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Forum topic by BTimmons posted 06-13-2013 03:09 PM 1526 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2013 03:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question resource ridgid

This 14 inch Ridgid band saw popped up on Craigslist and I’m thinking of nabbing it. The reviews on LJs for this model look like they’re evenly mixed. The consensus seems to be that with a few simple upgrades (new tires, guide blocks, link belt, good blade) it will work just fine. At $150 it seems like a pretty fair deal, as it retails at $400.

Similar offerings from Jet and Grizzly seem better received. And while I would eventually love a 17” Grizzly, Rikon, or Powermatic, this definitely fits the current budget. To use a marital metaphor, I can’t afford “Mrs. Right” at the moment, but hopefully this would make a good “Mrs. Right Now”.

While I won’t be re-sawing constantly, I would like that capability. I know this can only re-saw 6 inch stock, but it’s a huge improvement over my practically-a-toy 9 inch Craftsman band saw that struggles to cut anything.


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#1 posted 06-13-2013 03:13 PM

Looks like a nice unit there BT. Hell, the mobile base is worth $50 alone. Just make sure she runs. The table looks a little off kilter so you may wanna take a peek at the trunnions underneath and make sure its just an adjustment issue and nothing more serious.

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 05:13 PM

Also noticed this one for the same price. Decisions…

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 05:18 PM

The CM saw has 1 HP and the Ridgid is 3/4 HP. Anyone think that makes it worth that much more?

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 05:25 PM

from what i have read here on LJ’s
rigid has a good warranty (lifetime or some such)

might check with them as things seem to change a lot
when different tool companies buy and sell each other
or a product line or model is discontinued

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 05:34 PM

Most of these Bandsaws are Taiwanese 14” imports.they are: AW14-M1 – Hung Li Hsing, or also called Elephant brand.I have exactly the one in your last post,if the wheels are not cracked,tensioning mechanism works well,and there’s no excessive vibration,I would buy it probably offer $120 but $150 is in the ballpark.the Ridgid is no different .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 05:48 PM

The ridgid has a lifetime warrantee only if its registered from the date of purchase I believe and I doubt its transferable in any way.

I have had that exact same CM machine for about 15 years. Its not bad. I’ve done a lot of work with it.
The ridgid has a much better base and I doubt the CM has casters.

Price actually being equal I think the Ridgid is a better deal, but maybe make an offer and see which one bites.

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 06:03 PM

I was in your shoes a couple months ago. I looked for along time at used saws, even saw that same price on a couple ridgids, none with bases though. Eventually I bought the new central machinery bs, the gray one. I got as far as halfway unboxed, proceded to rebox and return the same day. Omg what a piece. Stay away! It’s not even close to the their previous green machine, which I looked for used to no avail. I eventually saved to $400 or so and got the porter cable from the blue store. I love it! I will review in awhile with some mods. To use a ketchup metaphor, “good things come to those who wait”. also once you’ve found mrs. Right, stop looking! Two weeks after I got the PC a highly modified Jet popped up for less, enough to piss you off. Thought I would share, good luck if you snatch it up, alot of people like their ridgids.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 06:16 PM

Ok, avoid the gray one. Noted. The second link has the green model pictured, so hopefully it should be fine.

I would like to be able to save up more, but that probably won’t happen this go-around. Money has a tendency to disappear pretty quick, and the occasions where I get budget approval from She Who Must Be Obeyed are few are far between. I figure I’d better move on one before she changes her mind.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 06:47 PM

Oh yeah I forgot to mention my “administrator” still thinks I still have the cheaper central machinery saw which the budget was approved for. She even helped me unload the first one, thankfully they are both gray. I would have had a hard time hiding a paint job on a new Jet.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 07:06 PM

I had the ridgid BS and hated it. Very underpowered. I would recommend getting the Grizz BS.

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 07:29 PM

...and the Central Machinery is sold already. Blah.

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 07:33 PM

Not to long ago I came across a 14” Ridgid BS from CL that I bought for the exact same price $150. It was a reasonable price to pay for an entry BS. They are notorious for being vibration monsters in stock mode. I beefed up the metal base, installed a link belt and tires. This reduced most of the vibration, but there are still some adjustments that can’t be resolved. Mainly the wheels are not coplanar and I spend quite a bit of time trying to resolve. Also the wheels are not balanced very well.

Although a decent BS for basic wood working it is a bit underpowered. I will probably sell it at some point to break even (@$200) and get a new BS. Which might be the new Craftsman 14” BS. Not all CL deals end up being a deal if you add in the costs and time to get the tool working properly. But then again you do find those hidden treasures.


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#13 posted 06-13-2013 08:26 PM

Well, damn. I don’t have a good feeling about this anymore. I’m thinking that perhaps the budget ($200) would be better spent filling in other gaps in my tool collection. There are so many directions I could go in.

A buddy will be hooking me up with a 6” jointer shortly, so a planer will be in order eventually. There’s a Delta 22-560 and a Dewalt 733 in my area.

Maybe I should just go the HD and get the Ridgid belt/spindle sander that everyone loves so much. I like projects with curves, so I could see using that a lot.

I’m also lacking nice hand tools. A good dovetail saw and marking gauge from Veritas sure would be nice.

Being a newbie on a budget sucks! Would someone please smack some sense into me?

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 08:37 PM

I’d rather get used Grizzly or Rikon saw.

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 09:05 PM

That Ridgid is one of the older ones manufactured by Emerson, possibly even in the USA. It’s a good entry level bandsaw, especially at $150. The most you should have to do to it are new urethane tires, a link belt and some good guides for the blade to make it really nice. That is if the overall saw is in good shape. Check the table trunions, bearings, motor etc.

If everything checks out I’ld offer $125, but pay the $150 if he doesn’t come down. Then spend a few bucks on the upgrades. For around $275 -300 you’ll have a saw equal to one at twice that cost.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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