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

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 10:46 PM

Assuming your HD is conveiniently located, you could always buy the Ridgid and try it out. Then return it if it sucks. I’ve bought clearance and scratch/dent stuff from Lowes before. It almost always comes with a factory warranty and is covered by the Lowes return policy. However, aditional discounts are usually not applied. HD might be different.

However, even with that said, I’d skip the Ridgid. While reviews must be taken with a grain of salt, that particular machine gets a disproportinate amount of bad press. The Grizzly models, on the other hand, get a disproportionate amount of good press. Between the two, Grizzly wins every time even though it costs a couple hundred more. It very well be the last bandsaw you ever buy.
of course, there is always used, which tends to be the best deal going…...if you know what to look (out) for.

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