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You get what you pay for!

I'm not not finished yet, but the stand, mobile base, motor, & saw itself went together very well. The hardware packs have numbers and colours on both sides that correspond with the large assembly poster. I Really can't imagine it being any easier to assemble. NO missing parts, NO problems with anything not fitting, went together very well.

Out of the box the miter gauge to blade (supplied in saw) alignment was .001 (zero on blade body) run-out on blade was 0 (I did see the .0005 flash on the display twice). I know these values are meaningless with wood. It is just nice to start this well. I could get .015 changes in alignment on my R4512 just by raising or lowering the blade. Also, I had to check the vertical alignment as well.

So, out of the box it is more accurate than my R4512 ever was. The RIDGID was donated… I couldn't in good concious sell it.
 

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Seriously, SawStop should teach a class to other manufacturers on how to package a product and prepare it for the consumer to assemble. The step by step instructions with individual blister packs, detailed drawings, and color coding make it almost error proof.

I was nervous to assemble my PCS as it was the first time I had attempted to set up a table saw. It was perfect out of the box - actually a (semi) enjoyable experience.
 

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Endgrainy,

I heard that! The past few years I have been seeing notes with products saying something like "don't return this product, call for help" isn't that almost an acknowledgement that the instructions or operations are confusing? Also, it shows they are accumulating some serious costs in returns. Why not rethink the instructions at that point?
 

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RobS888, you are correct. It seems like more and more manufacturers are doing that these days.

I would guess they've done a cost benefit analysis and decided that instructions translated from English to Chinese and then back to English is the cheaper way to go.
 

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Thanks ColonelTravis!

MramseyISU,

That was my thinking as well, but if I paid myself $10/hour for all the trouble that saw gave me it would pay for the new saw. I hope your saw is better.

Yesterday, I set the t-glide fence to 11 inches and ripped a piece of ply that was 12 by 24 to exactly 11 inches wide! I couldn't do that on the R4512. No binding or burning, just cut the piece as set. Not the most difficult task, but near impossible without lots of fussing on the R4512.
 

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I got lucky with my ridgid as far as the alignment goes. I spent a solid afternoon with a dial indictor getting the blade set parallel to the miter slot within .003" and I've been checking it every 6 months since and it's stayed within .005". From some of the stories I hear that's pretty darn good on these saws. That being said if you're buying a low end hybrid saw which is what the 4512 is you shouldn't expect it to be a top of the line performer like a saw stop and I knew that going into it. I still hate the fence though; that I do have trouble with keeping lined up and I find myself screwing with that all the time.
 

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3 times I adjusted the trunions never understanding why it wouldn't stay in alignment. I got pretty good at the lower raise check, adjust angle before making a cut.

I found that putting my weight on the fence about 3 inches back from where the extrusion meets the head unit would give me the least amount of movement of the fence when I locked it down.

The R4512 was quieter than the sawstop.
 
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