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Hello all...I am wondering if a (presumably) little used R4512 Ridgid Table saw is worth $375...? HD sells it new for $549.
I admit that I haven't done a lot of research on the saw yet but I think some of you own this model...would love to hear your opinions on the saw and the price...

Thanks in advance, Nick

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Hello all...I am wondering if a (presumably) little used R4512 Ridgid Table saw is worth $375...? HD sells it new for $549.
I admit that I haven't done a lot of research on the saw yet but I think some of you own this model...would love to hear your opinions on the saw and the price...

Thanks in advance, Nick
no... maybe 150$... tops...
somebody is dumping that saw for a reason...
listen to Charlie Woodchuck....

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I have the same saw, Nick, and I'm happy with it. For the things I make it works just fine. I added a Leecraft zero clearance blade insert and recently replaced the original miter gauge with an Incra 1000HD. The one-step pedal drops the wheels down and makes it easy to move around in the shop, then puts it solidly on the floor when the wheels are up It also does a pretty fair job of capturing the sawdust with its built-in chute that covers the bottom.

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I bought mine reconditioned for $275 & it has done what I needed it to do so far, I can cut a full sheet a plywood in half now.

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Hello all...I am wondering if a (presumably) little used R4512 Ridgid Table saw is worth $375...? HD sells it new for $549.
I admit that I haven't done a lot of research on the saw yet but I think some of you own this model...would love to hear your opinions on the saw and the price...

Thanks in advance, Nick
Hi Nick. Not familiar with the 4512. I have the 4511 and am very happy with it.

You can also check here: Rigid Forum for more information about it.

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In January 2013 i bought the Craftsman version (21833) brand new in box for under $350 using a variety of discounts at a Sears. Actually, bought it online while sitting in the store parking lot to save something like $75 compared to buying it "in-store". The Ridgid version is 13 amp, c-man 15 amp. The c-man included dado insert, extra cost at Ridgid. Beyond that virtually identical. Good saw, better with the Kreg miter gauge (i have an Incra 1000 HD i've put into service yet--no complaints on the Kreg). Factory fence is okay, but finnicky with the set screw adjustment to keep it square--so I also added an Incra TS-LS fence which is much nicer.

I'd not hesitate to purchase either of those if not abused, but...Used at all, without getting some extras--i'd not be a buyer at over $250 and that would take being in pretty doggone nice shape. If i were selling mine today, with the Kreg miter gauge and Incra--i'd not expect to get more than $550 if that.

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I bought a Rigid R4512 from Home Depot in May. I am very impressed with the saw. Set up was very easy and there was only one adjustment needed of one degree. The fence is solid and easy to move. The other area that impressed me is that it comes with a life time warranty. I damaged the anti kick back pawls. It was 100 per cent my fault. I contacted Rigid and had a replacement part within a week. I am in Canada and the part came out of the states. I'm now considering other Rigid tools and they were not on my radar before.
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Hi Nick. The Ridgid is an import, I'd look for a used American made Delta, Rockwell, or a Powermatic Contractors table saw. One with a Biesemeyer fence or a Unifence preferably. If not, there are other good aftermarket fences that will fit those saws. I've had a Delta 34-445X that came with the Unifence since 1995 when I bought it new, it will probably be the last table saw that I'll ever need.
I agree. There's no comparison between the above mentioned saws and the plastic imported stuff!
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Thank you all so much...especially for the quick response. It certainly pays to ask...

I'm going to continue my shopping as I'm in no hurry right now. The Ridgid lifetime is a nice thing but sure it doesn't help on a used purchase. I will take a peek at a new one though...

Charlie (Woodchuck)...are there any years I should stay away from in the brands you mentioned ?

Thanks again for all your advice.

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Hi Nick,
I have a 4511 model. I paid 300.00, the guy wanted 350.00. It is the granite top model and I just love it to death. My King steel top would try to rust in humid conditions, but that granite top just shines with the paste wax on it. The motor was only 110 volts but I changed it over to 220v which gives it more torque. The saw is built something like a cabinet saw. When you line the blade up you move the whole table top to the saw. That's it forever, not like a contractor's saw where the trunion is hooked to the table and you have to constantly check for alignment. The wheels on the base let you move the saw in any direction and push a petal and down it goes placing the saw to the floor. This saw cuts very accurately and I would buy it again. It has a tape glued to the fence rail. When you move the fence to the desired measurement, push down on the lever and no movement, it is bang on. The fence rails were two piece - that did suck, so I replaced booth front and back with aluminum two inch square tubing and angle. The fence anchors both front and back to make an accurate rip. Another negative is that sawdust will spray all over the table regardless of my two HP dust collector. However when I put the blade guard on it works much better. It does pass the coin test. I hope this helps.
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I would not buy the saw if it has a table top with cheap steel plating rather than forged steel or granite.
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