Longevity of Ridgid Power tools?

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Forum topic by PirateOfCatan posted 02-28-2009 12:43 AM 5946 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2009 12:43 AM

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I own a few Ridgid power tools and have been happy with them so far (two years). My Bother-in-Law works for Habitat for Humanity and every single one of their Ridgid power tools does not work anymore. I have heard similar stories from other people, but all have been places where tools are abused day after day.

How do they hold up to heavy use? Heavy use with care and love?
Do they have the long life of (most) DeWalt?

Your thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated. If this has already been a topic, then please let me know (I did look, but maybe not enough). Thanks in advance.

-- P.O.C.

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 06:58 AM

Which of thier power tools are you talking about. Floor tools, bench tools, or hand tools ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 07:06 AM

All my ridgid tools are holding up well. My oldest is 7 year old bandsaw. It did recently stop working but after I cleaned out the motor with my vacuum and compressor, it worked again. I also have a drill and a portable table saw. All are working fine.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 07:06 AM

Good question. My 6” Ridgid sander has been in the shop for repairs twice in its first year. I doubt if I use it 15 minutes a week. I can’t say I’ve been getting better results from any other brand. My old stand by PortaCable has really disappointed me. The last three tools from them have died in the first two years of use.

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 02:23 PM

To rtb’s question, of what category of Ridgid tools I was interested in, I would say all of them. I am less concerned about their not motorized tools as I have been happy with them. Since I now have a workshop of my own, I am going through the “pains” of buying less expensive tools to fill out said shop. What I want to stay away from is buying cheap tools which need to be replaced in a year or two.

As I do own a few Ridgid tools, I am aware of their lifetime warranty. I have not had to use it yet. The next tool on The List is a lithium ion screw gun and I have been looking at the Ridgid flavor. Now that Milwaukee and Bosch have come out with other tools which use the same batteries longevity of the tool rises higher on the criteria chart.

-- P.O.C.

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 04:26 PM

I’ve been using (and abusing) my Ridgid 18v drill/driver for about 4 years now and love it. It’s seen a lot of use and hasn’t given me a bit of trouble. I’ve noticed lately that one battery doesn’t hold a charge as long as the other but it’s not enough to be a problem yet. I also have a 3660 table saw, 14002 band saw and 12 gallon wet/dry vac. Haven’t had those as long, but no troubles. Band saw was bought (barely) used and needed a new belt and a bit of tune up work to run its best.

My brother-in-law is a general contractor and uses Ridgid tools. No complaints. Along with drill/drivers, he has a 3650 table saw and Ridgid’s older 2-blade planer.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 05:54 PM

I only own a random orbital sander by Rigid, which I bought just a few weeks ago. I bought it for two reasons, one, because the world headquarters of Emerson (who “makes” the brand) is 2 1/2 miles from my home and I like supporting local companies, even if they are big names. (Yeah I also like ALL of my Ryobi tools too though), and also, because more and more Rigid tools are coming out with lifetime warranties of various types. A few of my family members are starting to think the same way. I’ve only used the sander once, so no problems with them yet, but there are problems in ALL manufactured tools lines, from cheap ones to very expensive ones. It’s all in your personal preferences.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 06:22 PM

Read the warranty carefully. I think mine is only for two years. Even if they do call it “lifetime”.

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 08:11 PM

I’ve got a bunch of Ridgid stuff. TS, BS, Planer, Random Orbit Sander, 24v-Drill, 24v-Recip. Saw, 24v-Circ. Saw, Router, Lam. Trimmer, 15ga nailer, 18ga nailer and probably some stuff I’ve forgotten about. No problems, but of course I’m not a contractor and just use this stuff at night and on weekends. They’ve served me well.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 08:26 PM

Mine all work fine. I have their 13” Planer, oscillating belt/drum sander, and the wall mounted shop vacuum. I put a remote switch on the vac and it’s one of my favorite tools and carry the remote button in my T-Shirt pocket.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#10 posted 02-28-2009 09:00 PM

I have the osculating spindle sander. I have had it in for repairs. They completely replaced the motor. I was told that the company was purchased by someone else. The older tools will be repaired one time. The new tools will have to be registered and then have a full lifetime warranty. I would have to think about replacing it with a different brand. I have been pretty happy with it. When it dies for good I will have to decide.

-- Berta in NC

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 09:23 PM

OK I have, 3650 table saw, 6”joiner, 14 in bandsaw, air filtration, 16 gal shop vac with removable blower,6in ROS and oscillating sander(rebuilt) 13 in planer. I have no complaints about any of them. Any glitches that I have encountered are usually nothing than routine maintenance hasn’t taken care of. Some of these have been used very hard and are none the worse. While I will never buy and tool with comparing, Rigid will always be included in the mix. NOTE You must fill out and submit the registration form (cannot be done online) and there is a limited amount of time but, for those using batteries the are also covered for life IF YOU REGISTRATED THEM (the tools)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 02-28-2009 11:17 PM

Thank you all for sharing your input.

As Dennis pointed out, read the warranty carefully. “Lifetime” only applies to certain parts and services (like batteries) in most cases. Mmm… Fine Print…

I agree with the sentiment that cheap and expensive tools all have their problems. Just like all brands have their hits and misses. I like my 14.4v DeWalt 1/2 drill (eight years old at this point) much, much better than my wife’s model, two years older than mine.

Thanks again.

-- P.O.C.

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 06:57 PM

I only have 2 vacuums, 1 16 gal., 1 12 gal., and the osc./belt sander. No probs with any of them. Liftime warrenty? HAH! Nobody got no steenkin’ lifetime warrenty.

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Peter Oxley

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 07:16 PM

Ridgids? I’ve had a few.

But seriously, I own tools from a variety of manufacturers, and I would put Ridgid in the same class as DeWALT or Milwaukee on most items. The one tool that I can’t recommend from Ridgid is their quarter-sheet palm sander. I’ve had two of them for about a year and a half, and they are both ready for their third set of bearings.

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#15 posted 03-03-2009 07:20 PM

I am a tool buyer for a comercial general contractor. I have 5 ridgid portable table saws 3 -12” slide arm saws and numerous cordless tools made by ridgid and the carpenters have had no complaints. I have only had 1 table saw in for repair. To compare them to Milwaukee and DeWalt I believe there quaility would be as good. At home I have the contrator table saw and 6” jointer. I would put my ridgid table saw up against any other brands contractor saw. I use alot of walnut and white oak in my projects and I haven’t bogged done the saw yet. At work most of these tools are going on 6 years. As most of you know they will be abused to the extreme on a contruction site. For the money they are very good tools.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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