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08-17-2020 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw tandem sister sawstop ridgid tablesaw

I’m considering buying a SawStop Contractor (not Jobsite) saw, and currently have a Ridgid 2412 (20+ years old but still good) contractor saw.

I’m thinking of discarding the steel base that they both use and building a common wooden base—then mounting the SawStop on the left and the Ridgid on the right—mostly to allow for two setups (one with a 90 degree cut, the other saw with either a 45 degree cut or a dado setup).

What considerations should I be making?

1) Need space on the right of the SawStop to access the angle-adjustment wheel
2) Need to get the 36” fence from SawStop to use it for both saws.

What else? Or is this just a stupid idea (I’m sure someone will have a good argument against it!)?


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#1 posted 08-17-2020 06:18 PM

hey if it works and youve got the room why not,ive got two saws myself one i have setup just for dadoes,it’s a nice luxory to have.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-17-2020 09:32 PM

I also have 2, Dado on the Delta, plus if I need Left tilt which really is rare, and on my right tilting General everything else. Sometimes it’s a PIA to lose the floor space though. I swap saw blades for function, so the time savings of having a dado ready to go, just really isn’t there, plus it’s usually the wrong width anyhow.

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#3 posted 08-17-2020 10:21 PM

Is the sawstop a PIA to set up dado?

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#4 posted 08-17-2020 11:31 PM

Great points—the SawStop does require that you also change the “safety cartridge” when you put in a dado blade. and then back to the regular cartridge for the regular blade.

It’s a good point that therealSteveN brings up though, too—my dado widths are always changing too….Hmm. Food for thought.

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#5 posted 08-18-2020 02:14 AM

I re-read your post. You should dump the ridgid like a bad habit. The fence on those is terrible. Speaking from 15 years of use.

If you still want 2, just buy one of the better portables. Much better than ridgid and only 3-400$. Or stay with 1

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#6 posted 08-18-2020 01:07 PM

“I re-read your post. You should dump the ridgid like a bad habit. The fence on those is terrible. Speaking from 15 years of use.”

You’re not wrong. I’ve used the saw for about twenty years now—and I really do love just about everything EXCEPT the fence. In fact, that is one of the biggest reasons I want to buy a new saw.

I’ve gotten the fence to be parallel to my blade (finally) after hours and hours of fiddling—and I’ve been able to raise the standards on my work over time—but I can’t wait to get a real fence. Of course, I’m also excited about the safety that that the SawStop offers—but the rest of my Ridgid saw is still great

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#7 posted 08-18-2020 01:19 PM

Not sure of your set up, a drawing would help, but if they are pretty close together you’ll have to consider the different fence rails not matching up.

I have a similar set up using the extended fence rail to cover both saws. Even the same brand I had to modify the fence on the smaller saw (not shown) to accommodate the larger fence on the 3HP one.

Another thing to consider is that you’ll need different sleds and/or jigs for each machine. Again, even though mine are the same brand, for some reason the miter slots are about 1/32” narrower on the small machine (thanks, Jet >:-|.

I have since extended the outfeed table & routed the duct under the floor – what a project!!

It does come in handy at times to have 2 table saws, but for me its more a luxury than a necessity.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 08-18-2020 01:27 PM

”... if they are pretty close together you’ll have to consider the different fence rails not matching up.”

—I was planning on using the SawStop fence for both of them—I’m sure I’d have to make some modifications to do that.

“you’ll need different sleds and/or jigs for each machine.”

—Great point—I hadn’t considered that! I do already have jigs for the Ridgid, and would need to build new ones for a new saw anyway—but having two sets of jigs/sleds takes up a lot of space and juggling them would be a hassle. I doubt that I’d use two full set of jigs since each saw would presumably have its own dedicated purpose—but you raise a good point.

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#9 posted 08-18-2020 04:13 PM

My guess is that you are underestimating how bad the ridgid is because you used it for so long. It’s not the worst saw I ever used, but it’s definitely not the best. The only thing I really liked was it’s reliability.

When I got something with decent dust collection and fence, I couldn’t push mine out the door fast enough.

For a second saw, IMO, there are much better options in a smaller footprint for not much money.

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#10 posted 08-18-2020 04:32 PM

Here is my setup….In 1985 I bought a Craftsman contractor saw…# 113.298, and I’m the only owner, and still have it. In 2010 I bought a Delta X5….5 hp., and built a large outfeed table (4’x8’). Previously I had removed the old legs and stand on the Craftsman and built saw cabinet w/ storage drawers, a new fence and rail system, and put it on the other side of the outfeed table, using it to serve both saws. Once positioned, I cut new miter slots in the outfeed. The old saw I use for dados and rabbits, and the Delta for all other “chores”. They both serve their purpose….!! I built cross cut sleds, jigs, and other essentials for both saws, since each have different miter slots.


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#11 posted 08-18-2020 05:08 PM

CWWoodworking says: “My guess is that you are underestimating how bad the ridgid is because you used it for so long. It’s not the worst saw I ever used, but it’s definitely not the best. The only thing I really liked was it’s reliability.”

This type of comment makes me laugh and cry. I get it. You hate the 2412. You think I’m more inexperienced than you—after all, how could I like something you don’t? You really have high standards—and I’m just ignorant.

I get it. But do you? No need to be defensive, I just wanted to point it out.

I really did appreciate your input until you started disparaging my judgement in a nicely-subtle way. Keep it classy, man.

Get this: I like my Ridgid 2412 and I have some gripes—but otherwise the $450 I spent on it 20 years ago was a great investment. Your mileage clearly may vary, and I respect your opinion, but not your conjecture/judgement on me—someone you don’t even know.

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#12 posted 08-18-2020 05:18 PM

I say go for it. Bolt the two together side by side. If the Saw Stop fence rails are long enough to serve both machines then you just solved the big negative of the Rigid saw.

I’m envisioning something like a fellow LJ member did here ttps://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/379017

If you get creative with the base you can have storage for you dado stack, blades, jigs, sleds, and maybe a second t-square fence if you want to pick one up. With a second fence you could batch out drawers like a boss.

Just my 2 cents worth of brain meat.

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#13 posted 08-18-2020 05:24 PM



I say go for it. Bolt the two together side by side. If the Saw Stop fence rails are long enough to serve both machines then you just solved the big negative of the Rigid saw.

I m envisioning something like a fellow LJ member did here ttps://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/379017

If you get creative with the base you can have storage for you dado stack, blades, jigs, sleds, and maybe a second t-square fence if you want to pick one up. With a second fence you could batch out drawers like a boss.

Just my 2 cents worth of brain meat.

- sansoo22


thats a great setup giving a lot punch in a small space.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 08-18-2020 05:57 PM



CWWoodworking says: “My guess is that you are underestimating how bad the ridgid is because you used it for so long. It’s not the worst saw I ever used, but it’s definitely not the best. The only thing I really liked was it’s reliability.”

This type of comment makes me laugh and cry. I get it. You hate the 2412. You think I m more inexperienced than you—after all, how could I like something you don t? You really have high standards—and I m just ignorant.

I get it. But do you? No need to be defensive, I just wanted to point it out.

I really did appreciate your input until you started disparaging my judgement in a nicely-subtle way. Keep it classy, man.

Get this: I like my Ridgid 2412 and I have some gripes—but otherwise the $450 I spent on it 20 years ago was a great investment. Your mileage clearly may vary, and I respect your opinion, but not your conjecture/judgement on me—someone you don t even know.

- jayseedub

I think you took my comment wrong. I had the same opinion as you of the 2412. Until I tried something else. Then my eyes opened a little and I seen it wasn’t as good as I thought. After all that is why I said “my guess”.

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#15 posted 08-18-2020 06:03 PM

I’m clearly getting cranky in my old age. And sensitive, apparently, too! Thanks for the engagement.

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