Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 496
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 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
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by James Great Table Saw!!
Great table saw. This hybrid saw is very heavy and very sturdy! I set it up by myself and it took a few hours. Would highly recommend having someone else near by to help move. The most time consuming part is getting everything lined up and level. I've recently used the empty extension to add a router table. Fairly quiet for a table saw as well. There was one thing that threw me for a bit of a loop...most photos show it sitting on 4 casters but apparently the newer models (like mine) only have 3 casters that swivel. Still moves around really easy. Dialing in the accuracy also takes some patience but that's the case with most table saws.
August 11, 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