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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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knotscott

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 09:10 PM

A full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor gives you much more potential and is nicer to use. The largest difference IMO is the amount of landing zone in front of the blade…a full size saw has at least twice the operating area in front of the blade. Mass means stability, and the full size saw will be much more stable, will have more motor torque, will be much quieter, is much easier to add accessories and upgrades to, is easier and cheaper to repair, will have better longterm reliability, and will tend to hold value better. You can also grow with it, as opposed to outgrowing it. The Bosch is near the top of hill for portable saws, but your still paying good money for the disadvantages of a much smaller work area, lighter weight materials, loud universal direct drive motors, etc. Portability is their main advantage…that’s it…they can cut wood, but are simply not in the same league as a decent full size saw.

I would opt for the Delta 36-725 over the R4512 if you can. The alignment issues with the R4512 didn’t effect every unit but were not imaginary. Many folks experienced an unfixable problem that was not due to operator error, and many more read about them here and on other forums…saying otherwise is kind of insulting to all those who experienced it. The alignment issues seen were not all the same either…some were a non-issue if the blade height was backed off a bit, but many others could not be corrected to an acceptable tolerance. All of those alignment issues have supposedly been corrected at the factory….but note that we’ve heard that rumor on numerous occasions over the past few years, only to have the issue pop up again, so just be aware of the history. Even if you get a good one, I think the fence on the 36-725 is better. Perhaps you could sell your HD card for a small discount and put the proceeds toward the Delta if HD can’t get one for you. Either way, both of these saws are much nicer saws IMO, and are worth finding a way to work into your shop.

If you just want a saw to tide you over for a while, get a used saw.

Blade and setup are going to ultimately determine how well any saw performs, so get both of those aspects right.

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