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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
Thanks for the comments.

lew - the hold down jig was just something I threw together for a specific project, and is kinda flimsy - but thanks for the warm words (I really should take it apart and make a better/universal one instead). I didnt think about a handle extension for the table crank handle, but I'm very satisfied with my solution, so no need to change it.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
Looks great Purple Lev! I have wanted a full size DP for quite a while and this doesn't help! :)
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
sIKE- no it doesn't ;o)

BUT - you can make a similar table for a benchtop DP as well…

I sometimes wish I had a benchtop model…lol , this one takes a lot of room, and has a lot of wasted space under the table most of the time.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
I like your table design and features . I've seen so many different ideas as far as making one of these , but I can't decide which way to build one of my own yet . What do you secure your stock with in the 90 degree position , just regular clamps , or do you have t-tracks out of site in the picture ?
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
Good drill press table looks like it does a good job.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
Dusty - thanks.

for the vertical platform of the table - I will add another T-track and the fence will eventually be mitered downwards to follow that platform to have a more stable reference guide. It was late, and I was getting lazy… so for now I do just clamp it with regular clamps and butt it against the horizontal fence - it works well, and I don't bore vertical that often that I'm inclined to complete the missing T-track at the moment, so it's on the back burner- but thats the general idea. if youre ever in the eastern MA area, you can drop by, I can give you a few sheets of masonite for table/jig tops/surfaces.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
Thank you for the feedback . I was just out in Tewksbury and Salem,NH last weekend.(two hour drive from my place on the Pike and up 495 , etc..)
I went to the Rockler store in Salem…WOW what a great store AND no MA taxes to pay !! The Danvers Rockler has closed its doors , so I would have to go to Cambridge instead , which I was warned against doing due to the traffic , etc.. Salem is less than a half hour drive to my friends' house in Tewksbury.
Rockler had a bunch of in-store only specials last weekend , plus I had a 15% off coupon with me .Let's just say that the trip was worthwhile : )
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
and you didn't stop by to pick me up?!?

I like the Cambridge store- ALL the guys working there are top notch friendly and helpfull - always! period! I live 2 blocks from 'another' woodworking store, but if I have a choice - I'd drive into cambridge with traffic and parking just because I know I'll get good service and advice there should I need it. but might be different for you. glad you had a good trip. def. the NH no taxes is a nice cherry on top.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
I think I have the same model drill press so I'm saving your great table plan to try ASAP! Thanks.
 

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Drill Press Table

I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I've made to my old drill press table with an idea I've seen on Woodscrap's workshop page.
Milling Jig grinder Machine tool Drill presses Gas


My original table was just 3/4" birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4" birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
Flooring Wood Audio equipment Gas Machine


I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps' workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table - these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I've also made the table offset to the left - leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
Table Wood Desk Gas Machine


You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it - this thing is Priceless!
I just got the same Drill Press from my Grandpa!!!!
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
That's a nice looking saw.

They sure did a good job of packing it. I don't think I've ever seen a steel frame like that.
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
Dang that's a pretty saw! Serious tool envy here. So have you figured out what you are going to do with that steel frame? There has to be a tool stand or something that will come of it.

Look forward to you continued description of how this works for you.
 

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So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
Looks like a nice saw, I have a TS3650 and really like it that there are improvements made to your saw that I would like to see on the 3650.
Improvements:
1. The power cord, switch, actually actually comes out front and left like it should.
2. The dust collection system looks excellent.
3. The blade adjustment wheels are bigger and easier to get to.
The thing I would not want is the "granite" table top.
I really like the Herc-U-Lift on mine and yours.
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
Thanks for the comments.

Gary - I know that Steel City ships their saws this way - in a steel frame.

That, the Granite Top, and the fact that almost the entire saw looks identical to the Steel City 35920 makes me think they are made on the same assembly line in the same factory, I think the only differences are the cabinet itself (steelcity being full cabinet, and Ridgid being 3/4 with the herc-u-lift) construction and color. actually the granite top on both machines looks slightly different (mainly the T-slot miter slot that is missing on the SC, and the finish seems a bit nicer on the ridgid as well) .

John - I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the Granite top myself, but thats what this saw comes with - I did ask for a cast iron option but it's not gonna happen anytime soon if ever at all. I like the fact that it won't rust - it is an issue where I'm at due to humidity in summer, and rain/snow blows in the winter - not too big of an issue, but it's there, although I can live with it (heck , my bandsaw and drill press are still cast iron, so I'm not completely avoiding the overhead here). PS- all the rave reviews of the TS3650 and 3660 made a huge impact on my decision to go with this one (I think the motor is the same 1.5HP motor).
 

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So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
That looks like a pretty nice saw. I can't believe the whole thing was in that box!

I am looking forward to seeing the projects that you build on that one!
 

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So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
purp,
i'm sitting here slobbering all over myself. pretty saw. good luck with it…..
mike
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
mrsawdust - you CAN actually slobber all over this saw - no rust ! finally some good use of that granite top.. lol. Thanks for the comment.

Todd, I guess now it's all up to me to actually make stuff - no more excuses huh? it's funny, when I was writing this blog, and looking at the series of pictures, I couldn't believe all that came out of the box either.
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
The saw looks awesome and I like everything about it exept it looks like in the picture that the fence is kind of small. Maybe its just the picture though, but it looks like you might have a deflection problem with it. I guess I could also just be used to my Biessmeyer and the look of it. Still an awesome saw none the less.
 

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New Table Saw : Unpacking and Assembly of Ridgid R4511

So after much research and debates, I have finally charged the card, and 2 days later the delivery arrived with the new saw in the box (I opted to have it delivered from the store as opposed to pick it up myself - at 450lbs, I simply wouldn't be able to unload it myself) Delivery from HD was swift and smooth, positive and friendly guy stop at my place saturday morning, and helped me position the box in my garage - I couldn't be happier (took 5 minutes, 4.5 of those was chitchat).



The Arrival:

So. I have the box in my garage, little will it do in it's current status - gotta start peeling the layers off:



Unpacking:

First off, came the carton box. which shows the 2 piece steel crate that holds everything inside in place and protected:



Unbolting the Top part of the Crate (8 bolts) and lifting it off enables access to all the parts (top carton protects the table top and has the user manual , blade, and belt on it. Side box has the extension tables and fence system):



Taking off the top cover shows the Granite table top, and the saw in a standing up position between the boxes:



After moving all the boxes aside, you get to the actual saw, motor, trunnions, and table top all connected already:



Minimizing Weight for Assembly (one person job):

Since I'm all by myself for this assembly, and since the trunnions are cabinet mounted- I figured I can take the table top off, which will reduce the weight of this beast and make it a bit more manageable for me to move it around for assembly of the parts. I also figured I can take the motor cover completely off, giving me easier access to the inside of the cabinet for this phase (I'm really glad I did these as it seriously simplified things later on):



Mobile Base (Herc-U-Lift):

Next was the herc-u-lift mobile base assembly phase. as others have noted before, the instructions are somewhat vague, and although I'm really good at following directions, and I really love putting things together - it could have been made a bit easier, and I can see why others can have some difficulties with this part.

One good tip I picked up was to install the dust chute in the base PRIOR to mounting the herc-u-lift mechanism, I can see that if it was done the other way around (as the instruction hint) it would be pretty impossible to accomplish.

when installing the base, I installed all bolts and screws by hand, and left a little play in the assembly (as to not tighten things off square). After I bolted the entire base to the saw cabinet, I went ahead and final-tighten all bolts with the screwdriver (impact) this way things are aligned properly and no tension is present between the parts.

Here you can see how I was able to lower the saw on it's back and install the mobile base by myself:



V-Belt:

Now I was able to lift the cabinet on it's mobile base. Thanks to the weight reduction I had done, I was able to do this by myself pretty easily (mind you, I'm strong, but not a big guy at ~150lbs).

To install the belt, I lower the blade assembly, and tilted to 45, again - since I removed the top, and the motor cover, access to the motor pully and arbor pully was as easy as 1-2-3 reach in and touch:



Table Top:

Time to put that table top back:



The extension wings came in fairly easy with the aid of the assistance-bars. After hearing of an incident of the granite chip when trying to align it, I made sure the ext. tables are somewhat away from the table while doing the fine adjustments to it so that they won't rub against each other:



Fence:

Last was putting the Fence in - rather intuitive, and easy to follow, also installed the power switch on it, and put the motor cover back on, eh-voila. it's alive! 3 hours total assembly time- not too bad.:



Notes:

1. each bag of bolts have a 'figure' character on it and a list of parts it contains - those refer to the parts-assembly-pamplet, and NOT the user manual - this one is actually easier to follow for assembly then the user manual (I had both in front of me while getting this done)

2. I had originally checked out the Steel City 35920 saw (which is how I became to learn of the Ridgid one) and I find the Ridgid saw to be of higher finish and feel - maybe psychologically, but still - for me it's real.

3. Miter gauge and Miter slot feel really snug, though smooth - I like that. I still havent used the saw, so this might change - so far, this is the first impression.

4. Herc-U-Lift is phenomenal! this was actually one of the main reasons I chose this saw as opposed to the SteelCity one (there were other reasons though). This mobile base is easy and smooth to operate (glides on the floor like on ice!) yet, when it's brought down - this thing is ROCK-SOLID! and I ain't talking about the granite ;o)

5. Home Depot was actually surprisingly a pleasure to work with on this purchase, they even called me to see how I like the new saw… Haven't had that from HD yet. I wonder if it's a new business plan they are running, or if it's just that particular store.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. this is no PM2000, but I am no production warehouse either. looks like this one is the one for me, it has all the features that are important to me (motor in cabinet, cabinet mounted trunnions (just a bonus), built in riving knife, built in dust control (I'm a big fan of 'built-ins'), mobile base, and 110v with an option to go 220v at a later date). At a price that I can afford (yes, that also plays an important part for me as I'm not using this as a money maker (yet) so cost plays a part in the decision).

I haven't yet had a chance to start up this one yet (not even put a blade in it yet, and still need to align the top to the blade), but I'll write up a full review on performance once I have a bit more experience with it. so far - I really like it - and I don't like the Ridgid line of products much in general.

Finally the search is over. :eek:)
New saw, nice. Now to use it huh? BTW.. I asked at home depot once why the sudden in your face "can I help you" every time I pass someone in an isle with an orange apron. The answer from a regular worker there was; new management. From the top the ruling came.. more customer friendly. They used to have a reputation of "you can do it yourself, and we'll help". They sort of got away from that. Anyway, nice to see. Dunno if it will save them but nice to see. They're closing some HD's around this area. Lowe's is building.
 
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