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Forum topic by MitchBigglesworth posted 05-17-2012 06:59 AM 2877 views 0 times favorited 47 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2012 06:59 AM

Hello all! I am looking to purchase my first table saw, and I would love the insight of those experienced forum members.

I have about $500 to spend on a saw. I realize this isn’t a great budget, but it’s what I’m working with. Here are my options:

used, Grizzly G1022Z – $400.

new, Ridgid R4512 – $509

new, Dewalt DW745 – $355

Option #4 – wait to find a used cabinet saw on Craigslist.

I am not planning to do contractor-type work with the saw where I’d need to move it frequently. The saw will go in my shop and stay there. I have an arsenal of other tools, and my home improvements and misc. projects have finally reached the point where not having a table saw is a burden.

Many thanks for any advice you can provide!


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#1 posted 05-17-2012 11:01 AM

I kinda like the Rigid out of the three you picked but I waited myself and found a 3hp 220v single phase 1970’s Unisaw on Craigslist for $300.00 last year. I only upgraded the fence with a 30” Beismeyer and realigned the top to the blade (which you should do even with a “new” unit) and was total out of pocket around $575.00.
5 years ago, I found a 1990’s Craftsman 10” contractors TS on Craigslist for $10.00 with a new 1.5hp motor that the owner installed and wired wrong. Once I redid the wiring, I used it for 5+ years with excellent results.
If your not in a hurry, I would check out the deals on Craigslist, on eBay (local pick ups) and your local paper classifieds.
If you cant wait, then find the one that has the features you want / need in your price range and go for it.
Hope this helps.

-- Pete B.

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 11:17 AM

Mitch – I wouldn’t pay $400 for a used G1022Z (it’d take the G1022ProZ to warrant that much, and even then it’s not a steal), and if you don’t need portability from jobsite to jobsite I’d skip the portables….every mechanical advantage goes to the stationary saws. Of those you listed, that leaves the Ridgid R4512. It’s worth noting that the Craftsman 21833 is essentially the same saw (both made by Dayton). You’ll need to check the alignment closely …some have been defective and deviate when the blade is raised. Get a competitors coupon to help with price if you go this route.

Option #4 is a great option if the right deal comes along, and if you have 220v available (or can get it). It never hurts to patiently watch CL…be ready to move quickly. If you’d post your general geographic region, other members might know of a deal for you.

Whatever saw you get, align it well, and put a good blade on it.

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 11:43 AM

Out of that list you have I’d lean #4 (you’ve been around tools, you probably understand parts, and know what to look for), and if #4 wasn’t on the list I’d go #3 – I’ve seen this saw in person and I liked it, one drawback is fence system (rails are 2 pieces).

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 03:44 PM

one vote here for waiting for a better CL deal. lots out there for good prices, if you’re patient (and a lot of overpriced junk). if you can get a good new 4512 (no blade parallelism problems as the blade is raised and lowered), and can find a HD that honors the harbor freight “20% off any single item” coupon, you are out the door with a new hybrid table saw for $400 plus tax that can be registered with ridgid’s LSA (lifetime service agreement – free repairs, parts and labor, for life. check here for details: ). the ridgid is the same as the c-man 21833, but it usually costs $50 more and doesn’t qualify for the ridigd LSA.

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 04:00 PM

I agree with Toolie, I’d drive around and find a HD that takes the harbor freight 20% off single item coupon well worth the savings. The ridged has a lot of good reviews, and the lifetime service make it the best value. If you can get a used unisaw for $400 sure that’s great (and it does happen) but it’s rare, and you could end up waiting 6 months to a year to find a great deal like that.

A lot of it depends on the immediate need, and willingness to wait, since it has become a burden to not have a tablesaw I think going with the ridgid is your best bet.


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#6 posted 05-17-2012 04:18 PM

Look for used 3HP table saws on crags list. Most of the saws are basically the same. ( I could get a lot of flack saying that) Make sure the motor has good power. Where the big difference is, is the fence. Buy a good used saw, with a great fence.

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 04:32 PM

One should also consider Festool. Spendy, but resale holds an incredible value, whereas, secondary markets for used generic machines don’t.

One can use big box vacs to use on festool plunge saws when funds are limited.

Good luck.

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 04:51 PM

I would take the Ridgid out of those three, hands down. It’s a much heavier saw, with a larger, cast-iron table. I started off with a smaller saw, and the size and stability of a full-sized saw with a full-sized top make a big difference in my book.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 05:21 PM

Rigid is the only one to offer lifetime warranty.
I have a Rigid ( R4511) and I am very happy with it

-- Bert

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 05:22 PM

‘I’d drive around and find a HD that takes the harbor freight 20% off single item coupon well worth the savings.”
I never found a HD accepting this coupons

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-17-2012 08:33 PM

b2rtch….just a point of clarification. ridgid does NOT offer a lifetime warranty on it’s stationary and hand held power tools. it does offer a Lifetime Servce Agreement to the original owners of those tools, PROVIDED the tool owner takes the time to register the tool for the agreement. please see the link i provided above. failure to register the tool for the LSA within 90 days of purchase leaves the tool with it’s 3 year new tool guaranty, and nothing else. hopefully, you registered your 4511 for the LSA within that 90 days of purchase period, assuming you were the saw’s original owner.

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 08:37 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Out of the three listed I would go with the Ridgid.

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 08:44 PM

I have the Ridgid and have had no problems with alignment. Forget using the HF coupon at HD, you’ll get someone in trouble if they take it.

Look at the box carefully and open it there to insure it hasn’t been dropped or handled rough and you should have a dynamite saw my friend. The fence is solid as a rock too.

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#14 posted 05-17-2012 08:50 PM

Ditto on the Ridgid

Having said that, I have been to many auctions where almost mint condition cabinet saws with names like General, Delta, Rockwell, with new Beismeyer fences sell for less then 200 bucks ……some even came with a small arsenal of tooling.

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#15 posted 05-17-2012 08:51 PM

Of the three you listed I would also go for the Ridgid. I own the 4511 Ridgid and have been extremely happy with it and have had it for about 3 years.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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