More stories about Ridgid

  • New Tools, Hands On

    In my snowboard manufacturing shop, we use a circular saw primarily for cross-cutting hardwood lumber to rough lengths prior to laminating it into blocks. This operation is all about speed. With thousands of feet of lumber in 16-foot lengths delivered at once, we really need to move through the...

  • Cordless Tools

  • Cordless Drill/Drivers

    With so many of these tools including a hammerdrill function, which we use all the time on our trim and cabinet installations, we took the models into the field and focused on this feature. Most of these hammerdrill models switch functions by dialing in the hammer symbol on the clutch setting ring...

  • Wet/Dry Vacs

    I tested five wet/dry vacs from Craftsman, Fein, Love-Less Ash, Ridgid, and Shop-Vac. Each one cost less than $200. I evaluated their mobility, power, filter systems, wet and dry performance, and noise. First I took them in the field, where they met with everything from fine poplar and drywall dust...

  • Contractor Table Saws

  • Portable 10-Inch Table Saws

  • Shop Vacuums

    Dust can hurt you, and dust collection now stands alongside safety glasses, hearing protection, and hard hats as standard safety equipment. Recent tool design reflects this awareness. Dust pick-ups are being built into sanders, routers, planers, and saws. As with most safety equipment, the problem...

  • Ridge Tool Line Locator

  • Jig Saws

    I tested eight saws: the Bosch 1590EVSK, Craftsman 27719, DeWalt DW321K, Hitachi CJ120V, Makita 4340FCT, Metabo STEB105 Plus, Milwaukee 6266-22, and Ridgid R3120. I used them for three weeks on boatbuilding and cabinetmaking jobs, and dialing-in finish carpentry. I noted features that made the saws...

  • Sliding Compound Miter Saws

    I tested five 12-inch sliding compound miter sawsmthe Bosch 4412, DeWalt DW708, Hitachi C12FSA, Makita LS1212, and Ridgid MS1290LZmout on framing and trim jobs, and then back in our shop. While expecting one saw to serve these three distinct purposes simultaneously is unreasonable, I do expect to...