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    I am trying to decide between the Ridgid TS2410LS and the Bosch 4100-09. I have had my hands on both of them in the store and liked something about each of them... fence seemed better on the Ridgid but some of the detail on the Bosch felt better. I have been trying to find comparisons on them by people who would know and not having a lot of luck so far. There are more good reviews out there on the BOsch but I am guessing that is because it has a wider availability. I am trying to decide which brand of tool to to start accumulating for moderate to heavy homeowner applications and it has come down to Bosch or Ridgid at this point... any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Choices, Choices...

    Originally posted by Chappy View Post
    I am trying to decide which brand of tool to to start accumulating for moderate to heavy homeowner applications and it has come down to Bosch or Ridgid at this point... any help would be appreciated.
    For cordless tools it makes sense to accumulate a brand; for corded tools you should just find the best of each. If RIDGID makes a better table saw, buy that. If Bosch makes a better router, buy that. There isn't any advantage, except color coordination from going with a single brand of corded tools.

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    • #3
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      I don't have any hands on experience with either table saw, but have given serious thoughts to the Ridgid 2410. Some nice features, good warranty, but at $500 a bit expensive I think. I recently purchase a Ryobi BTS21 which does everything I need it to do, but I'm sure others would pass over quickly.

      But regarding just going with a particular brand name as a way of choice for everything, I agree with CPW. But, I will add that unless you have some other criteria for picking your tools, like brand loyalty or love the color or it's got the best warranty and service history; then, there really no reason (especially for corded and stationary power tools) to go with only one brand.

      But that said, there's nothing wrong with brand loyalty or anything else that you might prefer, it the product fits your needs and your pocket book.

      But that aside, you should look at as many brands and/or models as possible and then pick the one that attracts you most.

      Reviews and opinions are great, but you must remember that it's YOUR money and you are the one who will be using it. We often get caught up in the "bigger is better" and of course, that "China-thing". So do your homework, look around and go with what you think fits you best.

      CWS

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      • #4
        Re: Choices, Choices...

        the bosch is a bench top saw, the ridgid is a portable contractor saw. pricing both with their respective lifts, the ridgid is probably less expensive. it is also eligible for lifetime service agrement registration with ridgid. i very briefly owned a bosch 4100. part of a craig's list purchase. sold it for $100 2 hours after i bought it. i wasn't impressed with it. seemed kind of "tinker toy-ish" and, imho, not in the same league as the ridgid. the 10/09 issue of popular woodworking tested 6 bench top saws, one of which was the bosch. you might check the review for their opinion.
        there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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        • #5
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          Haven't used either of these table saws (use the big ol' General saws). But I know with the mitre saws, I'd choose Bosch over Ridgid. There's pros and cons to both, but the Bosch models seem to be worth it. With that, I personally would probably end up picking the Bosch 4100-09 still, over the Ridgid. Even though the Ridgid 2410 has got a lot of great positive feedback, it still seems slightly more wobbly for my tastes, compared to the Bosch 4100's that I've seen around.

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          • #6
            Re: Choices, Choices...

            Originally posted by FINER9998 View Post
            the bosch is a bench top saw, the ridgid is a portable contractor saw.
            Could you please explain the difference between the two? I'm confused:

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            • #7
              Re: Choices, Choices...

              here you go:

              ridgid:

              http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/TS2410LS...w/EN/index.htm

              bosch:

              http://www.boschtools.com/Products/T...px?pid=4100-09

              just compare the specs. the ridgid is a physically larger saw and has a larger work table. note that on the bosch website, the manufacturer refers to the bosch as a bench top saw. hope this helps.
              there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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              • #8
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                Coincidental post timing(see below)...IMO, buy Ridgid; Bosch and others are not what they used to be.
                Last edited by Bldr; 10-07-2009, 11:43 AM.

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                • #9
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                  Well... HD made the decision for me today. I went in to look at the assembled floor model they had on a shelf ( top of the saw was sitting at about 7 feet). I asked if they could pull it down so I could take a closer look at the unit and the top of the saw, so I could fiddle with it a bit, .... and it was too much trouble for them... the area specialist tried to point things out to me with it sitting on the shelf and I said I had already examined it as well as I could sitting where it was on a previous visit and I would like a closer look. It eventually escalated to asking for a manager and when he had not showed up after 15 minutes I said "thanks, but no thanks" and left. Bosch it is...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Choices, Choices...

                    Originally posted by Chappy View Post
                    Well... HD made the decision for me today. I went in to look at the assembled floor model they had on a shelf ( top of the saw was sitting at about 7 feet). I asked if they could pull it down so I could take a closer look at the unit and the top of the saw, so I could fiddle with it a bit, .... and it was too much trouble for them... the area specialist tried to point things out to me with it sitting on the shelf and I said I had already examined it as well as I could sitting where it was on a previous visit and I would like a closer look. It eventually escalated to asking for a manager and when he had not showed up after 15 minutes I said "thanks, but no thanks" and left. Bosch it is...
                    So you will buy an inferior saw instead of going to a different HD, or walking up to the service desk and asking for the store manager. Let them know thier tool guy wont show you a tool, don't let the a$$hole win! Oh and technically, the Ridgid is also a bench top saw, the stand makes it portable and free standing.
                    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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                    • #11
                      Re: Choices, Choices...

                      Thats not a very good reason to go with the Bosch over the Ridgid. I can understand not wanting to deal with Home Depot but dont fault the saw over the lack of an employee wanting to do his job. Ive owned both saws and I feel imo that the Ridgid is a much better saw and I own three of the 2410's now .
                      I am a contractor and I try very much to take care of all my tools but the Ridgid really has held up very good and we throw alot at them .The Bosch worked great at the start but it couldnt keep up with the demand of everyday use like the Ridgid does.

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                      • #12
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                        Go to another HD and if the saw is up on a shelf then ask someone if they can pull over the rolling ladder so you can get a better look at it .
                        We have I think 15 depots here in and around San Antonio and I dont think ive seen one that had the saw up on a shelf so that sucks that your local Depot did that .

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                        • #13
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                          Bosch 4xxx inferior to Ridgid? Hahahahah!

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                          • #14
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                            chappy....try my solution to such problems. buy the saw you want, take it home and try it out. if you don't like it, return it. paying for the purchase with a credit card means you don't even need to keep track of a receipt to effect the return. HD computers keep track of what you pay for with a CC. just return the item with the CC you used for the purhcase. you don't even need the original packaging. why settle, as posters previous to me have noted, for an inferior saw just because you bumped into an incompetant sales associate?
                            there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Choices, Choices...

                              Originally posted by DRC-Wartex View Post
                              Bosch 4xxx inferior to Ridgid? Hahahahah!
                              his post says "in my opinion" meaning it cant be wrong, its an opinion.

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