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11-30-2014 12:20 AM

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This is a FYI for those who like Ridgid and are looking for a bandsaw. Link below photo
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http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-14-in-Bandsaw-R474/205653861

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 12:31 AM

Looks good. 9inch capacity, mobile base, and 2/4in dust collection are nice features. $449 isn’t a terrible price either, especially if you can find a coupon or sale.
I just hope the quality is better tha Ridgid’s last attempt at a bandsaw. I have their last model, and it took a lot tweaking to get it into usable shape.

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 12:36 AM



Looks good. 9inch capacity, mobile base, and 2/4in dust collection are nice features. $449 isn t a terrible price either, especially if you can find a coupon or sale.
I just hope the quality is better tha Ridgid s last attempt at a bandsaw. I have their last model, and it took a lot tweaking to get it into usable shape.

- Tedstor


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Yep. For those reasons you mention and others I’ve read about is why I went with a Grizzly.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 12:57 AM

Looks good. 9inch capacity, mobile base, and 2/4in dust collection are nice features. $449 isn t a terrible price either, especially if you can find a coupon or sale.
I just hope the quality is better tha Ridgid s last attempt at a bandsaw. I have their last model, and it took a lot tweaking to get it into usable shape.

- Tedstor

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Yep. For those reasons you mention and others I ve read about is why I went with a Grizzly.

- kdc68

I knew about the machine’s reputation before I bought it, but I stumbled upon one that was on clearance for $149(ish). At that price, and with the option to return, I took a chance. I had to:
-Duct tape a couple of nickels to each wheel in order to balance them. LOL
-Reinforce the stand with 3/4 ply
-Replace the lumpy, ill-fitting belt
-re-shim the lower wheel to get it ‘close’ to coplaner.
Even after all that, the machine’s performance is “good nuff’”.....but nothing more.
I probably should have held out too.

but with that aside, hopefully Ridgid will also introduce a better table saw too. The 4512 has a very checkered reputation as well

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 01:31 AM

Looks like some good improvements over the last one. I would of given it a second look before buying my Rikon.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-30-2014 02:41 AM

Nice find. One can only hope that it will be less disappointing. Based on the specs I read, it sounds like it’s trying to match the Rikon 10-321 specs (i.e. cutting capacity).

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#6 posted 11-30-2014 06:51 AM

Well for one, Ridgid is a hit or miss thing. You might get one that’s okay or one that doesn’t even keep the blade on the wheels!

Trust me I KNOW RIDGID TOOLS!

ALSO for nearly that price one can get a Grizzly with a top notch fence

-- Rich

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#7 posted 11-30-2014 06:51 AM

I would like to see the first review

-- Rich

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#8 posted 11-30-2014 04:52 PM

I doubt if this new version will be much better than the last one if at all. It seem like every time TTI comes out with a new version of the older Emerson designed tools they are not as high quality as the one they replaced. In the case of the bandsaw, the older one was barely up to HF standards.

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#9 posted 11-30-2014 08:51 PM

Agreed that the predecessor had it’s shortcomings. Even though I own one (Grizzly), I’d like to see Ridgid bring back their jointer. I don’t remember reading anything negative about it, unlike their table saws and bandsaws.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 11-30-2014 09:00 PM

Steel city sells the same jointed.
Check the ‘deals’ section on their website

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#11 posted 11-30-2014 09:01 PM


Agreed that the predecessor had it s shortcomings. Even though I own one (Grizzly), I d like to see Ridgid bring back their jointer. I don t remember reading anything negative about it, unlike their table saws and bandsaws.

- kdc68

Is it gone? I see HD is selling it on their web site. http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-6-Amp-6-1-8-in-Corded-Jointer-Planer-JP0610/202269174?N=5yc1vZc27y

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#12 posted 11-30-2014 10:05 PM

They are more now, but I bought the Grizzly Ultimate 14” band saw for $375 and I love it. It has such a better fence than the mode just below it that it is will worth price to get the Ultimate saw. I don’t see a fence on that Rigid one for $450 and it only goes up to 9”. The Grizzly can be modified to go to 12” with the riser and I use that height a lot!.

But, if you can get that saw for $149 and they have a lifetime warranty, you might be happy with it. Looking at the picture, it looks like you can bolt in a riser to increase the height.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-30-2014 11:09 PM

Agreed that the predecessor had it s shortcomings. Even though I own one (Grizzly), I d like to see Ridgid bring back their jointer. I don t remember reading anything negative about it, unlike their table saws and bandsaws.

- kdc68

Is it gone? I see HD is selling it on their web site. http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-6-Amp-6-1-8-in-Corded-Jointer-Planer-JP0610/202269174?N=5yc1vZc27y

- WhyMe


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Hmmm….At the time when I was looking at a jointer the Ridgid model was no longer sold in stores and no longer available online according to the store manager. I looked at the link you provided and I see it is available online only again. So either the manger was wrong or they brought it back online. Nevertheless, I stand corrected….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 12-01-2014 07:06 PM

I actually got my older orange Ridgid BS to work quite nicely, but out of the box it was not very good.
Right now, after some work, I am very happy with it. It evern passes the nickel test.

Hope the new Orange saw is better out of the box than the old one.

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#15 posted 12-01-2014 07:16 PM

Looks like the exact same bandsaw as the now discontinued Steel City 50126SC with a different paint job. SC and Ridgid have sourced from the same factories many times in the past. (FWIW, the SC generally had a retail of $399.99 and they could be found for less on closeout)

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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