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    Cmjones
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    Ream the hole in the blade out. It's not the blade that's undersized, it's the lock nipple in the collar that's slightly oversized. I ream my Diablo Demon's with an awl before using them with no problems. The fat lug on the locking collar should be out from under the rubber guard on the nose of the saw, you'll know it's locked in then. I love this saw enough to prep my blades for it. Thank goodness Diablo's last 3x longer than most other blades!
    Cmjones
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    Last edited by Cmjones; 03-25-2015, 07:38 AM. Reason: Spelling
  • plumbdog10
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Originally posted by Newman View Post
    Never had such an issue with my Milwaukee.
    Same here, Newman. I once owned a Ridgid cordless and had the same problem, plus more.

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  • ump107
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    Both my corded Ridgid and my cordless Ryobi have the Lever action blade change.

    The Lenox Fire Rescue blades are the ones that I now use most, the Bosch seem ok but I've dulled them quickly. The Lenox lasts quite a while and I rarely have any problems with them. I have looked at the Lenox Gold blades and I am waiting for my Free one to come in the mail to try.

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  • jbergstrom
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Originally posted by The Wood Meister View Post
    What is this "tool-less" blade change you speak of? Is it some new Star Trek gizmo? Both my DeWalts have hex keys!!! You mean there is something new and I missed it?

    Mark
    Mark this is what the latest Dewalts look like

    This is the one I have ->

    Dewalt 10 amp DW304PK
    Lever-action keyless blade clamp for quick and easy blade changing...

    Cheers!
    Attached Files

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  • Newman
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  • Newman
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    I like the Lenox blades too. I've used the Bosch blades and they're great like their jig saw blades - made in Switzerland

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  • Newman
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  • Newman
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Originally posted by The Wood Meister View Post
    What is this "tool-less" blade change you speak of? Is it some new Star Trek gizmo? Both my DeWalts have hex keys!!! You mean there is something new and I missed it?

    Mark
    Have you been under a rock man?

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  • Woussko
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    TWM

    Take a look at a new Milwaukee or for that matter about any brand of nice new reciprocating saw. The blade clamp has a rotating collar you turn to insert or remove the blade. Let go of the collar and it should snap (spring action) to the locked position. Bye Bye Hex Keys Sometimes I like the old type better. Less problems unless you loose the hex key and really need it.

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  • The Wood Meister
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  • The Wood Meister
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    What is this "tool-less" blade change you speak of? Is it some new Star Trek gizmo? Both my DeWalts have hex keys!!! You mean there is something new and I missed it?

    Mark

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  • Woussko
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    Garanger

    That series, but I normally use the 14 or 18 tooth and 6 inch length. I only use them for cutting tuff steel as the Lenox Gold are costly, but the ones I use aren't quite that bad. Below are some numbers for the ones I've used and like. Using a Gold blade for regular wood cutting IMO is a bit silly and they do cost too much. The AX works fine for that.

    6114G and 6118G
    This will get you their catalog on Gold series reciprocating saw blades.
    http://www.lenoxsaw.com/images/catalog/recipgold.pdf

    Site of a dealer I like to use for tools and accessories.
    http://coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/SoftC...365+1174614054

    Same dealer but main part for LENOX products. I really like the bi-metal hole saws too and I need to say that Milwaukee hole saws are pretty good as well.
    http://coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/SoftC...365+1174614206


    For great blades for Jig Saws, I love Bosch blades. Please look here.
    http://coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/SoftC...365+1174617624

    I hope this info is helpful to many people.
    Woussko
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    Last edited by Woussko; 03-25-2007, 12:33 AM.

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  • YoteKllr
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Thank you guys for the advice. My sawzall is the tooless blade change kind...not sure model #, its out in the pickup. It is brand new so there shouldn't be any dust or dirt in there. I tried about 6 different blades, some have been used quite a bit in another sawzall, all Milwaukee blades "Ax" and "torch" I tugged on them all pretty hard by hand and couldn't get them to come out but as soon as I tried to cut they would come out. I will try you guys' suggestions though. Thanks for your time. I'll let ya know if it works for me.

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  • garager
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  • garager
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Originally posted by Woussko View Post
    The Milwaukee "AX" blades are very good ones for sure when it comes to cutting wood. For steel, I like Lenox Gold or Milwaukee "Torch". I remember the days of having a set screw and hex key (Allen Wrench) for the blade clamps. Anymore most are tooless and must be kept clean and lubed for them to really work right. I wonder if the Milwaukee blade clamp (their good newest version) could be installed on a Ridgid saw.

    YoteKllr: Which model do you have?
    Remember the days, come on now it wasn't that long ago. I still have 2 of those and only 1 quick release. Milwaukee (the ax) bi metal blades is my preferred choice, but I tell you what, I'll pick up a package of Lenox gold this weekend and put them through the test next week, the Milwaukee torch I'll try later, these blades are not cheap. In fact I'll go see if Amazon.com has them on sale this week when I'm done here. I'll let you know what I think of those blades Woussko, I'm always interested in new things, haven't tried them yet but I will. Thanks for that info, the longer those blades last the less I have to spend. Save $$$$$$

    Woussko, I'm, back after looking at these, are these the ones you use? Almost $10.00 each, not cheap at all.


    http://www.amazon.com/LENOX-Gold-960...524669&sr=1-11
    garager
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    Last edited by garager; 03-21-2007, 07:57 PM. Reason: Just add on

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  • Woussko
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  • Woussko
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    The Milwaukee "AX" blades are very good ones for sure when it comes to cutting wood. For steel, I like Lenox Gold or Milwaukee "Torch". I remember the days of having a set screw and hex key (Allen Wrench) for the blade clamps. Anymore most are tooless and must be kept clean and lubed for them to really work right. I wonder if the Milwaukee blade clamp (their good newest version) could be installed on a Ridgid saw.

    YoteKllr: Which model do you have?

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  • garager
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  • garager
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    Milwaukee "the ax" blades, thats all I'll ever buy, teeth will last, I use DeWalt sawzall and never had problems w/the blades not fitting.
    garager
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    Last edited by garager; 03-21-2007, 08:28 AM.

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  • Newman
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  • Newman
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    Re: Very frustrated with Ridgid sawzall performance!

    ump107 brings up a good point. Some brands of blades are not the highest quality and all it takes is for the paint to be too heavy, or a partially plugged hole in the shank.
    I always use Milwaukee, Dewalt, or Bosch blades and have never had an issue with any of them. I have had one Milwaukee metal cutting blade slip out of my Hitachi, but that was because I was way too hard on it and the hole in the blade got tweaked.
    I can see how a crappy blade would give you lots of grief.

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  • ump107
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    I think this is an issue reserved for the tool less blade change reciprocating saws. I have the Ridgid reciprocating saw and only had the problem you described with cheap Cummings blades, they usually have a heavy coat of paint on the blade and the whole is clogged or has a large amount of pant in it. What brand blades are you using? One thing to do is what Woussko had said is ensure the hole on the end of the blade is clear I have seen the blades come out of many saws Dewalt, Porter-cable, Milwaukee usually when I get a Bunch of blades before I put them with my saw I will ensure that the holes are all clear and when I place the blade in the saw I will give it a good tug (saw unplugged of course) with my gloved hand, if I do this I usually have no problems.

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