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Forum topic by RinnyTin posted 05-30-2011 02:51 PM 2954 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2011 02:51 PM

Been lurking here for a while and picked up lots of great info, including a lot of praise for the Ridgid portable table saw. I know there have been a few versions, found this one locally and wondering if someone could advise if it’s a good one? Thanks in advance!!

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 04:06 PM

@deke thanks very much for the reply, i am limited in terms of budget and space, and trying to keep everything as mobile as possible. will be doing the trim work on our 3rd floor, so this makes the most sense to me. I realize it’s not going to be super accurate but I am needing to rip down 1x stock, small plywood panels, that type of thing. definitely no furniture maker! asking $250 including the stand, seems fair, I just had read something about Ridgid changing manufacturers, not sure whether this one was from the better factory?

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 05:49 PM

You should be able to verify the manufacturer with a serial or model number.

Price sounds relatively good, but sometimes you can pick up an older Beaver / Rockwell for $150.00 with a 1.5 hp motor…

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 06:09 PM

$250 for a used portable jobsite saw seems a bit high to me….the portables tend to not last as long as stationary saws with belt drive induction motors. That’s the older Ridgid TS2400, which is likely pre-2004 era. It’s generally well regarded as portables go, and this one at least looks clean, but you’ll want to check it over well, and run it.

Stationary saws have the lion’s share of advantages, so if there’s any way to fit one in your shop, my suggestion would be get a decent full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor. I’d be inclined to offer $200 for that saw if a portable is truly what you need. Please keep us posted

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 06:27 PM

Thanks guys for all the input.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 10:21 PM

Asking Too much! 200 beans should get you in into the contractor saw range.

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 10:23 PM

@ Chipy: even with the stand?

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 04:42 AM

Not that this matters but i am confident that the stand being used in the pic is not the original. I am not sure though. We use that exact saw on job site and it is great but it is the dolly style stand that really makes that saw what it is. And, if that saw is fairly old as been suggested, i would look elsewhere. The price seems high and those saws with universal motors are just not built for the long haul.

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 05:06 AM

The saw originally came with a popup stand or at least the generation of ridgid saws immediately following the pictured saw did, I would assume that saw also came with a popup and the owner either no longer has the popup or is keeping it for his own use. Either way the saw is fine for rough work but I would not use it for furniture making etc.

Not sure if this saw has standard sized miter slots or not, a lot of portable saws have smaller then normal miter slots limiting the use of accessories like feather-boards.

I can tell you the saw is at least 3 years old since ridgid has had their orange color scheme at least that long.

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#9 posted 06-03-2011 11:51 PM

I have see Ridgid contractors saws with mobile base for $250 No offence this saw your looking at dose not even sit right on the base in you photo.Take your time check out craigs list and e bay you will be glad you shopped around a little more.

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 01:13 AM

Where are you at ?
I have a Craftsman portable tablesaw you can have if you’re close.
I gave a fellow LJ a Skill circular saw awhile back, and I’m willing to give away tools to newbies as I upgrade.

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#11 posted 06-13-2011 05:40 PM

thanks guys for all the input. And Jim C, very generous of you, but I’m in north Jersey. Some house expenses have trumped the workshop expansion budget for the time being. Really appreciate all the 2 cents’. Great forum!

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