Ridgid R3210 Worm-Gear Circular Saw Review

I have been browsing this board for a while, and decided it was time to contribute something; since I have gained so much from it. I purchased one of the Home Depot brand Ridgid R3210 saws today. I am totally impressed with the power of this saw. I had a pretty good size project to complete today, and it finished it in less than 30 minutes. I cut approximately 40' of 1/2" thick 6061 aluminum sheet into smaller pieces for a machining operation. I even used the blade that was provided in the box, and the saw didn't even grunt. It cut it like a piece of paneling!! The warranty is what really got me interested. 3-years, and if something goes wrong with it, I can return it to the store for an exchange. I figured I would give it a try and see how long it lasts. The saw is pretty heavy, but that is to my advantage for the things I will be cutting with it. The heavier saw should be easier to feed into tougher-to-cut materials, and have less vibration. Don't expect to stand on a 10' ladder and cut rafters with it........way too heavy for that!! If anybody has any questions about this saw, feel welcome to ask.

Wayne

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snakebit95
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Thanks for the review. Have you by any chance used other brands of worm-drive saws (Skilsaw or others)? If so, I would be interested in a comparison, since I plan to buy one soon.

Bert

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Bert

I've got the DeWalt worm-drive, I'm very pleased with it. Bought it on ebay, $70, looked and worked like new.

John

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JohnM

Got the Skilsaw one about 25 years ago. Done nothing except change blades. USed it for cement and presuure treated woods mostly.

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arthur.moore

Yes Sir!! I thought that should provide some proof of what type of task this saw can handle. The blade still looks good, so I plan to cut some more plate with it too.

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snakebit95

No, I have never used a worm-drive saw. I actually went to Home Depot with intentions of purchasing the Skil HD77, but they did not have any in-stock. I ended up bringing the Ridgid home instead. I have used quite a few direct-drive circular saws, and they do not even compare to this saw. The worm-gear will cut circles around the direct drives when it comes to power.

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snakebit95

I have a skillsaw - It is the HD5825 - Heavy Duty worm drive 6 1/2" blades. I got it from my dear wife for Christmas last year. I was using it in the shop cutting up some ply on the floor - two-bys holding up the wood. Then for some reason - I forget - I adjusted the blade deeper for something else. Returned to the floor and started cutting a slot across my shop floor. The saw was to deep for the 2bys and cut a nice clean slot

1/16 " deep or so until I stopped. The blade was used up a bit but the saw never thought of the load. Neither did I, having it below some ply. I suppose I'll fill it with an accent color to be neat.

Martin Martin Eastburn @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net NRA LOH, NRA Life NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder

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Martin H. Eastburn

I spent a couple hours watching the guys at Grove Aircraft make aluminum landing gear for planes. Not sure what alloy they use but they saw the blanks with a common skilsaw with the cheapest carbide tipped blade. Nice and shiny. The bending was done on a regular H frame press with a digital protractor to get the righ angles. Some aluminum is easy to work as wood.

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daniel peterman

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