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04-17-2013 10:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid bandsaw questions

I’ve been looking for a second, smaller bandsaw so I can leave the big Grizz set up to resaw. A good friend has a Ridgid that he will practically give me but I have heard nothing good about this saw.

Anyone with personal experience with this saw? I need information: Good, Bad, or Ugly. I’ll probably leave it set up with a 1/4” blade and a Carter Stabilizer for cutting curves.


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#1 posted 04-17-2013 10:36 PM

Can’t tell ya a thing… but, it’ll be interesting to see what’s said. Good luck with your purchase

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 11:02 PM

I got a grey Rigid last fall for $250, but the prior owner had new urethane tires put on and balanced, plus it came with Kreg fence. After checking it over and resetting things when I got it home it cut fine. I was surprised at how quiet it ran actually. There are a lot of poor ratings of the saw online, but my experience has been good. After a couple months I got a riser from Grizzly and Woodslicer blade for resawing. Worked out great, just not too fast with over 8”.

Not sure if it would be adequate for a full time cabinet shop, but it is fine for me.

I have 10” Rikon clone with the Carter stabilizer. It really is good with smaller blades. Darn clone has rubber tires and in the past year it seems they have gotten hard.


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#3 posted 04-17-2013 11:24 PM

FWIW, the BS1400 is michael fortune’s “go to” band saw, even though he has machines costing considerably more. they usually need wheel balancing, tool stand stiffening and a link belt to get them functioning properly. if it’s gray colored unit, it carries a lifetime guaranty for manufacturing defects regardless of who owns the saw.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 11:37 PM

This will be interesting, I need a decent bandsaw

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 12:06 AM

up until i joined LJ’s
in all the places i worked
and all the tools i could afford to buy myself

i never knew there were so many different problems in woodworking

some tools are better than others for sure
(usually the real expensive ones but not always)

turn them on and learn what they do good or bad
work with them with all their quirks
fix if possible adapt if not

remember to stop look and listen
it might be a train
or it might be a table saw that sounds like a washing machine
or a band saw that wobbles when it cuts
i still have a bench top that the blade moves sideways 1/16” when it starts
(never can remember which way)
all the tools got me to here regardless
most still work ok for what they are

for the price of that saw ‘almost nothing’
if it ‘almost works’ you will probably figure it out quick

and be happy you didn’t buy the the one with the racing stripe
(which you can always do later if it is necessary)

don’t let the tools get in your way
learn to work around them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 12:35 AM

Thanks so far guys. The reviews on Hd’s site cited a cast iron part breaking commonly. (and there is no replacement available from Ridgid). That would really pi$$ me off! Maybe if it hasn’t broken yet, it is one of the good ones? Severe vibration was another recurring complaint. Not much of a tool mechanic so still undecided.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 12:45 AM

I have a Rigid BS1400, and I’ve got the Grizzly riser on it. I’ve resawed on it, cut tight curves, and it has done great. The only problem I had with it was after about 3 years I had to replace the block where the upper wheel balance adjustment knob goes into. I got the replacement from grizzly for $18 and it fit perfectly.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 12:47 AM

gfadvm....Good to have a friend that would practically give you a Ridgid bandsaw…But if you decline his generosity and if your happy with the bigger Grizzly you have….then you may want to look at the Grizzly 14”......the 30th aniversary version of the G0555LX is on sale….The 555 series/family of bandsaws rate good among owners….I have the G0555P and have no complaints…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 01:13 AM

Andy, I would take it if I were you. If it vibrates, that can be investigated and most the time fixed by balancing the wheels. Use it for your curved cuts and your current one for resawing. ‘Almost nothing’ would go a long ways before I passed it on to someone else.

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 01:38 AM

Rance- I may be contacting you if it vibrates as I have no clue how to balance the wheels.

kdc68- I love my Grizz but a new saw is NOT in the budget!

interpim- Good to know that parts may interchange with Grizz as Ridgid parts are no longer available according to others.

Thanks all

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 01:57 AM

I have the BS1400, No vibration issues, actually no issues at all. I have upgraded to the Carter band saw guides. The only con for me was the lack of a fence. If you can get it for next to nothing, sounds like a deal to me.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 02:35 AM

Thanks Tim. That is encouraging. I don’t need a fence on this saw for it’s intended useage.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 04:03 AM

As far as Rigid brand is concerned, Andy, I won’t take it if you paid me. Reason 1: I have a Rigid table saw that won’t keep its settings past the 2nd cut, no matter what tunings I do with it. REason 2: I have a Rigid palm sander that I can’t get parts for. Reason 3: I have not yet found anyone with good things to say about Rigid. Reason 4: It is exclusively sold through HOMO Depot which supports perversion (Ya, I know it has nothing to do with wood working) and same sex marriage; and I am opposed to them using the profits from my purchases to enhance such non-family activities. For that reason, I no longer buy anything from them or Amazon. You won’t be doing woodworking for long if you catch something that won’t wash off at HOMO Depot! . . . bet I get hate mail for this, but I don’t care. IMHO!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 04:19 AM

Oh there is a joke just waiting to be made about “working wood” in LittlePaw’s post, but I’ll refrain.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 08:13 AM

Andy i have a one and its ok for the price , i want to get a better one one day until then it works did add a table to it and a fence ,and it dose have a drift to it as all do but like David said i know its quirks and work with it

@ Tim heres a fence thats works great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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