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New Ridgid R4511 table saw

Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511.

Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing.

Given I'm not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package.

The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the box could not realistically be any more efficiently packed.

So far, I've only managed to open it up and remove the obvious loose parts and give the granite top and wings a once over to make sure everything looks ok.

Since I'm juggling a few things at the moment, I'll be stretching out the assembly of the saw over a few days or so. Stay tuned for the first cut!

I was extremely impressed with the fact that there are people out there (here?) who actually photo-document the entire process of unpacking, organizing and assembling this saw. I at least know that I won't have to struggle too long if I run into any problems…the LJ helpdesk is always here. :)
 

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New Ridgid R4511 table saw

Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511.

Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing.

Given I'm not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package.

The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the box could not realistically be any more efficiently packed.

So far, I've only managed to open it up and remove the obvious loose parts and give the granite top and wings a once over to make sure everything looks ok.

Since I'm juggling a few things at the moment, I'll be stretching out the assembly of the saw over a few days or so. Stay tuned for the first cut!

I was extremely impressed with the fact that there are people out there (here?) who actually photo-document the entire process of unpacking, organizing and assembling this saw. I at least know that I won't have to struggle too long if I run into any problems…the LJ helpdesk is always here. :)
I Have this same saw and love it. You will be very happy with it I'm sure. If you check the ridgid forum it has some great advice on how to really set it up. Don't follow the instructions to a T. There are things that are not right in there.
 

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New Ridgid R4511 table saw

Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511.

Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing.

Given I'm not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package.

The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the box could not realistically be any more efficiently packed.

So far, I've only managed to open it up and remove the obvious loose parts and give the granite top and wings a once over to make sure everything looks ok.

Since I'm juggling a few things at the moment, I'll be stretching out the assembly of the saw over a few days or so. Stay tuned for the first cut!

I was extremely impressed with the fact that there are people out there (here?) who actually photo-document the entire process of unpacking, organizing and assembling this saw. I at least know that I won't have to struggle too long if I run into any problems…the LJ helpdesk is always here. :)
I got a chance to test drive an R4511 and really really liked it. For a time I thought about upgrading my TS3650 for one of them. The only that kept me from pulling the trigger was my desire to have a full fledged cabinet saw.
 

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New Ridgid R4511 table saw

Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511.

Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing.

Given I'm not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package.

The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the box could not realistically be any more efficiently packed.

So far, I've only managed to open it up and remove the obvious loose parts and give the granite top and wings a once over to make sure everything looks ok.

Since I'm juggling a few things at the moment, I'll be stretching out the assembly of the saw over a few days or so. Stay tuned for the first cut!

I was extremely impressed with the fact that there are people out there (here?) who actually photo-document the entire process of unpacking, organizing and assembling this saw. I at least know that I won't have to struggle too long if I run into any problems…the LJ helpdesk is always here. :)
I have this saw too. Of course, I got it when it was $600. Worth every penny. I've used it extensively since July 09' and love it to death. I'm looking forward to putting an Incra LS - TS system on it in the next month or so.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

As someone who doesn't own any TS at all. I would be quite interested to hear, first hand, some of the advantages of your new saw. You mentioned that it create a much nicer environment. Do you anticipate that it will give you superior cuts (implying something was going wrong with the old ones)? You seemed to suggest it was smoother and easier to cut, no? Visually, it's clear that you've got a more substantial piece of machinery! Congratulations!
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

there's nothing like the smell of a new saw in the shop. the difference will be night and day compared to the benchtop model. you get extra points for pics. thanks for sharing.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

Congrats. I just bought a Delta 10" contractor saw off of craigslist and it is an appreciated upgrade compared to my bench top Ryobi. It did its job but its gotta go. Nice to hear that purrrr isnt it.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

I have this saw in a 12×16 shop building, cramped but funtional. I have my workbench behind my saw in a similar fashion. You will definitely see an improvement in your creations.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

So jealous!!!!!!!
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

If I could still find one for $300, I'd buy one too but my store never carried them, even at full price. I'm jealous. You should be very happy!
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

I have this saw and built an extension table for it. In the process of building a router table extension for the right side. Let me tell you, this saw will not disappoint you! It's been an outstanding performer. Also added PVC boards to the fence. Keep cutting!
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

Bill,

I haven't had a chance to use the saw much yet, but here are a few of the improvements I see over my old saw:
- quieter
- MUCH less vibration
- the t-slots for the miter are standard sized, so it opens up some options for add-ons and jigs (the old one was a narrower slot)
- the fence is much bigger, reaches wider and is rock solid when locked down (the old one was very flimsy and tended to move a bit)
- the riving knife….just having the splitter move with the blade is a big plus
- the gear driven mechanism to tilt the blade is so much easier to set accurately
- I can make my own zero-clearance inserts (the old one made this REALLY difficult)
- of course the saw is more powerful

The main thing for me is going to be accuracy though, being able to do things in a way that doesn't require as much work after making the cuts to tweak the fit will be a big time/aggravation saver.

I'll post an update after I've done some work with the saw to see if my expectations have been met.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

what a beauty.
I really like how you had your old saw setup though with dust control, very cool. but new saw will be a whole new ball game.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

A couple notes, I have this saw with an Incra TS-LS and a Miter 5000 sled. Man, this saw can almost build projects on it's own now. I ordered a riving knife through Sears parts direct. Riving knife part # 31096.00 it fits perfectly. I replaced the stock belt with one from a local belt retailer. I don't know the part #, but it fixed the vibration problem when the saw was stopping. Also, I got the Ridgid 50 tooth combo blade on mine, works great. Just make sure you calibrate that saw correctly and you won't be let down.
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

I like that big-ole ships wheel on thar
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

Niiice! I have been on jobs that had a Ridgid tablesaw similar to yours that was available for my use. I thought that they were well worth the money (steel tops only, no granite.)

I think you will love it. Have fun:)
 

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The Ridgid R4511 is built!

It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort.

Given what I've been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running.

This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping the noise down.

I only had time for one quick cut…but it was nice and smooth, no effort what-so-ever. I can't wait to start cutting something for a project.

Before I get too excited, I've got to get the saw in it's semi-permanent position up against the workbench.

This saw is quite a bit bigger than my old saw and will require me eating into my bench space a little. I'll get some workshop pics uploaded after I get the new saw in and the workshop cleaned up. I've been stuck with the remodeling bug in the workshop for a little while and haven't quite got everything sorted out. That and I've got a couple of projects on the go…plus my buddy who does woodworking with me also has some bits and pieces in the shop at the moment.

For anyone with one of these smaller saw, I highly recommend the setup I have in these pictures, it was very useful for me have the extended table on the left and the big outfeed bench behind it. The dust collection underneath it was nice too, I used it as a separator with my shopvac and later updated it for a 4" hose to the dust collector.

Here's the old saw in it's place, with the recycling bin dust collection box under it.



Out with the old…..



....and I've got some work to do before I can say 'in with the new'....but here's the new saw anyway:

It's been a few months and I'm pretty happy with this saw….the granite wings are nice for checking flatness of things as well….for the price, it's been a great buy.
 

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Finally posting my workshop

http://lumberjocks.com/Woodcanuck/workshop

Finally sucked it up and just took some pictures of the workshop. It's a mess….I know, it's in transition and I figure I'll post some updated pictures when I'm further along with the cleanup/reorganization.

I've been juggling trying to get some things fixed up in the workshop, try to get some woodworking done and try and get some home renovations done. So far, the renovations are winning…but I'm fighting back.

This workshop has evolved a lot over the years. It started as a Black and Decker workmate bench and a jigsaw. As my wife will attest to, the workshop seems to keep expanding (like the universe, or my waist…depending on who you ask). I've got it to a workable state now and also have lumber storage in a rack outside the workshop (within the garage) that is hiding behind a pile of home renovation materials. Once that work gets done, I'll be able to clean up the rack and include a picture. If I took the picture today it would look a lot like a big box aisle…drywall, toilet, tub, doors….just have to remember that I did this to myself.

I'm totally open to comments, criticisms and suggestions. I think half the fun of woodworking is building the workshop and buying the tools that fill it….so I might as well celebrate that I've still got play time to get it the way I want it.
 

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Finally posting my workshop

http://lumberjocks.com/Woodcanuck/workshop

Finally sucked it up and just took some pictures of the workshop. It's a mess….I know, it's in transition and I figure I'll post some updated pictures when I'm further along with the cleanup/reorganization.

I've been juggling trying to get some things fixed up in the workshop, try to get some woodworking done and try and get some home renovations done. So far, the renovations are winning…but I'm fighting back.

This workshop has evolved a lot over the years. It started as a Black and Decker workmate bench and a jigsaw. As my wife will attest to, the workshop seems to keep expanding (like the universe, or my waist…depending on who you ask). I've got it to a workable state now and also have lumber storage in a rack outside the workshop (within the garage) that is hiding behind a pile of home renovation materials. Once that work gets done, I'll be able to clean up the rack and include a picture. If I took the picture today it would look a lot like a big box aisle…drywall, toilet, tub, doors….just have to remember that I did this to myself.

I'm totally open to comments, criticisms and suggestions. I think half the fun of woodworking is building the workshop and buying the tools that fill it….so I might as well celebrate that I've still got play time to get it the way I want it.
Progress is good so are are photos, hint hint.
 
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