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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 09-10-2011 09:39 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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09-10-2011 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid band saw ridgid drill press

It appears to be true that Ridgid has killed (discontinuing and not replacing) several of the larger wood-working tools. I already have the table saw and the jointer-planer (and like them both very much).

Today I took delivery of both the 14” BS1400 bandsaw and the 15” DP1550 floor model drill press for just over $400 for the pair.

Now, I better watch for others circling over the thickness planer, though I don’t think it’s dead yet. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 09:42 PM

Wow, I would have done that in a heartbeat! Great score! Were these HD markdowns?

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 09:48 PM

@Cosmicsniper, Both are new / unopened, but the saw came from an auction re-seller that got eight of them for $107 each !!! Good for him. The drill press has been at my local HD for over a year, so I had a prayer meeting with a manager. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Don W

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 01:31 AM

I have that drill press. I love it. I just got my 25 year old HF bandsaw to resaw, so I guess I’ll keep it for a while

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 02:38 AM

Double WOW.

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 03:03 AM

David, you suck.

:-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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spunwood

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#6 posted 09-11-2011 07:00 AM

Nice man…if it wasn’t so late I might start looking around myself.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 06:38 AM

Thanks, guys. I am usually the last one to find out about this stuff.

So today, Sunday 9/11 I got the drill press put together and tested.

I only ran into one very minor problem: There was a loud ticking coming from the bottom of the motor. I removed the three fan cover screws and the cover, saw that the fan was barely hitting on one side. I loosened the fan on the shaft, rotated 180, re-seated and re-assembled. Quiet and smooth.

Alignment was good out of the box both for the motor top shaft, level between the pullies, and the table to the head was square already. I was pleasantly surprised that it has a switched on-board light that is standard threaded, so I put an A-type 60 watt CFL in there.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 09-12-2011 06:39 AM

I have the same press. It has served me well for several years. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Carl Fisher

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#9 posted 09-12-2011 02:46 PM

hrmm, I’m jealous over the drill press.

I love my Rigid bandsaw though. A few tweaks to get it smooth as can be and it does everything I’ve asked of it so far.

-- Carl Fisher, Fort Mill, South Carolina --

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 09-13-2011 09:34 PM

I have the drill press as well, and love it as well. I grabbed it during the 20% rebate promotion, as well as using a 20% HF coupon, so I ended up paying $211 total for it.

It’s a great press and I love it. I’m working on a table for mine now.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 09-16-2011 08:55 AM

I just got the Band Saw together and dialed in. Not too shabby at all. I decided to get it tuned stock before putting the Grizzly riser on it. Vibration is minimal already. I’m pretty sure when the riser and the good 105” blade goes on, then the new wheels and belt that it will be a totally smooth running machine. I’m pleased so far.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#12 posted 09-17-2011 07:23 PM

I left my house at 9 AM this morning to grab a couple misc items at HD. Its pretty much a ritual that I ALWAYS check the tool isle for whatever catches my eye. This particular morning, a Ridgid BS definitely caught my eye. It was marked down to $202. The box was pretty beat-up, so I asked the associate to confirm that I could return the saw if it was damaged.
I guess he thought I was covertly haggling. Without any hesitation, he knocked another $25 off the price and said the usual refund policy still applies. That said, the saw came home with me.
If the saw performs unacceptably, I’ll return it. If it performs well, it’ll be a well-spent $177 on a brand new machine.

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RJweb

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#13 posted 09-17-2011 09:19 PM

Did you say that HD is getting out of all their large power tools, ts, bs, dp, planner? also how do you like your table saw is it accurate and no vibration? thx

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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David Grimes

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#14 posted 09-17-2011 10:27 PM

@Tedstor, Great !!! I got mine for $175, so basically the same deal. I just put the riser kit on from grizzly last night so you may want to see that review. I am very pleased.

@RJweb, It appears that they are getting out of those you listed (that I have). I am trying to find out about the thickness planer, but I believe the planer and the spindle sander, etc. will stay because they are benchtop and in all the stores. My store never carried / displayed any of the ts, bs, dp, dp, planer (the stationary (floor) tools). They did have the DP that somebody ordered and changed their mind on that I got for cheap.

The table saw is accurate and is as smooth as a Lexus (sorry Mercedes and Cadillac). I love and use it daily. I have zero issues with the saw or the fence. If stolen, I would try to find another immediately, without a second thought. I know some others on this site and on external reviews have had issues with this or that, but all I can say is they either got a lemon, or were not able to overcome their issues. I do know how to assemble and tune / align equipment… and problem solve as well, so getting the two piece fence front aligned and attached as one was not an issue for me. Getting the steel wings flat with the saw top was not a problem. I highly recommend this saw.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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RJweb

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#15 posted 09-18-2011 02:01 AM

Thx David,
yes at my hd here they have two 4512 saws in the box, put with there dicounted articles, they are marked $499.00. maybe the right time to buy

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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