Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 545
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by spiffykyle Excellent portable table saw!!
So I purchased this last week and have only made a few test runs, and one project with it. I'll update my review once I've put some mileage on it, but I wanted to give my initial impressions...which are great!!
I spent an inordinate amount of time researching which table saw I wanted to buy. I needed more than the cheap little guys (Ryobi, Kobalt, etc), but I didn't need a cabinet saw. I set my limit at $600 and started comparing. I really wanted one with a stand as my "workshop" is really just my half of the garage, and this would be the biggest thing in it. It came down to this saw, the DeWalt 7491RS, and the Bosch 4100-09. All 3 came with nice stands, and seemed about the same quality build. Reviews were about the same for all 3.
The biggest difference I saw between the 3 (besides the price) was the fence. I was disappointed in the Bosch fence as it seemed flimsy and didn't slide very well. And while the DeWalt rack-and-pinion fence system is pretty slick, the fence on the Ridgid was robust, slid easily, locked in repeatably, and had T-tracks to add on jigs and whatnot. I was sold on the Ridgid.
The box is pretty big so have a truck or SUV to get it home. It is a little heavy but I was able to move it around by myself. Now it's time to unbox and assemble.
First off, the stand is easy to put together. Took me at most 20 minutes. These aren't IKEA-like step by step cartoon instructions, but the wording and lone picture in the book are clear. Seriously, if it takes you more than an hour, you need to rethink why you want a table saw. Apparently, Ridgid is updating the manual as the online version has more detailed assembly instructions than the print book in the box. After the stand is up, 4 bolts attach the saw and away you go. There are leveling feet on the stand and once I got everything tightened down, the stand seemed rock solid.
It is ridiculously easy to open, close, and move around. I was a little worried about my toddler being able to pull it over on herself, but she basically climbed the thing while it was folded up without issue.
The table is nice and big, and the slide out extension is solid. I can definitely break down sheets on this. Once I got everything put together, I spent the next hour dialing everything in. It needed minor adjustments to the riving knife, bevel, bevel lock, miter gauge, fence, and table extension. All of these items are covered in the book and were fairly straight forward. Surprisingly, the blade was perfectly parallel (as far as I could tell) to the miter slots out of the box. These tasks are perfectly normal and expected for any table saw. The instructions on adjusting the saw were clear, and the only tools needed are a good square, adjustable wrench, and the allen wrench included with the saw.
The fence is probably the most important part of a table saw, and I really love this fence. Once adjusted, it locks in parallel to the blade every time. I've taken it off, stored it, gave it to my 2-year old, moved it around, etc, and it still locks in parallel and doesn't wiggle at all. It slides easily, comes off and installs easily, locks in easily. And if it ever does get knocked out, it’s easy to adjust. Seriously, this fence is great.
The included blade is probably fine for rough work like ripping 2x stock. However, I swapped out the blade for a 60 tooth Diablo since my first project is a built-in cabinet for my bathroom. Blade install is the typical 2 wrench affair. I like how the blade wrenches and extra blades can store right on the side of the saw.
I made some test cuts on plywood scraps and it worked beautifully. Nice long, square, straight rips. I could edge glue these together. For my bathroom project, I broke down full sheets of ¾” and ¼” plywood without issue. I also ripped boards down for the face frame. Everything fit up great. Cuts are straight and square. I was really surprised that the tape for the fence was accurate as installed. I set up all my cuts using a tape measure from the blade to the fence, but when I checked the gauge on the saw, it was dead on.
The miter gauge is a lot better than on all the other saws I looked at. There is a little play with the gauge in the miter slot however (I think this changed from the R4510, which had a good and tight miter gauge). This isn't a big deal to me though, as I use my miter saw for these types of cuts. The good news is that the miter slots are the standard 3/4" so it will be easy to make and use jigs like a sled, feather boards, hold-downs, etc. It boggles my mind why other top-name saws use proprietary miter slots and include garbage miter gauges.
I really want a dado set for this saw, however I can’t find the dado throat plate in stock anywhere. Apparently it exists, but all the normal suppliers are out of stock. Please Ridgid, make more of these available.
So, first impressions are excellent. Awesome stand, awesome fence, big table. It was relatively easy to tune and so far everything has stayed where I put it. Initial cuts were spot on. Once I've completed a few more projects, I'll update this review with anything new.
July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Alameda Superb
All the features and quality needed for job site professionals or the handyman. If you are upgrading from Ryobi or Harbor Freight you will appreciate this saw. Folding stand is great for storage when not in use. Table is a large enough to handle a 4x8 sheet by yourself (with care). 10 inch blade and motor is powerful. Blade cutting adjustment is superior to more expensive brands. Well packaged for the typically rough handling during delivery. Almost fully assembled out of the box. Instructions for assembling the stand could be improved and brought up to current acceptable standards for a product of this quality, brand, and expense.
July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Phill Best saw ever
This is the best saw ever! Especially if you want to spend hours analyzing why you can't get straight or vertical cuts. The mechanism that allows the blade to raise and lower is strictly four bolts that ride up and down in two slots. The bolts will come loose. When they do the saw will shake like crazy upon start up and the blade will not be parallel to the fence. If you tighten them enough so that they won't come loose the blade won't raise and lower. I used thread lock and precisely tightened the bolts to make sure they weren't too tigh or too loose. We will see how it works out....
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fateggroll great table saw
I have been using this for a remodel, so far it has been great. The rail measurements seem to be right on. The stand it comes with is very helpful for moving it around. I have only been using it for about 5mths so I may update this if any problems arise.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joseph Amazing tool
This is absolutely the best table saw I have ever owned. The fact that it is mobile and extremely easy to store is one of the biggest perks for me. I have limited work space so I frequently pull a lot of my wood working tools out of the shop before use. this table saw is an excellent addition to my collection. In order to collapse the table saw it takes a simple push of a lever from your foot and the same to stand it back up. No hassle! The table saw itself works better than expected and I have already used it multiple times with absolutely no complaints.
May 31, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fire Great table saw!
Quick assembly, and your ready to roll. Saw blade already on and saw is pre squared ready to cut. I used this saw first time out of the box to rip 120 soft of reclaimed barnwood for an accent wall. Cuts were perfect. Highly recommend this saw.
January 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CK Ridgid tablesaw
Really an awesome table saw, the lack of a soft start is really the only reason I gave 4 stars, other than that its a really good set up for the money
June 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by me me
this just suck i got one and used it and didn'te like nothing about it
June 16, 2016