Would like some input on TS2424 workshop setup.

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Blog entry by Abn101mp posted 10-12-2016 01:34 AM 866 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Just purchased a, new to me Ridgid TS2424 table saw. It is going to be replacing my Craftsman 10in with slide outs and a fence that was far from cooperative. As you can imagine, I am quite excited. So I want to reconfigure my work shop around the new saw. I have ordered a Kreg plate and plan to remove one side of the Cast grates and turn it into my router table. I am looking for suggestions on nearly anything at this point. I will post pictures tomorrow of my shop as it is now and just show my proposal. But if any veteran woodworkers have a particular setup that sounds like what I am trying to do, I would love to see pictures and/or any advice.
Thank You

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 08:51 PM

This brings back fond memories … I bought a used Rigid 2424 off of Craigs list … The said he always had problems with it binding, so for a $100 I loaded it up and took it home ...

First of all Print an owners manual from the internet and then check the blade alignment to the miter slot, (mine was off nearly a 32nd), loosening the trunnion bolts is no easy chore, a real knuckle buster, but after the blade was aligned she slipped thru the wood like it was butter… and no binding.

Next align the fence to the miter slot, and then check out the run-out from the blade, should be very close. (Some guys like a bit of positive or negative run-out but I like mine dead on).

I bought a Dial Indicator for this set up and it proved to be a good investment … as I recall about $40 … But the good news is that you can use your tri square or a sliding T square for this set up and be really close.

Now that your blade and fence are aligned, recheck the torque on the trunnion bolts. You are now ready to put the saw to use.

I did build a router table on the right side of the saw. I used two layers of 3/4” ply glued together to prevent sagging, ... Well to make a long story short I didn’t like the way it was set up, it just felt left handed to me so I built Norm’s router table.

The R-2424 is a good contractor style saw fitted with an American made Emerson Motor. The drive pulleys and belt can be replaced with turned pulleys and a link belt to reduce vibration. Dust collection? There just ‘ain’t none’, but there are several after market add-on are available depending on your shop set up.

Many of the 2424’s were manufactured with a flaw in the arbor shaft. During the manufacturing process the lathe turning the threads would not retreat from the cut, and spin on the shaft leaving a bit of a gully at the drive end of the thread … So if you can’t get a nice flat bottomed dado, look closely at the arbor shaft … Some of the R-2424 models are warrantied for life … Home depot replaced my arbor for FREE.

After several years of use it was time to put a new cabinet style saw in my mew shop … I listed the R-2424 on craigs list $250 and it sold the same day.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 11:16 PM

Thank you very much for for your input. I have ran into an issue with the 2424 when I was mounting the motor after I picked it up. The swivel bolt on the motor was broken off. Luckily i was able to remove the threaded piece with a pair of needle nose pliers. I have temporarily replaced it with a bolt using a nut as a spacer. seems the alignment is good so far.
I have printed the Owners Manual. I am not familiar with setting the blade alignment of miter/fence alignment. But I will look into it soon. I just finished up a project for someone today and I am still deciding on how I am going to reconfigure my workshop around the new saw.
Thank you for your input on the router addition to the saw wing.
You had mentioned you built a router table instead? I make a lot small items, so I am just wanting something that has a sturdy fence and is easy to work around.
I attached a couple pics of my current shop. It is upstairs in my 2 car heated garage. Space is fairly limited at the moment until my girlfriends daughter graduates college and takes all her belonging that have accumulated in MY space. HAHA.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 12:00 AM

I recently bought my second Ridgid TS 2424. I wearied of changing from rip to crosscut for segmenting rings and now I am eager to try establishing a new work pattern using two saws vice one. I went through the alignment process of squaring the blade, aligning the angle plate, with the miter slot and followed with a fine tune of rip fence. I plan on a new Bennett sled with clamps which I neglected on my old one.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 12:24 AM

Awesome congratulations, this saw will be around for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 02:17 AM

Can’t offer any advice on your saw as my setup is different. Just sayin’ hi, as I’m from southern Maine and get up to your neck of the woods sometimes. The wife is from Old Town and we have property there so we get to that area sometimes.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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