ridgid ms1290lza 12 inch compound sliding miter saw takes a
different approach. In fact, it takes the competition to task – with just the right
blend of features and finesse. Case in point: show me another miter saw whose
miter angle can be changed using just your pinky finger? Can’t find any?
Welcome to Ridgid. When we first laid eyes on the MS1290LZA we didn’t think much of it… but when we started playing with it we quickly realized our mistake.
Starting at the top, the Ridgid’s sliding compound miter saw
is heavy. It’s heavy enough that you won’t be lugging it around from place to
place unless you’re a glutton for punishment or perhaps related to a certain
governor of California. Perhaps this weight (and the immense size of the table) is
what makes the unit so stable. Perhaps this stability is what allows the blade
to slide from miter to miter like it was flying over soap-covered glass. The miter
extends from 65 degrees to 65 degrees – far more than the range of most saws.
The palm of your hand easily activates the switch interlock button – and even
lefties will be able to do so and depress the trigger switch without any
difficulties. The blade guard is clear, meaning that you have a clear
line-of-sight to your cutting edge regardless of where you are. This is
something we’d like to see universally on all miter saws.
The ridgid ms1290lza 12has user-replaceable motor brushes which can be
easily accessed from each side of the motor case. Adjusting the bevel angle was
nearly as easy as the miter. A simple flick of the miter lock lever fixes the
saw at the desired angle and a bevel index pin makes it easy to find those
perfect crown molding bevel positions. Locking the blade arm down can be done
with the depth adjustment clamp, which has a hole to lock the head and various
positions to limit your cutting depth. Moving the clamp is as easy as pulling it out, rotating it
and allowing it to snap back in place.
There is a clamp included with the ridgid ms1290lza parts that allows you to
hold down pieces of wood you are cutting. It has a quick release so you can
easily lock it into place and then screw it down for a tight grip. Ridgid also
included a nifty “Repeat-a-Cut” writing surface on the left side of
the table that is perfect for marking pencil lines for multiple cuts. This
saves tons of time for those multiple cuts which would typically require repeat
measurements, and the marks erase easily enough after you’re through. Innovative?
Yep. The saw has two cord wrap brackets on its right side – something that is
extremely convenient and sensible, two parameters we greatly value in tools.
Another convenient feature is the combination wrench, a hybrid Allen
wrench/Phillips head screwdriver that is stored on the right rear leg of the
Conclusion For someone looking for a professional miter saw, this is
one of the better models we’ve seen at this ridgid ms1290lza price. It actually embarrasses (or
should) some of the competition and puts forth some innovative and exciting
features that we’re sure will become standard fare from competing brands over
time. For now, you can reap the benefits of ridgid ms1290lza manual while everyone else catches up.
About Ridgid Tools
Since 1923, RIDGID has remained the symbol of certainty
to dedicated professionals of the expert trades. We at the Ridge Tool Company
take this heritage seriously. This is why every tool that bears the RIDGID
brand is engineered to the same high standards of quality, strength, and
endurance as was that first heavy-duty pipe wrench more than 80 years ago.