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  • Gotta love that BORG!

    Was in my local BORG yesterday shopping bolts for a lumber rack when what did I spy sitting on a flat cart at the end of the hardware aisle but a big, grey RIDGID box. I sauntered on down to take a look and found a WL1200 lathe that someone had returned. I grabbed the nearest orange shirt and asked, he called his manager, who said the price was $297, but he'd come down to $275. I told him they were being closed out for $77 a few months ago, HD doesn't carry them anymore and I don't even know if Ridgid makes them, now way am I paying full price.

    Oh well, I'll keep checking back.

  • #2
    I don't do any turning and really know little about lathes and how they function but I expect there's a good reason why Ridgid discontinued this lathe. $77 wouldn't be a whole lot of money to spend but is that lathe even worth that?
    Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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    • #3
      Ridgid's lathe has always been the black sheep of their power tool family. While the manager probably did you a favor, I do understand what you mean. Our local HDs never dropped their prices on the old grey line, while the rest of the country was cleaning up on tool bargins.

      BTW----HF just came out with a flyer listing their cast iron bed lathe at $177. Some people on another board were saying Lowes has the Delta Midi-Lathe for $167 (with free bed extension from Delta). Either one has received more positive comments than the poor Ridgid lathe.
      Dave

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      • #4
        Well, I don't need a lathe anyway, I have looked for the Delta locally, none of the stores in this region has any. If I had really wanted one, I would have ordered one as soon as they went on sale. Delta's got a nice rebate on the midi, free bed extension or set of turning tools. Just thought I might have stumbled on a target of opportunity

        Why does Ridgid even list the WL1200 anymore, if HD isn't selling them?

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        • #5
          I've been asking the same question. I even asked my Ridgid rep at work and he has not been able to find an answer. You can buy them online.
          http://www.northstate.com/ridgid/index.html
          ., But not at the Home Depot website either, it just doesn't make sense. But that manager did you a big favor. Even at $77. that lathe is a dog. It's way too light and the bed flexes too much. With a medium to large piece of wood you better hold on to your tools. You can get a Jet with the bed extension for $250 at Rockler and is a much better lathe.

          [ 08-19-2004, 05:08 PM: Message edited by: Cuj0HD ]
          Jeff

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          • #6
            I wouldn't worry too bad about the lathe. It looks great, but all I hear is bad stuff about it. Also as far as the Manager not knocking the price down. I have 10 or so Home Depots in my area, 5 closest to my house, out of those five 3 of them have great managers who know there stuff and just give great discounts on clearance stuff, the other 2 stores have tight *** managers who know nothing about tools and won't discount anything. So I just shop at the stores that treat me good.

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