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#1 posted 11-27-2017 06:08 PM

Hey Scott,
The biggest difference is how stable the saw is. I knew would be smoother and would hold adjustments better, but the difference was more than I expected.

It took about 2 hours to get the saw assembled and tuned up, and haven’t really had to do much since. I usually check the fence/miter slots about once a month and have only adjusted it maybe twice (in about 7 months).

The biggest drawback for me is the miter gauge that comes with the saw. It’s not a good size for me and it is a bear to get line up properly. I wound up breaking down and buying an incra guage and have been much happier with the results.

The only other thing that I am not a fan of is the mobile base. It’s run off the same wheel as the height adjustment (you slide it out to use the base, in to use the height adjustment) which is kind of awkward if, like me, you need to move the saw around often. This isn’t really a huge drawback to consider as I bought the saw knowing it would need to move around in my current smaller size area, but they base is klunky and doesn’t work unless the floor is completely free of dust or any unlevel spots.

Overall, it’s a great saw and I am glad I got it, but as others have pointed out, it’s very different from the PM1000. Namely it has a much, much larger footprint (probably 30-50% bigger for the 36in fence).

Any comments about the saw? What notable differences are there between the PM2000 and the Ridgid contractor saw? Any insight is appreciated since I am thinking about making a similar purchase, although probably going for the PM1000. My current saw is a Ridgid contractor saw which has served me well.



- MSK56

Comparing a Ridgid contractor saw to a PM2000 is like comparing a Silverado to a Peterbuilt. Twice the power, twice the mass, much more robust underpinnings, much heavier duty, larger hand wheels, smoother operation, longer expected service life, 3” deeper table, much nicer fence, better fit and finish, better switch, better blade guard, just to name a few things….it s at least two full steps up from the Ridgid, and represents arguably the top of its class.

The PM1000 is a more substantial saw than the Ridgid too, but is a closer comparison.

- knotscott

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