Hybrid table saw innovation is less than a decade old. It marries the benefits of stationary cabinet saws like a cast iron top, full-depth T-Slots, great dust collection, and a high quality adjustable fence with the merits of the contractor saw including low amperage draw, reasonable price and portability. The hybrid has become a favorite of weekend warrior woodworkers and pros alike, as a result, we decided that we needed to provide a Ridgid table saw review to help our readers and members understand the power of this tool in your shop.
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 Ridgid table 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.
Ridgid has paid close attention to two details specific to this table saw: First is a foot activated mobile base (usually a $75 add-on). I love this when sweeping up my shop, which is relatively large. I can only imagine what a feature this will be to those with smaller, basement shops. Second is the demountable European style riving knife which protects from pinching and potential kickback.
Frankly, I am amazed at the whole package that Ridgid delivers in this table 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. We hope you’ve enjoyed this Ridgid table saw review.
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Ridgid 10 in. 13 Amp Professional Table Saw, Model #R4512. $499.99
Available at Home Depot