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#1 posted 03-22-2013 01:24 AM

I have a Craftsman 21833 which is identical to the Ridgid 4512. If you go this way that’s fine as long as you understand you will have to replace it in a few years. And, you may have to replace it as soon as you get it home and put it together.
You must assemble this saw and check for a defect several of them have. When you raise the blade it will shift from one side to the other. What this is doing is throwing the blade to miter slot alignment out. If you have one of these saws with this defect it must be returned to the store for a refund or exchange. The problem is not fixable. I know because my saw has this problem and I didn’t think it was anything more than needing a little adjustment. WRONG. You can adjust it perfect, but the first time you change blade height your alignment just flew out the window.
Really too bad, because these are nice saws for the money. BUT, If I had it to do over I would go used from Craig’s list. I’ve seen some $3000 cabinet saws, unused and on the original shipping pallet, sell for less than $1000 on Craig’s list. Just have to be patient.

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