEE IMAGE

This is another known issue with the R4512.

You will have to dance a little dance with having the R4512 FENCE that odes NOT RAISE the wood stock higher than the TABLE via it riding the FENCE Square and the fact that if you get that figured out that the fence DOES NOT clip or rise as you push it out in the Right table extetnion! Welcome to the RIGDID SUPPORT GROUP.

There is a fine tuned place on this Table saw where one wants the RIP FENCE to be perfect and the Fence will NOT scrap the end of the right hand extension BUT is free to the rest of the table saw top.

Its hard to explain.

The GIUDES once you think you have them adjusted right seem to play havoc with other specs.

-- Rich

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 02:31 AM

Is there anyway to mod the fence to improve its function?

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 02:37 AM

In the picture Rich, is that where the split fence rails come together?..... If so, it has sparked memories of many unhappy Ridgid owners who complain that the fence rides up higher than the cast iron top (just as you describe) because the split rail doesn’t align…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 02:50 AM



In the picture Rich, is that where the split fence rails come together?..... If so, it has sparked memories of many unhappy Ridgid owners who complain that the fence rides up higher than the cast iron top (just as you describe) because the split rail doesn t align…

- kdc68

EXACTLY! The fence Supportsn(EARS/TABS) when adjusted as RIDIGD tells you to, RIDE higher that the Table top! IN FACT pushing the stock higher as in my opinion slightly LEFT and up than a true fence alignment

-- Rich

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 02:51 AM

I found that leaning on the head when I locked it helped, but buying a sawstop was my final solution.

It is a crap table saw and Ridgid should be ashamed of themselves.

I had 2 complete rail and fences from Ridgid, so I can’t fault the support people trying to help, but it is crap. I can set my sawstop to 9 and 3/16ths and that is what I get.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 02:59 AM


In the picture Rich, is that where the split fence rails come together?..... If so, it has sparked memories of many unhappy Ridgid owners who complain that the fence rides up higher than the cast iron top (just as you describe) because the split rail doesn t align…

- kdc68

EXACTLY! The fence Supportsn(EARS/TABS) when adjusted as RIDIGD tells you to, RIDE higher that the Table top! IN FACT pushing the stock higher as in my opinion slightly LEFT and up than a true fence alignment

- rantingrich


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Well if all else is fine (no notorious blade misalignment) then an aftermarket fence and rail might be the answer…??..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 03:00 AM



In the picture Rich, is that where the split fence rails come together?..... If so, it has sparked memories of many unhappy Ridgid owners who complain that the fence rides up higher than the cast iron top (just as you describe) because the split rail doesn t align…

- kdc68

NO the spilt is WAY left of the position seen ! See the bitch is over you adjust the Fence guides it seems you have one of two issues.

1) The fence is in contact with the table and is not 90 degrees where ever your set it up

2) IF you get to the gold spot and have leveled the entire TABLE top including the stamped extensions the fence Rides up on the RIGHT extensions, and you can hear and feel it scrap on on it which in turn makes it untrue

Bu the most insane thing it the part where you get everything hie and neat BUT the STOCK you are wiring on is Pushed up and to the left by the fence guiude… You can nor lower them to satisfy the alignment. IT IS MADDENING!

-- Rich

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#8 posted 01-06-2015 03:00 AM



I found that leaning on the head when I locked it helped, but buying a sawstop was my final solution.

It is a crap table saw and Ridgid should be ashamed of themselves.

I had 2 complete rail and fences from Ridgid, so I can t fault the support people trying to help, but it is crap. I can set my sawstop to 9 and 3/16ths and that is what I get.

- RobS888

You’re also talking $1,500 more for an equivalent saw. Huge difference. I should hope that saw is anything BUT perfect.

The ridgid is more than enough for most, and I’m sure there are mods that can be done to get increase the accuracy etc.

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rantingrich

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 03:15 AM

he thing is once you et the R4512 dialed in. or so you hope, there are so many little things that make you insane/ For one…

1) The FENCE guides will push the stock up and out to the left! It is really weird. Once your stock clears the fence guides it is solid and true.

2) LOOK at your stock as you are feeding it into the R4512… It is snug on the in feed part of fence there of BUT on the out feed part of the fence there is a gap. Its like the fence is set a degree off.

-- Rich

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#10 posted 01-06-2015 03:19 AM



So…for the longest time, I ve been using a measuring tape to measure EVERY one of my cuts from the fence to the saw blade, and after watching a load of Youtube videos, I realized that I ve been doing it all wrong.

So now I need to solve that. Does anyone how how to adjust the measure on the Ridgid to be more accurate?

Also, the fence on this thing sucks. It constantly isn t square all the way through. I ll set the fence to say, 10 inches, make my cut, and the far end will be either 9 3/4 or 10 1/8 or

ALSO make the first and most important measurement of ANY TABLE SAW…..

MAKES sure the BLADE is parallel to the MITER SLOT!

Every other spec and or measurement is secondary to this measurement.

This is the most important SPEC you can do and start from there… Everything after this is CRAP

It’s incredibly difficult to get a cut exactly 10 inches throughout the cut.

That is causing a frustrating issue with every project I work on never being square.

Thanks!

- Goonie

-- Rich

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rantingrich

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 03:22 AM


In the picture Rich, is that where the split fence rails come together?..... If so, it has sparked memories of many unhappy Ridgid owners who complain that the fence rides up higher than the cast iron top (just as you describe) because the split rail doesn t align…

- kdc68

EXACTLY! The fence Supportsn(EARS/TABS) when adjusted as RIDIGD tells you to, RIDE higher that the Table top! IN FACT pushing the stock higher as in my opinion slightly LEFT and up than a true fence alignment

- rantingrich

v
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Well if all else is fine (no notorious blade misalignment) then an aftermarket fence and rail might be the answer…??..

- kdc68

No my friend I had some HUGE blade alignment issues with this TS

-- Rich

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rantingrich

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 03:23 AM



I found that leaning on the head when I locked it helped, but buying a sawstop was my final solution.

It is a crap table saw and Ridgid should be ashamed of themselves.

I had 2 complete rail and fences from Ridgid, so I can t fault the support people trying to help, but it is crap. I can set my sawstop to 9 and 3/16ths and that is what I get.

- RobS888

AGREEED!


-- Rich

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#13 posted 01-06-2015 04:35 AM

I found that leaning on the head when I locked it helped, but buying a sawstop was my final solution.

It is a crap table saw and Ridgid should be ashamed of themselves.

I had 2 complete rail and fences from Ridgid, so I can t fault the support people trying to help, but it is crap. I can set my sawstop to 9 and 3/16ths and that is what I get.

- RobS888

You re also talking $1,500 more for an equivalent saw. Huge difference. I should hope that saw is anything BUT perfect.

The ridgid is more than enough for most, and I m sure there are mods that can be done to get increase the accuracy etc.

- Goonie


I liked the ridgid, but it isn’t even worth the 1/3 of the sawstop it cost., add up all the time you waste trying to make it work and you will see it is a dud.

If the ridgid worked like it should I would still have it…. Call it a learning experience and move on.

Edit:

I’m not down on ridgid in general, I have a ridgid planer and I love my 5inch ROS, I can steer it from the cord, however they fell down badly on this saw.

I wouldn’t buy the 30 inch sawstop because I will never own a saw with a fence that clamps at the back because of the ridgid. I’m not trying to hurt them, just warn you.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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