RIDGID R4512 Review
Editor Rating: 3.5/5
RIDGID R4512 Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: July 20, 2017
Versatile and precise machines are quite hard to find nowadays because there are plenty of subpar hybrid table saws available on the market. A vast majority of those models are either overpriced or made of low-quality materials. As you can assume, both scenarios are pretty underwhelming, to say the least. However, there are a couple of high-end machines that are worth checking out and investing in if you’re a devoted professional.
We are here to give you enough information about any model’s abilities, specifications, and capabilities so that you know what you are getting into. It’s always better to conduct research and read about a couple of popular and desirable models than it is to rush your purchase as soon as you stumble upon a seemingly quality unit. Needless to say, many people who rush their purchase end up dissatisfied and disappointed. Take a look at our full reviews, and you’ll get a much better idea of what to look for and what to invest your money in.
- Weight – 117 pounds
- Dimensions – 47 x 29 x 24 inches
- Power source – Corded
- Motor – 15 amps
- Voltage – 120V AC
RIDGID R54512 – The Basics
This model is a great all-around machine. It will fulfill most of your requirements, but it’s not foreseen for heavy use on a daily basis. Therefore, if you’re a devoted professional working non-stop on various projects, this unit might not be an ideal solution for you. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean it can’t withstand stress and deadlines, but there is a possibility of struggling with technical difficulties.
The 15-amp motor is smooth and powerful. In simpler words, you can cut through any wood without too much hassle. The tabletop area is spacious, but it could have been designed a bit better. As far as the stability goes, it has a wheeled base with two legs. As you can assume, it’s also quite portable thanks to the convenient wheels.
The most notable thing about this particular design is the wheeled base. A vast majority of hybrid table saws are immobile and heavy. This particular one can be moved from place to place with ease thanks to the wheels. On the other hand, the quality of these wheels is somewhat underwhelming. In fact, frequent use can cause damage, and that’s what many people consider to be a disadvantage.
As we said, the tabletop area is quite spacious, but some people think it could have been designed better. The T-glide fence is okay, but far from impressive. A few models that were shipped to the buyers had a crooked fence which makes you think about the quality control department within the company.
The onboard storage is a neat addition to an already versatile machine. Even though it doesn’t offer a massive amount of free space, it’s still good enough for holding a few of your most important tools.
When it comes to safety, one can consider the RIDGID R4512 quite safe. It has a transparent blade guard which allows you to see what’s happening during operation. Also, the anti-kickback system is quite effective. The On/Off button isn’t as large as one would expect, and that can be a burden sometimes, especially in tight situations.
However, these are all standard pieces of safety equipment; therefore, they aren’t impressive per se.
Precision and performance
It is a pretty accurate model thanks to its well-designed fence system. However, if you’re looking for high precision, you might want to keep searching, this particular model isn’t foreseen for cutting to extremely low deviations.
Easy to use
Quality of wheels is subpar
Not as spacious as one would expect
Things we liked about it
The first and most obvious thing people like about this unit is its portability. Thanks to the wheeled base, you can move it wherever you want without any problems or fatigue. It’s especially important for people who are working on busy construction sites and are frequently changing their work area.
Another thing we liked is the adjustability. In simpler words, you can adjust anything you want to your personal preferences. Bear in mind, a certain level of expertise is required for this. If you don’t know how to adjust a table saw properly, don’t try to DIY your way out of it. Instead, hire someone who knows what they are doing, and you’ll have the machine ready in a matter of few hours.
Things we didn’t like
The wheels are of subpar quality. It’s a neat addition, but it could have been planned better. The materials used in the production of these wheels aren’t as reliable as one would expect. Consequently, the wheels are usually the first to suffer damage and wear.
Many people complained about the customer support department. It’s quite a worrying trend with RIDGID in the last couple of years. Therefore, if you ever end up needing to talk to their customer support, arm yourself with a lot of patience and tolerance.
Even though it’s a heavy-duty machine, it’s not foreseen for daily use which can be an issue for devoted professionals.
General user impressions
Many users didn’t like their new tool. The reasons are different, but the outcome is the same – disappointment. However, most of those users were professionals who worked with their machines for at least eight hours on a daily basis.
On the other hand, hobbyists love the accuracy and smoothness. Also, the price is more than acceptable. Therefore, if you’re on a tight budget, this unit might be a good solution.
As you can see, it’s quite a versatile unit. It can tackle most projects, but it can’t withstand any extreme stress. Applications like flooring, roofing, and processing wood, in general, are a piece of cake for the RIDGID R4512. However, heavy-duty projects aren’t its strongest point, to say the least.
If you think it won’t meet your expectations, make sure you check our other full reviews. In case you find it sufficiently good, don’t hesitate to make an investment. As far as we are concerned, it’s worth checking out.