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Model R3401

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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
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what is the lenght of the hose

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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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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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July 4, 2013
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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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December 29, 2014
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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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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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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 49 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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. December 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Did what it was supposed to do. I bought the saw to reside my new shop. Having the dust pickup really reduced the amount of cement dust in the air. Some does escape so you still need to wear a mask, but its a lot better than using a regular saw. The only gripe is blades dont last all that long. That's just how it is when you are cutting cement board with a carbide blade. September 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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. August 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tool works well Me: obsessive/compulsive do-it-yourselfer. Bought the saw to replace the siding on my house. I have seen fiber-cement products cut with conventional saws and witnessed clouds of dirty, nasty, very unhealthy dust. This saw captures almost all the dust. I am very, very impressed. The saw also handles well, is quite light compared to my regular circular saw, the blade angle adjustment is user friendly and the saw is easy to use with a straight edge guide. I like it. I have one unanswered question: does the store carry replacement blades or will I have to find a supplier on-line? I'll cross that bridge when I come to the river. Summary: good tool. September 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great saw (with a couple of notes) This unit is great. It cuts well and does what it says in collecting a lot of dust (in fact most of the dust is collected). It cuts straight and is light so very little fatigue. The hose length is adequate. The negatives are the blade is small so it dulls quickly. The supplied blade dulled after only doing half a house with Hardie board.however after putting on a frued blade the saw kept going well For 4 houses with a lot of cuts and rips Of the Cement Board. One other thing is the noise level. It is very loud. Ear muffs are necessary don't cut without them It will leave with a ringing That is worse than a nagging partner. Get the saw, put on ear protection, cut upwind... and you'll be very happy. March 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by promising saw the saw worked extremely well contained 95% of cemnt dust my problem was tool broke on 2nd day of usage liked it anyway and purchased 2nd tool June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saved time and effort! My wife and I are using 1/2 inch concrete Hardiboard to lay porcelain tile over about 1100 sq feet in our home. Prior to getting the saw, we were scoring the concrete boards multiple times and snapping them for cuts. For small openings such as vents we had to score an "X" over the area and use a hammer to break the board. All of these techniques are very difficult and time consuming when using 1/2 inch concrete boards. Also this technique left less than desirable results sometimes. From the moment we got the saw, all of the headaches disappeared. This little saw cut through these boards cleanly and quickly. Cut outs are a breeze. Setting the saw up is quick and easy. What would have taken us a day or more to do now only takes a few hours. The dust collection feature is nice. It captures about 85-90% of the dust. This is the best 169.00 I've spent on a tool in a long time! If you are doing a job with this type of material you need this saw! April 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by If you like dust, you won't like this saw! Halfway through my job, but i am liking this saw. Really minimizes dust. It is light and easy to use. April 28, 2015
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