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All great info guys thanks! I've got a 20% off coupon from Harbor Freight, and I'm going to see if home depot will honor it. If they do, I'll be getting the Rigid.
Let me know if they do.

If you have luck with it, I may make the trip to Home Depot in Oregon (I'm in WA), to get 30% off. 20% for coupon and another 10 for tax.

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All great info guys thanks! I've got a 20% off coupon from Harbor Freight, and I'm going to see if home depot will honor it. If they do, I'll be getting the Rigid.
If they don't take it, ask another manager, try another store, etc....it only takes one "yes" to make it work.
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If they don't take it, ask another manager, try another store, etc....it only takes one "yes" to make it work.
I plan to do exactly that. Thanks!
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Just as/for an alternative thought/idea ...

Perhaps you might also think about making your own custom DIY table saw. Granted, it involves a bit of extra DIY effort, and you will have to "DIY" your own "bells and whistles" features ... but it also affords you the opportunity to customize it virtually however you like and with virtually whatever features you want.


Check out the following videos for ideas/examples . . . .












Again, I am not at all saying that building your own is THE way to go or that DIY'ing it is superior to a pre-built/manufactured table saw - or vice versa. I simply thought you might be interested in the alternative ideas that are out there. After all, knowledge is power.


(It's absolutely amazing what you can find - and learn about/from - on YouTube and the internet in general)



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I dare say that what Tom shows has a better fence, bigger table, and more mass than most of the $150-$250 plastic specials at the homecenters. Most of the cheaper benchtop saws are really no more than a circular saw motor mounted underneath a small aluminum top with a plastic housing around it.
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I dare say that what Tom shows has a better fence, bigger table, and more mass than most of the $150-$250 plastic specials at the homecenters. Most of the cheaper benchtop saws are really no more than a circular saw motor mounted underneath a small aluminum top with a plastic housing around it.

To be fair/balanced - though in keeping with the DIY theme/idea - there are also some interesting videos on making a custom table saw stand utilizing a commercial table saw . . . .









Bottom Line .... LOTS of ideas and options out there.





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Hey guys, went to my local HD where they had one left in stock. Asked the manager if he'd honor the Harbor Freight coupon I printed good this month only.
He said sure! So I got the Rigid for $399!

Not too shabby. Now, just to find a way to get that bugger home, and in the basement. LOL
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Hey guys, went to my local HD where they had one left in stock. Asked the manager if he'd honor the Harbor Freight coupon I printed good this month only.
He said sure! So I got the Rigid for $399!

Not too shabby. Now, just to find a way to get that bugger home, and in the basement. LOL
Wow! What a huge step up from what you were looking at just a week ago. Congrats on the new saw, and kudos to you for asking questions before you bought a boat anchor that floats.

You've got a fine saw there....get it aligned well, and put a good blade on it. Be safe!

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Hey guys, went to my local HD where they had one left in stock. Asked the manager if he'd honor the Harbor Freight coupon I printed good this month only.
He said sure! So I got the Rigid for $399!

Not too shabby. Now, just to find a way to get that bugger home, and in the basement. LOL
You'll be happy w/ a Rigid. Some guys aren't fans of Rigid tools and a lot of the time they're right; some of Rigid's tools are garbage. But their table saws are great IMO, as good or better than any of the other ones offered. I've had the same Rigid table saw for about 10 years now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The only upgrade from that would be a Delta or similar cabinet saw IMO.

Nice purchase . In the long run, you'll be glad you have a table saw too btw; uses for it are endless.

Is this the one you ended up getting? http://www.homedepot.com/buy/ridgid-...583-_-11210757

The 30" rip capactity will be handy.

beer me

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Is that coupon in the HF catalog ? I'm thinking of trying that.
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Is that coupon in the HF catalog ? I'm thinking of trying that.
Here's the link for the HF coupon...but it's only good till tomorrow I'm afraid. =(

http://www.harborfreight.com/20off-c...pons&hftref=cj
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Thanks guys. I generally don't just go out and buy something without doing plenty of research first. Once everyone recommended the Rigid 4512, I knew I had to go that route.
It was a little out of my price range, but the next thing to do once I find something, is find the cheapest way to get it. LOL

And now that I know HD takes HF coupons, my other big tool purchases just became a bit cheaper. =)
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Lsa

and remember to register your saw with ridgid's lifetime service agreeent (LSA). that way, you're covered for free repairs (parts and labor) for life. if you don't register the saw, it's only got a 3 year guaranty.

there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.
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If the first Home Depot doesn't take it, try a different one or call the national number. There's probably a 50% success rate on the first attempts with them taking it.

The tools don't make the craftsman....
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I'm surprised they take the coupon since their store policy is that they offer price/coupon matching for products that both they and their competitor carry. HD and HF don't carry any of the same brand names.
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Here's the link for the HF coupon...but it's only good till tomorrow I'm afraid. =(

http://www.harborfreight.com/20off-c...pons&hftref=cj
Thanks a million. I got it printed off and will heading out either this evening or tomorrow and try my luck !!!

Also called the corporate/regional office and was told that they would indeed honor , match or beat a competitors coupon or ad. Got the persons name so
I got that working for me too.

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I'm surprised they take the coupon since their store policy is that they offer price/coupon matching for products that both they and their competitor carry. HD and HF don't carry any of the same brand names.
Technically you are correct. But most big companies aren't going to turn away a 400-500 dollar sale by refusing to honor a 20 % coupon good on any competitiors item.

Chances are the markup is around that number so they aren't losing anything. And more importantly, are taking care of the customer and maintaining a good relationship with that customer so that customer continues to shop there.

These retail outlets are all about establishing regular returning customers.

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Technically you are correct. But most big companies aren't going to turn away a 400-500 dollar sale by refusing to honor a 20 % coupon good on any competitiors item.

Chances are the markup is around that number so they aren't losing anything. And more importantly, are taking care of the customer and maintaining a good relationship with that customer so that customer continues to shop there.

These retail outlets are all about establishing regular returning customers.
I think you hit the nail on the head here. Also, let's keep in mind, not everyone in the world are people like us. I mean, I'll use coupons, wait for sales, talk to a manager about getting a better price, whatever it takes to save money. Most people will NOT do this. They simply go into the store, and buy something if they can afford it. Because most people take price tags as the be all, end all price for an item.

HD won't go around advertising they do stuff like this, but for those that dare, they take care of, cause they know they will return. Me, I have no brand loyalty. LOL Who ever wants to sell me an item the cheapest is who gets my hard earned cash.
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Congratulations man. You avoided a HUGE problem. I just replaced a Craftsman 21830 direct drive portable that I bought 12 years ago. Back then, it was $400 and it rated up there with DeWalt as far as compact portables, but you are SO limited as far as what you can do with one without modifications. Yes, they are light, but as the other guys have said, the miter slot is a non-standard size, the saw is NOISY, the fence is total junk, the miter gauge is not even close to accurate and because of the light weight, you can't cut much of anything without a helper of some sort because the saw will be in danger of tipping over. They are also notoriously underpowered compared to full size saws. Add to that the fact that a direct drive replacement motor is around $250, and you can see that they really aren't worth it. I have pretty much completely stopped shopping for most tools based solely on price. I'm not going to go out and drop $3,500 on a new Unisaw or anything, but I am trying to buy quality in all of my new tools even if I have to wait. Anyway, congrats on the purchase, you'll LOVE it!

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Hey guys, went to my local HD where they had one left in stock. Asked the manager if he'd honor the Harbor Freight coupon I printed good this month only.
He said sure! So I got the Rigid for $399!

Not too shabby. Now, just to find a way to get that bugger home, and in the basement. LOL
I got mine home in my Prius and unloaded in the rain by myself. I did use a furniture dolly. I also was able to build it and upright it by myself (I used styrofoam insulation as a build platform).
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