Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 482
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 tom4ed The VALUE of this Table Saw is Five Stars
My shop is too small to use a table saw they way they are meant to be used. At this point, it's more of a place for me to store my tools. So I needed the BIGGEST 'little' saw I could find: one I could realistically move in and out because I do have to work outside.
I live in 'sunny' Southern California and so, working outdoors is actually pleasant. I use a 'pop-up' tent and portable tools. I build fine furniture so, when it comes to table saws, I needed a higher level of precision. I needed the best of both worlds. More than a contractor's saw and less than a cabinet saw to heavy or large to move. My doorway is 34 inches wide and even with the fence system on that leaves me more than enough room to roll it in and out, using the casters that come with the unit. One step and the whole thing lifts up onto the wheels and moves easily. Release the wheels and the saw sets firmly, ready to take a full day's work.
This table saw is smooth and powerful, runs on 110 volt household current and delivers enough power to cut through even exotic hardwoods. Following the instructional booklet, it assembled without fuss and was easy to fine tune into precise alignment. The steel wings fit well and can be leveled with the cast iron surface and the area to the right of the saw had just the right amount of room to easily add on a router table that can utilize the existing fence.
For the money (and I did months of research) I found no better saw where I could get more of what I need (while not getting a saw that was too large or heavy to move around) for the money. It is smart, smooth and very capable. And the lifetime warranty that Ridgid offers is something nobody else offered.
I use the Freud Diablo Industrial Grade Blades and they do make a difference, sharp, and clean and they hold their edge through the hardest woods.
The fence system is accurate when adjusted and holds that adjustment well, even under the rigors of moving it in and out of the storage area. The offset, belt-drive motor allows for very smoooooth operation and a nickle actually will stand on edge without falling when you turn it on! The cast iron tabletop is smooth, well finished and true. The blade insert is fully adjustable and easy to remove and replace. I've already purchased the dado insert and a zero tolerance insert.
My decision to purchase this saw was based on the need to get the most saw for the money with the portability I needed and the precision that fine furniture construction demands. I am not disappointed. I don't think there is a better table saw for the money out there.
May 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by LJ DO NOT BUY!!!
The unit I took home and had mostly assembled was extremely flawed. I did not realize it until I righted up the table and inspected the tabletop itself. The top had a major 'hump' the the left of the blade, so severe that the height difference between the that hump and the rest of the tabletop was 1/32" as little as 7" away from that spot.. I detected it using my 2' metal level that should have sat nice and flat on the tabletop. It couldn't.
I returned the unit and inspected the tabletop of another saw, in the store this time. While not as bad, that saw also had a hump in it. I gave up and bought someone else's table saw.
I had even sent my photos to Ridgid to show them the defect and they agreed that the unit was bad and should be returned.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYGUY Great saw!
I finally outgrew/wore out a 45 year old Craftsman TS. I spent several days looking at different brands of saws, Craftsman, Delta, Masterforce ( Menards brand) Dewalt, etc. None came close to value for the dollar as this Ridgid brand saw. Lifetime service agreement helped on the decision, but I do have to admit it will be a hassle to load up a 260# saw and drive it 25 miles to a service center if I ever need to have work done. Saw was packed excellently, no missing pieces and even had a few extra fasteners included. Instructions were decent- one thing they did not mention is on the stand assembly there is a left and right side to the stand. Yes they are mirror images of each other but the holes for the rip fence holder are meant to be on the left side of the saw. Other than that saw went together easy enough, although it is very heavy, my wife and I together got it tipped upright after the installation of the stand. I was concerned about the alignment issues and unevenness in the top that some have noted. My saw did not have any problems in that respect. I used a 4' level to ensure cast iron top was flat- it is. Both side tables are flat in relation to the cast iron top. I did not have to do any filing to make anything work. Once I zeroed the fence all else was good to go. Cuts are smooth and saw seems to have plenty of power. I cut 6/4 white oak with no problem. The distance between edge of table and front of blade is almost full 12" this is a nice feature that I really appreciate esp. coming from the old Craftsman that had half that amount. Mine also had 4 casters. the lift assembly is well thought out, works well and IMHO does not seem to drop it that hard on the floor when releasing saw. Did not try the "Nickel" test but this saw is solid! runs quitter than old saw too. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a new saw.
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sal great saw for the money!
I bought this saw a few weeks ago. Had it assembled in under two hours. The ONLY adjustment I had to make was the fence. It was a 1/16 off on the far end. Thats it, everything else was dead on from the factory. pretty good considering it was shipped halfway around the woring
This saw is a pleasure to use, smooth effortless cuts, fence stays true. such a drastic improvement from the portable saws i had been using. I switched it over to 240v Immediately so I can't really comment on how it works on 110.
I had read reviews about how the LSA could be a nightmare to set up so I was pleasantly surprised when both this saw and the 6 1/8 jointer I bought were accepted within 24 hours of entering the info on the rigid website! maybe they've been listening to their customers!
All in all the rigid tools and the home depot experience were great for me!
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ghostrider Good saw for the money
Read lots of reviews before purchasing a table saw. Decided on this one based on hybrid features. It rolls around the shop very easily but is very stable when dropped down from the wheels. I set it up by myself in about 3 hours. Don't get this saw if you plan to travel to job sites. It is pretty heavy. This is definitely intended to be used in a home or work shop. No issues with blade wobble or trunnion movement. Has the "II" stamp on the trunnion. All and all a good value for the price. Can't beat the lifetime service warranty. Fits a 7/8" dado stack.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RCS Impressive value
After retiring a year ago I was wearing out my 10" Ryobi benchtop. I was looking at several hybrids (new & used) and was down to Craftsman and Ridgid. Ridgid / HDX won out with price and the Lifetime Service Agreement.
I had planned on a 2 day process of assembly and tuning and was pleased to find I had way over estimated the time. Packaging was solid. All parts were present and in excellent condition. Assembly instructions are clear, and this only took a couple of hours to get together.
Bonus time - the blade was perfectly co-planer to the miter slots and a digital 90.0 degrees to the table. The cast table is perfectly flat - no low or high spots. I took extra time with the fence rails because they are 2-part sections. Be sure to use a long, accurate straight edge to true them up. The fence was in perfect alignment and only needed the indicator to be zeroed. A few test cuts are spot on to the rail tape.
Only 2 things wrong; the stamped extension wings both have a slight high spot of about 0.032. This shouldn't a problem as it will only affect larger pieces. Also the right side legs needed to be shimmed about 0.125" to get the table level. Front to back was level.
With the time saved on tuning I was able to make the crosscut sled and router extension. I would recommend this for the value and quality.
March 20, 2016