Ridgid Table Saw Review

Ridgid Table Saw ReviewHybrid 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.

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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.

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Ridgid Table Saw ReviewRidgid 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

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3 Responses to “Ridgid Table Saw Review”

  1. Lane Nitzschke

    that’s good, thanks for sharing,.. I think this is great blog

  2. Ron Rawhoof

    Too bad your review did not bring up the trunnion alignment issue that has plagued many R4512 owners.

  3. Kyle Kimbrough

    Can someone tell me how it does with 8/4 hardwoods? Any bogging?