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"Portable" Table Saws #1: My First Ridgid "Portable" Table Saw

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Blog entry by Hawgnutz posted 04-06-2007 05:36 PM 12797 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just read Chip’s entry on table saws. They have to be the workhorse of American woodshops.
My journey into what I term “decorative” woodworking started when I purchased my first table saw. It was a Craftsman – on sale – and I bought it to trim a solid door for our old house in Bisbee. (Bisbee is still full of older houses that have those old solid doors with wooden frames for the glass.)

I discovered that it, also, made acceptable miter cuts for frame making. Anyway, that old Craftsman has served me well in my frame-making endeavors, but I have yearned for a better one. One with a full ¾” miter slot, instead of the I-can’t-find-a-jig-for-it size that the lower-end Craftsman saw came with. One of the BEST features of the old saw was that tit had casters on the wheels. Living in that turn-of-the-century house (1912), the garage was an added building that was not very big. In fact, I had to roll my table saw outside to cut wood. I used the top of the table saw to clamp my miter saw on and rolled it outside to cut my miters, too.

After we moved, our new house did not have a concrete driveway, so the little casters on the Craftsman table saw often got caught when I wheeled it outside to make a cut. I knew I needed a new saw!

! Did I mention that I use braces and a crutch to walk? That made the table saw on wheels VERY important to me. I have a hard time carrying tools – I only have one hand to carry them in. The other is using the crutch. So, mobile tools are important to me.

When I checked the Home Depot web site, I saw my dream saw…. The Ridgid Jobsite Portable table saw. Its 8” wheels would easily handle the dirt terrain outside my shop. It was even foldable and portable, so I could even take it in the back of my pickup to other locations. Anyway, after months of comparing the Ridgid to other brands, such as Ryobi, Bosch, Craftsman, and a much higher-priced one at my “local” Woodcraft store 100 miles away, I ended up choosing the Ridgid. The simplicity of the folding frame, as well as the lifetime warranty made the decision simple. I now own a Ridgid TS 2400 LS.

I make my first cuts today. I am building a wooden fence around our grass to keep dogs and rabbits out of yard. I will dado and angle cut all the pickets out of 2×3 studs, so the saw will be busy. Once the fence is completed, I am off to using it to build the Thorsen challenge. It has a 90-day satisfaction guaranty, so I will try to put it to the test in the weeks ahead.

Any of you have any experience with Ridgid table saws that I might find useful? Any peculiarities you have found?
Thanks,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards



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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 09:57 PM

Sorry, man, I do have a Ridgid TS, but it is the contractor style.

The only thing I’ve found out about the Ridgid TS that really bugs me is that Home Depot doesn’t carry any of the accessories for it! You’d think they would carry the zero-clearance inserts, at the very least!

But no – you have to order them from Ridgid. Or just make them yourself.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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jstewart

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#2 posted 04-07-2007 01:05 AM

Don’t forget… to get the lifetime waranty you have to register your tool and submit proof of purchase. According to the Ridgid website, you only have 90 days from proof of purchase to do this step. So don’t forget.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 04-07-2007 07:29 AM

I have this saw and like it. I am planning to upgrade but I have done tons of work with it. If you go the ridgid site and search their forums you will fine lots of people who own the saw and have made interesting modifications.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Hawgnutz

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#4 posted 04-07-2007 08:02 AM

Thanks for the tip on the Ridgid forums. I wil check that out.

As for Home Depot not carrying any parts, you can order them through the Special Service desk. I just did this with a dado insert—at less cost than through Ridgid site. Grizzly has zero clearance inserts for the Ridgid 2400 made after 2003.

I have already registered and sent my proof of ownership in. Thanks for the heads up on that. I wonder how many people miss that.

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Drew1House

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#5 posted 04-07-2007 08:20 AM

Rigid tools are made by other companies… I am not sure about the saw but the planer is great… It is a 2 knife version of the Dewalt… I have several rigid hand tools I really enjoy… I have ordered parts for my Hitatchi compressor and nail guns though contractor services many times… My brother is the general manager for the one around here and the one thing I can say is if you get to know someone who works there ask them to watch for sales on whatever you are planning to purchase and have them call you when it comes up for sale. I have had a rigid 14 volt cordless drill that I drove over with my truck and it works fine but got their bag of tools in december (18V) and got a recip saw, a jigsaw, a circular saw, a flashlight and a light hammer drill and 2 batteries and the bag for them in December when they changed that package to another package for less than $300.

Drew

Interesting that black and decker own dewalt and now own porter cable and Delta… I know an executive with Black and Decker… many of them are moving out here from Florida… Dunno why…

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 05-15-2008 04:17 AM

I bought a TS2400LS a couple of weeks ago to replace a decade-old $99 benchtop. It was between a similarly priced craftsman prtable (Ryobi) and the Ridgid, but the reviews about ruggedness and withstanding banging around drove me to the RIdgid.

I love it—the precision to be able to rip trim to consistent exact widths I need in working on my pre-WW1 house is incredible compared tomy old saw. I was initially very disappointed with the dust blow back from the blade insert until I found an article on the web (maybe here?) that pointed to the plastic ribs in the dust discharge port that were supposedly mandated by UL. Regardless, the ribs are now gone and dust flies freely out the port!

Pros:
Innovative “tape measure” extending scale on right extension
Great fence—doesn’t budge
On-board storage for fence, miter, blade guard, blade wrenches, even extra blades
Cut marker that shows the exact kerf for the blade you are using, ahead of the blade
Decent blade
Easily removeable blade guard/splitter—no tools!
Super portable—I have to use this outside and I can get the saw down the steps from my storage shedd easily and not have to readjust anything!
Very stable

Cons
Dust handling/collection could still be better
Switch location (although I can find it most of the time after a week or so of using)

I probably dont know enough about decent table saws to give more cons, but from an initial upgradere perspective, this is a wonderful saw. I put it up there with my power nailers as tsomething I shouldve bought years ago.

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Safetyboy

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 03:25 AM

Congrats!

I’ve had my Ridgid 2400 for about 2 years. It’s my first TS, so I don’t have much to compare it too, but I have a hard time finding anything to complain about. The base is sturdy, it churns through plywood like a dream, and with a good Rip blade I have no trouble ripping 4/4 oak or maple down to size for my 6” jointer (also Ridgid). Plus, if a snowstorm is coming and I need to get my car in the garage, just fold it up and push it against the wall.

My sister wanted some built-in shelves at her house… so I loaded the Ridgid into my truck, and basically moved my shop to her garage for a few weeks. Very nice!

Best thing I did for mine was to build an out-feed table – it’s so much safer and easier to use, since the saw top is kinda small to begin with. You can check it out here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/5608

I think the only thing that would improve it would be a better blade guard and riving knife, like is on the new Bosch – the guard on the Ridgid (like every other portable guard at the time), is kinda flimsy and a bit of a pain to remove if you have an outfeed table, since you have to reach behind the saw to do it.

I’m planning on building a panel sled soon, which should help as well.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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