Yes, the extra information will help us help you. I too started with a contractor saw. Ridgid 3612 (no longer in production) from Home Depot. Good little saw. Decent rip fence, but I changed to a Biesemeyer when Lowe's blew out their stock for dirt cheep. Made by Emerson. Sears had similar saws at the time, but without the mobility system. I upgraded 2 years ago to a Grizzly cabinet saw. Need to get some rails to use the Biese fence on it!! Power of a cabinet saw is more than double that of a contractor saw in most cases. But both will cut wood, just one a little easier than the other. I couldn't part with my contractor saw, so I use it in the shop still. Mostly as a place to stage things, but if I have something long I'm cross cutting, it will act as an outfeed table for the far end of the piece.
Shelby, glad you joined the Family! It's a great place to learn and share. Jim.
edit: Just saw your post. Yes, the Ridgid 4512 is a decent saw from what I've read. Haven't used one and my local HD doesn't even have one on display anymore, just the picture on the box. I believe there is a Craftsman version of the same saw, but think it comes out a few dollars higher, but worth a look. It is the forth generation of TS from Ridgid. My 3612 was the first generation. All have had favorable reviews.
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