Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 39
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MachineShopSupervisor Works Great Until It Breaks, Then You've Got Problems...
I am the Machine Shop Supervisor for a small startup. We use this saw on a daily basis for light-duty fabrication (mostly cutting sheet aluminum or aluminum bar stock no more than 1/2" thick). This saw has the power to make these jobs easy and quick. It does vibrate a bit (the whole saw shakes a bit as it spools down after being turned off) but nothing concerning.
What is concerning is the poor quality of the cast metal parts. After 5 or 6 months of use the Upper Shaft/Hinge Wheel Assembly (part #824283) broke. Examining the fracture surface revealed some of the worst casting porosity I've seen in 30+ years of working with machinery- despite the smooth exterior, half the part was made of air. At that time getting a reapair part was easy; three days later the saw was up and working. That was 6 months ago.
Just today the Post Support Bracket (part #823601) broke. While not as porous as the other part, the fracture still revealed a tremendously rough, crystallized surface, again an indication of poor casting quality. The problem now is that there is currently a THREE MONTH lead time for a replacement part, so it looks like we'll be buying a new band saw, and it won't be another BS14002.
Admittedly, the use we put this saw through would represent years or decades of hobby use. I'd be happy to have one of these in my garage at home. But I'd be royally, um, unhappy if it had to sit idle for three months while I waited for a part that should be in stock. Poor business model, Ridgid.
October 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doctor Excellent Purchase
The first band saw was damaged in shipment and replaced with only time frustrations. The second went together very smoothly. The directions were complete, accurate and sensible (unusual in today's world). Pay careful attention to the blade-guide-adjustment instructions. This is a solid, precise and smooth tool. I am satisfied. (I would like a fence and will buy or build one for this saw.)
Note: An earlier review mentioned "balance" and I followed up. While assembling I took off the factory-installed blade and tried to balance the upper and lower main wheels. It took 30 cents to balance the upper and 26 cents to balance the lower (that is a quarter and a nickel taped to the upper and a quarter and a penny taped to the lower). I marked the wheels, took off the coins, and finished assembly and started running the saw. The upper section vibrated with about an inch and a half displacement of the section (major shake). I got stick-on wheel weights from the tire store and hand-estimated the weight of the quarter and nickel as about 1/8 ounce (1/2 of a 1/4 oz lead weight). I put this small weight on the upper wheel and similar weight on the lower wheel and started to saw. The upper section had a VERY LITTLE vibration! It was essentially smooth. My point is a relatively small unbalance will make a big difference in operation! Five minutes dismounting the blade and balancing the wheels will be time well spent.
Note: The main deck comes with a protective coating. This can be easily removed with Brake & Parts Cleaner from you local auto supply store.
January 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rawspectre Great saw for the money
first thing I've got to say is you can't find a 14in saw for this price anywhere. At this price it can't be beat. Now you will find that this saw needs to be tuned. Do your homework. In order to use any bandsaw you have to learn how to tune it anyway. I don't care if it's Habour Frieght or Laguna. Since I learned how to tune my saw it's been working great. I love my bandsaw. I reinforced the table with 3/4 in MDF. I balanced my wheel using 1/2 once sticky weights from Lowes. I installed a link belt to help cut on the vibration. And installed Coolblock Guides. Last I added a Kreg fence. Most of my add on you would probably do on any other bandsaw anyway .
April 6, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by stacr010 Cheap parts continually break
I bought this band saw because of the price and because I believed Ridgid made good products. However, with this purchase I quickly realized this saw was going to be a nightmare. The cheap "cast iron" parts continually break! And when I mean break I mean they literally disintegrate and break into a hundred pieces. I have now had to replace the tracking hinge component three times!! The poor quality part simply cannot meet the pressure demands that it requires. And the lifetime warranty is USELESS when they require you to physically bring or ship the tool to a service center! Do not buy this product. Spend the extra money and get something that will work reliably.
March 3, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by grrrich Certain parts are no longer available
I purchased this bandsaw about six years ago. In July of 2011, the tension rod to tighten the blade had stripped. I ordered the part through an off-site for the cost of $27.00 (the part was 8.50 & shipping was 18.50 for one week delivery). This past September, the same issue occurred on the new part, however, the part is discontinued / no longer available. Severely disappointed considering the Home Depot continues to sell this band saw and yet this part is no longer available. All was not lost, as I fabricated the part myself with a higher quality of steel. However, I do not agree in selling an item without giving the customer prior knowledge that some parts may fail and are no longer available for replacement.
January 18, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Cutworm Almost a Great Saw
I don't know why all the reviews were removed but I'll summarize them. Other than vibration this is a great saw. If the upper and lower wheels were factory balanced this would be a 5 star saw and the equivalent of a saw twice the price. You can balance by trial and error and get it acceptable but I could not get it perfect. I suggest removing the blade and getting the bottom wheel as good as you can first. Then install the blade and balance the top wheel. I'd buy it again but would like to see Ridgid address that one issue that seems to be common among all owners of this saw.
February 25, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Don't waste your money
Purchased this saw thinking it was a great deal.Price was great.Quality of product (poor).Top and bottom wheels off balance,all attempts to track blade were unsuccessful,tried to level/plumb both wheels failed.Tracking adjustment knob wore a hole in upper shaft hinge wheel assembly.Bolt for tension adjustment for blade also wore hole in outer casting.Had trouble putting 3/4 inch blade on saw.Spoke to ridgid rep. and was asvised to take top wheel off and check for damage, cracks or any wear.None found. Called rep back and after talking with him was told nothing could be done under warranty. Should be covered since saw is bearly 2 years old. Will reconsider buying ridgid products in the future and will not recommend this product to anyone.
March 13, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CHARLIE DO NOT BUY THIS SAW!!!
Anybody that gives this saw a great review hasn't owned it very long. I have had this saw for 4 years and never got the wobble out of it even after hours of trying to balance the wheels myself. I put up with this only because my use of the saw was only occasional. Yesterday, it happened. The same part that others have complained about (upper wheel axle/tensioner/tracker bracket) broke. With none available, I now have a 400.00, 200lb. boat anchor. Be patient, save your money and buy a decent band saw. I am NOT HAPPY.
October 30, 2012