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post #21 of 23 Old 09-18-2012, 09:50 PM
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I've got a basement shop so a cabinet saw was well out of the cards. After going through two different Ryobi models I have ended up with the Ridgid 4510. I settled on that after looking very hard at the 4100, and a passing glance at the Porter Cable. So far, about a year and a half, it has done me very well. If I have a complaint, the fence could be better but it is as good as any competitor in that class. I looked at putting an INCRA on it but that would cost as much as the saw did and almost eliminate the most of the portability.

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Hi guys. I'm new to this forum, but I've been a dedicated woodworking hobbyist for more than a decade. I'm looking to replace my old Craftsman 10" portable table saw with something that has more power, a longer arbor, a more accurate fence and a larger table top. As this is my hobby, not my livelihood, I can't afford a Grizzly, a SawStop or some other high-end product. I'm looking at models like the Bosch 10" Table saw (model 4100-09) with folding stand and the Dewalt DW744XRS 10" Job Site Table Saw w/ Rolling Stand. Any suggestions. I don't want to pay more than $700. Thanks so much!
You obviously need:

1. Portability.
2. A mall enough size to keep the saw from crowding out space you need for other things.
3. A solid design that improves upon what you had before.

Some here have said that it would be best for you to opt for a larger saw than a typical jobsite type. However, I would imagine that their lack of real-world portability, their larger size (especially important if you need to actually up-end the saw when storing it, which you can do with a jobsite saw), and their overkill cutting ability, given that you have indicated that woodworking is a hobby for you and not a business, makes this impractical.

OK, I have a Ridgid 4510 and love it. However, like all jobsite saws it has limitations and I addressed some of those in a review I wrote on the thing at:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f24/fine-table-saw-made-even-better-some-mods-24644/

Take a look at it. It also has a blurb about making a zero-clearance throat plate for the saw.

Also, I addressed another problem with the saw at:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/modifying-ridgid-r4510-jobsite-saw-39331/

Everybody has ideas about what saw works best for them. They say which saws they like, but they rarely come across with detailed examples of why they like that particular saw or any other tool. However, I think you need realistic advice, complete with examples and explanations, and the articles referenced above may supply them to you.

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+1 howard. I also have the R4510 and it does everything I need it to do accurately, plus it folds and rolls out of the way
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