RIDGID 18V Compact Bandsaw Review

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RIDGID 18V Compact Bandsaw Review – Model R8604B

RIDGID 18V Cordless Bandsaw

Manufacturer: RIDGID
Model number: R8604B
Price: 179.00
Power source: 18V
Weight: 7.35LBs

RIDGID continues to expand it’s 18v line of tools by releasing several new 18v compact tools. One of these newly released tools is the 18v compact bandsaw model R8604B.

Depending on your profession the need for a cordless bandsaw can vary. As a remodeling contractor, I do not get many instances where I find myself reaching for one. However the times I do I say man this thing is handy. Cordless bandsaws have been around since the first one was released in 2017.  Cordless bandsaws are very popular to trades that are constantly cutting metal products daily such as mechanical trades, plumbers, and electricians.

RIDGID 18V Compact Bandsaw Jobsite Performance

During one of our deck builds we needed to pin some ledge that we hit while digging for our footings. In Massachusetts, we have to dig to a depth of 48″ for our footings (frost protection). Well during one particular job we hit some serious ledge. We cut 1/2″ rebar in 2 feet in lengths and set them about 1′ into the ledge.  We could have grabbed our RIDGID R86042B Cordless Grinder but to be honest we felt the bandsaw was faster and safer. Bandsaws are fast, efficient and spark free!


RIDGID R8604B Manufacturer Specifications

  • 2-1/2 in. Cut Capacity and 32-7/8 in. Blade
  • Ideal for cutting threaded rod, black pipe, PVC, conduit, UniStrut, angle iron, and wood.
  • Variable Speed Dial-320-680 SPFM for ultimate control based on material and application.
  • Lightweight for reduced fatigue and great for overhead use.
  • Ergonomic Design for increased balance.
  • Integrated Rafter Hook for additional storage options.
  • Tool-less Blade Change makes changing blades quick and easy.
  • LED Light illuminates the workspace.

Final Thoughts / Overall Impressions

Accidents happen when you do not have the right tool to do the right task. We know we can’t have all the tools in the world but it’s important to have the right tools at the right time. Having a cordless bandsaw will benefit you when you need it. If you are on the RIDGID 18v battery platform it’s our opinion you should have one of these! You will find ways to use it where you might have used something more dangerous to cut with.

Currently, the RIDGID R8604B sells as a bare tool exclusively at the Home Depot for $179.00.




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Scott Arnold

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on AConcordCarpenter.com

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