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Old 02-06-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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OK, so I research a tile saw for my MB remodel. I need a larger one than the entry level RIDGID I own now. Tiles are 12"X24". I narrow it down to a RUBI and another RIDGID Model #R4030S. So I went with the RIDGID after watching some Master Tilers online.

Here's my question...am I being too picky in my tolerance for percision? The RUBI just had too much slop in the slide table, the RIDGID a little less. When I use my square the table is about 1/8" to 3/16" from beginning of the table slide to the 24" mark. Figuring I can make things better I slotted the holes in the slide and repositioned it but I can only get it to about 3/64" from blade to being parallel with the square at full travel. Move it any more and assy. bolts start getting in the way.

So do any of you folks try to get your saw blade absolutely square to the table? I mean the table rollers are sloppy as it is so even if I could get it to perfect the table is still very wobbly. Any thoughts? I can't take this saw back now since I modified it. And why could"t they make those rails 3" longer??? Every saw I looked at the table drops the back set of rollers off the rails and creates even more misalignment?

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Old 02-06-2018, 04:32 PM   #2
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Typically there is enough adjustment to get a saw close to perfectly square as far and table and blade. I dont have any experience with your particular saw so I can really speak to how perfect yours will get. Can you post a couple pics to give us all an idea of how its built. Maybe someone else will have some input.

I have the 7" lackmond beast and it will cut within 1/16" over 24". I had to dial it in when I got it but I haven't messed with the rails in the year I've had it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:07 PM   #3
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like your signature! I have a few options left. I did order another rail and I will add rail extensions to the existing rails. Also I will remove the rollers and shim to restrict wobble. Then I will shift both rails to the right so the table clears the bolts and realign from scratch. This means the blade will run close to the table groove wall on the left. Damn Chinese!
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:50 PM   #4
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Sorry, but it's not the Chinese. They build whatever their customer holds them to.

Realize that this saw was built to be the most economical it could be for a segment of the market that wants many of the conveniences of a wetsaw without the full pricetag. For example, I've owned a number of MK770 saws. They are what most pros would consider to be a professional quality 7" saw. It is build much more stout than all the plastic parts I'm seeing in the pictures. It's not the top of the line saw in this category with a heavy motor or anything. But costs about 3 times more than what you paid.

Since you've modified it and can't take it back, I'd consider reaching out to a factory rep that may be able to assist you with the alignment problem.

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Well maybe, but it’s just not cost effective to pay $1k for a saw one may use one time! So I guess It is what it is. I don’t believe the techs will have any greater insight than I have (hasn’t been my experience with the “professionals” in the past anyway). I spend my entire retirement fixing their work as I did when I was working. Thanks for your response, i’ll get it to cut straight one way or another!
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I'm not talking about techs that sit behind a desk and read pre-written responses. I'm talking about getting in touch with a traveling rep of the product.

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