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Posted on Ridgid BS1400 14" bandsaw clearanced at HD for $184, worth it?

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 03:15 AM

I purchased the last one of those at my local HD last month. I too was worried about the reviews of bad vibes and out of round wheels. But as someone else pointed out, if you look at those reviews, they are a couple of years old. Plus, I figured I would just return it if I found any serious problems.

I am totally happy with it. The only problem I found “out of the box” was the kinked up drive belt…but that has “relaxed” since I put it together. “They” say that a linked drive belt makes it even smoother. Down the road, I may go to that. But at present, it’s not a problem.

The stand COULD be a little stiffer. The top that the saw sits on does flex a little. But that isn’t a problem, at least for me. I get a little vibration when I first power it up, but it immediately smoothes out once it is up to speed.

If I had it to do over, I would buy it again!! Especially at that price!!! (I was saving for the $400 Delta.)

(Disclaimer…my other band saw is a 10 inch bench top Hitachi. Smooth as glass, but limited in what it could do, blade size wise. But I’m still happy I “upgraded”. I’m just saying this to say that I DON’T have a lot of experience with band saws. They could both be crap and I just don’t have anything else to compare them with. I just want to stress that I’m not a band saw expert! Your mileage may vary!!! LOL)

-- Joe

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