|Review by slopjock78||posted 01-14-2013 03:18 PM||9473 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is my first review, so here we go…...
So i was looking to upgrade my miter saw stand from my trusty Ryobi Stand. I have to admit, i was perfectly happy with that stand, and really didnt think I would be upgrading anytime soon. However, the lack of mobility with that stand finally got the better of me. I really like to have my saw very close when i’m casing out doors and windows and moving my Dewalt 10” slider and stand was getting to be too much of a hassle.
I had narrowed my search to the new Dewalt DWX726 Rolling stand and the Ridgid. Needless to say, i decided on the Ridgid. I have a lot of Ridgid tools and have honestly not been disappointed with any of them. I read all the reviews on both stands and they were very similar. The reason i went with the Ridgid was the ability to remove the saw from the stand easily with the clamp and rail system, similar to the Ryobi. The stand and saw have a combined weight of around 120 lbs, so i wanted to be able to easily separate them for lifting into my truck.
The stand was fairly easy to put together. The instructions were fairly terrible (I by chance write technical information for a living), however it is pretty straight forward and there are only about eight bolts to install along with the handle and wheels. If you are at all technically adept, you will have no issues. My saw mounted with no issues. Any saw that has the mounting holes inline will mount directly to the two clamps. However, if the mounting holes on your saw are not inline, you will need to make a plywood adapter.
As far as the function, absolutely no complaints so far. I have used it for about 5 hours so far, so not extensive, but enough to get a good feel for it. Fit and finish are very nice as with all the Ridgid tools I have used up to this point. It takes 2 or 3 times to get a feel for the gravity assist system of raising and lowering the saw, but it works very well once you get the feel for it. It takes minimal effort to raise and lower the stand between vertical (transport) and horizontal (working) positions. I have to admit, one of my favorite “features” is the small tray that are between the rails on the handle side of the stand. This is great for holding pencils and small tools while working. yes, this is a very small feature, but it is nice to have an area to lay your pencil while working. Or maybe i’m just easily impressed…... My only SMALL negative would be work support arms. They do seem to be slightly weak and not as stiff as i would have liked to see. However, they had no problem holding my work pieces so possibly my perceived thoughts of how strong they need to be is incorrect. As long as they do their job, I am happy. They slide in and out easily, lock in place with a quick release clamp and do their job.
All in all I gave this a 5 star as i cant really think of anything else i would want it to do. For $190, it does exactly what i need it to do and nothing less. As long as it hold up, this will be a very nice stand for year to come. If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to ask.