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05-17-2020 02:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw saw ridgid delta 36-969 r4513

I’ve got an old Makita job site saw right now and am severely unhappy with it. The deck is small and the fence is fiddly and inaccurate. I don’t have room to store a workbench to mount it in. So i can’t fix either one of those issues.
Whatever saw i have will be stored in my shed and moved about 40 feet Across my yard onto my back porch to be used. I’ll be building a decent amount of furniture for myself and other diy homeowner stuff.

Currently I’m looking at a Ridgid r4513 and a Delta 36-969. I’ve looked at reviews for both on here and it seems like they’d both probably work, but which would i be happier with? They’re both listed for $300 and have the normal accessories. The delta doesn’t come with the mobile base pictured though.

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 02:54 AM

Unless you need it to be ultra portable, then the Delta hands down – not even close. The Ridgid is a plastic body universal screamer motor machine that can easily be melted. The Delta has a cast iron top and extension wings, a real induction motor, the optional Biesemeyer fence, router table insert already installed, and the original base should have wheels already – so I’m not sure why they put it on another mobile stand (maybe just for additional clearance, who knows). Fence alone is worth half the asking price. Unfortunately, by taking the time to ask, you probably already missed out on the deal (OWWM Rule #5).


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#2 posted 05-17-2020 03:42 AM

Only $300 for that Delta!? Router plate too? I hope you’re already at that guys house with cash in hand.

Also, $300 for that Ridgid! That’s absurd, it will never sell at that price. The updated model is $350 brand new at home depot. It does look clean though.

-- ~Walker

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#3 posted 05-17-2020 04:35 AM

I’d stay away from a plastic table top surface. The accuracy is not there. The miter slots for the miters usually have too much slop for woodworking, but good for job construction sites. The table saws with cast iron top surface much more accurate for woodworking. The portability of construction saws is nice. Sounds like you might be moving your work area to your shed.

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#4 posted 05-17-2020 05:05 AM

for the record, the ridgid jobsite saws use cast aluminum tops, not plastic. But all of your points still apply.

-- ~Walker

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#5 posted 05-17-2020 12:29 PM

I tried to be proactive and messaged the guy with the delta Right after i submitted my post here, but he didn’t respond for a couple of hours and sold it. Guess someone was faster than me.
Now my options are a Ridgid r4512 with some dents in the front face of the fence rail ($400), a hitachi C10FL ($300), or an essentially new delta 36-725 with no fence ($350). Some of these saws are tough to decide if they’re good or not when the reviews are pretty evenly split like the 4512 and the hitachi.

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#6 posted 05-17-2020 01:00 PM

Why not go for a new saw and get a warranty? You don’t have to worry so much about hidden problems or previous use. If you register a Ridgid, you can get a pretty good warranty. If you buy one at a big box store and something is not right with it, chances are you can return and/or exchange. My 4512 wasn’t a whole lot more than the money you are talking. FWIW, my 4512 has been a decent saw.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#7 posted 05-17-2020 02:25 PM

I had the folding Ridgid for maybe 15 years? I figure it earned me at least a half million bucks over that time. Pretty good return on my investment, really. (okay, so it wasn’t the only tool earning, but it was a big part of my work for that 15 years).

Honestly, most of the bigger saws, (like the Ridgid/Delta/etc) are decent saws these days. Sure, some have better or different features. But, most are better than nothing, and any of them are better than the little table top units I see a lot of guys using on Youtube, or a circular saw freehand! LOL

When I moved across the country, I sold my Ridgid and bought a Shop Fox hybrid saw. It’s working perfectly for me. But, it;’s not for everyone and won’t work for your situation. I honestly think you should come up with a list of must-haves, then figure out if each saw you look at is missing any of those features.

Here’s my first stab at a few features you might think over:

1) Is it portable enough for you? My old Ridgid needed to be as I was pulling it in and out of a pickup truck all the time. My age and the work I’ve done has caught up with my body… I ain’t doing jobsite work any more. My new Shop Fox is firmly in place. But, that’s me.

2) Cast iron table top – Is this important to you? I like them, but also lived with that aluminum top for a long time and never had any real complaints.

3) What style fence do you prefer? Or does it matter to you? I had no particular preference, I just want accuracy.

4) Motor size – I needed 110. I suspect you do too.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#8 posted 05-17-2020 03:51 PM

Why not go for a new saw and get a warranty?

- BlasterStumps

A new saw would be nice, but the least expensive saw like these is $599. If i could sell my Makita 2708 for $200 then i could get that one.

Here’s my first stab at a few features you might think over:

- Axis39

1) Is it portable enough for you? – i won’t be taking the saw anywhere, so a contractor saw should be portable enough. I can build a cart of some kind if needed.

2) Cast iron table top – Like you, I’d prefer it, probably because i know it’s nicer, but i could live without it as long as the top was flat.

3) What style fence do you prefer? – I don’t have enough experience with different fences to know probably. Pretty much I just want one that i don’t have to measure for straightness every time i adjust it and that’s wider than 12”.

4) Motor size – Yes, 110v needed.

5) I’d like it to be stable and have more than 6” in front of the blade if possible.

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#9 posted 05-18-2020 12:33 AM

The Delta looks like a good deal to me.
The fence alone on it would cost $200.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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