Heavy duty 10 in. portable table saw with stand ridgid gas unlimited houston texas

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R4513 is very cheaply made. I’ve purchased many Ridgid tools over the years mostly because of the LSA. The performance specs of the tools also have typically been a selling point to me. I figured the lack of durability would be made up for by the LSA. I’m starting to doubt my decisions. I purchased a R4510 a few years ago. It was okay, I had a couple of issues with it that were covered under the LSA. Each repair took 8 weeks, that’s right 8 weeks. The last issue I had was that a gear used to raise and lower the blade stripped out. Sent it in and was informed that the repair part was no longer available. They replaced my R4510 with a Re-furbished R4513. This saw is junk. The table top is slightly smaller and made of thinner material, the soft start feature of the motor was removed, the push stick is inferior compared to the previous model, the micro adjust feature on the rip fence is now gone, the front rail is much lighter weight, the spindle nut is much smaller, the table extension is not level with the rest of the table, the table top is not flat, the plastic guard on the stand that acts as a support that extends to the left of the table has been removed, the miter gauge is much smaller and lighter weight than the previous one, the throat plate is non standard, the tape measure is even thinner than the previous one. Since the table is smaller the guide slots are closer together, so none of the jigs and sleds I made for my old saw work on this one, the zero clearance and dado inserts that I have for the 4510 won’t work in the 4513. Ridgid called this a comparable replacement. Not comparable at all if you ask me. They say they come out with new models to introduce new features and improvements. Every single thing that is different on this model from the previous one was done to make the saw cheaper to manufacture. It’s lighter weight and several features were removed, none added. To top it off, the saw I sent in for repair had a nice expensive blade on it… didn’t get that back with the replacement. This is one product that is heading in the wrong direction.

The LSA is great in concept but if you have a couple of problems with a tool in a year, (and since the build quality of these tools is declining a couple of problems a year is a real possibility), the tool could be out for repair for 4 months out of the year. This needs to improve along with the durability of the tools.

Disapointing: Good saw but not durable I am a design builder who uses and owns many tools. I purchased this saw in 2010 and recently the top ripped loose from the body. The plastic body is attached to the top with four fasteners. The four plastic tabs broke when this saw was loaded in my truck with many other things. It was a good portable saw with some innovative features and it worked well. I tried to order a replacement body from Rigid but it was obsolete so I ordered a body for the current model in the hopes that I could make it fit. No luck. I tried gluing the pieced back together with glue made for plastic…no luck. I melted the plastic back together and this worked for several days but eventually broke. Rigid needs to redesign this connection and replace it with something more durable such as the design that Bosch uses. I’m a professional that is willing to pay for a good tool, but poorly built "throw-away" tools are a hassle and lead to interruption of work. It seems like all brands of saws have some kind of flaw. It makes me wonder if they field test their products or use the feed back from carpenters.

O.k. for a beginner or hobbyist I’ve had this saw for 2 years now, so feel comfortable making an assessment. I am not a professional carpenter, but have become a fairly accomplished "weekend woodworker" over the past 3-4 years. I bought this saw as a first table saw after getting tired of using a circular saw and a guide. I was initially very happy with the saw, and still use it regularly. It has several strengths, including very easy portability for a small shop like mine, as well as a pretty good fence for an entry level saw, and decent dust collection using a shop vac. As I’ve used the saw, however, I begin to notice some small things that have become increasingly frustrating. For example, the miter slot on the left hand side of my saw is not uniformly sized, so when I adjust my Incra miter gauge (the gauge that comes with the saw is o.k. but I wanted more precision) at the middle of the slot it binds and sticks at the ends. The same is true when I use a crosscut sled. Additionally, I was cutting some floating panel doors for a cabinet and discovered that each slot was coming out slightly uneven. I checked the flatness of the table and found that there is a slight dip near where the throat plateinserts into the table. The saw bogs down a bit when ripping anything thicker than 3/4 inch, but that is not a real problem, I just slow down the feed rate. Probably my biggest irritation lies with the throat plate itself, and Ridgid’s decision to go with an odd shape and depth for it. The plate is a very thin piece of metal, which is adjusted by using screws. That is fine when ripping or crosscutting, but when it comes time to use a dado blade, things change dramatically. The only dado plate available from Ridgid accommodates a full 3/4 inch dado stack, but is not effective when using smaller sizes. The obvious answer is to make a zero-clearance insert…but the odd shape and depth of the plate makes it very difficult to do so. Plywood is too thick, as are phenolic plates available from places like Lee Valley. I guess I don’t understand why Ridgid chose to make it so difficult to accommodate a tool woodworker use regularly when using a dado stack. Overall, I’m not unhappy with the Ridgid brand (I just bought a sliding compound miter saw and am thrilled with it) but this tool needs work.