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Written By Jim J Neal

Ridgid Corded 10-in. Sliding Miter Saw. Crosscut capacity: 15.8 inches Maximum 90deg miter: 52deg left, 60deg right, Max. Maximum miter: 52deg left, 60deg right.

Ridgid’s 15-amp, 10-in. The sliding compound miter saw solved many of my problems. Let’s begin with the slide mechanism. The action is smooth and has two heavy-duty aluminum arms that roll on bearings. The slide mechanism has zero rear clearance so you can mount it against a wall.

It is easier to transport this saw in my truck because of its size and weight. My 12-in. It is difficult to slide the miter saw between boxes, wheels wells, lumber and other items. Not to mention the difficulties of transporting it to the jobsite through doors and around obstacles. I was convinced that I would need a 12-in. I needed a saw to cut 5-1/4 inches. The base should be positioned against the fence. I was happy with the 12-in. Slider for efficiency’s sake.

It was amazing to see that the Ridgid can cut 5-1/4 inches. The base is vertically supported by the 10-in. blade. During the test period, I used base, shoe, and casing for several days. There were very few times when I needed to bevel the saw in an outside-right position. This is a good thing, as the saw has the best control of bevel I have ever seen. The saw was easy to set square from the box and it stayed that way. To tilt the saw, pull the release lever near the miter lock knob and flip the tab at the neck. Lock the saw into the detent by slicing the saw.

The upright belt-drive motor has almost no head bounce and react torque. To minimize the time spent with the copingsaw, I use the cope ogee base to make my inside-right cut. I flip the board over to place the head through the square section of the cut. This delicate work is no problem for the Ridgid.

Heavy lifting arms The Ridgid R4241 has a 16-in. slide mechanism. Crosscut capability is possible with the Ridgid R4241’s smooth-acting slide mechanism. The articulating arm allows you to remove 5-1/4 inches of baseboard from the fence.

Although the dust collection is good, it took some time to get used to the beveled guards and blade lights. It seems too bright. Although it casts a straight line down the blade, I believe it to be 1/32 in. Or 1/64 inch. The blade included in the package is thinner than the one you receive. It can sometimes be difficult to focus on a pencil line because the guard housing reflect a lot of light around and around the carbide and blade plate. This was not something I noticed outside, where I do most my cutting. However, when I was setting up in a basement to trim, it became apparent.

It feels strong. It can withstand its weight and not take up more space than it needs. It was just as fast as my 12-in through hemfir 2×10. saw. It easily cut PT 4×4 with no problems. It’s corded which I consider a plus, as there is no need to change the battery or forget to charge it during lunch. It is manufactured by Delta Power Equipment Corporation. The warranty lasts five years and the service agreement doesn’t extend to as long as other Ridgid tools. It is, however, one of my favorite miter saws.

Mark Clement (@myfixituplife), remodeling contractor, and author of The Carpenter’s Notebook.

Photos courtesy Ridgid from Fine Homebuilding #310