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

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 11:13 PM

I just bought a Ridgid bandsaw and I am not sure I woudl buy it again if I had it to do over. This is my first bandsaw so I dont have alot to compare too. It takes alot of work to get it set up and you will need a belt and blade defore you make your first cut. I had to beef up the base to cut down on vibration, change the belt, and replace the blade, now it makes a decent cut and a nickle will sand on end while I make a cut of I cant complaine about the vibration much anymore. It dose not come with a fence or a miter gauge, so you will have to buy that if you think you need it. The belt and blade will run you another $50 or $60 to get started so add that to the cost up front.

I own a Rigid 3650 TS that I love and a Ridgid bench top planner and it works great, so do like the ridgid tools but this is not their best and at around $250 you might not me that far away form a better machine.

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