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New Tools from Ridgid and Ryobi

Showing us new tablesaws, sanders, drills, and lots of helpful shop accessories, representatives from Ridgid and Ryobi came by the WOOD Magazine shop yesterday. Some of these were pre-production samples just to whet our appetite, but others are ready for store shelves now at The Home Depot. We’ll test these tools as soon as possible and provide reviews for you in WOOD Magazine.

First up is Ridgid’s newest version of its jobsite 10-inch tablesaw, model R4510. This saw features a new split blade guard that mounts on a multiposition riving knife, with a tool-free adjustment for the knife and throat plate. Also new is a MicroJust T-square-style rip fence with microadjustment dial to zero-in on cuts. This saw has 30 inches of rip capacity to the right of the blade and 20 inches to the left. Its 1-1/2 hp induction motor provides the power to cut up to 3-1/8 inches deep at 90° and 2-1/4 inches at 45°. Everything stores on the saw for easy transport. This saw comes with a collapsible, wheeled stand and sells for $450.

Ridgid’s Steve Steadings explains how to remove the blade guard from the riving knife when needed.


WOOD editor Kevin Boyle, left, gets ready to use a new electric drill, while Lucas Peters watches Ridgid’s Jason Swanson talk about the new sanders.


Dust collection has been greatly improved, they say, on two of Ridgid’s portable sanders. The 5-inch random orbit sander (R2601) features the new AirGuard fan system that better sucks up dust through the eight-hole sanding pad. This variable-speed sander has slight cosmetic changes from its previous version, including a shorter sliding on/off switch, better to avoid unintended shutdowns during sanding. The variable-speed sander sells for $70.

Ridgid’s square-pad ¼-sheet sander (R2501) now has AirGuard collection with a 10-hole sanding pad. There’s also a punch pad for formatting your solid sandpaper with holes. This sander shares the same slide power switch as the ROS, and sells for $48.

For drills, Ridgid is adding a magnetic storage “tray” on the top of its 3/8-inch electric drill (R7001) to hold driver bits and short drill bits. With a 6.5-amp motor and keyless chuck, this drill sells for $57. For Ryobi, its 12-volt lithium-ion compact drill/driver has been revamped to include a clutch, now model #HJP002 selling for $80.
Also from Ryobi is a Power Usage Meter (E49CM01). This $25 plug-in device measures electrical usage of any 110-volt product and is a good way to discern the true energy efficiency of an appliance, tool, computer, etc.
Ryobi’s new Pinless Moisture Meter measures the moisture level of wood up to ½ inch deep, and then displays it digitally up to 30 percent. This device also functions as a sonic distance measurer and a laser pointer. It sells for $45.

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