It’s too bad I can’t edit the title of this post. I’d change it to something like READY, SHOOT, AIM; or THE RIDGID MSUV IS A PRETTY GOOD STAND, or THE RIDGID MSUV IS NOT QUITE IDIOT PROOF, AND I’M THE PROOF.
If you are searching the forums because you are thinking about buying a Ridgid Miter Saw Stand, Model MSUV, then please consider this an endorsement of the product. The product is not perfect, but since I overcame my driver error, it has served me well.
Positives include good mobility around the jobsite, reasonable mobility between jobsites if you have a PU truck, reasonable stability given the fact it is on wheels, and fast set-up/tear-down.
The negatives are relatively minor — non-adjustabilty of leg length to compensate for non-level terrain, non-ideal placement of one of the setscrew levers, and the need to remove one of the roller supports when collapsing the stand into its travel configuration. Also, it is quite a bit bigger in its folded position than alternative stands without wheels.
I have mine set up without the miter saw bolted on. I’ve found the stand to be at a convenient height for routing so I use it as a clamping surface for that too.
If you are reading this because you have a problem getting your stand level, read on: There is a sentence about modifying the rate of opening the stand if necessary. Pay attention to that sentence. Alternatively, if the wheel end is high, push down sharply on the wheel end of the table to get the guide to click into its detent position. Voila! Level stand. I suspect that the weight of a saw bolted on top may help to get the stand to this detent position.
I committed pilot error in not getting the guides into the detents.
My original post is included below for your amusement. 😉
I want to post a mild warning about this product.
It’s a good idea but poorly executed.
Basically, the stand is kind of like a take-off on the newer portable table saw stands with big wheels. It’s supposed to fold up like a hand truck with your miter saw bolted to it and then unfold and be a stable miter table.
As built, the extendable legs are too short or the wheels are too big. The table is fully 2″ out of level when set up. I recommend ripping a 4X down to 2 inches or nailing 1/2 inch material onto a 2X and putting that under the legs to level up the stand.
Also, the right (wheel) rail extension setscrew lever is placed too close to the table surface and interferes. I rotated the lever from its factory position and found a position that sort of works — if you don’t mind the sound of screeching metal when extending or collapsing the extension rail.
And you have to remember to remove the right support roller from the extension arm when you fold up the stand — it interferes with the frame near the wheels.
So now your one-piece saw-on-a-hand-truck has three pieces to carry — the main stand plus a support roller plus the leg leveler.
I got no response from Ridgid (Emerson) technical support worth anything.
Good idea — try again, Ridgid.
Edited 7/6/2006 12:30 pm ET by Powpowhound