I got this saw after becoming familiar with it while researching a SteelCity saw identical to this one (35920) at a higher cost, a lower finish, and tacky marketing by SC that put me off of that one. Assembly of the mobile base is somewhat more difficult than it should as the user manual is a bit vague about it, but using the companion parts exploded views helps a lot – also, the markings on the screws bags refers to those views and not to the user manuals figures. While assembling – all pieces from the body frame, to the table top, and the screws, and mobile base seem to be of good quality and finish. I finally went and got some feeler gauges, since I figured if there is anything unacceptable – now would be the time to find it out and work a replacement if needed.
Aligning the fence was easy as on any other T-square type fences – there are 2 set screws to skew the fence slightly to the left or right. Riving KnifeThe saw comes out of the box with a riving knife blade guard assembly as a one-piece. Necessary Upgrade:First thing to do was to make some fence faces, I chose to use phenolic material (see my blog) and while at it, I also did a set of 6 zero clearance inserts. The saw hums nicely, and cuts through the wood smoothly and easily without much effort (where my older portable would start calling in the troops for more power) the hum stays a constant hum. The Fence moves smoothly across the table (runs on back rail with a glide UHMW bolt) and locks firmly in place. Another thing to consider which played a big part in my decision was the warranty – Ridgid has a lifetime warranty to the original owner of their powertools, now this is hard to beat.
Purp, when you start cutting the phenolic for the router table, you should cut a few fence faces. Again, congrats on the new saw, I am sure it will give you YEARS of trouble free service if it is even HALF the saw my old ridgid was. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ.
I thought I’d post a review of my Ridgid 4511 Granite table saw for those who are interested.
1.5 HP motor is adequate, but who couldn’t use more power (insert grunting here, ala Tim Taylor).
Regarding the front fence rail, you can add an internal spline to stiffen it, or replace the entire tube (Ithink Timbo managed that approach). I have a Steel City saw and love it but sure wish the granite top was out when I bought mine a couple of years back, as I am tired of dealing with rust on the cast iron table in my unheated, outdoor shop! I find the fence not being perfectly flat annoying, but not suprising, because as PurpLev stated, its just tubular steel.
I may try the other riving knives at some point, but I still like using the blade gaurd for now. I leave my blade guard on as well, as I feel better having the anti kickback pawls engaged on the wood. When I exchanged my top I had to take the one they had on demo, and I helped them swap the 2 out. The ad you're trying to view is either not found or has expired and has been moved to our archives.


UPDATE!! Our 4511 Ridgid table saw served us well for three years then chewed up its trunnion teeth. The service guy came out and tells me he's never seen this type of failure, even in saw many years older than this. We had two people on hand to assemble the saw, but often found that there was only room enough for one person to actually work. The Ridgid table saw comes with side-mounted hooks for hanging your miter slide and rip fence.
Since the trunnion are mounted to the base, I took off the table top, and motor cover while unpacking to relieve some of the weight off of the machine while assembling it all together – this was very helpful. I left the lag bolts loose while leveling the wings as I heard other’s had their top chip when they aligned the wings while having the bolts somewhat tightened. Also there is little dust that escapes the bottom of the cabinet (and accumulates on the mobile base).
While setting up the fence faces, and shimming the middle bolt, I’m able to align the fence with the blade continually from start to finish and eliminate that hollow in the middle of the steel fence bar. The Fence rails are made of 2 parts that are connected with a plastic coupler – makes it easier to pack this system in a smaller box, but operation wise it leaves a lot to be desired. I was able to pass the nickel-test on it, and while the nickel DID jump a little when I started the saw, it did stay in place long after the saw was running, and even after shutting the saw off.
Make sure you use appropriate riving knife thickness if you use a thin kerf blade (or at least have the front of it sharpened down)!!! While not often thought of as a shop tool, a small wagon with pneumatic tires will prove it's worth many times over.
Set the top upside down on a piece of cardboard (to keep damage to a minimum - it's a new tool, plenty of time for scratches later).
We tend to use it for the rip fence more than the miter slide because it's over the side and we don't like reaching down. Zero clearance inserts are a must in my opinion both for safety, and better quality cuts, and should be done on any saw you have regardless.
The table top is large, and the distance in front of the blade is much larger than I had been used to which is a blessing. I like the idea that it can be converted to run on 220V as well if I ever choose to go that route.
As for the recall, I was treated very well by Steel City customer service but since yours is sold by One World Technologies, I hope they do as well for you if yours is involved in the recall. The gap for the adjustment wheels, and over the motor housing door will provide plenty of flow.
Ours started getting a bit sticky, so we did a thorough cabinet cleaning and a little wax on the worm gear.
Our shop is out back and the wagon saved us several trips. We were also able to load the heaviest part onto the wagon and move it to the shop without having to carry it. This Ridgid table saw has a wheeled lift system that enables it move around our small shop.


And of course when it comes time to flip this thing back over, two is better than one. Did we mention that two people are needed to do this job? From back of the truck to operating in the shop, you're looking at about four hours. We learned the hard way that aligning the blade exactly square to the rip fence is critical. Like you the power of the saw is fine for my needs, and for me as a hobby person to woodworking, at this point anyway I doubt I would need more. That worked for a couple of weeks, but one day the blade would not go up. We had somehow managed to grind off about a one inch group set of teeth.
The old saw saw gave in during a project with a deadline and we needed to get back operational in a hurry. ****UPDATE*** The Delta saw had eaten its drive belt.
One fortunate thing was that the old saw was making noises for a few weeks ahead of time and the wife was informed. Assembly is fairly straight forward. As with all assemblies, get the nuts and bolts loosely in place before tightening any of them. Using two long straight edges help speed this process along. We wondered about the small seam between top slabs, but have since learned that they have no effect on cutting operations. After using the saw for about a week, we had a small piece of wood get caught between the far edge of the blade and the rip fence.
Or if you are not in a rush and can wait for HD to have a major sale you might even be able to get a bigger discount.
Ridgid has a Lifetime Service Agreement that I was not aware of and thus did not sign up for. The Ridgid table saw will be manually set at 45 degrees with the blade high enough to cut through plywood. I gave the saw to my neighbor, he replaced the belt, and has been using the saw for three years.
Quicker than we could imagine, that small piece drew blood just above our belt line, through two shirts. After almost ten years of use, when I sold it, it would still pass the nickle test with the factory belt it came with. In so many words, the Ridgid is now an anchor and I will not be purchasing any more Ridgid tools. A simple realignment process fixed this, but we should never have let it happen. The shear mass of the R4511 Ridgid table saw makes it a smooth operating, quiet tool. After inconsistent conversations from the Ridgid service hotline, they will not stand behind it. It's just on the edge of being too large for our small shop, so take that into account before purchase. The wheel lift system works well, but if you don't have room to maneuver, it can make for a frustrating time. We appreciate the large wide top, smooth (which aids in accuracy) operation, and ease of assembly.



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