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Review by jake posted 08-07-2009 01:42 AM 3433 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This tool is heavy duty in every aspect. It cuts hardwoods like butter. I like the basic nature of the tool, no lasers etc. They often obscure the sight line by getting in the way, and I would rather clearly see myself than rely on a laser. It base plate is aluminum, but is heavy enough it doesnt flex and I’m sure it helps keep the weight down. The adjustments are straight foreward and are easily operated. The motor sounds smooth in it’s wind up and use. The cord is nice and long, and made of rubber. I am a good size man and the handles and trigger switch easily fit my hands. If your looking for a saw that is basic in it’s design but heavy duty, easy to use and powerful, this is your saw. I have purchased several Ridgid power tools and have found them reliable and good values for the money.

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 01:52 AM

Thanks for the review.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 06:33 AM

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 01:40 PM

Agree with the rest…nice review. Ridigid is really coming along in the woodworking tool department…..and their lifetime service is a great feature.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 08:20 PM

I thoroughly agree. It is an amazing all around circular saw. Powerful, light weight and sturdy, this saw can go from rough framing to a woodworking task with an easy change of the blade. I’ve had mine for a couple of years and I love it!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#5 posted 08-09-2009 08:36 PM

great review.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 08-18-2009 09:21 PM

Im probably going to get this saw next week

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#7 posted 11-06-2009 11:01 PM

I bought one of these based on your review and I was not disappointed! I have been using a 15+ year old circular saw for as long as I can remember, so imagine my surprise when I cut my first 4X4 with this a few nights ago!


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#8 posted 03-25-2013 05:28 PM

I have one of these, and I am overall happy with the saw, but do have one major beef: The bevel on my unit can not be adjusted to 90 degrees. It stops just slight short of 90, which I assume must me a manufacturer defect. I have yet had time to remove the base and try to extend the bevel slot so it can be adjusted to 90. Otherwise I do like the saw’s power, weight, controls, and base. But I would give it 3 – 4 saws, as the issue with the bevel on my unit is a major deficiency.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 06:49 PM

I’ve had one of these for several years and it’s my “go to” saw when I wanna use a corded electric.

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 05:22 PM

This review was originally posted in 2009. I am sure Ridgid has made a few changes here and there over the years, but a few months ago I purchased this saw, and I can with confidence say that it is still a great buy. I do not have a table saw yet, so I have been relying on it quite a bit and it has never let me down. I even plunged it into some plywood and make a make-shift tablesaw for a project that required a bit more accuracy, and it worked surprisingly well.

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