February 21, 2011

Ridgid Dual Blade Saw

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Has anyone ever used one of these dual blade saws? We haven't and for years, we've been searching for someone who has. The closest first hand information we got was from a mason a few years back, "yeah, this friend of a friend had one and said it was pretty cool. So to us, this means that a friend of a friend of a friend likes it. Totally reliable information. We're not sure if this information scarcity is due to that fact that people just don't know about the tool or that people do know about it, but they really just don't care.

Anyhow, Ridgid has one coming out and its release will either be the Waterloo of the tool, or it's true awakening. Once it's on the shelves at every Home Depot in America, there can no longer be the 'didn't know it existed' excuse. People will either go for it, or they won't. So what does the tool do that's so special, you ask? Well...

The saw has two closely set blades that spin in opposing directions. This cancels out kickback and allows for nice and easy plunge cutting. Imagine a circ saw that's been neutered of all it's rage. The dual blade saw works on a variety of materials like wood, metal and plastic.

What Ridgid has done (that we really like) is add a few handles to the tool. The existing models all have very simplistic bodies, like the kind you'd find on an angle grinder. Because it's a tool you're probably going to be using in some unusual situations, the added handles can only help. The Ridgid also has a little port that feeds a stick of wax into the blade to provide lubrication for metal cutting. It only has a cutting depth of a little over an inch, so don't expect that it's going to replace your circ saw.

Retail is going to be about $150, so you tell us...are you going to get one?

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 21, 2011 5:44 AM

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Recent Comments

I thought this was the best new tool i had seen in years it cut great for one hour then the the worm drive blew out, and a lot of teeth were breaking off the blades. I hope the warranty is as good as it claims because the saw is the biggest piece of junk i have bought in years. If i get it repaired i will let it gather dust


Posted by: Kevin Ebert at March 2, 2013 9:21 PM

I purchased on of these tools. I used it to cut steel roofing. I built a hexagon gazebo there were a lot of angled cuts. The saw did a fair job. one issue was the depth of cut the ridges on the roofing were 7/8 high. as you know the depth of cut is about one inch, without a base plate on the saw it is the operators job to keep the saw at 90 degrees to the item being cut this is difficult when making cuts on the roofing that were 8 feet long. do not see why a base plate could not be incorporated to the saw, i realize that base plate would make the depth of cut less but for me it would have helped. the base plate could be made removable, also without the base plate tipping the saw happens alot with that said i lost a couple of carbide teeth that made the cut even more difficult. These blades are brain dead expensive. I did finish my project with this saw but have not used it since, if i need to do ant further thin metal cutting I will try another option just to see if there is any other tool that mite do a better job.


Posted by: ken evans at February 3, 2013 8:48 AM

Used mine today, cutting 2" schedule 40 galv pipe. It was impressive for about 30 cuts. I was very messy about the shavings during the cuts, but that I can deal with. Unfortunately, my last cut, was the tools last cut. The heads of the retaining screws for the inner blade failed. Causing a loud knuckling sound. It seams that these three screws are sacraficial or just cheap. I would have to say cheap by the way they were threadlocked in. They were not ment to be removed as easy as the tourque from the tool sheared the heads off while in normal use.


Posted by: ant711 at September 30, 2011 7:29 PM

We will try most anything once. So some years ago we bought a Sears Craftsman Dual Cutter soon after it came to market, More Grinder-looking in appearance than this Ridgid saw - but works on the same principal of two blades that rotate in the opposite direction. We tried to find a use for it - not suited to the cabinet shop - barely useful for carpentry demolition - and only OK in the metal fabrication shop. It kinda did what it was advertised to do - no kickback and does cut- but we did not find that it did so in an outstanding way that we'd want to have one on every (or any)truck. It's probably in the storeroom in the shop basement gathering dust.


Posted by: fred at February 25, 2011 7:25 PM

Bummer.


Posted by: Mark at February 23, 2011 4:17 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgZkppfw0Fs


Posted by: rob at February 23, 2011 4:09 PM

...actually maybe not...the thumb drive with the info isn't working....


Posted by: Tool Snob at February 22, 2011 1:39 PM

No, they haven't posted any info yet. Lemme update my post with the press release....gimme a sec.


Posted by: Tool Snob at February 22, 2011 1:23 PM

I can't find any information on this saw. Not at Home Depot or Ridgid. Do you have any links?


Posted by: Mark at February 22, 2011 1:19 PM

could be good for sculpting if the guard allows


Posted by: Kimber at February 21, 2011 7:47 PM

I think I will hold out and wait for Dewalt's 3 blade saw with an aloe lubricating strip.


Posted by: Kevin at February 21, 2011 3:43 PM

Heh.

No, I believe it uses the same blade for all the different materials.


Posted by: Tool Snob at February 21, 2011 11:32 AM

My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

So, it will use an abrasive?


Posted by: rob at February 21, 2011 11:28 AM
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