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Forum topic by Hoyt posted 10-15-2011 03:33 PM 2074 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2011 03:33 PM

Hello, New to the forum but have been lurking for a long time. I am looking to get started in woodworking as a hobby mostly. I am looking at buying a table saw for my small shed workshop, 10×12 shed so space is very limited. I have looked at both the Rigid Model R4510 portable saw and the Rigid Model R4512 contractor saw but have not ruled any others out at this point. My question is If it was your shop would you sacrifice the room to have a contractor style saw or would you go with the portable saw and save the space? Thanks

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 04:57 PM

This is a tough call, and impossible to say without understanding what else will be in the shed, and what you intend to build. Having said all that, in a space that small, I would probably lean toward the portable saw. There may be times when you want to pull the saw completely out of the shed. If the weather is decent this is an easy task with a portable, and a bear with a contractor saw. That looks like a decent portable saw. I would suggest that you take a look at the Bosch as well. My father-in-law has the Bosch, and it has plenty of power, good fence for a saw in that class, and the stand was solid and easy to collapse. I would get a nice thin kerf combo blade and that saw should do anything you want it to do, and perform quite well.

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 05:40 PM

If it has to be a portable, the Bosch would be my go-to. Otherwise, a good contractor saw (like a Grizz) would give ya more flex. I have mine on a rolling base.

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#3 posted 10-15-2011 05:51 PM

My Bosch 4000 has been a great saw for the last 8 years. It has plenty of power and I run it with a full kerf CMT 40t blade. I tried the thin kerf blade but didnt like it myself it had to much flex.

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 05:56 PM

Hi Paul

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Since the table saw is the main tool in woodworking I would give up the space for a contractor saw. I’ve owned Bosch and other portable saws and they just don’t compare to a contractor saw. When you think about it even when the portable saw is folded up it still takes up 60% of the space a contractor saw will take, My students who have purchased the Ridgid contractor saws have been very pleased with them.

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 06:00 PM

I would look into the ridgid 4512 saw, everyone seems to like it.

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 09:01 PM

Contractor saw on a mobile base would be my choice.

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 09:12 PM

Ridgid R4512. Use Harbor Freight 20% off coupon. I love mine.

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 11:54 PM

a smaller portable saw will work for most projects. It really depends. I works for several years in a 14×14 shop and used a portable saw. I just sold it. It was a makita 2407. the only thing I didn’t like was I couldn’t build a zero clearance insert for it. I’d look for one that I could if I had to do it over again. I’m glad I now have a bigger shop.

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 06:03 PM

Is the OP still with us on this?

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 06:09 PM

Maybe hoyt is out ts shopping? Hopefully we get an update. Maybe a pic.

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 06:54 PM

I started with a contractor saw, I still use them today. Mine is on wheels to roll it around. I have used portable table saws and did NOT like them, they were not stable when I worked on them.

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 10:20 AM

i pondered over this question for some time as i have a small shop-12×14…i went with the rigid 4512 and im glad i did…its quite,easy to move around and a saw i could grow into…jeff

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#13 posted 10-17-2011 11:18 AM

Sorry guys. Yes, I am still here. I was off for a day or two working around the house on some remodeling projects. Thank you all very much for your comments and insight. My shed is the only place I have to work my other hobby (HO scale trains) occupies the basement. Plus I live in a half double house So the noise from saws and other woodworking machines might upset the neighbors. I would love to have a larger shed or better yet a garage but my small yard and even smaller pocket book prohibit that right now. I do have an older model portable Black and Decker tablesaw that was given to me by my parents when they sold there house but its a major POS. When I turn it on I can watch the blade wobble, the fence is really bad and one of the stamped steel wrenches needed to change the blade broke. I am really just starting out in a woodworking hobby I am not new to woodworking and have build some stuff using the tools I have and loved wood shop in highschool. I would like to set up my shed as a small woodworking shop. I know I will not be able to get huge machines in there, but I do know that the TS is the heart of the wood shop. I was just looking for opinions on which type of saw you would go with if it was you and If you would sacrifice shop space for saw quaility.

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#14 posted 10-17-2011 11:35 AM

You can also do a surprising amount of work with portable handheld power tools and hand tools. With these sorts of tools and a table saw you can build most anything. Under these conditions you wouldn’t be that crowded with the larger saw.

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#15 posted 10-17-2011 01:10 PM

The R4512 is not only a more substantial saw than the R4510, is much quieter if noise is a concern. Your shop is definitely small, but if you can make it work, there are some significant advantages going with a stationary saw with cast iron components and a belt drive induction motor.

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