Ridgid Fuego 6-1/2 in. Framing Saw Review
Ridgid Fuego 12 Amp 6-1/2 in. Framing Saw R3203
Features and Specifications
- 10′ power cord with lighted saw icon plug
- Composite non-marring shoe
- Hook and loop cord binder
- Thin kerf 18-tooth carbide blade
- Magnesium blade housing and guard
- Cutting depths of 2 1/8″ at 90° and 1 5/8″ at 45°
- Backed by RIDGID® Lifetime Service Agreement – FREE parts, FREE service for LIFE
- 120 V 12 amp input give the saw 6100 rpm with no load
- Front and Rear kerf indicators
- Durable tool bag
- Tool-less depth and bevel adjustment with detents for common depths
- 8 pounds total weight
Evaluation and Performance
Ridgid did their homework with this saw. 6-1/2″ is the minimum blade diameter that will still cut through framing lumber even on a bevel. With the thin kerf blade, the small motor powers through material with little effort. When I resided my house I used the Fuego for ripping 20 sheets of 3/4″ plywood into 2″ furring strips for a rainscreen. I didn’t take my time and just pushed the saw through. It hardly bogged.
In my four years of owning this saw I have not encountered a situation where I thought I needed something larger. Even though it is small it does not compromise anything over a standard size saw. In this picture you can see I’m cutting through an old pallet. It had a few nails but it still buzzed through them.
There are only a couple things I would change about this saw. The first is I wish it included a second blade. 6-1/2″ blades are not as prevalent as 7-1/4″. The small hardware store closest to me does not carry the smaller size so I have to drive to one of the big box stores to find them. They are abundant online though. The second thing is I wish it had a rafter hook. The lightness of the saw lends itself really well to working in the air. It needs a way to stay in the air.
It’s no secret that I love this saw. It is light and very capable. DIY-ers and Pros alike can benefit from this saw. This saw kind of stands alone in the circular saw market with its light weight, however, Dewalt just announced an 8.8 pound 7-1/4″ saw coming in a few months. It will be interesting to see how they compare.
Where To Buy
If you’re looking to get your hands on the Fuego, stop down at your local Home Depot. You can also buy it online through Home Depot’s website at the following link:
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