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12-08-2014 05:50 PM

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I kind of had a Rigid Bandsaw drop in my lap from a hurt friend I’ve been helping out. He use to be a Contractor and stated he bought it for one job and never has used it since. The tool looks mint and he asking 200 for it.

I currently have a Craftsman table top one that my neighbor gave me for free, so I trued it up and put a new blade on it. Because of the design, I always feel the Craftsman one is to small for any serious work.

Befor I buy it, I was wondering if anyone has any good/bad things to say about it. I’ve seen some negative reviews on it and some of the vibration issues can be fixed, I just don’t know how easy and if it’s worth it for the price!

As always, thanks in advance!

Here’s the new saw in question:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-14-in-Bandsaw-R474/205653861?cm_mmc=shopping-_-googleads-_-pla-_-205653861&ci_sku=205653861&ci_gpa=pla&ci_src=17588969&gclid=CI3FlcP_tsICFY-VfgodRnkA-w

-- Keith


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#1 posted 12-08-2014 06:01 PM

I have the model before that one, but it appears to be basically the same saw. I do like the mobile base on the new one. I had to beef up the stand and add a link belt,,,vibration gone. Also put some cool blocks on. I’m happy with it. $200.00 seems pretty good to me.

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 06:03 PM

Hoosier-

What does the link belt do for you?

-- Keith

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 06:07 PM

Oh, instead of the stock belt?

-- Keith

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 06:09 PM

Yes, the stock belt was very stiff and jumped around a lot. The link belt replacement made a huge difference right away.

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 06:15 PM

Thanks, good to know!

Most of the upgrades seem to be relatively cheap and easy! Did you have to drill and/or add bolts to the main wheels for balancing?

-- Keith

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 06:31 PM

No Mine were good to go. I have heard about people having to do that, but mine were OK

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 06:34 PM

If you look at my shop you can see that I added two layers of plywood to the base to add some rigidity.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 06:51 PM

The bandsaw in your link is for a machine that Ridgid only recently released. It sounds form your post like your buddy has had his bandsaw for a while. So I’ll assume you’re referring to the BS1400 that was discontinued a year or so ago. I’ve owned a BS1400 for a couple years now…..here are my thoughts from another thread:

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.

I’d advise you to turn on your friend’s machine and see how it behaves. If it jumps all over the floor, then you might pass on it. If it runs halfway smooth, you might take it home. It CAN be a pretty decent machine. If it’d help your disabled buddy and you don’t mind spending a few hours tweaking the machine….it might be a worthwhile buy. But if you’re looking for a top-notch bandsaw….this ain’t it. If you just need something to cut an occasional curved piece or occasionally cut thicker stock, then its fine.

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#9 posted 12-08-2014 07:25 PM

Out of the box my Grey BS1400 needed to havethe following done to it;

1) Link belt
2) Timberwolf Blades
3) Cool blocks
4) Plywood shelf inserted on the top of the center supports on the stand

Worked well, & I went to resaw some green white oak and “may” have over tensioned the belt, or it could have just been a crappy casting for the upper wheel support, but I bent it either way and had to replace it, the new one arrived in the mail and weighed almost 4x as much as the original piece, and since I had it all apart I put in a cobra coil spring. I paid $200 for mine when they were clearanced out for the new orange versions and have not had any issues with wheel balancing or the tires, the saw won’t pass the nickle test at start up, but it will while it’s running, next price range up is alot of money that just doesn’t make sense for my hobby budget.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 12-08-2014 07:26 PM

Tedstor-

Thanks, that helps a lot. I thought it was the newest one, but it has no stand. I couldn’t tell on the picture he sent me. I’ve always had good luck with Rigid products, so I may take the chance as I know he needs the money at this point and it sounds like I can tweak it to work!

I’m not a Pro builder, so I’m sure it work fine!

Was it hard to “re-shim the lower wheel to get it “close” to coplaner?” I don’t know what that is or means!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 12-10-2014 04:49 PM

I got the older BS1400 as a clearance item for $175. It ran ok, but I was not satisfied. I relocated the motor to a shelf located under the BS; added new tires, blade and guides; balanced the wheels. It now runs so much better. The biggest improvement was the blade. You have to make sure the blade has been welded and ground smooth for it to run smoothly through the guides. A cheap blade won’t do that. Oh! I also added the 6” riser block. It gives me about 11” of distance above the table, but the motor is only 3/4 HP; not big enough for any serious re-sawing. I would offer no more than $150 for it, as it will need a lot of upgrade.

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#12 posted 12-10-2014 10:18 PM

MrRon-

Thanks for your information. All of the upgrades recommendations seem to be consistent. Is this true with all of Ridgids bandsaws? I don’t have the model number as the day we were getting together is now delayed. I don’t have to have it but it looks brand new and he said it was like 450 dollars and used it once, so I hate to low ball him. But if all the models require a lot of money to work, I may just pass on it. I don’t see myself resawing, so I could pass on the riser.

-- Keith

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#13 posted 12-11-2014 11:38 AM

I’ve got a Ridgid 14002, bought used and added link belt, cool blocks, riser, Carter Coil, and a crank adjustment rod. Those things together make it a pretty good saw, but if i’d only added the link belt the rest would have been okay. Oh, had to replace the tires a few years ago (that’s a wear item on any saw), put urethane on. Though the riser gives it up to 12” height, much over 7” or 8” and she works really hard. I’ve recently picked up an older (2004) Laguna 14SE with a Resaw King blade on it. Completely different class of saw. I’ve got the Ridgid up for sale—but if it doesn’t move at the price i want i will happily keep it, remove the riser block and use it in the way it was intended. In all, a good saw, and most of the “mods” mentioned would be good additions to most of the other label saws that look the same as this one. Iin very good condition $200 would be a fair price. Not a steal, but not bad either.
earl

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#14 posted 12-11-2014 01:15 PM

Agreed $200 is very fair for used, and a link belt and good blades make it very useable. The lack of a stand is very curious too as all of the saws had one with the saw.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#15 posted 12-11-2014 06:29 PM

Thanks guys. It has a stand just not the Orange enclosed on that the newer ones have with wheels. I thought they were all the same initially!

Green-
Can you elaborate on the carter cool and crank adjustment rod? Cost? Why you did it? Easy to install? N

Thanks, everyone!

-- Keith

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