Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeMcCloskey You'd need to spend a whole lot more.
This is my third table saw. I had a nice Delta Contractor saw years ago that did a great job. It was damaged in a fire. I replaced it with a Bosch jobsite saw. I thought that it was a nice size - big enough to use well -small enough to stow. Too bad it broke and there was no way to get the carriage replaced. Needless to say, Bosch fell off my list.
So, I looked closely at Delta and Ridgid. We use the saw frequently for crafts and home projects. I needed a 'good enough' saw. Not fine furniture building or a production cabinet shop, but it still needs to be dependable and accurate.
I didn't think anything else on the market came close to this saw for anything near this price. It really hits all points well. It goes together nicely, is easily calibrated and a real joy to use. (I DID save the included blade for something 'special' and mounted a nice Freud). The biggest surprise is that is far easier to move about that the portable unit it replaced. I particularly like the blade guards and dust collector. Of course, the fence and t-handle are top rate.
I think it compares favorably to units that cost over $1000.00 - but I found one at Direct Tools for about $380 - the cardboard box was torn.. I was ready to buy one at the regular price. I would be just as happy with it.
I would love to see more accessories available for it. But, most can be shop made.
January 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by jaimeflo semi portable great saw
I was very impressed when i first put it together. it looked amazing. i was so proud of my purchase. I have been wanting a saw like this for a while. my local home depots could not keep it on the shelf long enough for me to buy one. So after finally purchasing one and building a table around it it cuts really good. It does not bog down too much when cutting full sheets of 4'x8'x3/4". and after 3 years of use its still running like a champ. I do have a few issues, i wish the right cut was deeper than 30 inches. rigid should make an extension available that would give the saw a deeper right cut capacity preferably 50 inches. my other issue is that 2 wheels have already fallen apart or cracked. No biggie i did replace them. i found a match at home depot for $5 a piece. the last issue i had was when i replaced the blade with a thicker blade the measurements on the clear indicators were not slotted wide enough to make the proper adjustments to keep the red line marks true. I made them longer with a rotary tool, again no biggie. all in all it is a good saw for the money. i do love how easy it is to move the saw with the wheels that drop at a steps notice
December 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by LawingerCreations 100% Recommend
I purchased this to replace an old worn out Contractor saw, and I decided I didn’t want to have to spend my money twice. This is an excellent saw for those that don’t have the capital to purchase a professional/Industrial saw from one of the bigger woodworking brands. Dust Collection is good, and become great when you make some zero clearance inserts for it. The extension wing is the perfect place for a router table to fit into. And the blade came perfectly aligned to the miter slots. My only complaint about this saw it’s the fence. Mine did not come perfectly straight, about half way along it start to bend and from the middle to the back it curves away from the blade (thankfully) about 6-8 Mil. This is not a large amount and my accuracy does not need to be that perfect so I see no need to replace it however thought I should include that. The rail locking system has an issue of not always locking at 90 degrees; it took some practice to make sure you do it the same way every time in order to ensure good cuts.
That said one day I will replace the rail and fence but for the time being it is ok.
December 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by quick2252 underpowered yeah I'm OK
Nice table great fence underpowered and by the way it is underpowered
May 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 2012wingdadok Other Reviews were spot on
I'm an armature carpenter but experienced mechanic and all around do it yourself-er. Cheaper tools are on the shelf at Home Depot but I spent the extra $100-$200 dollars, as I do for most of my major tool purchases, because I don't want to get something that will not last or has minimal features for a few dollars less. Thus far have only assembled and made test cuts. Reviews from others on Home Depot online store seem spot on. While this IS an above average quality product generally, it is lacking in some unusual areas. Stamped metal extension shelves; bolts and nuts are of very poor quality (dimensions do not mate with tools prescribed in instructions) and the hex head bolting is very, soft making some assembly tedious and difficult. Seems like a really good tool so why skimp on your fasteners and hardware? Will see how it performs. After dialing in, my test cuts so far are quite impressive.
April 4, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by motmalone I was very happy...BUT
I wanted to upgrade to a heavier, more stable and more powerful saw, so I researched and, short of a full pedestal mount (which I could never get into my basement) I decided on the 4512, which proved to be heavy enough to manhandle on my own. By reading reviews and literature, the setup was a bit lengthy, but not over-difficult. After that it was love at first site. I rigged it for 220V operation and was very pleased. Until I hit the switch after not quite a year of use and ...NOTHING.
I am a recreational cabinet builder, so I would not say, it's overuse. I signed on for the Lifetime Service Agreement (LSA#, so I had to make a few calls. The clincher is, the thing pretty much has to be dis-assembled to transport by normal people with normal vehicles. Then Home Depot, who said they were a certified repair shop, could not handle 220V. So off to another shop 40 miles from home where it sat for 2 weeks before they determined the motor was shot. Now a minimum of 2 more weeks before I can retrieve an go through the assembly process again.
I'm in the middle of a project so this a major inconvenience. Like I said, I loved the tool's performance, but this is my first Rigid purchase and, if they're comprised of lower grade components, I'm not sure I like the inconvenience of repair, even if it is free of charge. #I also wonder what Rigid would have done without the the LSA). The hassle has been costly in time and aggravation. I had Delta and Ryobi saws that I pushed probably passed their limits an never so drastic a failure. Disappointing after reading all the 5 Star reviews.
March 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stomper Strong and sturdy
I like the strong and heavy structure making the saw very stabble when sawing large pieces but easily moved with the wheel structure, Assembly instructions well designed.
February 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JamesK Almost great.
This could be an industry standard setting machine. However, there's a few short-comings that keep it out of the professional category.
January 11, 2015