Model # R3401

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RIDGID 8-Amp 5 in. Fiber Cement Circular Saw
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8-Amp 5 in. Fiber Cement Circular Saw

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The RIDGID 5 in. Fiber Cement Circular Saw is ideal for cutting fiber cement board and making bevel cuts of up to 45 degrees. The heavy duty, 8 amp motor delivers up to 9250 RPM to help you make cuts quickly and easily. For added ease of use, the blade has a spindle lock for effortless blade changes.

  • Onboard AirGuard active dust collection system that uses a twin-fan design to collect 90% of fiber cement dust and help reduce the risk of inhaling harmful particles
  • Ergonomic design that provides comfort when operating in different positions
  • Magnesium upper and lower guard, and base that are lightweight for low operator fatigue during extended use
  • Trigger switch that offers ease of operation
  • Lightweight at only 7 lbs.
  • 10 ft. cord for your convenience
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty
  • Lifetime service agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase (begins after the warranty period expires)
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Name 15 Amp 7-1/4 in. TILT-LOK Circular Saw 8-Amp 5 in. Fiber Cement Circular Saw WSC 7.25-S 15 Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw 8 Amp 5-1/2 in. Circular Saw
Brand Milwaukee RIDGID Hilti Makita
Ratings (128) (49) (1) (1)
Cordless/ Corded Corded Corded Corded Corded
Blade Diameter 7.25 in 5 in 7.25 in 5.5 in
Power Tool Features Case Included Depth Adjustment,Spindle Lock Electric Brake,Spindle Lock
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what is the lenght of the hose

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vynal
September 23, 2012
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December 29, 2014
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I currently do not have this product here with me, but IIRC the hose is approximately 10-12' long.
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September 2, 2014
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I don't know it's exact length, but as a practical matter the saw needs to stay within about 6 feet from the dust bucket. For cross-cuts that's not a problem. For making cuts the length of a 12' piece of material you'll have to move the dust bucket. This is a mild inconvenience. I have not tried it, but I suspect you could attach a long hose from a vacuum cleaner the end of the hose that normally plugs Read More
I don't know it's exact length, but as a practical matter the saw needs to stay within about 6 feet from the dust bucket. For cross-cuts that's not a problem. For making cuts the length of a 12' piece of material you'll have to move the dust bucket. This is a mild inconvenience. I have not tried it, but I suspect you could attach a long hose from a vacuum cleaner the end of the hose that normally plugs into the dust bucket. That would give your saw a much longer "leash." If you do this be sure to use a very fine filter or filter bag on you vacuum or else you will have completely defeated the purpose of the saws design. Read Less
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August 29, 2014
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Just under 9 feet (105 inches).
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Miami, FL, USA
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December 12, 2013
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I ESTIMATE 8 FEET AT LEAST.
LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE SAFE EGRESS TO SET UP MATERIAL WORKING AT A CUTTING STATION and SET SAW DOWN ON A NEAR BY CARPENTERS BENCH. While hose is attached to saw and containment bucket.
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Sandy, OR, USA
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October 22, 2013
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About 8'. It's the only drawback for this saw. Everything else about it is well thought-out.
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Libertyville, IL, USA
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October 15, 2013
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8' - 6"
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July 6, 2013
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The hose is 8 feet - 6 inches long and none binding in nature.
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About 6 to 8 feet.
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June 29, 2013
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8' hose you can make a shop vac hose work
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Loganville, GA 30052, USA
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September 24, 2012
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The total hose length is 100 inches. Minus the 2 end connecters @2" each make a useable length of 96 inches (8 feet) .
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September 24, 2012
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The hose length is 8’ 8”, which includes the connectors on each end.
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Great saw but not impressed with life span of Diablo blades. Know of any other brand blade to fit this saw for fiber cement siding?

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August 28, 2012
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I have yet to find a different blade. I too am disappointed in the life of the blades. I have found that you have to keep the plunge cutting to a minimum. It kills the blades very quickly! If you avoid plunge cutting they do tend to last ALOT longer. I use mine almost specifically with fiber cement backer board for tile. Hardiebacker and siding absolutely eat these blades but competitors products tends Read More
I have yet to find a different blade. I too am disappointed in the life of the blades. I have found that you have to keep the plunge cutting to a minimum. It kills the blades very quickly! If you avoid plunge cutting they do tend to last ALOT longer. I use mine almost specifically with fiber cement backer board for tile. Hardiebacker and siding absolutely eat these blades but competitors products tends to be a bit kinder to the blades. Read Less
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December 24, 2014
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I have used the diablo blades myself, If you cut through alot of wood with any of the fiber cement blades it
will reduce the life of the blade. Also read on the package of saw blade to see if it is a diamond polycrystaline blade
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June 17, 2014
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Freud(diablo) made a PCD tipped blade complete with part number but they never brought it to market
Have not found any other diamond tipped blade close enough to use, been looking for 3-4 years.
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October 22, 2013
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Sounds like you're using a carbide blade. Try using a diamond blade, they last forever.
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July 6, 2013
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I use the Ridge diamond blade for tile. However, on the rear of the blade packaging there is a picture of this saw...
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June 29, 2013
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No saw blades are going to last in concrete that's what you are cutting a concrete blade will work but you can't stand the dust I've even tried a wet saw- messy I sharpen my own blade we use a blade 1/2 of a day so we don't round the teeth off to much and I sharpen them at night. I really like the shears for Hardie siding and plycem for the trim boards
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The Diablo blades are considered to be some of the best blades on the market for that application, which is why RIDGID has that brand on the saw. There is not a different brand blade RIDGID can advise of for use on the saw that is known to provide a longer life span. You might check with your local Home Depot stores Pro-Desk, for their recommendations in regards to any other blades that they may be aware Read More
The Diablo blades are considered to be some of the best blades on the market for that application, which is why RIDGID has that brand on the saw. There is not a different brand blade RIDGID can advise of for use on the saw that is known to provide a longer life span. You might check with your local Home Depot stores Pro-Desk, for their recommendations in regards to any other blades that they may be aware of that are possibly providing other customers longer life, if there are any. Read Less
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Is "right hand saw" available? All the ones I looked are left handed

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This saw is only available in the "right hand" configuration.
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October 22, 2013
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Not that I know of. Instead of using it right-handed & leaning over to see, try left-handed. You'll be surprised how fast your left hand adapts and it's much quicker.
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It seems these are ambidextrous tools, like a pencil.
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this the only way it comes
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Unfortunately, RIDGID does not offer an optional version of the 5” Fiber Cement Circular Saw
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I'm having the saw delivered to my home. Does it come with a blade?

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yes
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May 21, 2015
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!
Yes, the R3401 kit contains a blade for use with the saw.
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RIDGID
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8-Amp 5 in. Fiber Cement Circular Saw is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Using the RIDGE Fiber Cement Circular Saw The saw vacuum system did contain 75-80% of the airborne cement dust while cross cutting and ripping with the tool. Would be better if the blade housing would allow viewing of the blade to make scribe cutting more accurate when vewing the tool from left of the blade. Should be sold with an option to purchase a durable soft case to contain and store all the accessories. Also the shoe should be adjustable so the blade doesn't cut deep into sacrificial supporting wood on work surface.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best cement and granite saw ever ! I've done a number of siding jobs with this saw and the dust vacum system is great. Just tried using it with a 4 inch dry diamond blade to cut 1/2 granite countertop and it also worked great. cut down stone dust also.
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet This is the ticket for cutting plycem and other thick composite material the dust is keep to a minimal only dust not caught is as the blade exits the piece. If you put another piece in front of the board you won't have any dust. I also added pvc pipe to go to the bottom of bucket and added 3" of water this added weight to the bucket and hold the dust down, for cutting hardie siding use shears or a cutter like a paper cutter blades don't last this the best I have found to keep dust down I've been doing this for a long time
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very solid design The blade supplied with this saw is good for 25 cuts then it starts creating red hot scorching and its LOUD. You can expect about 70% of dust to be collected, but that is a lot of dust considering the nature of fiber board. Once I put on a diamond blade the saw cut smooth and "quietly". This is a high quality, well designed tool, that works better than a simple shop vac set-up.
Date published: 2013-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from durable Have had this saw for two plus years and have used it side 10+ houses with fiber cement. Keeps the dust to a minimum and takes any beating I give it. Two issues. First, I live in the Pacific Northwest and we work in wet weather. After about a year I noticed the dust wasn't collecting in the bucket. Had to take the saw apart and chip away hardened cement inside of the vacuum system, which is a pretty narrow channel through the back of the saw. Second, like many other posts is the blades. As with all fiber cement blades, if you don't cut quick and perfectly straight the blade heats up and the teeth are lost. Its easy to kill a blade on a 12 foot rip. I typically go through two blades per house, which is 40 bucks. Not sure if a depth adjustment would help since i'm only cutting through 3/8 material. (maybe I have three issues.) Still high regards for this tool.
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good purchase These are great little saws for cutting fiber cement. They are good for containing the dust. They are easy to use. The two biggest downfalls are there are no diamond blades just carbide tipped. The other is the bearings in the rear of saw burn out very quickly. We bought three saws last year have only one still working. So the overall durability for the cost is my only complaint
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what it suppose to The bevel adjustment would not stay locked on the first one I bought, but Home Depot refunded with no problem. This saw certainly cuts down on dust when cutting fiber cement board. I changed to a diamond blade and it then worked well on cement roof tiles. I find it helpful to vacuum the inside of the bucket filter every now and then. The blade does not last too long, but what are ya gonna do with fiber cement? Be prepared to go through blades quickly. One of the first circular saw I have used where the guide line was accurate.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great only cut a fe boards but it cuts down the dust a lot. i like it, i like it a lot. I did by the diamond blade to go with it after soe recomondations and it cut very nice. Having trouble getting the Lifetime warranty, that part of the system seems to work only if you are really determined and have lots of time ad patience to sit on the phone.
Date published: 2014-04-01
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