I did a bunch of research before making my choice. I finally decided on the R4512 from Home Depot. Along with the good price I got, there is a Lifetime Service Agreement on this saw. But, you MUST register it in order to get that warranty.
I saw it was priced at $549.00 on the web site and anywhere I was able to see it. My local store said check inventory and then said they had NONE. I went to Lowes to look at a Bosch and a Porter Cable in the same price range and feature set. I then went to HD to look at their "portable" contractor saw. When I got there they had the R4512 right there on the sales floor. Not assembled, but there, none the less.
I looked at the price and it was $499.00. I was also able to get a 10% Military discount for having served. That took another $50.00 off the price. Of course I had to pay sales tax, but with the discount they paid it for me. I was very pleased with the pricing. Next came the task of getting it from the store home, & then into the garage to start the assembly. It weight almost 300 lbs in the box. Fortunately, I have a neighbor who had his pick-up truck available and we brought it home together.
I will caution ...... getting this thing out of the box is a chore. I'd recommend having at least 1 helper if not two for that part. The rest of it wasn't too bad by myself. If someone else was there with me it would have been quicker, but by doing it alone and being very careful I learned a bit about the saw. Follow the steps in the owners book and assembly is OK. Best advice there --- don't go out of order. Follow the book.
Feel free to chat about it further if you like. Two things I highly recommend are:
1. Get a better blade BEFORE you put the saw in service.
2. Invest in the Leecraft RG-5 Zero Clearance Insert.
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