RIDGID R4516 Saw User Manual

See Figure 41.
An optional dado throat plate is required for this procedure
(see the Accessories section of this manual and check with
the retailer where the table saw was purchased). All blades
and dado sets must not be rated less than the speed of this
tool. This saw is designed for use with a 6 in. stack dado
(up to width of 3/4 in.). Do not use an adjustable dado on
this saw.
Always put all spacers in proper location when
changing back to saw blade. Failure to do so may
result in possible injury and damage to the tool.
Always use push blocks, push sticks, or feather-
boards when making dado cuts to avoid the risk
of serious injury.
Always store the blade washer and throat plate in
secure location when changing back to saw blade.
Failure to do so may result in possible injury and
damage to the tool.
Unplug your saw.
Remove the blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, throat
plate, and spreader/riving knife.
Remove the blade nut, outer blade washer, saw blade,
inner blade washer, and spacer (see figure 43).
Reinstall the inner blade washer.
Mount the dado blade, according to manufacturer instruc-
tions, using the blade and chippers appropriate for the
desired width of cut.
Reinstall the blade nut.
NOTE: The blade washer may be used provided the arbor
shaft extends slightly beyond the arbor nut.
Make sure the blade nut is fully engaged and the arbor
extends past a securely tightened blade nut.
Place release lever in locked position.
Install the dado throat plate and rotate the blade by hand
to make sure it turns freely then lower the blade.
Depending on the shape and size of the wood, use either
the rip fence or miter gauge.
Turn the saw on.
NOTE: Make sure the wood does not touch the blade
before you turn on the saw. Let the blade build up to full
speed before feeding the workpiece into the blade.
Fig. 40
Fig. 41
Position the workpiece flat on the table with the edge
flush against the rip fence or miter gauge.
Use a push block or push stick to move the wood through
the cut past the blade. Never push a small piece of wood
into the blade with your hand, always use a push stick.
The use of push blocks, push sticks, and featherboards
are necessary when making non-through cuts.
When the cut is made, turn the saw off. Wait for the
blade to come to a complete stop before removing the
Once all dado cuts are completed:
Unplug your saw.
Reinstall the spreader/riving knife in the “up” position
then install the blade guard and anti-kickback pawls.