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Forum topic by Garbanzolasvegas posted 02-26-2015 03:23 AM 920 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Garbanzolasvegas

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02-26-2015 03:23 AM

I was trying to use my fence measurement TAPEon the front rail more often. I found it maddening that once I set the fence to a certain distance say 1 and a half inches, I would double check it, it was off by as much as a 1/32 inch. SOOO I would move the marker to the correct reading that my manuals measurement said.. Then later I would do the same thing Yet again… it was off and once again I would adjust it to center on the correct mark. I did this a dozen times.

SO tonight I noticed the blade was wobbling as it slowed way down.

I thought maybe I bent my expensive freud blade… DAMN IT .

So I put on another blade.. Same wobble ..

I tried all my blades and they all wobbled…

Seems my ridged 4512 has some very serious runout issues.

THAT’S IT! BOAT ANCHOR IT IS!

Has anyone else seen this

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 06:30 PM

I agree about the general quality of Ridgid tools. I bought one of their bandsaws years ago, and am generally not happy with it.

As for the runout, (Depending on how much time/work/money you are willing to put in), it could be that you have a defective shaft and/or bearings, and that replacing them might solve the problem. On the other hand, if the machining for the assembly under the tabletop is allowing any wobble, some high temperature epoxy and metal shims (J-B Weld), might address the problem.

Just trying to think of an approach that might salvage the situation.

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 06:37 PM

Thanks Bob. I am gunna live with it till I can save up enough scratch to get a Grizzly or maybe even a Sawstop

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 09:23 PM

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 09:25 PM



try this? http://woodgears.ca/saw_arbor/index.html

- jap


Thanks man!

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 09:45 PM

I can vouch for the fact that the arbor runout fix works. I did it on my old craftsman. Matthias has some awesome stuff on his site.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 02:52 AM

I had a similar thing happen to me on my Grizzly contractor saw. I couldn’t figure why none of my cuts were 90 degrees, always off about a 32nd. Called Grizzly talked to some kid still in high school. My arbor bearing kept falling off, the kid told me to use some “Lock Tite” yeah right then it would be welded on. I finally took top off of the stand and surroundings pulled it up on a chain fall took the bearing off and ordered a new one. They don’t come with a set screw so if you do this make sure to get a set screw with it. Set screw cost 50 cents shipping $ 9.00. This did the trick for me and I haven’t had any trouble since. The arbor looked like a cheap high school class ring. well good luck and have a safe one

-- Fred, Jacksonville, AR

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 03:05 AM

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#8 posted 03-09-2015 11:58 PM

THAT’S IT! BOAT ANCHOR IT IS!

assuming it was registered with the LSA, just have it replaced. that certainly sounds like a factory defect.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 01:24 AM

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 12:36 PM

Just found that my r4512 blade is now shifting when raising and lowering blade…....sending it off to get fixed then putting it up on craigslist. I will not be buying another Ridgid product.

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 12:51 PM

Well if you lived closer to me, you could bring it over and we could make a target out of it. I’ve got a few rifles that need sighting in. It Might Work For That! (:=)
Gerald

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