RIDGID 10 INCH DUAL BEVEL COMPOUND MITTER SAW R4210 REVIEW
What’s in the box?
The kit comes with:
1 x Ridgid 10″ Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw (Model: R4210) with 70mm blade and 3/8″ fence.
2 x 6′ 2-3/4″ x 1-5/16″ rubber feet.
1 x Instruction Manual.
How does it work?
It works like any other Ridgid miter saw. You need to set the fence height first and then slide the blade along the miter slot until you reach your desired depth. Then simply push down on the fence handle to cut through both layers of wood at once!
What are its features?
It has dual bevel functionality so you can make a 45 degree cut.
There’s a dust collection attachment that you can hook up to the bottom of the saw (not included).
It uses a 5/8″ pinless blade and the arbor is in-fact 5/8″. The arbor has ridges around it which helps keep the blade from slipping.
The sliding action is very smooth, almost too smooth actually.
It has a good build quality. The first thing I noticed when I picked it up was how light it was.
It’s not top heavy at all so you don’t feel like its going to fall over when you make a cut.
The blade changes are easy, no hex key required. This is the first Ridgid tool that uses allen keys instead of hex keys!
It has the regular large and small miter detents at 0 and 48 degrees.
There is a built in rafter table for easy crown cuts.
What are the downsides?
The only downside that I can see so far is the dust collection attachment. I’m really not sure why they didn’t include it with the saw, it doesn’t cost that much to add it in.
Does it come with a stand?
No, it does not come with a stand. It uses a standard table top attachment which is not included. The good new is that Ridgid sells a nice folding stand for it which makes it easier to move around.
How long does the blade last?
I’ve only used it on a few projects so far but the blade that it came with is still in perfect condition. I think spending an extra $30 for a high quality blade is a worthy investment.
How much space does it take up?
It takes up as much space as a regular miter saw. You can either leave it set up all the time or fold up the stand and put it away when you’re not using it.
Should I get this or the dewalt dwp849sl?
The main differences that I can see are the bevel functionality, dust collection, blade changes, and price.
The bevel on the R4021 isn’t as smooth as the dwp849sl. It also only goes through 45 degrees compared to the dwp849sl’s 56 degree bevel.
I can’t think of too many times that I’ve used a miter saw with a bevel but if you do a lot of bevel cuts then the dwp849sl is probably a better choice.
The dwp849sl has a dust bag that attaches to the base which is much better than trying to blow the dust out the side like the R4021. It also comes with a high quality blade.
The blade changes on the R4021 are easier than the dwp849sl but it only comes with a 70mm blade opposed to the dwp849sl’s 100mm. The smaller blade does give you more versatility though since you can make finer cuts.
And of course the main factor is the price, the R4021 costs a few hundred dollars less than the dwp849sl.
Overall I would say if you do a lot of bevel cuts on a regular basis then get the dwp849sl, if you just need it for basic miters then the R4021 is just as good and will save you a bunch of money.
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