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Ridgid 10″ Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Dual Laser Guide Review – MS255SR

Accurate & Consistent

IMG_20160630_182957380Accuracy and consistency are traits of high end miter saws that are normally very expensive.  Finish carpenters, cabinet makers and fine woodworkers need this accuracy, with repeat-ability to make the amazing creations that many of us walk by every day.  The Ridgid 10″ Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw brings these qualities with a price that makes it affordable for the DIY’er.  While the design of the saw with forward controls for miter and bevel, a belt driven blade with raised motor and a sooth slide capable of cutting 12″ lumber was designed for the carpenter, the dual lasers and gravity light invite the woodworkers and DIY people to give this saw a closer look.

If you are trying to look at this saw in the store, try to find one out of the box.  The first thing we noticed when the saw was delivered was the size of the box.  This is a 10″ saw the weighs in at about 60 pounds, but when you carry it, it feels more like 35 pounds and it reminds me of our smaller 7-1/4″ saws.  We were reading the specs and it mentioned it could cut a 4×4 and we went to get one just to try it.  The saw feels nice, light and easy to use.  The soft start motor and controls gave us a very comfortable feeling.  Maybe so that we might have initially underestimated what this saw could do.

Features

  • Heavy-Duty 15 Amp Motor with soft start and electric brake.
  • 3,600 rpm
  • Comes with Diablo 40 tooth carbide-tipped blade
  • Bevel range: 0° to 48° left and right
  • Miter capacities: 0° to 52° left and 0° to 60° right
  • True-Lines Dual Laser
  • In-line horizontal “D” grip handle with two-position safety trigger for right or left handed use
  • Quick-release miter and bevel lock levers located up front
  • Quick-action miter detent lock: single-motion thumb lever releases or bypasses detent index points
  • Gravity LED worklight pivots as the head is moved so the light always shines on the work piece.

Cutting Capacities

0°/Bevel 0° (nominal) 2″ x 12″ or 4″ x 4″
45°/Bevel 0° (nominal) 2″ x 8″ or 4″ x 4″
0°/right Bevel 45° (nominal) 2″ x 12″
0°/left Bevel 45° (nominal) 2″ x 12″
Crown Molding 45° Left & Right 6″

Testing & Square

IMG_20160630_183141105With any new miter saw we use we test for square and this saw needed a slight adjustment to bring it in for a perfect square cut.  Once adjusted the dents were all perfect and tight.  There was zero slop in each detent allowing for quick changes between miter cuts.  That is a big deal to anyone who is trying to get consistent cuts and save time.  Through the hundreds of cuts we made, we kept checking them for the correct angle and trying to see if we could make this saw hiccup in any way.

IMG_20160630_182830418The soft start motor was an initial concern as many people are not used to waiting for a saw to come up to speed.  What was surprising to us was that when in use the soft start was not an issue and was really not something we even thought about.  The blade starting was so smooth that the startup became very comfortable.  It brought the saw together and helps to give the feel of confidence and in general, a very smooth saw.

We have to give some credit to how this saw cut to the 40 tooth Freud Diablo blade.  We were cutting oak and maple with easy and also with a very clean and splinter free cut.  A cut that could be used in finish carpentry or fine woodworking.  You won’t find use pushing the saw through the cuts with speed, not because the motor would not keep up, but because we wanted to see the quality and accuracy of the cuts this saw could produce.  Yes, you can smash the saw through pine for rough carpentry, but that does not tell us much about this saw or its build quality.

Overall Use

IMG_20160630_182846083There are some miter saws that stand out for accuracy and ease of use.  The Ridgid 10″ slider is one of them and give the precise feel and quality to put this saw in the top 5 miter saws that we have tested.  While we are not ones to come out and say one is better than another, plain and simple we all have different needs, so the best for me might not be the best for you, we think giving this saw a top 5 rating is pretty impressive.  Our complaints with that saw are of fair dust collection, the lasers in general and the rear sliding portion of the fence not holding up to the abuse it might see over 10 years of traveling.  In many cases, those complaints are fairly common across the board.

This saw will fit well in the finish carpenters hands of the fine woodworkers shop and both will be more than happy with the performance and accuracy.  Add to the fact that there is no immediate need for a blade change right off the bat and this saw is a winner for many.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Motor 120 V AC, 15 Amp
No Load Speed 3,600 r/min. (RPM)
Blade Arbor 5/8″
Blade Diameter 10″
Weight 59 lbs

 

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One Response to “Ridgid 10″ Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Dual Laser Guide Review – MS255SR”

  1. Rick Danielson #

    MS255SR sounds like the saw I’m looking for. Has there ever been a issue with this mod. Like the wobble in other models.
    Also I can’t seem to see who sells this saw in Winnipeg

    February 21, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply

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