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Old 12-13-2011, 11:07 AM   #16
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Which Rockwell are you guys talking about or is there only one?
There are 2 corded rockwells that I know of - one has a speed adjustment, the other one doesn't. I personally have the one with the speed adjustment, but I'm not always so sure about what speed to run things - i usually just keep it on high. I used it on low once when cutting PVC - it seemed to help cut the material, whereas it melted too much on high.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:56 PM   #17
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I have the corded Rockwell with no speed adjustment. I was attracted to the Porter Cable for the quick change feature, but I figured I probably wouldn't change blades too often.

I got it for a specific job, but it's come in handy for a variety of things.

It seems sturdy and well built.

FWIW, Bosch sells an adapter so you can use their blades on other machines. The adapter was only $4 so I got it when the Bosch diamond blade was on sale.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:14 PM   #18
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hmmm you paid for the bosch adapter,, they have had several online offers to get the adapter for free
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I've got a Dremel, it's just a toy tool in my opion.
I also have two Rockwells and have had 0 problums with them.
I found blades on Amazon.com that I can buy in a 15 pack for around $90.00.
Wife got me the dremel 3-pack last christmas... the oscillating one, the Trio, and the standard dremel rotary tool. They are a great value, and for the amount of work I do with them, they're fine. Lots of little complaints (chuck is awful, it is under-powered, etc, etc) but for the ~12hrs of use I've got in them for the last year, they are great.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:29 PM   #20
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I was leaning towards the PC, but now I'm thinking Bosch. The bigger question is corded or cordless? I am the typical DIY'er who loves having every tool in their arsenal. How long do the batteries last on the PC or Bosch? Is there enough juice there for the average use? Or should I go corded? I hate extension cords!

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Old 12-21-2011, 05:06 PM   #21
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Can't speak for the corded models as I also hate cords and like my cordless tools. I've got the Milwaukee M12 and battery life is ok - probably 10-15 minutes. That's with the standard battery as I do not have the extended battery.

Here's a review of the Bosch:
http://professional-power-tool-guide...l-review-ps50/

One of the Milwaukee:
http://professional-power-tool-guide...ol-kit-242622/
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:36 PM   #22
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I got the Fein 250q and this thing is a beast. It is surprisingly heavy. I haven't really cut anything yet but just turning it on with the wood blade it seems really smooth. It cut into a cardboard box well :-)
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FWIW, and based purely on research alone...

I researched these extensively earlier this year, for a project I had in mind. Ultimately, I decided that, since money was tight and the project not absolutely necessary, to forgo the purchase. But, had I purchased at that time, I would've purchased the Bosch. I'd put the Bosch on my Never Ending Wishlist. (It's never ending because new stuff gets put on as fast as other stuff comes off :-D.)

Christmas morning I found Santa had brought me a Ridgid corded Jobmax. My wife could see the skepticism on my face, I guess, because she proceeded to tell me how the guys in the tool crib at HD, incl. a couple contractor types, felt that the Ridgid was the better way to go. They said the Bosch, while a very good tool, is overkill for the average homeowner and tiring to use because it's heavy. I recalled reading that complaint about it in my research.

I've made the mistake of buying "too much tool" a couple times. A really high-end micro-adjustable plunge router that I ended-up never using because it's too heavy and difficult to use, and a chain saw that gets used less than it would have had I bought one slightly smaller. So perhaps the advice my wife received was good advice. Only time will tell.

I spent some time, yesterday evening, looking up reviews of the Jobmax on my tablet while watching A Christmas Carol with my wife. I was impressed with what I read. The only criticism I found was short battery life, and that's pretty common with battery-powered cutting tools. The corded version of course won't suffer that problem, and is more powerful, to boot. Plus it turns out that the Jobmax' multiple tool head system really, really works.

This will be my first Ridgid tool, so we'll see. The contractors that put in our windows use a lot of them and, in the two times they've been out here doing installations, a year ago and just a couple months ago, swore by them.

As for corded vs. cordless: I'm falling out-of-love with cordless tools. Problem is I just don't use my power tools often enough, and often not long enough when I do, to keep the batteries properly charged or exercised. End result is, often as not, the battery's low--either at the start of the job or runs out before the job is finished, and they get weak and die before they get much used. A cord may be inconvenient, but it always works and never needs an expensive replacement.

Good luck with your decision.

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FWIW, and based purely on research alone...

I researched these extensively earlier this year, for a project I had in mind. Ultimately, I decided that, since money was tight and the project not absolutely necessary, to forgo the purchase. But, had I purchased at that time, I would've purchased the Bosch. I'd put the Bosch on my Never Ending Wishlist. (It's never ending because new stuff gets put on as fast as other stuff comes off :-D.)

Christmas morning I found Santa had brought me a Ridgid corded Jobmax. My wife could see the skepticism on my face, I guess, because she proceeded to tell me how the guys in the tool crib at HD, incl. a couple contractor types, felt that the Ridgid was the better way to go. They said the Bosch, while a very good tool, is overkill for the average homeowner and tiring to use because it's heavy. I recalled reading that complaint about it in my research.

I've made the mistake of buying "too much tool" a couple times. A really high-end micro-adjustable plunge router that I ended-up never using because it's too heavy and difficult to use, and a chain saw that gets used less than it would have had I bought one slightly smaller. So perhaps the advice my wife received was good advice. Only time will tell.

I spent some time, yesterday evening, looking up reviews of the Jobmax on my tablet while watching A Christmas Carol with my wife. I was impressed with what I read. The only criticism I found was short battery life, and that's pretty common with battery-powered cutting tools. The corded version of course won't suffer that problem, and is more powerful, to boot. Plus it turns out that the Jobmax' multiple tool head system really, really works.

This will be my first Ridgid tool, so we'll see. The contractors that put in our windows use a lot of them and, in the two times they've been out here doing installations, a year ago and just a couple months ago, swore by them.

As for corded vs. cordless: I'm falling out-of-love with cordless tools. Problem is I just don't use my power tools often enough, and often not long enough when I do, to keep the batteries properly charged or exercised. End result is, often as not, the battery's low--either at the start of the job or runs out before the job is finished, and they get weak and die before they get much used. A cord may be inconvenient, but it always works and never needs an expensive replacement.

Good luck with your decision.

Jim
I have ridgid tool's lot's of them i wont go into them But they have a lifetime warrenty. Be sure and send in the recept.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:16 PM   #25
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the rigid jobmax has had quite a bit of problems. both hd's near me have sold a pile of them and have had a good number of them brought back with problems mostly in the trigger or the head connection to the handle. one of the associates i know actually pushes customers away from the rigid for this reason, hes sick of seeing the rigids come back defective

as for having too much tool and being heavy.. this isnt a bad thing. would you rather have a small volkswagon rabbit to try and pull a trailer full of furniture up a hill or would a suv work better. better to have it when you need it than to not have it and wish you did
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I have ridgid tool's lot's of them i wont go into them But they have a lifetime warrenty. Be sure and send in the recept.
It kind of sounds like your experience with Ridgid hasn't been good. Can you summarize?

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the rigid jobmax has had quite a bit of problems. both hd's near me have sold a pile of them and have had a good number of them brought back with problems mostly in the trigger or the head connection to the handle. one of the associates i know actually pushes customers away from the rigid for this reason, hes sick of seeing the rigids come back defective
Not sayin' it ain't so. I imagine you have to reason to make it up. But in all my web searching I haven't been able to find any complaints like that. Closest I came were these comments:
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Head attachment [on the new corded version] is WAY more precise. The head actually locks on tight and feels more like a one piece tool, something I think lacks a little on the battery unit.
He also mentions the corded one is a bit bigger, a bit heavier and has a different trigger than the battery-powered one.

Those comments, btw, were on Ridgid's own site. From a brief perusal, it doesn't look like they quash criticism. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough yet, but I'm not finding much criticism of the Jobmax.

So thanks for the heads-up, but I think I'm going to give this product a try.

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as for having too much tool and being heavy.. this isnt a bad thing.
Ah, the Tim Allen school of power tool selection, to which I pay homage with my forum handle, here . We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. As I noted: I've twice over-spec'd tools for my needs, the result being they're less useful to me than had I chosen to go with less power, rather than more.

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I have the Harbor Freight $30 tool and it has worked very well. I used it to undercut door trim for a hardwood floor install and to remove some nice square pieces of drywall to route some wires and cables. Much less dust than a rotozip or saw. I also plan to use it for a tile regrout job soon with a carbide blade.... I haven't used the more expensive brands to compare but the HF fills my needs. For $30 you can't go wrong.

Yourself and oh'mike are not the only ones to stand by the harbor frieght tool.

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http://www.electriciantalk.com/f2/new-tool-xmas-32748/
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every tool company is going to hype their own tool, you cant go by what you read on their website. i have looked at the model of the jobmax and compared how hte head attaches to both models.. both are about the same for amount of play,, add wear and tear with use and it just gets worse. a fixed head is always a better choice. there have been various different tools which have special features which "allow for greater maneuverability" which only turned into a pita... both milwaukee's hatchet recip saw and the porter cable "tigersaw" both turned out to be complete busts as they had too many problems with them

im typically very cautious when buying new power tools as i spend on average $5000 on tools every year, being a contractor im not willing to throw my money away on power tools that are going to break soon after buying. i had this problem with my cordless jobmax however it was given to me as a gift. i have several colleagues and contacts all over canada and the us who have purchased this model or the dremel.. most of which had issues. in close all im saying is save yourself the headache, spend the extra $30 and pick up a bosch, their known for high quality tools that are precise and last, whereas rigid is low end contractor grade
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every tool company is going to hype their own tool, you cant go by what you read on their website.
That was in a web forum, like this one, operated by Ridged. Same software as this site's, in fact. That was from a posting by an end-user. Here's the URL: R28600 Jobmax Corded! (at ridged.com) Guy could be a shill, I guess...

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i have looked at the model of the jobmax and compared how hte head attaches to both models.. both are about the same for amount of play,,
Mine has so little play that I wouldn't have noticed it had you not mentioned it.

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add wear and tear with use and it just gets worse. a fixed head is always a better choice...
Substitute "more robust" for "better" and you'll have my vote. It only stands to reason. But I do like the way the head can be attached at 90-degree increments. Flexible. I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of mechanical robustness for that flexibility, in this instance.

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im typically very cautious when buying new power tools as i spend on average $5000 on tools every year, being a contractor ...
Whereas I'm just a homeowner.

I appreciate your comments. Truly I do. But I like this tool and, from recollection, the Bosch did feel somewhat unwieldy in my hand. I think I'm going to stick with what my wife picked out for me and hope it works out. If you're right, if it doesn't last for me, with what'll probably be the relatively light demands I place upon it, it'll likely be the last Ridgid tool ever in my (limited) stable.

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us.

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