New Ridgid 4512 - modified for small shop
Like many, I have a small shop... really just a room in my basement. For most of my woodworking life I've had a benchtop on stilts, and it's worked. I've had a couple contractor saws but they just were so big and took a lot of room to store, use or maneuver around... so they never stuck around. But recently I had a chance to buy a brand new in the box Ridgid 4512 at a great price ($5XX), and so figured out how to make it work in my shop.
Normally, it is 30" deep x 58" long. I can't do anything about the depth, but I can adjust the length. Many people lament the split-rail system on these cheaper hybrid saws, but for my purposes... it was the key. I simply installed just the long 36" rails and not the shorter 22" rails. This configuration will either be 44" long (with left wing) or 38" long (without left wing).
The back rail normally has 6 bolts for the 36" portion, and luckily 2 of them came very close to lining up with the holes in the cast center section. I had to slot one of them 1/8" and it worked. Those 2 bolts plus the connecting rod between rails was 3 bolts on the back rail. The front rail has T-slots, so that was easy... I just lined it up with the back rail and used all 6 bolts. Everything is aligned and the fence rides smooth and straight.
I know, doesn't sound like much, but it does seem to make a difference. The only downside is that the numbers on the rail are wrong for the fence, but I generally check the distance to the fence front and back anyway. And if I ever wanted the standard config, it probably would only take me 30 minutes to reconfigure it.
Last edited by rpschultz13; 09-08-2020 at 06:03 PM.