Ridgid tool sale Plus 10% off?
I have seen threads mention an upcoming sale here on the Ridgid woodworking tools as "soon". I went to HD and asked ,I was told usually around Christmas time, but thats all she knew , So does anyone here know when and how long that sale normally runs? I have also seen people mention an added 10% off coupon combined with that sale, Besides applying for a HD credit card as I suspect,(I dont use credit cards to purchase tools as 21% interest negates any sale price, we all know how life goes it sounds good, I'll just pay it off befor then ,than BAM something or another comes up and were hit with that interest , HD and all companies BANK on that happening, I pay good ol fashion CASH) does HD have a members club type deal like Sears to get that 10% off coupon or something? I am in the market for a Bandsaw and Jointer, in fact i'll probably go buy one of them today. I really wanted to wait and buy both on sale , But at Christmas time I'll be busy shopping for my kids (I have 4) and others on my list.Now onto a few other questions , I know the Ridgid Jointer is good from what ive read here and elsewhere for it's price, Sears has there jointer the Pro model with a fully enclosed cabinet on sale right now down to $399.00 ,$50.00 off. The switches are mounted high on an arm ,almost eye level within easy reach, and the OFF button is BIG(I like that for safety) I've read complaints about the fence angle adjustment, and the dust collection clogging on the Ridgid jointer in reviews.Now for my bandsaw questions, Sears has a 12 inch model on sale for I believe its $269.99 WITH a larger cast iron table, a fence, a built in flex light , actual bearings to guide the blade(if I remember correctly I believe theres 4 of them)and built in wheel brushes. BUT, it has an extruded aluminum height adjuster, and something I havent seen on other bandsaws, what looks to be a bottom wheel adjuster , on the outside,side, there are 4 bolts with locking nuts at the bottom wheel shaft, is that a good thing or bad? My father built LOTS of wood projects as I was growing up BIG projects to small, all the cabinets in the house were custom made by him with a minimal amount of tools took more time yes, but the details like flutes , glass shelves ,ect. ect. were not skipped by no means , and all joints are still perfect to this day. I'm 45 , and just setting up my lil shop in my heated 24x22 garage and woodworking for me is only gonna be a Hobby , WHEN I even have the time, with the kids who has much time lol.More of an escape out to my garage more or less to tinker around. So i'm looking for UNbiased opinions on those 2 tools , pros and cons. I try to make my purchases based on facts. Yes Craftsman HAD crappy saws and other tools in the past , but the 70's and 80's even the 90's had companies like sears fighting to even stay alive. And most companies let quality slip. I looked at my tablesaw purchase without "labels" for years I wanted a Delta saw, watched this old house and Norm and drooled over his shop, but lets face it most home woodworkers dont have that kind of money or time to invest in there shop. I based my purchase on Reviews and physically going out and looking and touching them, and value and price.I liked what I saw in the Hybred saws(cabinet mounted trunnions and no motor hanging out the back, better dust collection) and bought one within my budget and my use , Hell I had a tiny B&D 9 inch tablesaw for years, so for me I made a HUGE upgrade, that i'm happy with .Sure i'd like a $2000.00 saw but it would be overkill for my needs.I've never had a jointer or bandsaw before, and the Ridgid and Craftsman are within my set budget and are within one block of each other to compare them. Any thoughts on the 2 im looking at are appreciated . Oh does anyone have a Wilton 12 1/2 inch thickness planer and if so your thoughts on it ? Thank you in advance. :D
Responce & Bought my first Ridgid Major Tool(LONG)
Thanks for the info on the band saw I appreciate it very much sir, and I will look for that magazine and give it a read.
I wasnt to curious about the lower crank as much as I was about the 4 bolts with locking nuts on the side of the saws lower pully housing , if their there to keep the lower wheel in place or adjusted , there is what would be a cut off welded on piece of pipe thats maybe 1 1/2- 2 inches long on the outside with the 4 bolts sticking out of its sides , looks weak or like it could vibrate loose , does it actually hold the lower wheel in place? looks to be for adjusting the bottom wheel, the web sites pics dont show that side of there band saws . so far ive only this type setup on the Craftsman band saws .
And any input of sears use of the all extruded aluminum arm that the guide set up is mounted on? Thanks again.
Love that user name as I'm an avid Chevy fan , Ive Restored a 1955 Chevy Bel Air -Gypsie Red/Shoreline Biege it still only has 72,000 miles on it . kick myself in the A$$ for selling it , but I sold it to my father so theres hope i'll buy it back one day I LOVE that car.
I can take it ( the teasin) i'm pretty thick skinned ,lol I did choose the color but didnt mean for the text to turn out quite so large but I type with two fingers on my right hand , I cant type and my left arn is no longer what it once was so retyping it all after I posted it would have made me cry. lol
I like colors too, or BOLD text myself , just didn"t think it would be that large and I did'nt think i'd type out that much both together , I see it got attention as I got my first "Private Messages" over it:eek: .
Thank you for the info on the coupons , i'll keep an eye out for them. And I will get that magazine , again Thanks.
OK now for the NEWS!
Tonight I purchased my First Major Ridgid Tool :D
Drum roll Please!lol
I bought the Ridgid Jointer ! AND.... I DID get the 10% off I was after:D .Paid $360.00 for it.
Well HD has 10% off for almost all online purchases from Oct 5th thru Oct. 9th.
Sooo..... I went to my local HD and asked if theyd Honor it instore , after talking to a few associates there and 2 manages, I got a flat out NO. :eek: " Thats an ONLINE purchase offer ONLY", So I left said i'll go purchase the Craftsman Pro Jointer they have on sale for $399.99 from $450.00. I really was going too , was on my way there , Sears is only a block away from HD then I decided to go to another HD about a 1/2 hour drive away, I talked to an older gentalman in the tool area and he said he was only part time and didnt know anything about the online thing, but wait around for Brian, he just went to the bathroom , he finally returned and I asked him, he looked at me and said "hmm I don't know" then said hold on a sec i'll call a manager took the walkie talkie/phone off his belt told whomever what I asked for and hung up and said let me write that up for you , he wrote out a ticket for $40.00 off , in fact he had to write it twice as the first one he wrote he wrote it out as $40.00 for the Jointer!:D He said opps almost wrote it out as $40.00 for it ,I said hell for that price i'll give you a hundred, he laughed said i've been here 6 years I can't do that . ( inside I was saying YES YES YOU CAN!) lol . So I got the 10% off without a coupon. HD is soooooo inconsistand its just silly , they almost LOST a sale and future purchases over a online ONLY 10% off most anything one week sale. then ALMOST gave it away . what is WRONG with them anyways?? There web site, there store, one store wont honor it the next one does , so silly , So if your waiting for a 10% coupon like I was go look at there web site and get to a few HD's before the 9th i'm sure you'll find one in your area that WILL honor it instore. :D