I’d put this up as a reply to a review, but this was so bizzare I thought it should make the forums, rather than a buried reply.
Bought my Rigid in July, use it maybe three times a week to cut blanks, almost always 4/4 lumber. Maybe 15 minutes of run time a week.
Had a friend coming over to trim some red oak, so thought I would raise the blade a little. Nada…
Handle got real tight and no blade movement. Tried moving it down, and it went, but got tight again. Now no movement and I noticed the handle was moving out of the saw.
Stopped and took off the back cover to find the chrome plated handle worm shaft out of its backside cast carrier, wedged under the cast gear attached to the motor. All wedged and going nowhere. What to do? Either haul it back to HD or see if I got an easy fix? This thing is hundreds of pounds, and takes hours to assemble!
I decided to try and remove the chrome shaft. After two hours, lifting the motor off its fixed rider and making the motor cast gear clear the chrome worm shaft, I found that I could pull the shaft. Found that the weight of the motor on the shaft had also put a slight bend in the chrome shaft. That I was able to straighten rather easily. But why did it work out of its carrier? Turns out the shaft is held in only with two C clips one on each of the cast carrier hole, both of which were gone, sucked away by my vacuum system. I did find one flat washer in the vacuum chamber, and one was bent up in the worm. This was a true WTF moment… There was relatively small amounts of wood dust in the saw, but I found some sawdust bound in the chrome worm, which maybe hurt, but no vacuum would have sucked out that dust which was mixed with the factory grease in the worm.
I plan on visiting my HD with receipt and chrome shaft in hand tomorrow, wanting an explanation on why the C clips came off. I also want to know if HD is prepared to do anything for me, since I am not really equipped to haul a used multi-hundred pound saw back, get another, and have to go back through all the reassembly. This saw is five months old with maybe three-four hours on it. I don’t even lower the blade after cuts, allowing the guard to protect the blade. More later!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com