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06-10-2019 01:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw rigid dewalt dwe7491rs r4512 first tablesaw

Good afternoon,

I am considering the 2 table saws for my first table saw. The Rigid is currently $150 more.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-13-Amp-10-in-Professional-Cast-Iron-Table-Saw-R4512/202500206

https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-15-Amp-Corded-10-in-Job-Site-Table-Saw-with-Rolling-Stand-DWE7491RS/204512007

I would be building the table saw into a ROLLING workbench. It won’t be need to be portable much since itll be on a rolling bench. I’m just a hobbyist doing household stuff.

I would like to build the fence into the work bench as well if that makes a difference.

I care about accuracy and dust management more than profitability.

I need it to be at home depot due to gift cards and store credit.

I see a lot of people talking positively about both systems and was wondering if the price difference is worth it for the rigid though it has less power.

Thank you!
Keith


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#1 posted 06-10-2019 02:01 AM

Hmm.. The Rigid is a contractors stationary table saw. The Dewalt is a portable. I’d think of the two, the Rigid would be better for your purposes. Don’t get me wrong, the Dewalt is great, but is made to be portable and taken on the job, hence it doesn’t have the features of a stationary saw. Better table, Fence, etc. It’s made for portability. As a shop saw, of the two, I’d say there’s no contest. The Rigid.

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#2 posted 06-10-2019 02:51 PM



Hmm.. The Rigid is a contractors stationary table saw. The Dewalt is a portable. I d think of the two, the Rigid would be better for your purposes. Don t get me wrong, the Dewalt is great, but is made to be portable and taken on the job, hence it doesn t have the features of a stationary saw. Better table, Fence, etc. It s made for portability. As a shop saw, of the two, I d say there s no contest. The Rigid.

- Craftsman on the lake

Thank you! Have you seen anyone build the rigid into a workbench/outfeed? Would save me room while getting the proper area needed.

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#3 posted 06-10-2019 05:53 PM


Hmm.. The Rigid is a contractors stationary table saw. The Dewalt is a portable. I d think of the two, the Rigid would be better for your purposes. Don t get me wrong, the Dewalt is great, but is made to be portable and taken on the job, hence it doesn t have the features of a stationary saw. Better table, Fence, etc. It s made for portability. As a shop saw, of the two, I d say there s no contest. The Rigid.

- Craftsman on the lake

Thank you! Have you seen anyone build the rigid into a workbench/outfeed? Would save me room while getting the proper area needed.

- Keedo

I’m sure there are some…. Any contractors saw, if you remove the legs then it’s workable into workbench unit.

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#4 posted 06-10-2019 07:55 PM

This topic shows my Ridgid 4511 granite top table saw.

This has been a solid performance tool.

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#5 posted 06-10-2019 08:31 PM

Between the two, the Ridgid is the hands down choice, unless you’re a contractor that requires the kind of portability offered by the DeWalt. But for $650 bucks the used market might yield a better bang for the buck depending on your location.

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#6 posted 06-10-2019 08:32 PM



Between the two, the Ridgid is the hands down choice, unless you re a contractor that requires that kind of portability. But for $650 bucks the used market might yield a better bang for the buck depending on your location.

- Ripper70

Would you suggest any sites other than Facebook and craigslist?

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#7 posted 06-10-2019 08:42 PM

CL is my usual go to for used tools. Whereabouts are you located?

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#8 posted 06-10-2019 08:45 PM



CL is my usual go to for used tools. Whereabouts are you located?
Chicago / right outside the city
- Ripper70

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#9 posted 06-10-2019 08:55 PM

Here’s one on offerup.com (another CL type site) in the Chicago area that might suit your needs.

Looks to be pretty clean and has a great fence.

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#10 posted 06-10-2019 09:15 PM

The Dewalt is for throwing in the back of a pickup and rough cutting 2×4s. Sure, you can do good woodwork on it but it has a lot of compromises. The Ridgid has a history of several alignment problems, shared by other Chinese saws, which are supposedly fixed so I would only buy new, a used one will almost certainly have problems.

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#11 posted 06-11-2019 12:34 AM

Only buy a portable if you need to move it from site to site routinely. The lion’s share of advantages favor the larger stationary saw. The ABCs of Table Saws

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#12 posted 06-11-2019 01:53 AM

I own the DWE7491RS and its quite a nice saw for what it is. It can be tuned to be very accurate although that process is not very easy. I’ve used it for quite a bit more than just ripping 2×4s. That being said its really only useful if you are traveling to job sites and doing built ins or that sort of work. Its rather loud and prone to vibration because of how light weight it is. Not to mention the miter gauge that comes with it is garbage so plan on needing an upgrade there. I still use the DeWalt but since I’m not traveling to job sites anymore its compromises are staring me in the face most days.

I have seen the DeWalt dropped into a rolling table/out feed setup with an aftermarket Vega t-square fence but then you are over the cost of the Ridgid and you still need a miter gauge.

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#13 posted 06-11-2019 10:44 PM

Of the two saws you show, the Ridgid is definitely the better, more solid saw. Like others have said, the dewalt is a portable saw.
I own the Ridgid R4512. 2013 model. It has plenty of horse power to cut anything you would want to do.
In the past, I have been very critical of the fence. But it worked for me for the first 4 years. I did upgrade the fence on my saw, but only because I got it really cheap. I also had a need and have the shop space for the 52 inch rails I have today.
So to be clear, I am very pleased with the over all performance of my saw. Still using it most every day since 2013.
As far as the fence goes. It rides on a channel that collects saw dust. So when you are adjusting it, make sure you keep that channel clean of saw dust. If you don’t, the fence will clamp will trap saw dust and not stay parallel to the blade. Not really a big deal to keep clean.
Today, I could justify buying a real cabinet saw. But the upgrades in made to my saw back in 2017, have this saw performing just a good as a $2k+ saw
All I have done to mine is a used biesemeyer fence, and used cast iron wings.

-- John

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#14 posted 06-11-2019 11:25 PM



Of the two saws you show, the Ridgid is definitely the better, more solid saw. Like others have said, the dewalt is a portable saw.
I own the Ridgid R4512. 2013 model. It has plenty of horse power to cut anything you would want to do.
In the past, I have been very critical of the fence. But it worked for me for the first 4 years. I did upgrade the fence on my saw, but only because I got it really cheap. I also had a need and have the shop space for the 52 inch rails I have today.
So to be clear, I am very pleased with the over all performance of my saw. Still using it most every day since 2013.
As far as the fence goes. It rides on a channel that collects saw dust. So when you are adjusting it, make sure you keep that channel clean of saw dust. If you don t, the fence will clamp will trap saw dust and not stay parallel to the blade. Not really a big deal to keep clean.
Today, I could justify buying a real cabinet saw. But the upgrades in made to my saw back in 2017, have this saw performing just a good as a $2k+ saw
All I have done to mine is a used biesemeyer fence, and used cast iron wings.

- bigJohninvegas


What fence upgrade did you use?

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#15 posted 06-13-2019 05:29 PM


What fence upgrade did you use?

- Keedo

I found a used Biesemeyer Commercial fence with 52” rails. Cheap. About $160 if I remember correctly.
Also cast iron wings for around $25 each.
The deals I got on upgrades are rare. And I would have never spent the $400 plus most of the aftermarket fences cost on a $600 saw. And the cost of new cast iron wings are just crazy too.

The stars lined up for me on this one. And while I am very happy with the performance of my saw. If you are thinking of buying this saw, with intent to upgrade it. I would advise you to save up for a better saw to start with. Grizzly has some good options, and sometimes you can find good deals on used cabinet saws.

-- John

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