RIDGID R45101 10” Jobsite Table Saw Review

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RIDGID 15-Amp 10 in. Heavy-Duty Portable Table Saw with Stand

Ridgid R45101 Table Saw

4.5/5
Manufacturer: Ridgid
Model number: R45101
Price: $499
Power source: 115 V
Weight: 98 lb
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that the RIDGID R45101 10” Jobsite Table saw is NOT my favorite table saw.  But that’s just because I’ve had a Delta Unisaw in my shop for almost two decades, so all other saws are fighting for second place.  But there is one big problem I’ve discovered with my Unisaw.  And when I say “big problem”, that’s exactly what I mean, because it’s BIG and heavy, and my doctor doesn’t recommend me lifting anything that weighs more than a quarter of a ton, even if I need a table saw on the jobsite.

RIDGID 10" Portable Jobsite Table SawSo, does this RIDGID portable jobsite table saw win second place?  It very well might, as it incorporates a lot of the features I’ve come to rely on in my cabinet saw into a transportable contractor saw.   And I don’t have to ask for permission from my doctor before I move it!

Features of the RIDGID R4510 10” Table Saw

  • 15 amp motor / up to 4,400 RPM
  • 10” inch blade
  • Tool-free blade guard system
  • Micro just rip fence: has 12 inches to the left and 25 inches to the right for cutting wide materials
  • Cut depth: Maximum 2 ¼ inches at 45 degrees and 3 ½ inches at 90 degrees

(You’ll also see this saw listed as model #R4510.  I checked with RIDGID, it’s the same saw.)

Video Overview of the RIDGID R45101 Portable Jobsite Table Saw:

Take a look at the video and then we’ll look at the saw in more depth:

Of course I want the saw to make accurate cuts, and this saw does, but aside from that, my favorite feature is the TSUV.  I had no idea what that was either, but stands for Table Saw Utility Vehicle.  I considered taking it out off-roading, but instead I took it to the jobsite and realized that this particular feature is the key to this saw being so portable.  I’ve worked with numerous contractor saws, but none that have had a stand that sets up this fast or easy.  In less than 5 seconds I was set up and ready to cut.

RIDGID 10" portable table saw TSUV

The TSUV stand is very easy to use.

Tour the saw:

So now that the saw’s set up, let’s talk about some of the well-designed built-in features.   If you choose to take your blade guard off for some applications, this saw has convenient on-board sRtorage for the “modular blade guard system” which consists of the blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, and blade-change wrenches.

RIDGID r45101 10" portable table saw

The blade guard assembly and the wrenches store neatly out of the way.

The power switch on a table saw is very important to me.  A lot of times I’m wrangling larger pieces of material and nobody wants to fumble around to find or use the switch.  This one is easy to use, right where you’d expect it to be, and it features a lock-out key for added safety.  I also was pleased with the ease of use on the blade adjustment controls.  The adjustment wheel is micro-adjustable and it controls both blade height and bevel.  I did have to fiddle with the wheel a bit to get used to it, but once you do it’s a piece of cake.

RIDGID 10" portable table saw power switch

The power switch and knob controlling blade height and bevel are easy to access.

Accessory storage on a portable saw like the R45101 can sometimes be tricky, but RIDGID has got this under control.  The rip fence, miter gauge, and push stick all tuck away and stay put securely when the saw is being used.

RIDGID 10" portable table saw miter gauge storage

Miter gauge storage

A small detail, but one that always seems to be an issue when I’m moving tools from one jobsite to another, is the power cord storage.  The 6’ cord wraps neatly around the back of the saw, which is also where the dust port is located.   I do have one complaint about the dust port and that is it gets clogged easily when larger slices of wood find their way into the cabinet.  But it also cleans easily, so in the scheme of things, it’s not that big of a complaint.

RIDGID R45101 10" portable table saw cord storage

Power cord storage

Saw in Use:

I really did enjoy using this saw.  There were no issues with the rip fence shifting, even when cutting larger, heavy stock.  This is a vast improvement over portable saws I’ve used in the past.

RIDGID R45101 10" portable table saw fence

The fence is rock solid in my opinion.

And the “loving tap” I give the fence with the side of my fist when using the micro-adjustment dial is probably just an old habit.

RIDGID R45101 10" Portable Table saw micro-adjust

I still bump it, but the micro-adjustment dial is easy enough to use.

One of the problems with many of the table saws on the market is that if you remove the safety devices: the riving knife, blade guard, and anti-kickback prawns, they rarely go back on the saw because of the difficulty of installation.  Obviously, we advise you to follow all safety precautions and recommendations from the manufacturer, but if you do find yourself in a position to remove said devices, in about 30 seconds you can have all 3 installed or uninstalled.  So there is no need to leave them off permanently.  Nice job RIDGID engineers!

RIDGID R45101 10" portable table saw riving knife

Riving knife adjustment mechanism

RIDGID R45101 10" portable table saw

The blade guard and anti-kickback pawls are easily installed or uninstalled with the push of a button.

I used this saw on a deck install to rip deck boards and 2x lumber.  I found the results to be near-perfect.   As far as shop applications, I’ve cut plywood to size and again found the results to be accurate and the cuts to be smooth.

RIDGID R45101 Table Saw Final Thoughts

Overall, after testing the table saw both on the job site and in the shop, I think this saw is a lot of bang for the buck.  You’ll find features that normally come with a higher price tag, and they were all thoughtfully executed.

RIDGID R45101 10" portable table saw

I got clean cuts even when using the stock blade.

I always see what negative comments are made in user reviews online to see if these flaws happen in my testing, or if I can make them happen.  I did read a couple of comments about the motor burning out quickly, but the test unit that I received showed no indication of that so far. Maybe dust collection was not used in those cases, I don’t know.

I do know this:  a contractor that I regularly work with has owned the previous generation to this RIDGID saw for years.  He was quite impressed with the upgrades and the performance of this saw even though he still likes and uses its predecessor.  I might have to keep my eye on this saw, or one day I may see his truck pulling out of my driveway with a big orange tool strapped in the bed.

Ridgid R45101 Table Saw
$499

About the author

Brad Staggs

Trained as a carpenter, Brad has been around tools and the construction industry most of his life. He combined his career goal of having a TV show with his knowledge of how-to, when he was selected to host DIY Home Repair & Remodeling. In addition, he has been the featured Home Improvement Expert on several HGTV programs. He created DIY Cool Tools as a sales tool for the network and was co-Executive Producer of DIY Tools & Techniques.His combined knowledge of tools, home improvement, and broadcasting are evident in his current role of Contributing Writer & Video Producer for ToolSkool.com. He co-created the website with his business partner, Beth Knott. After years of producing content for others, they decided to build something that could highlight their individual skills.

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3 Comments

  1. Mike Dickens

    I have the Rigid tABLE saw 2nd motor burned up 2 day great saw body and features . Bad motors.

  2. Richard Rodriguez

    Hi, my name is Richard Rodriguez, I saw this model at Home Depot and in the specs. states it expands 26-1/2″ and in your video, you state it expands only to 22 1/2″.
    I was getting ready to purchase it because of the 26″ since I need to cut a 24″ width. Also, there is no mention about dado cut capability, Please enlighten me. Thank you

    1. Todd Fratzel

      The current specs online say it will rip 25 inch to the right.

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