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03-14-2015 01:49 PM

I’m not much of a name brand loyalist….they all seem to have some winners and losers, plus they’re market positions can change over time. Rather, I tend to evaluate the tool itself and not the name plate.

Ridgid’s reputation is a far cry from top shelf, but their pricing is competitive on most, and over the years they have offered a few tools that have served me well. My favorites are the EB-4424 oscillating spindle/belt sander, and my shop vac. The R4331 planer is fine too….much better than the R4330 IME. I know the older contractor saws like the TS3612 and TS3650 were extremely popular.

How about you? Any good experiences with Ridgid tools?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 01:56 PM

I’ve been happy with all of my ridgid tool purchases so far which are cordless 18v drill and impact, belt and spindle sander, 12” scms, 5” ros, 18g brad nailer, cordless circ saw, sawzall, and I use everything pretty often other than the sawzall and haven’t had one fail with the exception of the switch on the ros.

O and I had a ts 3650 before my sawstop and it worked great especially for the $200 I paid for it and sold it for $350

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 02:05 PM

I’ve had a number of students buy Ridgid tables saws and are very happy with them.I have also had perhaps 10 students buy Rigids spindle sander,the best bargain on the market for low cost spindle sanders in my opinion . I have owned a Ridgid 12” slider that has given me good service and performed well over the last 8 years. Those who have issues with Ridgid’s table saws might be justified, but the problems do not extend to Ridgid’s whole product line.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-14-2015 02:10 PM

I’ve been real pleased with my ridgid tools. I’ve had the 12” sliding miter saw, the older model tp planer and the 18v combo drill/saw set for years with no problems. Just last weekend picked up the eb4424 off CL due to LJs reviews so can’t comment on that yet.

-- missouri, dave

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#4 posted 03-14-2015 02:11 PM

The last issue of Woodworker’s Journal has Ridgid winning a big 10” SCMS comparison.

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#5 posted 03-14-2015 02:14 PM

I LOVE my Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Spindle Belt Sander!!!

I also have the 6” jointer…. purchased used.
It has seen only minimal use…. so I can’t really comment on it’s quality.
But, it does what I want/need to do.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 03-14-2015 02:15 PM

Never had or have seen a Ridgid tool that didn’t look and feel cheap to me. I really hate stuff made out of plastic and paper thin sheet metal. They may work fine for what they are, but their longevity is lacking IMHO. Their pipe stuff is nice though (or was.. haven’t looked at them in a few years).


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 03-14-2015 02:18 PM

I’ve had the 12 gallon WD1270 shopvac for around 3 years now and it’s been great. Last year the 14 gallon WD1450 went on sale for $40 so I bought one for a friend as a christmas present.

I agree that buying tools based on name brand is not a great idea, that said I went through a phase where I was buying Milwaukee with a blindfold on. Mostly due to wanting all my cordless tools to be of the same family to share batteries. Now I’ve got tools from pretty much every brand.

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 02:58 PM

Having been in the electrical business for many years I’ve owned many rigid tools. I’ve found them to be about the best I have found or used, especially in threading pipe. I’m retired now and still use quite a few rigid tools around the shop. My favorite is the new 16 GAl. Shop vac. I bought a couple months ago. It’s the best I’ve ever used, and its especially quiet. I really don’t follow any brand though. I own delta, rigid, dewalt bosh and we’ll all of them I guess. I look at price and read most all reviews before I buy a larger or expensive tool. I usually can tell reading reviews whether it’s a decent tool or someone is mad at a company and those I over look.

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#9 posted 03-14-2015 03:31 PM

I look at them as good middle of the road tools. I’ve got a 6” jointer I picked up second hand and one of the dreaded R4512 table saws (with the good trunion casting). I’ve got no real complaints sure I’d like to have a nice cabinet saw and monster 8” jointer but my shop is in my basement and not near big enough.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#10 posted 03-14-2015 04:58 PM

The problem with Ridgid and other makers as well is: you really can’t compare a tool made 8 or 10 years ago with the latest tool offering. One would assume that tool quality would improve through the years, but many times, quality diminishes as overseas makers try to cut costs. When that happens, quality looses out. My Jet cabinet saw that is 30 years old is a fine machine, but newer models seem to have more problems reported. China seems to be having a machinery evolution that may see much better products coming from them. It happened with Japan and then Taiwan, so China is next in the evolution road. Make no mistake; China can and does manufacture some very high quality machinery. It’s in the consumer grade products where they need to improve and that is now done due to strict U.S. specifications. Their computer and communications products are examples of high quality. Just about all electronic products are made in China.

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#11 posted 03-14-2015 05:11 PM

The problem with Ridgid and other makers as well is: you really can t compare a tool made 8 or 10 years ago with the latest tool offering. One would assume that tool quality would improve through the years, but many times, quality diminishes as overseas makers try to cut costs. ...
- MrRon

That’s a really good point Ron, and one of the reasons I try not to get too enamored by any brand name. They change. They change ownership, they change marketing philosophies, they change countries of origin, etc. That trend goes on for as long as I can remember across multiple industries. Someone starts out trying to make a good name with a small business…it grows into a well regarded brand….someone buys out the small business, and increases marketing of the name while cutting costs and quality of the product.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 03-14-2015 05:19 PM

I had a very bad experience with 2 R4331 planers. Since then I can’t recommend that planer to anyone. However, picking up their spindle sander is eventually on my list of things to buy.

I’ve looked at the R4512 tablesaw in person at the store (and the craftsman equivalent) and it didn’t really look too bad to me. Especially now that the reports are that they fixed the alignment issue.

I do have to say that so far I’ve never been disappointed by any Dewalt purchases.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 03-14-2015 05:23 PM

My only experience is with the oscillating spindle/belt sander, which is a great product. I hear good things about their drills also.

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#14 posted 03-14-2015 05:23 PM

Over all the older Gray color Ridgid tools(Emerson ?) made the name Ridgid popular, they were/are affordable above average (to better) quality tools.
The well regarded 3650 table saw is still being made under a different name.
I have the older Ridgid jointer and their Drill press,very happy with both.

I will definitely not buy the R4512 .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 03-14-2015 05:28 PM


-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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