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Posted on Rigid R4512 seems too big for me, but I don't need mobility. What to get?

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 04:55 PM

Echo – get a R4512 before you get so frustrated you give up (or lose a finger).

The difference between jobsite and hybrid/contractor/cabinet saws is way more than just the size of the table. Compared to a jobsite saw, the R4512 has more power, more weight/less vibration, a better fence, and in general offers more room to grow with your hobby.

Could you do fine woodworking with a jobsite saw instead of something better? Absolutely. You (hypothetically) could also perform surgery with a sharp paring knife instead of a scalpel. Just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s ideal. So if space and cost isn’t an issue (and really, the R4512 is onle $100-$200 more than a top-end jobsite saw), why force yourself into that position?

The R4512 was my first saw when I started woodworking (in 2011), and I only upgraded last year because I started working routinely with 8/4 and thicker hardwoods, warranting an upgrade to a Grizzly cabinet saw. Mine didn’t have any alignment issues, so I can’t comment on them, but I can say that if you find one without those issues the R4512 is an excellent value.

I also had very good experiences with Ridgid’s LSA service – they sent me a new fence no questions asked when I had difficulty getting my original fence to retain alignment, and they fixed a broken capacitor at no charge (I just had to cart it to a service center). I’ve had equally good experiences with Ridgid’s LSA on other products, including the belt/spindle sander.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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