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I blew the gearbox out of my new (3 month old) ridgid sawzall today. I was cutting lose a few studs to install a new header and a pocket door and the thing blew up with enough force to blow a hole in the side of the saw and scatter little pieces of metal around the room. I guess its back to my 15 year old millwaulkee that thing just wont quit. Any one else ever have one blow up on them?
 

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Ridgid don't make a Sawzall, only Milwaukee does.

Ridgid makes a reciprocating saw, but word on the street is they don't last and tend to blow up.

I've had a DeWalt - sucked.

Bought the Milwaukee Sawzall so long ago I forget when I bought it. That thing is a beast!

Some tools need to be brand specific. I think that is one of them.
 

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This is the very reason I've quit buying rigid power tools. They're not built for the abuse professionals put them through. I've owned quite a few cordless & corded rigid stuff & they've all failed me. twin tank compressor lasted the longest, but it also failed. It's replacement, failed withing 15 months.
 

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rigid is crap. They won't honor their warranty if you use it professionally. Around here there isn't anywhere to get them serviced even if they honored the warranty.
 

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rigid is crap. They won't honor their warranty if you use it professionally. Around here there isn't anywhere to get them serviced even if they honored the warranty.

Luckily, I did find a service shop to work on em 70 miles away. armature went out on my 18 month old tablesaw & they got the motor replaced under warranty. They've currently got my 1 year old tri stack compressor in shop, hopefully they'll get it covered as well.
 

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Luckily, I did find a service shop to work on em 70 miles away. armature went out on my 18 month old tablesaw & they got the motor replaced under warranty. They've currently got my 1 year old tri stack compressor in shop, hopefully they'll get it covered as well.
Id have to drive into ohio to get mine fixed. For what I paid for the crap, its just not worth the drive. I could see driving 70 miles to get the table saw fixed though. Should have bought the bosch! Same price, better everything.
 

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I work in that town several times a year. Occassionally shop there as well.

I do like the rigid tablesaw, was just disapointed the motor went bad so quickly. If it lays down again, I'll look at the bosch a little closer, but unless I've missed it, they're not the same price as the rigid. I think I paid $350ish for mine, haven't seen anything bosch that cheap.
 

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If it isn't Milwaukee or Makita, I've seen someone smoke / bust / mangle the rest of the recip saws.

I have a Rigid oilless twin tank compressor that's lasted, but I think I picked it up at ~ 50% off. I don't remember the price, something like $140, so I figured if it was junk I'd just dump it.
 

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Bought a Bosch at Lowes yesterday for $99.00. We needed an extra one and used it hard it's first day. I like it so far and for the price, I'm happy.
Seems like all the manufactures have 2 models now, a lighter duty compact saw, and a heavy duty demo saw. The light duty saws seem to range from $79 - $129 and the HD saws are $150 - $200. That bosch looks solid for $99, definitely better than the entry level dewalt. I don't do a lot of roof rips and heavy framing, so the lighter weight saw suits me fine. I really like the one handed ridged though, I can get surgical with that thing.
 

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BTW, the correct spelling is RIDGID, not rigid, nor ridged.
But either way, they are garbage power tools.
 

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Bought a Bosch at Lowes yesterday for $99.00. We needed an extra one and used it hard it's first day. I like it so far and for the price, I'm happy.

I bought one of those back in the winter to replace an ANCIENT Makita. So far no problems but I know in the back of my mind that I should have bought a Milwaukee. :laughing:
 

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I work in that town several times a year. Occassionally shop there as well.

I do like the rigid tablesaw, was just disapointed the motor went bad so quickly. If it lays down again, I'll look at the bosch a little closer, but unless I've missed it, they're not the same price as the rigid. I think I paid $350ish for mine, haven't seen anything bosch that cheap.
Did you get the table saw with the stand? Last I saw it was 500 at local home creepo, which I'm pretty sure what I paid for my bosch.
 
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