It is finally time to buy the 12" slidding compound miter saw I have
been fondling at HD. you know the one... that hot yellow and black
right when i was ready to do the deal the salesman pointed out that
the ridgid is on sale for $550 plus you get a $100.00 gift card in the
you see the problem...
I have always wanted the dewalt. but the ridgid has the spinny lazer
dealy and $150 is 150$.
any thoughts are coments?
On 20 Aug 2004 23:41:18 -0700, email@example.com (russ) wrote:
Buy the one you have been wanting... (the DeWalt) ...
2 reasons ..
.and the most important one is that is the
saw you really wanted...
.The fancy Lazer is with doubt useful, but I still view it as a
gimmick...that may make me forget the measure twice
cut once rule that it took me years to understand...
Russ - yellow and black is good. It says so right in the Bible on page 139.
Check it if you don't believe me. Forget the laser. You and I and millions
of other wooddorkers have been making waste without a laser for millenniums
without lasers. Hell, all that doggoned laser is, is an insult anyway.
It's the gadget that screams out "see, I told you not to cut there" every
time you get in a hurry. All right - look at it this way. Real men don't
need lasers. You'll have the satisfaction of impressing all of your friends
and watching the looks of marvel on their faces as you tell them you cut all
of the boards for the exquisite mahogany and walnut warbledegoober the way
the craftsman of old did - without a laser.
No, I don't see the problem. Get the DeWalt and be happy.
You will always have doubt with the Ridgid. Besides, the laser may be OK
for framing, but I want to bring the blade down and know for sure where it
will hit. I don't want to have the saw running for the laser to go on and
light things up so I can make fine adjustments while a blade is spinning at
4000 RPM just over my hand.
I had the DW706 until my neighbor ripped it off.... It was, and still is a
great saw. You MUST factor into your evaluation that RIGID *DOESN'T"
actually manufacture ANYTHING that they sell with the Rigid name. It's all
outsources to presumably pays their child Indonesian labor the least so that
they can provide it at the lowest cost, hence your 150 savings.
In ten years the DeWalt will probably still be running square, true, plumb
and 5x5. In ten years you the Rigid will probably be 1) dead 2) impossible
to get any parts for or 3) they will have switched manufacturers 5 times and
you will be SOL.
Doubt is an evil mistress. In ten years, you won't remember the hundred
bucks or so you saved - and you'll STILL have to shell out for what you
REALLY did want, the DeWalt.
Case in point - about 6 years ago I purchased a Rigid "Lunchbox" planer the
T1300, I think.... It was about 400 bucks. I *really* wanted a stationery
planer but was impatient. Today, I need, and have needed a the real thing,
a stationery planer, for several years. I wish I had saved my sheckles for
a bit longer and spent another 3 or 400 bucks. Now I'll have to drop
9-1,400 to get what I want and I've already spent 400 bucks on the Rigid.
The suggestion about picking up a refurbished unit is a GREAT one. I picked
up a DeWalt 12 volt drill with 2 batteries for about 100 bucks at Harbor
Freight and have beat the hell out of that drill for 7 years. Only this
year has one of the battery packs gone kaput. I did have another cheaper
drill and it didn't last even a year or have near the power or endurance.
So, check HF as well for refurbished...
I also agree with the other posts - piffle on the laser gizmos... Learn the
craftsmanship to make you cuts accurate and you'll gain an additional
measure of satisfaction.
You didn't mention what you will use it for. If it will see a lot of
action outside, I have doubts about the visibility of the laser. But
since I haven't used a laser outside, I may be wrong. I have to wonder
if the salesman was pushing the Ridgid for a reason? I know they don't
get a commission, so maybe he was being helpful.
If it helps at all, I have a crew of 8 framers doing an addition on my
house as I write this, and not a Ridgid tool in sight. But I'm not
slamming Ridgid, just relaying what I see right now. Maybe the Ridgid
is good for a weekend warrior.... That's why I'm curious what you will
use it for. Also, do you need the 12" capacity? Can you use a 10" and
use your tablesaw blades??? Either way, enjoy your new toy.
I own a 100 year old home. I am always 7 projects away from finished.
Not only that but I read Fine Wood Working. The plan is to someday
actually do some fine woodworking. (I have two kids under 4 so I tend
to do projects in 20 minute spurts. Not condusive to fine wood
working) However this to shall pass.
My table saw is a MiniMax scoring table saw with a 1"arbor and most
of my blades are 12" blades. Not only that I recently bought 3 brand
new Sytimatic 12" blades for 40 bucks. So I lean toward the 12" miter
saw. (yes I know I slipped in a gloat there.)
Speaking of 1" Arbors. do you think I could find a good deal on a
dado blade set have them drilled to 1" and still have them cut true?
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