Steel City Industrial fence on Ridgid R-4511 Table saw

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Forum topic by mtappe posted 03-07-2012 10:07 PM 4159 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2012 10:07 PM

looking into putting a Steel City Industrial fence on Ridgid R-4511 Table saw any thoughts and if i wire my saw to 240 volts/220 do i need to put a different switch on the table saw?
Everyone says the Steel city industrial fence is really great fence and hopefully it is for $350.00 plus $99.00 shipping. Just want to make the right choice on the fence rather than buy a whole new Table Saw.
Also Steel City says it matches up with the Ridgid 4511 bolt pattern.

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 04:18 AM

Instead of spending $450 on an import Biesemeyer clone, you could spend $420 and get the real deal. you could probably find it cheaper; I just did a cursory search. You could also go used and save some money that way.

I don’t know for certain about that particular saw, but it’s a safe bet that a new switch will be required for 240v.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 04:22 AM

I got a great deal on a Biesmeyer rails, tube and fence. It was a fairly easy install except I had to drill a couple of the holes in the rails. Fortunately I could use the old rails as a template. Unlike cast iron tops, you can’t drill holes where needed in the granite tops. Thats a good reason to buy the Steel City, if the holes do match up and I don’t have any reason to think they won’t.

I replaced the Ridgid back rail too so it would support a router table between the wings. Here is a link to a description of the process: Link

Don’t know much about electricity, but my guess is that you would have to change the switch.

Good luck and let us know how it turned out.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 04:26 AM

I just got the r4512, it’s got a great fence, I would like another table extension for it though.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 04:27 AM

Steel City made that saw for Ridgid, that is why the rails are direct bolt on. I would go with the SC fence, they make great product, and the fence will be way better that the one that is on your saw now.

I just recently put a saw stop fence on my TS3660 and it was the best upgrade that I have ever made.

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 10:13 AM

Biesemeyer 50 fence for $389 shipped.
Biesemeyer 30 fence for 374.50 shipped.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 05:55 PM

Having a matching bolt pattern would be a nice way to go.

I put a Delta T-2 on my R4511 and it has made a huge difference in operating the saw. I got two holes to line up but I really need to go back at some point and drill out the other two. T-2 was about $150 and a lot of people have made that worthwhile upgrade.

I think the R4511 manual addresses rewiring to 220v, but I would have to go back and look to see if you need a new switch.

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 02:46 AM

Yep, I have the T2 on my table saw (delta 36-979) and it works great, stays accurate.
T2 fence for $154.47 shipped.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 04:05 AM

Yes, the stock R4511 switch will handle either 120VAC or 240VAC. The manual describes the wiring change required—it is very simple.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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