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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 01-03-2016 09:47 PM 3835 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie75

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01-03-2016 09:47 PM

I have a new R4512 table saw that I recently purchased and put together. The saw, as far as I can tell, was perfect right out of the box. I have used it several rimes and for the most part I am pleased.

The one problem I do have is it seems like Ridgid changed their caster system at some point. All of or most of the videos that I have seen show a 4 caster system with the foot pedal in the front of the saw. Very handy for the operator.

My saw has only 3 casters with the foot pedal either on the right or left side of the saw. I can’t have mine on the left side because that side fits fairly close to the wall of my shop. So I put mine on the right side but that is a bit of a pain because it’s a long reach because of the top extension. I have to stand off to the side to reach the pedal. Very hard, but not impossible to do but it would work much better if I had a four caster system with the foot pedal in the front.

When did Ridgid change this? Is it possible to change it?

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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Chubbz

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 05:31 PM

My previous saw was a Rigid R4512 and I had the 4 casters with the foot pedal on the same side as you would feed the saw. I really liked this caster system as it was very smooth and easy to operate. I could see the 3 caster system causing some issues.

Assuming you can’t simply rotate this so the pedal is on the side you want, and find it really hard to use, I would look into something like this Delta base and do away with the 3 caster system

I currently have the Shop Fox base for my grizzly TS and my only issue is that not all casters swivel a full 360. I share the garage with my wife’s car, so i have to constantly move my table saw out of the way. The caster system on the R4512 allowed me to rotate, twist, and turn with ease but with the a base like the shop fox it takes multiple back and forth moves to get it where i want it to go.

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Charlie75

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 10:32 PM

Thanks for the input. The three caster system is a bit of a pain. I had thought about changing the foot pedal to the front (operator side) of the saw. That thought was short lived. The base is rectangular. If it was square it would have worked. The biggest problem is two of the casters are fixed and only one swivels. So I would have to same problem you mentioned.

Thanks for the link to the Delta base. Tomorrow I am going to call Ridgid and see if there is anyway they can come up with a solution. I’m not holding my breath on that though.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 10:52 PM

I have the four wheel on my R4512, and it works great.

I also have the three wheel system on my Grizzly spiralhead 15” planer, and to be honest, it is a PITA, although the “third” wheel, the one that lifts, is in the front. Unfortunately, the other two back wheels don’t swivel, so I have to kind of horse it around.
Completely understand your issues…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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C1911

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#4 posted 02-15-2019 07:13 PM

For anyone that has the R4512 and the 3 wheel base;

You can get the 4 wheel base – simply file a complaint with the BBB against rigid and they will magically find a set of 4 wheel casters and ship it to you.

I have seen reports this and was not sure it was true, however, I had very little success in trying to get the expected 4 wheel base (which is much easier to move and more stable than the 3 wheel base) from contacting Rigid technical support – essentially being told that’s the way it comes.

After submitting a case to the better business bureau (online) I received the following response from Rigid (email)

“The four system caster set is not available any longer, we have the three caster set now. However, I understand your box is still advertising the four caster set. I happen to have a four caster set and I will be happy to send to you if you would like. If you will, please respond to my email confirming your address and I’ll get it out for you.”

Shortly after that, I was shipped the correct caster set.

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#5 posted 02-15-2019 07:33 PM

When I bought that same saw, about 2 or 3 years ago, it came with the three-wheel base.
However the holes didn’t line up or something, the base was defective, so I called customer support and they sent me a 4-wheel base immediately. I don’t know if they would do that still, if not, the grizzly/shop/fox/other mobile bases work great. I have a Bear Crawl on my TS now and it’s awesome.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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C1911

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#6 posted 02-15-2019 07:36 PM

Certainly you can, you can refer to the response I provided above or the post of it I have duplicated, in part, in this posting.

You can get the 4 wheel base – simply file a complaint with the BBB against rigid and they will magically find a set of 4 wheel casters and ship it to you.

I have seen reports this and was not sure it was true, however, I had very little success in trying to get the expected 4 wheel base (which is much easier to move and more stable than the 3 wheel base) from contacting Rigid technical support – essentially being told that’s the way it comes.

After submitting a case to the better business bureau (online) I received the following response from Rigid (email)

“The four system caster set is not available any longer, we have the three caster set now. However, I understand your box is still advertising the four caster set. I happen to have a four caster set and I will be happy to send to you if you would like. If you will, please respond to my email confirming your address and I’ll get it out for you.”

Shortly after that, I was shipped the correct caster set.

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