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  • R4514 Table Saw - Flat Table?

    So I just unboxed my new R4514 table saw. So excited.

    Wanted to buy the 4512 but the dollars and the space required kept me from going in that direction.

    I was checking the blade to make sure it's square to the table, when I discovered that the table isn't flat. Threw a 4 foot level on it from left front corner to right rear corner, and the level in the rear corner is off the table by almost 4cm. That seems like a huge variance to me. Could I just have a jacked up table top?

    I was hoping that this table saw would allow me to make decent cuts. Should I be concerned? Should I return? Should I be looking at another brand?

    Any guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Mike

  • #2
    4cm is over 1-1/2". if it's that far I would return it and check the next one at the store before you load it.

    I've got the old TS2400 I believe it is, its on a stand similar to yours. My table isn't perfectly either. Doing the same thing you did mines off around .03" or little under 1mm as I recall. Don't expect the aluminum tops to be dead flat like a good cast iron cabinet saw but no way would I keep one that's out 4cm.

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    • #3
      So, I just unscrewed the bolts holding down the right side of the table. Slipped a couple of wooden shims in, and I'm probably only off less than a single mm (1mm) at this point from left to right, x pattern (span - 32inches). I think there's a high spot on the left side of where the throat plate inserts. I guess, I could throw some washers in where the bolt snugs the table down (as a replacement for my wood shims), but man. Seems like something that I shouldn't have to do right out of the box.

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      • #4
        Either take it back and exchange for another or call RIDGID Customer Service before you do and see what they have to say.
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" ? Bob D. 2006
        "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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        • #5
          Talked to Ridgid today. They agreed. Took it back and grabbed another. Hopefully this one looks better after I open the box.

          Thanks for the info, fellas.

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          • #6
            I wouldn't buy a portable saw because it's in your price range. Buy a portable because you NEED the portability. A full size belt drive saw with an induction motor has nearly every other advantage. You give up a lot of operating space in front of the blade in exchange for a portable saw. You also give up cast iron, steel, and a quieter motor with more torque in exchange for plastic, aluminum, and a loud universal motor. I want to buy an expensive saw because I often win real money after choosing good casino on this website https://casinos-advisor.com/
            Last edited by Seyrall; 11-30-2020, 02:29 AM.

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            • MAS
              MAS commented
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              This is a very good point. The need for my saw to be portable is why I bought it several years ago and accept it's shortcomings. If I had dedicated space I would definitely purchase a better table saw.
              I would still keep my ridgid portable one though even if I do eventually have room for a nice cabinet saw as I personally still need a portable unit

          • #7
            You might find you can do most of your cutting away from the shop with a track saw in place of a portable table saw. If you do ever get to where you have a cabinet or contractors table saw, think about it.
            "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" ? Bob D. 2006
            "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

            https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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            • #8
              I'm experiencing the same thing with mine - just wondering if you actually replaced it and still had that problem?
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              • #9
                I am in Canada where the saw has just been released. I had the same experience. I bought a R4514 on Friday, assembled it and discovered the table top was not flat, down in two corners. Took it back for an exchange on Saturday, took the new one home and found it too was not flat, down in two different corners! On Sunday went back to the store again, the Home Depot guy was especially helpful. We took yet another R4514 to a clear area and unboxed the saw component only, set it down on flat concrete and set a straight edge on both corner to corners, staying clear of the extension table. FLAT! So I took it home. As soon as I attached it to my third stand assembly it was again, NOT FLAT. I did notice that the stand to saw connection was off on all three which likely causes the problem. Depending on how you force the saw to fit the stand and bolt it down it changes where the table top goes wrong. I could make the corners drop or make the centre between the mitre slots drop. It is pretty clear the table top is not stiff enough. I hope Ridgid gets this fixed as I like the new features like the longer fence, wider right rip, soft start and blade brake.

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                • #10
                  I have the same problem. I've contacted Ridgid, but I haven't received a response yet. Has anyone been able to resolve this?

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                  • #11
                    New owner of a R4514. I too have discovered that while mounted on the delightful stand, the table is warped out of alignment. Even when not on the stand I find that the right side dips even before it hits the extension panel for the table. Has anyone found a fix for this?

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                    • #12
                      I could not believe the reviews when some said the blade was not perpendicular to the table on both sides. They are correct. With the blade angle adjustment set to zero degrees, the left side of the blade was perfectly perpendicular to the table but on the right side perpendicularity is several degrees off. The only explanation for this is that the table is not made flat. Disappointing coming from a company like Ridgid.

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                      • BadgerDave
                        BadgerDave commented
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                        Several degrees is a lot to be off in such a short distance. What does the bubble look like when laying, say a, 24" level across the width of the table top?
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