|Item Weight||215 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||44.3 x 20 x 14 inches|
|Item model number||BS1400|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||90-Day satisfaction guarantee policy, Limited 3-year warranty, Lifetime Service Agreement|
Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw, 14-Inch
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- 3/4 HP TEFC induction motor
- Heavy duty construction, cast iron table and frame minimize vibration
- Micro adjust on upper and lower blade guides for precise tracking
- On-board additional blade storage
- User-friendly controls - high visibility indicators and comfortable Sof-Touch on knobs help make adjustments easier
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I purchased this saw and have been disappointed in many areas. Vibration is the #1 complaint. I am no woodworking rookie and have tweaked everything multiple times. At the end of the day, unless I build my own stand, this machine will always have what I consider to be unacceptable vibration levels. I planned to perform some re-sawing in excess of 6" so I called Ridgid to inquire about the 6" riser accessory. They are trying to charge $218 plus $22 shipping. The part is available for ~$100 elsewhere and Grizzly (which I have read fits this saw) sells theirs for $67. The fact that Ridgid would charge over HALF the cost for this kit is an outrage. Also, you will have to shell out more money to buy rails and a fence for this saw which will put you way over the cost of other competitors saws such as a Grizzly. If you are an intermediate+ woodworker then I would suggest you spend the extra $100 on a far superior machine which already includes accessories such as a fence! Please do not be short sided by the slightly lower price of this saw... Ridgid wants to rake you over the coals on the accessories.
This thoroughly disgusted me and I have sworn never to purchase another Ridgid product and informed their customer service as well.
1. Cut a 1/2" sheet of plywood to 14"x24" and mount it on top of the stand. Use the stand top as a pattern to cut the bolt holes. This will stabilize the stand and provide an even mounting surface for the saw and motor. You will need 4 5/16x1.5" bolts for the motor and 4 5/16x2" bolts for the saw.
2. Replace the belt that comes with the saw. I used a Dayco 15395 Fan Belt (http://www.amazon.com/Dayco-15395-Fan-Belt/dp/B000C0TAJ0). You could also use a link belt, but the fan belt is excellent.
3. Line up the pulleys with a straight-edge. The motor pulley is designed for a straight-edge on the outside edge.
4. Tension the belt by using a quick clamp to push the motor away from the saw. You can apply the pressure directly between the pulleys. This will also hold it in place while you tighten the bolts on the motor.
5. REPLACE THE BLADE. The ridgid blade that comes with the saw is very bad. Mine had a weld the bumped every rotation. I found the Bosch 1/2"x93-1/2" to be very good on this saw, and inexpensive.
6. Optional: I put 3" locking rubber casters with stems in place of the feet. Works great for moving the tool around the shop.
Overall, I think it is a very good tool once tweaked. With the cast-iron frame and beast of a motor, it should be something I can pass down to my kids.
I then called Ridgid service, since the tool is still under warantee. After a 15 min wait, finally some gal picked up and asked me for the usual purchase and registration info. I then explained to her the hinge broke and asked for a replacement. To my surprise, she refused to send me the part, and asked me to take the tool to their "nearest" service center, which is 50 miles away. I was furious, asking her if she is aware that the tool weighs over 200lbs. She just don't give a damn, citing the usual customer policy.
What a lesson! You'd think with their "life time warantee" the tool would last a while. Well, this will be the only, and the last Ridgid tool I'll ever buy.
P.S. I did repair the saw with part I bought from ereplacementpart.com which costed about $25. And I promptly got rid of it on CL.Read more ›
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