More stories about Ridgid

  • 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...

  • Ridgid TS3650

    This isn't a super high-end cabinet saw for a dedicated woodworking operation, but it is a versatile tool and a no-brainer improvement to any growing shop or on-site operation. What's more, the price is fantastic. We give it high marks.

  • Cordless Jigsaws

    The cordless jigsaw category is open for business. We compared five models for power, performance, and convenience. Eight years ago, I tested one of the first cordless jigsaws to hit the market, and it was awful! It had the power of a dull handsaw and the maneuverability of a concrete block...

  • 2005 Editors' Choice Awards

    Cracking the code, cutting a new edge, shifting a paradigm, or re-imagining the commonplace are the traits that drive companies, designers, and engineers forward. They are what makes them great at their jobs and what compels them to create the new tools, ideas, and innovations that make it easier...