Larry wrote in, asking for our opinion on the Jet JBTS-10MJS 10-inch jobsite table saw for home workshop use. For home use, our attention moves towards the Craftsman 21833, which is normally priced at $650. We don’t ordinarily like to talk about one brand or product when asked about another, but in this case it seemed fitting. The Rigid R4512 is made by the same company (Dayton) as the Craftsman 21833 and is almost an identical saw – the big differences are cosmetic (my Rigid is orange). Home Depot will put the R4512 on sale for $499 and some stores will take a Harbor Freight 10% off coupon. It looks like there are a couple of noticeable differences in fence design, but perhaps not enough where one is better than the other. The spreader bar on the RIDGID is different and allows the addition of another extension wing. I understand price matching for the same product offered somewhere else, but I call shenanigans on this. Many HD stores will accept the Harbor Freight 20% off coupon because HF stores also sell power tools. A while back I was told at a local store (I don’t remember if it was HD or Lowes) that they only accepted mailed or personalized coupons due to widespread use of fraudulent ones printed from the web. As far as their accepting of HF coupons, it depends on whether Lowes and HD managers view them as a competitor. As an average-to-advanced hobby woodworker, I agree that jobsite saw are generally best left to the jobsite. So, extreme space shortage is the only time I’d recommend a jobsite saw for home use.
The Bosch GTS1031 is exceptionally compact for small work spaces since it can be stored on its side as shown in the last photo of my review of it.
The Craftsman and Ridgid saws are mobile, so they can be moved around a workshop or garage. I did a search for the Craftsman 21833 and it showed up as $470 on sale, which makes it a more compelling purchase, except that it appears to be (again, I’m going by the website specs) a direct-drive saw.
If space is really tight, it’s ABSOLUTELY worth the time to build a really tricked-out multipurpose enclosure for a smaller saw. Craftsman also has a more expensive jobsite saw (part number 21829) which looks similar, but the housing is metal, not plastic.
The Porter Cable saw supposedly works great, but reviewers complain that the inner gears are made of plastic and are cheap, and that replacement parts for the saw are almost impossible to obtain because the thing is made by some Taiwanese company for Porter-Cable. What I ended up doing was buying a brand new in the box Craftsman table saw from 1995 on Craigslist which had literally been left sitting in the back of the seller’s garage for 15+ years.

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.
Equipped with: 9 HP main motor and 1 HP scoring motor, with (3) main arbor speeds at 3,200 - 4,500, and 6,000 RPM. If you’re patient the saw sometimes goes on sale for as low as $580 with Craftsman Club discount. I did have the chance to briefly use one about a year and a half ago, and it seemed to be a good option in the $500-$1000 price range.
The Ridgid looks to be $529 regularly priced, which seems pretty darn good if the internals are the same as the Craftsman. It can be said that since HF does not sell the same products they are not a true competitor. But since the reader was asking about a large contractor saw, I figured that they were open to the idea of a less portable saw with a similar footprint.
The downside is that it does require a separate stand or mounting location, while folding saws are moved into place and ready to go a lot quicker.
For finer fixed-location woodworking, as opposed to construction needs, jobsite saws are generally not the best option. Space savings, fully assembled on the cart, mine was aligned just fine, and the lifetime warranty all factored in. 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.
The machine is with one, adjustable from outside, scoring unit and hydraulic lifting and tilting the saw blade fitted to 45.
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.
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. 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. 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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