The RIDGID 5 in. TwinBlade Circular Saw offers plenty of power for tough job site applications and TwinBlade technology for cutting many different materials with the same blade. The 5 in., counter-rotating blade is designed to reduce kickback and provide versatility. It can cut forward and backward. The saw includes a secure, micro-textured hex grip and a 10 ft. cord.
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76%of customersrecommend this product39 of 51reviews
Rating Breakdown54 reviews
76%of customersrecommend this product39 of 51reviews
I have now used this saw for two major projects and it has excelled at both. The first was the removal of a whirlpool bathtub, that I had to cut free then cut in half to remove from the bathroom. It cut through the fiberglass with ease and made quick work of it. The second was the adjustment of some kitchen cabinets that needed a new toe kick. Again, quick work. The only downside to this saw is the lack of a shoe or mechanism to ensure you are square to the blade. I found it is easy for the blade to cut out of vertical alignment if I don't hold it perfectly. But, since this seems to really be designed for demolition, it serves it's purpose.
This saw is not a circular saw replacement. It is for cutting material which a traditional circular cannot handle. I found it to be great at cutting sheet metal and laminate. The lack of a base makes it difficult to cut a straight line and control your depth. I highly recommend wearing safety gear when cutting metal it really throws metal chips! The unit is also too bulky which makes cutting in tight areas or up against objects next to impossible. It is well built and I don’t need to talk about the warranty. I do have a big problem with the saw being moved out of the stores to online only and have you tried to pick up a blade.
Pros: Sturdy, versatile
Cons: Difficult to Use, no blades in store, really throws metal flakes, too bulky, no base
I had a friend that purchased one of "those" other saws seen on television and this one performs much better at a fraction of the price.
One thing I wasn't aware of is that this particular saw is not meant for detail type cutting, as it doesn't have the mechanics to square the blade to the surface. It's great for demolition work.
It comes with some lube sticks for cutting metal which I haven't had a chance to use yet. I would highly recommend using a spray on DRY lubricant between the blades every time. I tried with and without and it performs much faster and MUCH quieter with the dry lube.
The total width of the cut is the standard 1/8". Each blade is 1/16th".
I bought this saw with the desire to get a tool that could handle demo work and not buck and fight me like a conventional circular saw does. It accomplishes that mission with flying colors. Light and easy to wield, I can accurately slice through a variety of materials with ease. It comes with a rugged tool bag to hold the saw, blades, and other stuff if you want. I recommend getting a can of dry lubricant and lubricating both blades on installation and before any big job - it will extend the life of the blades greatly. I don't cut much metal with it, just drywall, wood, nails etc. and it doesn't buck when you go on a bit of a curve. The other nice thing is you can go forwards as well as reverse and it doesn't matter to this saw. Two things that take getting used to are: holding the guard back to do plunge cuts/radical cuts and putting the cord over one shoulder so as to not have the cord in the way and cut it; these things are minor and expected given the design. Some people might wonder what the need is for a saw like this if they are happy with a circular saw but will love it if you do any kind of demo work. Don't expect to make fine cuts in a perfect straight line with this saw, that's not what it's for. I always had good luck with Ridgid stuff and this tool doesn't disappoint.
I have always bought dualsaw brand saws ive shelled 4 at this point as i will shell this one but i think this one will be the longest living one just bu judging initial quality. I read some carpenter guys take on this saw, id say this is a metal saw on metal its AWESOME ive cut cars in half with these dual blade saws makes it far easier, i would not recommend for wood. Every metal guy should own one im a 30+ year veteran professional wish i had these years ago
Pros: dual blades for metal cutting exeptional
Cons: not available at all stores mostly online
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Review 6 for 5 in. Twin Blade Circular Saw
Great saw at any price.
PostedOctober 26, 2011
Have used this saw to cut up 1/4" diamond plate for an old porch/deck renovation. Though I did go through a set of blades the saw performed flawless. Easy to use, very good grip. You have to take your time with any twinsaw. Have used the Sears twinsaw(burned one up) also tried the as seen on TV twinsaw(blades are no good and hard to find, screws fell out of the shield. Home Depot carries the Ridgid blades in stock. Use carefully, they are not cheap.
The saw works as advertised. Cuts steel rod and tubing like butter. No shower of sparks, but chips spread out in a messy way. Takes practice to cut along a line. Great for what it does, but don't expect it to replace a regular hand circular saw. Cutting depth is a bit over 1 inch.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, All In One, Good Size & Weight
I would have rate this saw a 5 but no wax sticks to lube the blades were available from HD or anywhere else online. They were supposed to be included (a few) with the saw purchase but did not . Some were eventually found at Harbor. I purchased a second saw from HD to have as a back up. If you subtract the cost of a replacement blade from the purchase, you are getting the saw for about $45!
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
The most amazing thing about this saw is how easy it is to control, there is no kick back and no pressure. When it arrived I took it out in the garage and tried it on everything I could find. A few weeks later I was using it to cut through some wood with aluminum reinforcement and steel tee nuts, perfect tool for the job. Not having a base on the saw makes it a little difficult to keep the cut at 90 degrees or any angle in wood or plywood but in 1/8" mild steel plate it was easy to follow a line. Controlling depth takes some practice also. The nicest thing about cutting mild steel with this saw is there is no shower of sparks like when using abrasive cut off wheels, the noise is about the same with either tool.
I purchased this saw mainly to cut steel but also thought its multiple materials cutting ability would be a handy feature. This saw is pretty heavy duty for its size and has a solid feel however there are a few things that were dis-satisfactory. First of all I would recommend getting familiar with the cutting technique of this saw as it is a little different than a traditional circular saw and while it is advertised as a no kickback saw it can and will kickback. Second it has no guide plate to set the cutting depth or help make a straight cut which is especially annoying when trying to rip with this saw. Maybe Ridged did this to supposedly help get in tight areas but with the handle design you will not be getting this saw in very tight places anyway and even a small plate would help this saw or a removable one. Now for the final and biggest negative design flaw the max cutting depth is only 1- 1/16 inches. Think about it what is the thickness of all standard two by boards? It is 1-3/4 inches so why only 1-1/16 inches cutting depth? To cut just a 2x4 which is 1-3/4 inches thick you have to cut one side and then the other and without a guide plate to boot forget about making a straight cut. Like I said I bought this saw to mainly cut metal but the rib height on standard R panel for steel buildings is 1-1/2 inches so there again with only 1-1/16 inches cutting depth you have a hard time cutting all the way through a sheet. So my conclusion is that while this saw does seem heavy duty, has a solid feel and does cut multiple materials without a guide plate and only 1-1/16 inches max cutting depth you will have a hard time making a straight cut and cutting all the way through. Ridged needs to go back to the design table and come up with a saw that has at least a 6-1/2 inches blade and some type of guide plate and then they would have a winner.
WOW, say goodbye to sheet metal shears. The twin blade rips through sheet metal as fast as you can guide it. It makes a pretty clean cut out of the 12 gauge sheet metal I cut. I made 30 cuts with this tool and it cut the last one the same as the first. The tool itself is not real loud but whatever you are destroying in front of it makes a big noise, so plan to wear some hearing protection.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
I just started using the saw, so I can't speak to the longevity of the blades. They are a little pricey, so I hope they last. My only complaint has to do with the blade guard. It wraps around a little further than regular circular saws, making it a little harder to get the cut started. I found that I had to retract the guard manually just a bit, particularly on smaller items. Overall I think this is the concept of the future.
This is a very impressive saw. I did not purchase it to cut wood (I have a standard circular saw to do that); rather, I got it to cut metal. I have gone through ½” rebar without any problem. I can lay out multiple pieces of rebar, strike a line and cut every piece without one hiccup from this saw. I have also cut through some 10 gauge metal cabinets with no stalling. This is, by far, a great product for cutting metal.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
This saw cut through 5/16 threaded rod faster than a diegrinder with a cut off wheel. I also used it to cut sections out of a large automotive hood and it did that with ease. I am seriously considering buying 2 more.
This saw is difficult to use. It is hard to get started on the wood because the flap is shut and you have to use two hands to hold and open the flap at the same time. Not easy...
Cons: Limited Features, Difficult to Use
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Review 18 for 5 in. Twin Blade Circular Saw
from Annapolis, MD
Poor Design, Limited Use
PostedMay 11, 2011
No, I do not recommend this product.
We are a contracting company always looking for tools that help the job go faster, or with less fatigue. We purchased this saw with hopes of both, but returned it 3 days later.
Good points-nice weight
Bad Points- -No foot, if you are cutting a board it will not be a perfect 90 degree cut. -Uncomfortable handle angle, the angle of the body and guard do not match, making it odd to use -Dust spits out the wax hole, right over the guide notch, right into your face -Cannot cut through 2x lumber, the most common size for construction because the angle of the guard and guide are wrong.. It seems that 1x lumber is the max, but why would you cut trim with a saw that is not precise. -Guide notch is poor, you have to look into flying dust to view it, it is not precise. It should be a line or a square notched out, not a "u" shape. -Guard it difficult to start. The notch of the guard that catches to push it back is at a poor angle making you have to wobble the saw back and forth to get the guard to move enough to push easily. That ruins your cut. If you cut 2 handed with one hand holding the lever back it works fine, but you cannot hold your lumber also. -There is no depth adjustment, so you cannot cut a drywall patch out, or through sheathing without damaging your structural members. -A pack of replacement blades is $50.
Overall: It may be able to cut many different materials, but it is an additional tool, it does not replace any tool because for pipe a pipe cutter is smoother, quieter, and just as fast, for wood it only cuts thin material, for plastic sheets (OK maybe for this but a scoring knife works great for $2), for steel a grinder.
I think that this tool is great for...nothing.
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Review 19 for 5 in. Twin Blade Circular Saw
PostedAugust 24, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
This is the RIDGID adaptation of the OEM saw that was called "Twincut Power Saw Plus" or something like that. With that design, the user held the saw by its tail where the handle is and when using it, pushed it forward, where the line of the impact is longitudinal with the saw. RIDGID made the change in that design and added a handle to the front side of the tool and removed the tail. In my view, 'bad move'. Second, I realize that the tool is a free hand tool, however, why could it not have a guide fence as an accessory ?! (RIDGID engineers???) Third, because of the forward rotation of one of the blades, it dumps its waste material right on the work surface exactly where you need to have view to guide the tool over the line where the cut has to go. There are reviewers that complain about things flying everywhere which I agree with. The exhaust air from the motor can be used to guide the waste material to a desired direction. I like the plunge capability and forward and backward cutting but it needs some refinement for sure.
Cons: Difficult to Use, does not have a guide fence