Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 514
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bigc Good Table Saw
I couldn't wait to get rid of my old table saw from the 70's back when safety wasn't even thought of. None of the near by HomeDepot had the table saw in stock and the closest one to me was a little over a hundred miles. It would cost the same in my travel expense as the shipping. The freight company HomeDepot chose was awful. PRO number kept coming up as an error and once it worked it said it was delivered but i had not received my new table saw. Basically just drive and pickup you purchase. Ridgid lived up to its claim. Even tried the nickel test, and it worked great. If you purchases this table saw have someone help with the assembly, it was hard to stand up.
August 2, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jeremy Cheap. Poor'ish Craftsmanship. Poor Quality Control. Great for Amateurs. NOT a Pro Tool.
First one had blade shift/alignment issues as-apparently-a result of faulty trunnions, which resulted in blade heel/parallel issues. After much calibration and frustration and the constant smell of burning wood and binding, I decided to try again. Got a new saw. Where to start?
1. The entire table surface is uneven. Unfixable.
2. They changed the caster system to a 3 caster instead of 4. This was a stupendously stupid move. They are horrible now. Why strip the saw of a great feature? Cost? Why not focus instead on the unreliable fence and rails instead?
3. This one has blade shift issues too. Not horrible, but we'll see.
4. Also this one has heel/parallel issues when beveling. This could be a deal-breaker.
5. Miter gauge won't fit in the miter gauge holder-thingy on the side.
6. The rail-spreader is crooked.
7. The saw slams down when lowering it using the casters.
Quality control is lacking. I'd pay $100 more for this same saw with the above items fixed, including an upgraded fence/rails.
In Ridgid's defense, their customer care is good. LSA is good. I see what they're trying to do with this saw, and they're close. Just fix the imperfections and I'll be happy.
September 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrB My New Baby
The saw was fairly easy to assemble following the instructions carefully. There are also u-tubes by other users that are helpful. It took me about 4 hours and 6 beers to put it together. The saw is amazingly quiet and makes smooth and accurate cuts. I am very pleased with my purchase.
The rip fence slides smoothly across the table and is conveniently stored on the side of the saw in racks designed for that purpose. The same goes for the miter gauge.
July 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cobol_1 HD staff very helpful and accommodating
The store display unit and box cover image for the R4512 showed a 4 caster lift on this table saw (which I really wanted). After opening the box I found the "new improved" lift with two fixed wheels and only one caster. I contacted the store and described the situation and was first told to return the 260 lb. beast and if I wanted I could take the display unit. I suggested it would be much easier for me to remove 8 screws and swap out the lift assembly on the display unit. Joe from HD said sure and agreed that the display should match what the customer purchased. It took 10 minutes to complete and now I have what I really wanted, BTW ... I love this table saw.
October 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tebdliz I love this new saw. The guide was square out of the box, I only had to make minor adjustments to the placement markers. Even the blade was in alignment and I have not had any of the reported issues with the saw. The only down side is the single caster and 2 static rear legs. I understand that occasionally choices are made to make a product more cost effective but still its a really bit difference between 4 casters and this setup. Still its not enough of a problem to take away from the fact that the saw does everything I need.
October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by N1NAZ Nice Saw,.
After setup and alignment it makes very good straight cuts. Takes time to set up right.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Great table saw at a reasonable price.
I am new to wood working and looked around at different brands/models for quite some time. I wanted something that would be safe, warrantied, semi-mobile, reasonably priced,and versatile. Another criteria that was important to me was that the capability of the saw would not limit the quality and workmanship of the items I produce. In other words, I wanted the limiting factor in my work to be me, not the saw. After careful consideration of many types, sizes, and brands of saws I decided the R4512 fit my requirements best.
After purchasing the saw, it took me about 4 hours to carefully put it together. The instructions are great. One of the takeaways I learned was to ensure you have a reasonably fit partner to help you load, unload, and assemble this saw. I did it myself but it would have been exponentially easier to do with a helper. Also, while putting this saw together, you will have the option of installing a dust chute. Give this option careful consideration, if you choose not to install the dust chute at this point, it will take considerable work if you change your mind in the future and decide to install it.
The saw blade was aligned almost perfectly out of the box. I did make a tiny adjustment to it, but the adjustment is easy and intuitive. I have a very limited work space, so I love how mobile the saw is. When I need it, I easily wheel it into position and when my work is complete, I wheel it back to its storage location. I am excited about the empty extension wing and plan to build an insert for a router station into it. Youtube has many videos showing how to do this.
The Lifetime Service Agreement (LSA) through Ridgid was the ultimate factor that made me go with this product. My portion of the online registration process took about 5 minutes and was easy. However, it took two weeks for Ridgid to approve the LSA. No big deal, just be prepared to wait a little bit after you make the online submission. YOU MUST BE THE ORIGINAL OWNER AND GO THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS to be covered by the LSA. Without the LSA, your Ridgid product has a three year warranty. I hope I never have to exercise the LSA on this saw, it weighs close to 300 pounds and the closest Ridgid service center is about 90 miles away. However, I do sleep better knowing that in the event there is a problem years down the road, I am covered by the LSA.
Finally a word of caution about the cast Iron surface on this saw. Once setup, I stripped all the oil off the surface of the saw and had to leave it for about 12 hours. When I returned, surface rust had already started to form on the exposed cast iron (see photo). I was able to quickly clean this up and fix the problem by applying several layers of paste wax on the surface. This is not a fault of the saw, down here in humid Gulfport, MS any exposed cast iron with do the same thing, I just wanted to make anyone reading this aware of the potential for rust.
July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RouterManWithaPlanMann I couldn't be happier
Some of those negative reviews don't look like they're reviewing the same saw I just brought home last week. Sure I had to put on my big boy britches and take time to align the fence rails. I expect to spend time assembling and calibrating my tools. The fence is pretty darn accurate, I'd say within hundredth's of an inch right out of the box. My table appears perfectly flat. The blade is dead on perpendicular to the table up and down and the heel seems parallel to the miter slots. I haven't pulled out the digital micrometer yet, so far it doesn't seem necessary. Maybe when I start trying to produce some fine jewelry boxes I'll go to that extreme.
September 8, 2016