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R4511 Hybrid Tablesaw

Ridgid - R4511 Hybrid Tablesaw

Ridgid announced a recall for saws of this model sold at Home Depot stores between January 2009 and July 2009.

$600 (As of 3/1/2009)

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Editor's Review: Tablesaw Tune-up

by Tom Begnal

review date: March 1, 2009

Editor's Note: This saw was recently recalled for faulty blade arbors. Apparently the blade arbor can break when the saw is equipped with a dado set. Saws affected have date codes between CD0829 and CD0837 and were sold at Home Depot stores between January 2009 and July 2009 for approximately $600.

The model number and manufacturing date code can be found on a metal plate on the rear of the cabinet. Saws with an “Arbor Inspected” sticker directly above the plate or an orange square on the outside of the package are not included in the recall.

Consumers should stop using the saw and call Ridgid (866) 539-1710 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit  www.ridgid.com  to  schedule a free on-site.

Ridgid Tools has a new, 1-1/2-hp tablesaw, a hybrid between a cabinet and contractor-style saw, with an attractive $600 price tag. The R4511 is a left-tilt saw that has a built-in roll-around base.

I recently gave it a test drive in the Fine Woodworking shop. Two things immediately caught my attention: a new-breed riving knife, and a top and wings (1-3/4 in. thick) made from granite.

Unlike cast iron, granite won't rust. And while both can be machined perfectly flat at the factory, cast iron sometimes will warp slightly over time; granite won't. On the downside, granite is more brittle than cast iron, making it susceptible to chipping if, for example, you were to drop the rip fence on it.

Power is provided by a 13-amp, TEFC motor. Like on a cabinet saw, the trunnions mount to the cabinet, a feature that makes it relatively easy to adjust the miter slots parallel to the blade should the top ever shift out of adjustment. The top was almost perfectly flat, with only a few 0.001-in. to 0.002-in. dips.

The high-profile riving knife, which includes a blade cover and pawls, was easy to remove and replace. Unlike a standard splitter, a riving knife moves up and down with the blade, staying closer to it and better preventing kickback. It also angles with the blade, meaning it can stay on the saw for those cuts. But I was disappointed that Ridgid doesn't currently offer a low-profile riving knife (often called a shark fin) that can be used when the high-profile can't, such as when making non-through cuts.

Using a 10-in.-dia. testing plate, I measured blade/miter-slot parallelism at 0º and 45°. At 0º, the difference was only 0.002 in. But at 45º, the measurement grew to 0.032 in. Anything more than 0.007 in. or 0.008 in. will affect the accuracy of a bevel cut. To correct it requires some time under the saw table adding shims.

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Editor Test Results:

Table Flatness Almost perfectly flat (only a few 0.001-in. to 0.002-in. dips)
Parallel Test N/A
Arbor Runout N/A
Noise Level N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ridgid
Manufacturer's Web Site www.ridgid.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-474-3443
Max Rip Capacity 30 in. right of blade; 20 in. left of blade
Dust Collection N/A
Fence N/A
Horsepower 1-1/2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 120 v
Table-Top Size 27-in. deep by 40-in. wide
Blade Size 10-in. diameter
Blade Tilt Left-tilt

I purchased my 4511 at the local Home Depot in April and like others, with discounts, it came in around $440. Great price. Once set up and some fine tuning I could not ask for a better saw. I have a small shop so I am in the process installing a router table to the rails of the saw, which frees up space. The weight and mobility of the saw allows this. I agree with one of the other reviewers that when someone rates a saw (or anything) without using or actually seeing, it doesn’t do justice to anyone. When I’m in the market for a new tool my first stop is to READ all the reviews. Stars mean nothing to me and if one would go by only the stars they could receive a slanted review.

I find it really interesting that you allow ignorant people that clearly do not own nor have used a tool to post a review. Like the 2 people that posted 1 star ratings because their Home Depot didn't have one on display, or didn't know about the saw. Come on, that is just stupid. The first 9 reviews posted for this saw are either for an older model (why not post under the correct model???), NOT a R4511!! or by someone that doesn't own or hasn't used the saw. As someone who actually owns this saw I can tell you that the build quality it pretty good. Not super but I paid less than $500 for it with a coupon. It is very heavy and stable. The directions leave a bit to be desired but they also are not the worst I have seen. The granite top on mine was perfect, we'll see how it works out over time. Power on this saw is also decent. The fence is a bit better than I expected as well. Overall for the money this is a good saw and should be able to do everything the weekend woodworker requires. I was actually trying to purchase a TS3650 but was told by both Ridgid and HD that its no longer available so I am giving this a try and so far have been very happy with it.

I just bought the Ridgid R4511 from Home Depot Florence,SC. I also picked up a box of air-gun nails. So I was over $600.00 and qualified for the Ultimate Power Deal for $150.00 off. So far I have put it together, so far it looks good.

The Home Depot in Mechanicsburg, PA has one on display and I was told that they have 2 more coming in. They seem to have an audience here in Pennsylvania. I got a good look at it and will probably buy one soon.

Buying site unseen is Home Depots new policy. Three HD's in our area no longer display large tools. I went to buy a 14" band saw and I was told that if I wanted to see it I would have to buy it, take it home and assemble it and then if I didn't like it I could return it. Lowes had one on display. So don't waste your time going to Home Depot. Just go someplace else and buy your saws. Home Depot does not want to sell to contractors.

If you run into trouble finding this product at Home Depot, try asking for it by Home Depot sku number: 750-663. -Gina, FineWoodworking.com

Went to three different HOME DEPOT stores and they had "no clue" regarding this saw. I called Ridgid and they said it was only a "special order" item through HOME DEPOT and was not sold by anyone else. Went back to HOME DEPOT and they said that all special order items were "non-returnable". I would NEVER recommend something that I could not return or had to buy sight unseen. Makes me wonder if the other reviews were by real customers? Pete

I am not surprised by this saw. I have long been a fan of Rigid's tool line and with Life time free parts and warranty, the realistic price and performance how can you go wrong? I have used the Rigid contractor for a long time with 220 power it is powerfull and very accurate for a saw in this class. I was excited to see the new hybrid saw come out and bought one immediately. Unlike the 14 inch bandsaw, which is still a good tool, the table saw requires little tweaking to get up and running. I agree with the review regarding the absence of a smaller riving knife but we have all gotten along just fine before the riving knife came along so it's of low importance to me. I am a small one man shop and cost is extremely important to me as is performance. Here I believe Rigid has closed that gap for those who cannot afford the highly (and overpriced in my opinion) cabinet saws by the big hitters. In a high volume shop obviously this saw may not get it done but for those small players struggling in this economy it has the power and quality you may be looking for.

For $499 Cdn. this is a great deal. I've had mine for several years now without issue. It's system of rollers works well for use in confined areas. It works well with dado blades and cuts straight and true with little vibration with the stock belt.

I'm a cabinetmaker with 10 years experience in medium to high end cabinet shops. I have an older version of this saw. I bought it because it was the only saw I could find under a thousand dollars that would make a cut wider than 30" to the right of the saw blade. It's not the best saw around, but for the money, it's by far the best value. I'd rather have a Delta Unisaw, or a Powermatic, but at the time I bought mine, I didn't have $1700.00+ I needed. It doesn't have much power, and will bog down on hardwoods if you try and feed it too fast, but that being said, it is still the best value for the money, especially for a hobbyist, or 1 man shop. Rich Vail Pikesville, MD USA

I have the TS3600 Table Saw, and have had it for five years. It runs excellent; the table is flat, the fence, while not the best on the market, does the job it's supposed to do, and with the extension, I can rip 30" panels with ease. It's ideal for my purposes. If the Hybrid saw is anything like the TS3600, thumbs up. If they could make a retrofit riving knife for the TS3600, I'd be happy. My saw may have been made in China, but it is a solid performer. Well done to Ridgid for coming up with what will hopefully be an even better product.

Seeing as how it is made in China you can expect the lifetime of this machine to be short. Every other tool that I have bought that was made in China has had a short life to it. The quality just is not there. That goes for Bosch also, their tools that are now made in China are far inferior to the earlier tools, to what I have been used to. Richard Reimer

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