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  • I need a new sander and jigsaw

    I need a new random orbit sander and a new jig saw. I already have a Ridgid 1/4 sheet sander, jointer, and planer and I am developing a soft spot for orange tools. I am looking for reviews on the Ridgid random orbit sander and jig saw. I am especially concerned with blade deflection on the jig saw.

  • #2
    Try this link for my sander opinion
    R2610
    and this one for the jig saw
    R3120

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    • #3
      The Ridgid jigsaw is awesome. I have used it for everything from small scoll work to heavy ripping and it glides through any wood like butter. I can't say about the sander, I bought a PC random orbit just before the Ridgids came out. If I had not bought the PC then I would have a Ridgid now.
      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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      • #4
        Makita Jig Saw Model # 4340FCT....try it, get it in your hands!

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        • #5
          Have heard good comments on the Ridgid ROS---but, blade deflection? Shouldn't happen on a good jig saw. We've had many discussions here about the direct relationship of quality and price level on jig saws-----Bosch is the most popular choice---and any saw that takes Bosch blades also gets a good vote----their blades are so far above the usual cheapy ones sold for low end saws, it's not even close.
          Dave

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          • #6
            Thanks for your input. Last Saturday I was in my nearest HD (100 miles away) and took the plunge. Both tools work very good. The sander is a huge improvement over the Ryobi I was using as far as weight and balance. I did put the free disk on it and used very little before I tossed it and went back to the Nortons. The jig saw does work like the proverbial hot knife in butter. I had to order new blades as my others were universal shank, so the only experience I had was with the three freebies in the box. The blade will deflect a little in a hard curve, but I expect this will be easily resolved when I get the thinner blades I ordered. I read a review once on a Bosch where the poster said he literally cussed his old jig saw before and now he found using his Bosch kind of a joy. I would easily say the same thing about the Ridgid. I actually threw (perhaps hurled would be more acurate) my old B&D in the trash about two months ago due to a botched board from blade deflection. Unfortunaltly I was feeling poor and dug it out of the trash, straightened the base where it bent and kept using it. I am glad to say that now I that have the Ridged, it is long gone.

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            • #7
              The R3120 accepts both types of blades

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