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Ridgid Table Saw R4512 Review- Here is Our Thought

Ridgid Table Saw R4512 ReviewWelcome to the Ridgid Table Saw R4512 Review!

Performances, compactness, versatility, precision in cutting- are the top aspects that shoppers of a table saw are looking out for. If you need a good table saw, definitely, you’ll go for a machine that incorporates all these features.

The Ridgid table saw R4512 is a product that meets all these requirements and then some.

R4512 is a competitively priced table saw that stands out from its competitor with its versatility, precision results and portability. Loaded with many value-oriented features, this table saw is renowned for providing value-to-quality conscious customers.

Without further ado, let’s go through our in-depth, detailed reviews.

Summary

The functionality and portability of this table saw is quite satisfactorily. However, the built-quality of the wheels isn't as reliable as one would expect.

Ease of Use 10%
Performance 10%
Design 9.5%
Functionality   10%
Built-quality   9.5%
Price   10%

Specifications

Weight

267 pounds

Dimensions

46.3 x 30.6 x 37.2 inches

Motor

13 amp

Horsepower

3.8 hp

No Load Speed

3450 RPM

Power source

AC

Voltage 

120V

Top Features at a Glance

  • Front and back-clamping aluminum rip fence 
  • Built-in accessory slots/ onboard storage
  • Transparent blade guard
  • Anti-kickback system
  • Large over-mold handle
  • Single-action foot pedal
  • On/Off button

Cast-iron core table

WHO CAN USE THIS SAW?

For the DIY or experienced hobbyist, R4512 is an ideal machine for home projects. Undoubtedly, the accuracy and smoothness of this table saw are satisfactory for hobbyists. Considering the price, it's a great gadget for a real novice and hobbyists who are on a tight budget.

Apart from hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, professionals who need to handle light-duty project work can use it too. But it's not perfect for heavy-duty continuous uses. So, if you're a devoted professional who needs to work non-stop on various heavy-duty project, R4512 isn't an ideal solution for you.

Here's a detailed Ridgid table saw r4512 review that focuses on this table saw's each feature and potential shortcomings.

Features and Benefits

  • 15-amp motor

R4512 comes with a belt-driven fan-cooled induction motor. The motor is powerful and smooth that produces no-load speed 3450 rpm. That means, with Ridgid r4512 horsepower you can cut through a wide range of stock size and dense materials without too much hassle.

Although the motor is prewired for 110V, to obtain optimum performance you can rewire it for 220volts if you have this power supply in your workshop. You just need to follow the instruction of Ridgid r4512 manual to do this.

One of the nice aspects of this table saw is the adjustability of the speed. You can adjust its speed according to your personal preferences. At lower blade speed, you can cut soft metals, plywood and plastics too.

  • Cutting Capacity

One of the key aspects of this machine is its generous cutting capacity. It can cut easily workpiece with the thickness of up to 3.25-in. at 90-degree. Additionally, at 45-degree bevel, it can cut a depth of 2.25-in.

It offers maximum rip capacity 30-inch to the right of the blade and 15-inch to the left. Indeed, it's more than your expectation from most amateur table saws.

  • Wheeled Base

As far as stability and portability go, R4512 comes with wheeled base (two wheels attached with two legs, the same as the Craftsman 21833). This clever design makes it quite portable, thanks to its convenient wheels.

Additionally, a foot lever offers one-step mobility. The single-action foot pedal lets you raise the table saw onto its wheels to move the unit about your garage or workshop. This is great if space is a concern for you.

  • Cast Iron Table & Spacious Tabletop

R4512 comes with best-in-class cast iron core table that provides a flat level surface and at the same time reduces vibration.

It also has a generous tabletop workarea. The tabletop measures 20-in. x 27-in and its height is a little over 37-inch. This Ridgid table saw extension wings measure 27-in. x 14 5/8-in. that make up a large space 49-in. x 27-in. This is certainly plenty of space to handle any large workpieces, no matter to the left or to the right.

  • Blades and Dado's

The unit comes with a 10-inch, 40 tooth carbide tipped combo blade. Although this blade is okay for rough cutting, you can replace it by a decent saw blade for better quality cuts. The standard 5/8-inch arbor will accept any standard 10-inch saw blade.

When it comes to dado blade, this bad boy accepts dado blade up to 13/16-inch wide.

  • Fence & Miter

Ridgid 4512 has well-designed fence system. Its aluminum fence runs on smoothly on the aluminum rails and locks square. The fence holds solidly without deflection. You can lock it on both the front and back rail.

Furthermore, the die-cast miter gauge that comes with the unit has a standard ¾-in. x 3/8-in. T-slot. The T-slots hold auxiliary fence faces and accessories. The positive stops of this miter gauge enhance cutting accuracy regardless of your project.

  • Weight

The weight of this table saw is about 267 pounds that makes it one of the heavyweight table saw available. If you need to move the unit from job site to jobsite, this may not be a good thing for you. However, the heavyweight saw means more stability and less vibration as well.

  • Dust Management

Another convenient feature that must WOW you is its impressive dust management system. It comes with universal 4- inch dust port which is compatible with most vacuum cleaners. You can connect it to a vacuum or any standard collection bag for faster and more effective dust and debris management.

  • On-board storage

The built-in accessory storage increases its versatility. It provides sufficient storage space for keeping a few of your most essential tools nearby.

Safety Features

This table saw includes all the basic safety features to minimize hazards and risks. The transparent plastic blade guard lets you see what' going on during operation.

You can position the riving knife and add or remove the blade guard system without using any tool. It also comes with a plastic push stick.  Its anti-kickback feature is quite useful.

Pros

  • Perfect for the small garage shop
  • Well-designed
  • Heavy-duty, well-balanced
  • Easy to use
  • easily adjustable
  • Comfortable to use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Poor quality wheels, not reliable
  • Short power cord
  • Assembly is a little tricky

Ridgid R4512 Accessories That Include In the Package

  • 10" carbide tipped blade
  • Magnetic push stick
  • Blade wrenches
  • Miter gauge
  • Rip fence
  • Blade guard assembly
  • Hex keys
  • Stand assembly
  • Right & left extension tables
  • Wheel castor set
  • Operator's manual

What We Like Most

Firstly, the wheeled base design is undoubtedly one of the best parts of this unit. For a compact table saw like this R4512, it's undoubtedly a big plus. Moreover, the cast iron rigid table is a great option considering the reduced dimensions of the stand.

Secondly, we've impressed with its robust cast iron construction that adds stability and balance. It's well-balanced and has sufficient cutting and power to satisfy most amateur demands.

Like us, you would also appreciate Ridgid table saw fence extension that accommodates large workpieces. The built-in storage is another neat addition to this versatile table saw.

Finally, on this model the company offers the best price on Ridgid table saw. The RIDGID R4512 won't break the bank as it comes at an exceptional price point. And for its price and cost, it really offers more than one would expect.

What We Didn't Like

R4512 is a robust table saw with a cast iron table. But if you're a devoted professional who needs to use it non-stop on various heavy-duty projects, this machine is not for you.

Another issue with this table saw that we don't like is its wheel castor set. The small size of the wheels may challenge your patience. On the other hand, the overall quality of the wheels is not satisfactory at all. Frequent movement of the unit in the job site may cause damage to the wheel.

However, if your projects don't need to transport it frequently, it won't be a big issue.

Although the on/off switch works correctly, it's not located within an easy to access position. What's more, the on/off switch is smaller than one would expect. A larger button would make things easier to find it on an emergency, without any doubt.

FAQ On Ridgid Table Saw R4512

1. Does R4512 come with a blade?

Yes, it comes with a 40 tooth crosscut/ rip combo blade.

2. Does this saw accept a true DADO blade?

It accepts stack dado blade up to 8-inch. (up to the width of 13/16- inch, with a maximum depth of cut of 1-1/2 inch). But avoid using an adjustable dado blade on this saw.

3. Is this table saw direct driven or belt driven?

It's belt-driven.

4. Is this table saw compatible with zero clearance insert?

It's compatible with Ridgid r4512 zero clearance insert for dado blades and inserts for a regular blade.

5. Is there any advantage to wiring the saw for 240volt rather than 120volt?

Well, if you place the unit a far distance from the original breaker box, a larger voltage will decrease the effects of voltage drop.

There are some misconceptions that 240volt will make the motor run faster, produce more power or consume less electricity as well as save money.

6. Is it possible to use the R4512 without the base?

Of course, you can use the saw without mounting it on the base. You can use clamps to fix it on a stand. Also, portable miter saw-stand is a good option for this. Additionally, you can bolt the saw to a workbench.

Conclusion

The Ridgid table saw R4512 is our BEST PRICE selection because it is designed to meet the woodworking needs of DIY or most light-duty professional uses. It also lasts for a long time all for an affordable price.

It is an efficient, versatile, easy-to-use, and safe to use table saw. It can accommodate a wide range of stock sizes and perfect for most woodworking tasks.

Although it only includes all the basic safety features, these are very functional. In fact, these features and advantages are more than one would expect in this price range.

So, if you find it sufficient for your woodworking task, don't hesitate to invest in this amazing machine.

As far as we're concerned, you'll get significant value for your money.

Thanks for reading our in-depth Ridgid table saw r4512 review.

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