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03-24-2008 03:30 AM

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I can not see the pro’s of ridgid. Yes life-time on parts and repair,but is there samll print on this? With this is coverd but this is not. I have a hard time seeing this,because i can not see them staying around if they fix 5 tools at 100.00 a week thats 500.00 per. that can not be a long trem thing over the years. maybe I am thinking to hard on this just thought I would throw it out and see how you all feel on this?

-- danny s "the first to lose are the first to give up"

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 03:34 AM

I’m not sure of the fine print, but with the number of tools they sale I would not think fixing 5 a week would be a bad amount. I do think that they sale a lot of small tools with no thought that someone will send it back to be fixed. Hand drills for instance. Some are cheap enough that it’s not worth the effort to send it back. Get a new one.

That said, the Rigid tools I’ve had have worked out pretty well.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 04:18 AM

Ridgid has been around for a very long time, and they make pretty good quality tools. Clearly they believe that their tools are good enough quality that offering free repairs will not drive them out of business. There are some exclusions (abuse, dropping the tool off the roof), but they seem reasonable. I own quite a few Ridgid tools, and they get used. I haven’t needed repairs on anything except the quarter sheet sanders which keep tearing up the bearing kits.

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 04:23 AM

One of the best pieces of advice I have had was to buy the most tool that your budget will allow. Rigid tools are fine but if I had to choose between a $300 tool now or saving for a $500 tool next year I would go for the $500 tool.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Myron Wooley

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 04:31 AM

The Ridgid tools I have owned have been very high quality. The fit and finish have been very good, and the features on each make them a great value.
Emerson Electric used to have the contract for Craftsman power tools. Sears is notorious for cost cutting, and a lot of good ideas from the engineers at Emerson did not see the light of day because they added cost. When Emerson lost the Sears contract, they decided to develop the Ridgid line of power tools, and incorporated the features that Sears would not consider.
As an example, the Ridgid TS3650 table saw has: casters, trunnion adjustments like the PALS system, a decent fence, cast aluminum handwheels, polygroove drive belt, and a dust collection shroud. None of the equivalent saws at Sears had any of these features. They might now; I haven’t looked, but once Emerson Electric was free from Sears, they shot ahead in quality and maintained a good price to boot.

So, yes, IMHO, Ridgid really is that good!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 04:42 AM

The rigid stuff I have is of high quality. I couldn’t be happier.

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#6 posted 03-24-2008 05:20 AM

I’ve got a screw gun that has been abused for over two years, a shop-vac of the same age and a brad nailer. My son-in-law also has a bunch of Ridgid tools. We haven’t had any trouble and we have tried to murder them. I don’t know how many times that screw gun has hit the floor. I use the shop vac with a 50 gallon drum as a dust collector.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-24-2008 05:22 AM

I just got my first Rigid tool yesterday. The OSC spindle sander. Seem to be pretty good. I was surprised.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-24-2008 11:33 AM

Most of the guys that I know with Ridgid tools could care less about the lifetime warranty. They are just happy with the tools outright. My only personal experience with Ridgid is the 18V combination pack. They are tough as hell. ( Circ saw, drill, recip. saw, flash light). I left the drill on the lid of my truck box one day and it ended up bouncing down the Blvd. at 45 miles per hours. I went back and picked it up off the road…..........snapped the battery back in and have been using it ever since. That was 2 1/2 years ago.

I accidently kicked the reciprocating saw off a scaffold from 6 bucks up and it is still with me today. :)

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#9 posted 03-24-2008 11:59 AM

I have the spindle sander and am very pleased with the quality and the thought behind the tool pieces

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 01:39 PM

I have a Ridgid RO sander, large & small shop vac, portable table saw, jointer & drill press. Never a problem with any of them.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#11 posted 03-24-2008 03:31 PM

thank everyone i must be thinking to hard.

-- danny s "the first to lose are the first to give up"

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Al Killian

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#12 posted 03-24-2008 09:03 PM

Warranties are mostly marketing devices to get you to buy a tool. Few companies will let you collect on it. I personaly rather look at how the tools have performed for others before deciding to buy it. This my oppion .

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#13 posted 03-24-2008 09:13 PM

Ditto to all of the above. I have the following Ridgid tools:

Tablesaw (TS3650)
12” Miter Saw
Drill Press
5” Random Orbit Sander
Benchtop Spindle Sander
Circular Saw

All perform very well, and have for several years.

-- Being nice gets you stuff!

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#14 posted 03-25-2008 02:10 AM

I’ve got the TS3650 Tablesaw, 13” planer, OSS, 12” SCMS, 14” bandsaw, 15 ga. finish nailer, 18 ga. finish nailer, Router combo package, cordless hammer drill-recip. saw-circular saw & light combo package. Except for the bandsaw being a little under powered, I’ve been just plumb tickled with all of them.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#15 posted 03-25-2008 02:16 AM

I have the TS2400 table saw. I love it.

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