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I really like my Ridgid. I have used many saws but I like this one best. The cast base is very heavy and stable. Very minimal vibrations and the vise works good. I use Sg Elastic brand abrasives on it and it cuts as square as you set it.
If you have the money though there are better saws when you get into carbide units.
I got to get in on this one.
Ridgid hands down
Heavy cast iron base. = no flexing
the handle is horizontal = easier on the wrist.
And good. Power doesn't bog down.
My second choice would be a makita.
Those are fab shop beasts.
Miller Bobcat 225NT onan
(Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
Work better & less parts to stock.
T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
2. 4-1/2" grinders
1. 9" grinder
14" Makita chop saw
1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#
I like my Makita 2414NB. Functionally it works well and like all my other Makita stuff it's held up great. I like it a lot better than some of the other brands I've used at jobs or school over the years.
Not knowing your location, Menards had the RAGE 2 for 199.00. Cheap price considering it was big bucks not long ago.
Port a band is a MUST HAVE tool. I set one up vertically on a stand as a fixed saw. Got it cheap because the casting at front of saw was broke and exposed blade. Made up a guard and works great.