Skip to the bottom of my rant if you just want a review of this piece of garbage band saw.
I purchased your 14 inch bandsaw a few days ago. I was super excited to get some nominal lumber from these holly, oak and cherry logs. Because your product boasts "this band saw's 3/4 hp induction motor produces enough power to resaw up to 6 In. thick solid oak."
I was certain there would be no issue with my 4.5 inch diameter logs! After two and a half hours of assembly, ensuring every bolt, washer, lock washer and nut found its correct home I was gleaming with excitement as I turned on your orange monster. I wasn't expecting the earth shaking vibration nor the squealing sound of metal on metal. After a few adjustments, I made my first cut. After adjusting for drift I was content with the cuts in my 1/2 inch scrap plywood. I immediately then installed a top of the line 4 inches per tooth, half-inch blade. I adjusted for drift yet again and then chose a prized log of cherry I was certain would make some GREAT lumber! At almost 5 inches in diameter I would cristen my new wood shop king with nothing but my best. But first, lets tune it.
Multiple shopping trips later, automotive weights, lubricant, and belt I was POSITIVE some serious Paul Bunion lumber jacking was about to go down. Timber wolf blade howling, 15 AMP motor screaming, it was on.
"Where did I go wrong? Do you not like Cherry? Does it not please your sophisticated Asian palate? Perhaps you need some blade lubrication? Certainly. Please, allow me to liberally apply some of this paraffin substance to your newly sheathed Timberwolf blade. Oh? Your wheels are substantially out of balance? Allow me to fix that with some automotive weights. Your drive belt is what? Were they not careful in your assembly? Did they crease and deform the only form of communication between your supposed oak-slaughtering 15 AMP extreme-cutting-power-possessing motor and blade? Absolutely, I will replace it with a top of the line equipment."
Before I slam this saw into deep right like Barry Bonds, I will outline the pros of this piece of "equipment." Then, in a typical steroid user "roid-rage fashion" I will rain down hell and furry upon this orange abomination.
1. The installation manual(s) came in 4 different languages.
2. I picked it up for $330.27.
3. It has a "high visibility" extension cord.
4. It slices through 1 inch wood with ease.
5. There is a place to hold extra bandsaw blades on the pulley cover.
1.The assembly instructions are poorly written and the pictures are substandard to Harbor Freight's.
2. All components are coated in a Russian Arms lubricant that will stain anything and everything that comes into contact.
3. The hardware "box" with punch out nuts and bolts unfortunately had severe smearing amongst the lettering, making it impossible to differentiate between pieces.
4. Some hardware parts were missing. I.E. small star shaped lock washers.
5. The bevel gauge is useless.
6. The wheels are SEVERELY out of balance. Seriously? Isn't that what a BANDSAW IS ABOUT RIDGID?
7. The wheels are not coplanar by any means.
8. The pulley belt is worthless.
9. The stock blade is worthless.
10. The rubber grommets to dampen vibration are worthless.
11. In fact, putting weight at the base of the machine just shifts the momentum up and causes more blade drift.
12. The stupid saw table corners protrude, making adjusting for drift angle just a lil more difficult.
13. Blade guard adjustment is a joke.
14. Tension gauge is difficult to read.
15. Saw chokes up and hesitates on anything over an inch and a half.
16. Doors like to open randomly due to vibration.
17. Dust goes EVERYWHERE even with appropriate suction.
14 inch bandsaw by Ridgid. It's made in China. It has terrible engineering, lacks power, and above all is made with junk parts. You can tune it for ~$100 and have an average bandsaw. For $430 + dollars just go buy something real. I was terribly disappointed and will be returning this pile of junk in the AM. Nor will I ever purchase anything by Ridgid again. I used to always scoff at people who would only purchase items made in the USA. I wasted 20+ hours working with this thing. Save yourself the time and money and just buy something old and used from Craigslist.