|Review by TheKingInYellow||posted 06-16-2011 06:08 AM||11399 views||0 times favorited||22 comments|
PLEASE NOTE I have edited this review after a few weeks with the saw. Here is the original review and my update follows:
I accidentally spent the whole day in the garage assembling my new Ridgid saw. So here are my impressions:
The saw is very sturdy, and assembly was very easy despite a few typos and some items that were not clearly identified. All the parts are well machined, and everything has a good but not excessive coat of cosmoline.
I will not that there are several reviews that mention rails damaged in shipping from hitting the bevel handle bolt. Ridgid now puts a rubber cap on the bolt and I noted no damage to my rails, but there was a black rub mark from the cap that easily wiped off. Good job Ridgid, nice to see that they listen to their customers and react to issues.
Assembly took about four hours, with another hour and a half or so of tuning in the blade and fiddling with the tables. Overall, tolerances were pretty decent but there is a distinct bow in the steel extensions. I opted to keep them as level with the cast iron as possible but on the outer edge of the extensions they dip as much as 1/32nd of an inch. Not likely to be a huge issue, but one to note.
The cast iron itself is pretty much dead flat but getting the insert to sit flat wasn’t fully possible. I suspect the insert itself is warped but I’ll be tossing it in favour of a ZCI anyhow.
Mitre slot to the blade was out by .4mm and I’ve adjusted it to .2mm, and I can’t adjust it any more. The bolts to adjust the trunnions are pretty accessible, but there is not enough room to really get in to the cabinet and whack it, but there just doesn’t seem to be any more give. I think it’s a reasonable tolerance, but I’ll admit that I wanted it to be as close to dead square as possible.
The fence was .8mm out (back more away from the blade) but I got it down to about .25mm. Having said this, the fence really does have a bit of play when locking it down. You can easily shift it 1mm either way if you apply any sort of pressure when locking it down. Not terrible, but again, you’d like it to be a bit better.
I was able to adjust the blade to a dead 90 degrees and adjust the positive stops easily. The saw fired up nice and quietly compared to my jobsite. It passed the nickel test and it clearly has more cutting power than my TS2410LS jobsite saw despite being rated at 13A versus the 15A of the jobsite saw. I only cut some 3/4 red oak but it was smooth and I already felt way more confident with it. It’s very sturdy and I appreciate the sense of weight while using it.
My three gripes right now:
1. Blade to Mitre Slot – I think .2mm is a little more out of parallel than I’d like.
2. Herculift – The back legs do not seem to lift enough to get off the ground. I can move it but the legs scrape.
3. Fence – Not so much the parallel-ness, but the horrible sliding action. I have no trouble with the two piece rail, but you CAN NOT slide the fence from the front of the saw. You basically need to grab the middle of the fence, otherwise the fence has too much friction on the rails and will not slide, it just grinds and jerks along. Really disappointing.
I’m going to try spraying some Boeshield on the rails to see if I can make the fence slide better tomorrow. As it is right now, I can tell you that the fence is going to be very annoying. Overall though, it’s a lot of saw for $500USD, and it’s obviously a big step up from my old saw. If the fence really begins to be a problem, I’ll look to replace it soon.
I gave this four stars, but it’s really 3 1/2 to my mind. I chose to round up given the price of the saw and overall value I think it offers.
- UPDATED JULY 2nd 2011
This saw is going back. As of yesterday when I first started making some new cuts, the blade will bind and stop the motor when cutting 3/4” plywood. I’ve checked everything, and it looks like a dud motor. Here is the thing that annoys me the most though…
After all the work to square the blade to the mitre slot, it has slipped back out to over 10 thou out of parallel. This saw is just not accurate at all, and I can’t trust it to produce anything close to square any more.
Waxing the rails did* help the fence to slide, but I’ve also noticed that it can swing as much as 1cm out of parallel to either side when you clamp the fence down. Because this fence clamps the front and back rail, if the fence is skewed, the clamping action will lock it in place SKEWED.
I’m returning it tomorrow.
-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...