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Forum topic by Exigent posted 03-14-2017 12:36 AM 620 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2017 12:36 AM

I’ve read all the reviews on this site and many others on the internet.

Should I be scared to buy this saw? The local HD has them on sale, 4 in stock so was thinking I could get it and if I had any issue with flatness, squareness, etc I could exchange it.

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 12:52 AM

I bought one a couple years back. Love it. really, really nice saw for the money in my opionion. I have a combo blade, a fine cut blade, a nice dado set and have made a zero tolerance plate for the fine blade. I also have made the most important thing I use with the saw and that is the crosscut sled. The saw has a great riving knife and guard. Keep it clean inside and it will serve you for a long time. You will find it heavy to handle when assembling. Take your time setting it up. I made a quick and dirty outfeed table that really helps. I also made a few push sticks that help.

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 12:54 AM

by the way, the crosscut sled has a stop on it so that the blade doesn’t come clear through the front. Would highly recommend that.

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 01:02 AM

It’s a crap shoot as to whether it has the alignment issue.
If it does, exchange it immediately. You only have 30 days.
Don’t think you can adjust it or fix it. Impossible without new trunnion assembly.

I don’t have the Ridgid myself. I have the Craftsman 21833, which is the exact same saw like device.
Had mine for about 7 years. I keep it to remind myself to never buy cheap again.

If I had it to do over, I would absolutely save up and get a Grizzly 1023 or 690 series saw.
I don’t even like the Grizzly 715 for the same reason I hate the Craftsman/Ridgid. That’s just a very poor design.

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 06:13 PM

I bought mine about a year ago and have had no issues. It is an outstanding saw for the money, and I cannot find an issue with the saw itself. The only problem I have is the power cord is pretty short, which makes me use an extension cord (and make sure you use a good quality cord because you will notice a drag with a poor cord), and the mobile base is somewhat awkward to move around (but it still moves around ok, which works in my garage shop). Those issues don’t affect the quality of the saw, though.

I’ve read that some folks have had alignment issues and flatness, but mine was great. Echoing crank49, set it up the day you buy it, check it, and if something is off bring it back. It’s a hassle if you have to do it, but at least you have that option.

Good Luck.

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 07:18 PM

I’ve had one for 6 years I think. No major complaints, not a fan of the fence but that’s about it. I did have a problem with the length of the cord but I bought an extension cord, cut the female end off and replaced the one on the saw with it.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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