"just take pressure OFF of the UP direction"
What exactly are you referring to when you say take pressure off.You only need to have the proper height you need to make the cut with maybe an 1/8-1/4 inch more to come thru the surface of the lumber your cutting ,What exactly are you tightening down and how are you doing it?
Taking the pressure off means I crank the handle up to a given height and then instead of simply taking my hand off the wheel, I turn it the other direction just a bit, so the lead screw is no longer putting pressure on the rack.
I think I've decided to take this saw back, much as I hate to move it again. I called the authorized service center that Ridgid gave me and they said, "Yeah we don't work on Ridgid any more. They scre**d us out of several hundred dollars and now they won't take us off their list." So that means there's no service center near me. I called Ridgid again and they're not being helpful or sympathetic.
SO... I think I'm gonna just bite the bullet here and pack this thing up and take it back to Home Depot and get a refund.
THEN.... I just got off the phone with a local place that stocks Steel City table saws. I can get the 35990C or 35990G for $649. That's about $200 more than I paid for the Ridgid, but this other place is also authorized service for Steel City and only about 25 minutes away.
I'm not happy about moving the Ridgid again, and I'm not happy about having to spend another $200 over what's already been approved by She Who Must Be Obeyed, but I'm not seeing any other options that make sense. It sure doesn't make sense to keep telling myself that there's nothing seriously wrong with the Ridgid just because I don't want to move it. The Steel City has cabinet mounted trunions and while I'm not sure of the "T Square Fence", it just overall looks to be a bit better saw. If I get wife approval, I'll have to decide between granite and cast iron. I hear lots of plus and minus about the granite, but being in a mostly unheated shop it may have advantages in not rusting. Cast Iron and Granite being the same price..... not sure. And it doesn't look like the Steel City has any kind of lift system and if I do buy it, there's nothing in the budget for any kind of mobile base. So I'd have to shove it around if I needed to move it.
Trial and tribulations..... I had looked forward to this being fun and right now it's not.