Now the RIGID R4513 is the recently released, upgraded version of their very popular RIGID R4510 10 inch portable table saw. Now with a table saw this heavy, It is essential to have a decent stand, and I’m glad to see that RIGID have delivered here. As with all portable table saws, The RIGID R4513 comes with a 15 amp direct drive brush motor, which spins at 4000rom. On the left hand side of the saw, the blade guard, spare blades and blade wrenches are stored.
There is nothing official from RIDGID on the differences between the two saws, but it is a hot topic with people that are looking at purchasing this saw.
The R4513 has a motor housing that bolts directly to the rack and pinion bevel adjustment that fully locks in place. Having a rectangular throat plate, makes it a lot easier to make your own zero clearance inserts. Now it appears that the gears that control the height of the blade were plastic on the R4510 and RIGID have kept them plastic on the R4513. A lot of people are of the opinion that the case on the R4510 is better than the the R4513.
The R4510 was a great saw, which was a huge seller, because it ticked a lot of boxes for woodworkers and contractors. I hope that RIDGID can give definitive answers to a lot of these questions to put prospective customers minds at ease, and then we can actually start to focus on the merits of the R4513.
The only place I have seen to get the correct Dado Throat Plate for R4513 is off Craigslist in Seattle. Hi Pierre, Unfortunately RIDGID don’t have a zero clearance throat plate for the R4513. Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive the latest news, updates and giveaways from our team. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is interested in hearing about other incidents or injuries like those described above. My Ridgid table saw needed an extension table where the existing metal extension table (to the right of blade) ends. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. The Ridgid 4512 is another heavyweight contractor table saw that weighs in at a hefty 267 lbs. The RIDGID 4512 has a pretty standard blade guard system, It consists of a plastic blade guard, riving knife and anti-kickback pawls.
The RIDGID 4512 comes with an aluminium fence that runs on aluminium rails attached at both the front and back of saw. The RIDGID 4512 has a very powerful 13 amp belt driven induction motor that spins at 3450 RPM. I really like the wheeled base (the same one that can be found on the Craftsman 21833) a simple press of the foot lever deploys the wheels so the saw can easily be moved around your workshop.
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They have opted for the barrow type of stand where the saw is permanently attached  and can be moved from transport mode to assembled mode by pressing a foot lever on the stand and rotating it from vertical to horizontal. It’s just OK, and I would recommend getting a new better, aftermarket blade, better suited to the type of woodworking you will be doing. I really like the blade adjustment knob, It’s clever design allows you to control both the height and angle of the blade from one dial. OK its nice to have the micro adjustment, but realistically most woodworkers will measure from the blade ensure accuracy.
The idea behind soft start is to protect the motor from wear and tear by gradually getting the motor up to speed over a few seconds. In the end I got the figure from the R4513 user manual, where it states it will accept a 6″ dado.
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However information on its release does appear to be lacking  which has lead to a lot of confusion amongst customers looking to buy this saw and not being sure of what they are actually getting. By loosening the center nut, this allows you to turn the handle to alter the height of the blade. These used to be metal on the R4510 but RIGID have opted to make these plastic on the R4513.
The frustration has come from people having questions, and not having people on hand to give accurate and consistent answers.
His fascination with motors and gears goes beyond woodworking, he's also an enthusiastic hot-rodder who likes to restore old cars, and is the author of Automotive Woodworking (Motor Books International, 2002). At the time of writing you can buy the Ridgid 4512 for $549 from Home Depot which is $22 more expensive than the Craftsman 21833 available from Sears  so lets look at what you are getting for your money. So if you don’t need to move the table saw from jobsite to jobsite then this may well be a good thing for you. The high position is to be used with the blade guard and anti kickback pawls for through cuts and the low position where the riving knife is below the top of the blade and will allow you to make non through cuts and dado’s. The belt driven induction motor will give you a quiet, smooth and powerful saw that will easily handle anything you choose to cut on it. The only reason I am getting rid of it is my business is growing and I have just bough a cabinet saw.
Extensions also built from cast iron have a convenient clamping surface that allows jigs and feather boards to be clamed down easily, increasing the quality of your cuts.
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In some early table saws, the blade and arbor were fixed, and the table was moved up and down to expose more or less of the blade.
Asking in store at retail outlets such as Home Depot is adding to confusion, because the store staff aren’t equipped to answer customers questions and queries. I like the fact that the tape on the rail extends along with the fence, which means you can continue to measure your cuts off of the rail when it’s extended.
A pin fits into a notch on the riving knife and a lever on the blade guard secures it in place.
By flipping down the bevel locking lever, you can spin the outer outer wheel on the adjusting wheel to set the angle of the blade. I guess RIGID made the decision that metal wasn’t necessary for this part and have decided to save money by switching for a tough plastic.
There is a lot of evidence on forums and websites where responses from RIDGID seem to contradict each other. The Ridgid 4512 also incorporates the same wheeled base that can be found on the Craftsman 21833. If you are unfortunate enough to have a saw where the fence is slightly out of alignment, follow the steps in the instructions to adjust and you shouldn’t have a problem. Featuring the Herc-u-lifta„? mobile base, taking your work on the road is manageable, so you can get more accomplished using only one tool.
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On the right side of the blade there is storage for the supplied push stick and miter gauge. The saws were sold at Home Depot stores between January 2009 and July 2009 for approximately $600. Problems do sometimes arise when you buy a new tool, but more often than not they can all be resolved with a bit of adjusting.
The universal motor is not as durable or as quiet as a brushless AC motor, but it offers more power relative to its size and weight.
The fence is pretty standard, it slides easily and locks at each end when you drop the lever. Using a foot lever the table saw can be raised onto its wheels to be easily moved about your workshop. The top of a benchtop table saw is narrower than those of the contractors and cabinet saws, so the width of stock that can be ripped is reduced.
I do feel the rack and pinion fences found on most of the DeWalt’s are superior, But if it moves easily, locks securely and square to the blade then what more do you need. This is then contradicted again with Sandyon66 where the response from RIDGID was that the R4513 does have a soft start. Another restriction results from the top being smaller from the front of the tabletop to the rear. This results in a shorter rip fence, which makes it harder to make a clean, straight cut when ripping. You can also subscribe without commenting.DisclosureProduct reviews on this site contain our opinion of a product or service. Benchtop saws are the smallest type of table saw and have the least mass, potentially resulting in increased vibration during a cut.Contractor table sawsContractor table saws are heavier, larger and have an attached stand or base, often with wheels. Our goal is to provide readers with honest, objective information based on our own experiences. The motor hinges off the rear of the saw and drives the blade via one, or occasionally two, belts using a 1 to 2 hp (750 to 1500 W) induction type motor.
This is the type often used by hobbyists and homeowners because standard electrical circuits provide adequate power to run it, and due to its low cost. Many of the products that we review are provided to us for free by a manufacturer or retailer.
Because the motor hangs off the rear of the saw on a pivot, dust collection can be problematic in comparison with a cabinet saw.Cabinet table sawsCabinet table saws are heavy (using large amounts of cast iron and steel) to minimize vibration and increase accuracy. In some cases, we also have advertising or affiliate relationships with manufacturers and retailers of products and services we review.
For home use, this type of motor typically requires that a heavy-duty circuit be installed (in the US, this requires a 220V outlet).
In general, cabinet-mounted trunnions are easier to adjust than table-mounted trunnions.American-style cabinet saws generally follow the model of the Delta Unisaw, a design that has evolved since 1939. These saws are characterized by a cast iron top on a full-length steel base, square in section, with radiussed corners.
The most common type of rip fence mounted to this type of saw is characterized by the standard model made by Biesemeyer. American saws normally include an anti-kickback device that incorporates a splitter, toothed anti-kickback pawls and a clear plastic blade cover. This allows the use of zero-clearance inserts, which greatly reduce tear out on the bottom of the workpiece.
It is common for this type of saw to be equipped with a table extension that increases ripping capacity for sheet goods. American style table saws are commonly available with the option of left or right tilt blade capability.
While relatively simple in design, these saws are highly evolved and capable of efficient and precision work.European-style cabinet saws are often more complex and modern in design compared to American types.

They often are equipped with a sliding table to make cross cuts easier and safer than by the use of an American style mitre gauge. Unless modified for the American market, European table saws are not equipped to allow the use of a stacked dado blade set (this is due to safety laws in European markets). Rip fences on European saws tend to be of lighter construction and less smooth in operation compared to American cabinet saws. European cabinet saws are often available in multi-purpose tool configurations that can offer jointer, planer, shaper or boring features.
Note that American woodworkers are likely to use a stacked dado blade to cut dados (square sectioned grooves) where European woodworkers might use a shaper or other tool for this task. Riving knives differ from American style splitters in that they rise and fall with the blade (splitters are fixed in place without regard for the height that the blade is adjusted to). European cabinet saws often offer as an option a scoring blade, which is a second, smaller diameter blade mounted in front of the regular saw blade.
The scoring blade helps reduce splintering in certain types of stock, especially laminated stock.Hybrid table sawsHybrid table saws are designed to compete in the market with high-end contractor table saws.
They offer some of the advantages of cabinet saws at a lower price than traditional cabinet saws. The cabinet can either be similar to a cabinet saw with a full enclosure from the table top to the floor or a shorter cabinet on legs. It is not uncommon for the object to have high enough velocity to become embedded in a wall or to cause other damage or injury. This is difficult to predict and can be impossible to control when using fingers to hold the wood down. Many times the board pinches the blade and is thrown back before the wood reaches a splitter. By starting a cut with a dado and then raising the blade to leave a splitter tab of uncut wood, this type of kickback can be avoided, but raising the blade during a cut cannot be done unless anti-kickback hold downs are used, so it is safe to raise the blade with a free hand.The wood is allowed to raise up or moved sideways during a cut, then pushed back down, taking too big a bite at the top of the blade. This can be prevented by using feeder wheels very close to the start of the blade and hold downs after the blade to control the wood all the way through the cut.
Feeder wheels can be powered or unpowered, clamped or held magnetically, and replace fingers near the blade so a hand can be free to turn off the saw during a cut.The board is pinched between the rear of the blade and the fence. The fence can be set with the rear farther from the fence for safety, but at the expense of upcut marks on the "waste" piece.
Never allow the fence to be closer to the rear of the blade than the front.Kickback can also happen when crosscutting boards with internal stresses. The buildup of pitch on a blade greatly increases friction and increases the probability of kickback. It also decreases the quality of the cut, causing it to burn.The saw must be aligned, adjusted so that it is parallel to the miter grooves, with the rip fence should angled minutely. If the blade is parallel with the fence you will notice the marks made by the back of the blade on the wood.
It is possible for the workpiece to be pinched between the blade and the rip fence, which will cause violent kickback if the fence is closer at the back of the blade.
The correct relationship for the fence is minutely spread which means that the angle is different depending on the side of the blade the fence is set.The blade guard should be used whenever possible. Typical table saws incorporates a riving knife, a spreader which helps prevent the cut from closing on the back of the saw blade.
Some blade guards have anti-kickback devices that allow only forward travel past the blade.Push the workpiece past the blade.
Do not cut a workpiece that is too large to handle.Do not use the rip fence as a guide during crosscuts.
If you need to make a series of equal length crosscuts, use a stop block in front of the blade so the workpiece is not in contact with the rip fence during the cut. It is easy for the workpiece to twist out of perpendicular at the end of the cut and thus get caught by the blade and thrown.Check for flaws in the wood. One way to prevent fingers from being severed is to use springs or feeder wheels to apply pressure on the side and top of the lumber when ripping.
If sawdust is prone to build up under the cutting blade, through friction the spinning blade will quickly ignite the accumulated dust, and the smoke can be mistaken for an overheated blade. The extractor also reduces the risk of a dust explosion and facilitates a healthier working environment.Magnetic feather-boardThe magnetic feather-board was developed in 1990. These roller guides are used both before and after the cut and allow cuts with no fingers near the blade.
Power feeders are a motorized version with rubber wheels which take the place of hands and assure constant pressure.Automatic brakingOne new feature, commercially available in saws since 2005, is an automatic braking system. The feature's inventor, after trying to license it to manufacturers without success, started SawStop, based in Tualatin, Oregon. If the saw detects a change in this current (as would occur if a hand or other body part came into contact with the blade) an automatic braking system is activated, forcing an aluminum brake block into the blade. The saw stops within five milliseconds, and angular momentum lowers the blade into the table. The operator suffers a small nick instead of an amputation or other more serious injury.There is a chance this may ruin the blade, however.
The distance of the fence from the blade can be adjusted, which determines where on the workpiece the cut is made. The fence is commonly called a "rip fence" referring to its use in guiding the workpiece during the process of making a rip cut.
Hold downs can be a vertical version of featherboards, attached to a fence with magnets or clamps. These miter slots (or miter grooves) are used to position and guide either a miter gauge (also known as a crosscut fence) or crosscut sled. The miter gauge is usually set to be at 90 degrees to the plane of the blade's cut, to cause the cut made in the workpiece to be made at a right angle. When a Zero-Clearance insert is initially inserted, the blade is raised through the insert creating the slot. The zero clearance insert helps prevent tearout by providing support for wood fibers right next to the blade thus helping to make a very clean cut. It is slightly narrower in width than the blade and located directly in line with the blade.
The splitter prevents the material being cut from being rotated thereby helping to prevent kickback. Splitters may incorporate pawls, a mechanism with teeth designed to bite into wood and preventing kickback.
Operating a saw without a splitter is the cause of many injuries, yet is considered by many to be unnecessary.
This is one of the most useful safety devices on a table saw, and while people go years without using one, and feel they are for those with less experience, serious injury or death can occur, regardless of experience.
Splitters can take many forms, including being part of the blade guard that comes standard with the saw.

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