As the proud owner of the Ridgid #R4512, I can see why. At less than $500, it performs every task you might expect from a saw at this price. The saw took two hours to assemble and another couple hours to level and fine-tune. It has 30″ capacity for ripping, and comes standard with an admirable miter gauge, all the wrenches, and a so-so 10″ combo blade (replace this right away!) At 267 lbs. with a smooth running 13 amp motor, this saw passes the ‘nickel test’ with flying colors. Aftermarket throat plates for dadoes are available, however, zero-clearance throat plates are not. This is disappointing considering the throat plate that comes with the saw has a 1/2″ wide slot that will not support delicate work.
Frankly, I am amazed at the whole package that Ridgid delivers in this saw. It offers sturdy heft, a decent fence, and plenty of power to rip 6/4 hardwood. This saw may be ‘professional’, but it is not designed for industrial, all day hogging. For $499.99, it is an excellent table saw for a one-person shop in need of safe and accurate cuts.
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Ridgid 10 in. 13 Amp Professional Table Saw, Model #R4512. $499.99
Available at Home Depot