Ridgid Band Saw - mixed reviews, clearance price. Worth it?

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Forum topic by kalapolo posted 06-08-2011 08:08 PM 28375 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2011 08:08 PM

Months ago, I noticed the 14” Ridgid Band Saw marked down $70 at my local HD. Did some research and found lots of mixed reviews, so I decided to save up for a Grizzly. In the meantime, the Ridgid came off clearance and returned to the normal price ($399), and I read some unfavorable reviews regarding Grizzly and their customer service, which just left me to further ponder a band saw purchase. Yesterday, I noticed the Ridgid is marked down again, but this time to $276. I could get it under $250 (+ tax) with military discount or possibly $220 (+ tax) if they would take a competitor’s coupon.

I foresee doing normal band saw type things: shaping and resawing wood. Should I go for the clearance priced Ridgid or continue saving for the Grizzly (or something else all together)?

Thanks in advance – the LJ community has been an enormous help as I’ve slowly built a shop :)

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 08:14 PM

Many people moaning about 14” bandsaws have never owned
and tuned a bandsaw before.

China-made tools are all over the map in terms of quality control.
Perhaps the Ridgid is a poorly made saw, but I’d wager some
of the complaints are from people with unrealistic out-of-the-box
performance expectations.

If in doubt, get a vintage Delta or similar. They were mostly
very well made.

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 08:46 PM

I noticed a while back that ridgid no longer offers a band saw on their site. To me, this says something about the quality of the saw that they no longer produce.

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 09:43 PM

From my personal experience and based upon the comments of most (but not all) the people who deal with Grizzly customer, the satisfaction level is very high. The person who had a bad experience with Grizzly customer service is the rare exception. It’s quite common to hear people rave about how good their customer service is. I do.

I think one important bandsaw feature is roller bearing guides. The alternate approach is guide blocks. I suspect the Ridgid has guide blocks. Every Grizzly, except their cheapest, has roller bearing guides.

I’m quite sure this is not in your plans or budget but, IMO, stepping up to the 17” Grizzly is a great idea. The price is not much higher than a 14” with a riser block and what a 17” can do greatly exceeds what you can do with a 14”.

I’ve never heard anyone who bought a 17” or 18” bandsaw wish they had bought a 14” bandsaw but I have heard the opposite many times.

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 10:07 PM

Rich is absolutely correct. I have both a jet 14 w/riser…and a grizzly 17” extreme….I have kept both because I use the 14” to do scroll type cuts (plus I would not get much out of selling it….and it doesn’t take up much floor space on rollers) – it has a carter guide and thin blade. The grizzly does all the hard stuff…and it can handle it. What I noticed in the 14 is that it is underpowered to do decent resaw….and to cut some of the hardwoods that I use alot. It will cut them eventually….but at an ever slowing rate (subject to burning the edge as one point or another)....the 17 goes through them like shite through a goose.

I have had nothing but excellent results from Grizzly’s customer support…the call when they say…they send what they promise….and go hard at it to give you what assistance you require….One bad review does not convince me of a trend – just take a look at Laguna….one nightmare after another for customers….it is sad as they used to be top notch.

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 10:09 PM

Don’t forget Rikon is on sale at Woodcraft. I think they have a nice 17” saw, and they have a extra capacity 14” as well.

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 10:12 PM

If you have never seen the Grizzly and Ridgid up close and personal, do so. The Ridgid is okay, but drastically under powered, and is known for vibration problems. The Grizzly is a top notch saw not known for problems. However Grizzly does tend to keep a short supply line, so any shipping interruptions translate pretty quickly to shipping and delivery delays to the customer… Of the two problems, I would rather be patient and wait for the Grizzly…

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 10:25 PM

On the Rigid, I doubt that you get a fence or miter gauge. Be sure to factor that into your cost assumptions. Personally, I would save more money and go for the Rikon or a similar Grizzley saw that can cut at least 12” thick material. But there is a big cost difference…

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#8 posted 06-08-2011 10:27 PM

$220 is still too much to take a risk with IMO.

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#9 posted 06-08-2011 10:31 PM

Ridgid makes many fine tools but this one I am vary Leary of.I have their Planer and jointer and I am pleased but this band saw cries Lemon! like saddletramp I do not seen the saw on there web site any longer.It screams out REDESIGN,too many inherent problems.I am about to buy my band saw from Grizzly its either the G0555x or the G0513p.I know that thees two saws are not in that price range but i am looking at their(Grizzly) catalog right now and the G0555 1hp 14” band saw is 450 beans with 69 dollar shipping.Awards from American wood worker(best buy),Wood magazine(top tool),Popular Wood working(Best new tool)I have herd no good reviews for the Ridgid but like Loren said a lot of grumbling.

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 10:46 PM

Assuming your HD is conveiniently located, you could always buy the Ridgid and try it out. Then return it if it sucks. I’ve bought clearance and scratch/dent stuff from Lowes before. It almost always comes with a factory warranty and is covered by the Lowes return policy. However, aditional discounts are usually not applied. HD might be different.

However, even with that said, I’d skip the Ridgid. While reviews must be taken with a grain of salt, that particular machine gets a disproportinate amount of bad press. The Grizzly models, on the other hand, get a disproportionate amount of good press. Between the two, Grizzly wins every time even though it costs a couple hundred more. It very well be the last bandsaw you ever buy.
of course, there is always used, which tends to be the best deal going…...if you know what to look (out) for.

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#11 posted 06-08-2011 10:53 PM

I own a Ridgid planer and jointer and have been very satisfied with them. That having been said, I’ve heard more negatives than positives in regard to power and vibrating in Ridgid’s bandsaw. Those are two pretty big issues to deal with in a bandsaw IMHO. I say hold off, FWIW I’m saving for a Grizzly too.

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#12 posted 06-08-2011 11:08 PM

I have the G0555 had for a long time and it works like a dream. Have several Grizz. machines never a prob. great out of the box.

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#13 posted 06-08-2011 11:13 PM

I just bought a Ridgid bandsaw and I am not sure I woudl buy it again if I had it to do over. This is my first bandsaw so I dont have alot to compare too. It takes alot of work to get it set up and you will need a belt and blade defore you make your first cut. I had to beef up the base to cut down on vibration, change the belt, and replace the blade, now it makes a decent cut and a nickle will sand on end while I make a cut of I cant complaine about the vibration much anymore. It dose not come with a fence or a miter gauge, so you will have to buy that if you think you need it. The belt and blade will run you another $50 or $60 to get started so add that to the cost up front.

I own a Rigid 3650 TS that I love and a Ridgid bench top planner and it works great, so do like the ridgid tools but this is not their best and at around $250 you might not me that far away form a better machine.

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#14 posted 06-08-2011 11:14 PM

Wow, thanks for so many replies! Here is the link to Ridgid’s band saw on their site FWIW ( Seems like it’s definitely worth saving up for the Grizzly (I was looking at the G0555/G0555P). I knew I could count on my fellow LJ’s to point me in the right direction! The 17” Grizzly looks very nice, but it’s nearly double the price before shipping.

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#15 posted 06-08-2011 11:15 PM

The Ridgid bandsaw is still shown as a current product at the Ridgid website, Ridgid Bandsaw. However, I would not recommend you buy this bandsaw. By the time you put additional money into it to make it run right you’ll end up spending more than the saw is worth. If you ever decide to upgrade to a better saw your return on investment on this saw will not be good.

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