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Posted on Ridgid Band Saw - mixed reviews, clearance price. Worth it?

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 09:43 PM

From my personal experience and based upon the comments of most (but not all) the people who deal with Grizzly customer, the satisfaction level is very high. The person who had a bad experience with Grizzly customer service is the rare exception. It’s quite common to hear people rave about how good their customer service is. I do.

I think one important bandsaw feature is roller bearing guides. The alternate approach is guide blocks. I suspect the Ridgid has guide blocks. Every Grizzly, except their cheapest, has roller bearing guides.

I’m quite sure this is not in your plans or budget but, IMO, stepping up to the 17” Grizzly is a great idea. The price is not much higher than a 14” with a riser block and what a 17” can do greatly exceeds what you can do with a 14”.

I’ve never heard anyone who bought a 17” or 18” bandsaw wish they had bought a 14” bandsaw but I have heard the opposite many times.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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