Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 101
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TSI 4 Hours of Research Led To This Purchase
I tend to over research everything I buy and this purchase was no different. Here were my key observations post-purchase.
1. You can tell Ridgid listened to customer feedback and improved the machine. Early reviews mentioned a flimsy infeed table adjustment wheel, which on my unit, was solid as a rock.
2. Some comments questioned why this unit is marketed as a planer and jointer. The instructions clearly state the logic and are quick to point out that you can plane wood on this machine, but that does not assure that both sides are parallel. You'd need a surface planer to accomplish that.
3. Ease of assembly - I put this together in less than an hour. The instructions were close to perfect. I opted to install the drive belt assembly BEFORE installing the rear cover because I found it easier to get my hands inside to make adjustments.
4. Noise - This unit is far quieter than I had imagined. I've not used jointers for years, and so I was very surprised at how quiet this unit is. Of course the level of noise I am referring to is just the sound of the machine and not the sound of wood passing through the machine :)
All in all, I am thrilled with this product so far and I am looking forward to years of use.
January 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ray Really nice!
Really nice jointer. Love it it doesn't take a lot of room.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SD So far so good
Set up relatively easy and was coplaner out of the box. Good size and well made machine.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brandon Professional wood worker. Excellent jointer.
I've been using this very often for the last five months and I have to say, this is an insanely good deal for a jointer of this quality. It's top notch and excels beyond jointers that are twice it's price. The setup was easy and only took about 30 minutes to calibrate. The results are perfect. I have this matched with a DW735X and couldn't be more stoked with the results.
November 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RAQ Excellent value
I did quite a bit of research and reading reviews before settling on this Rigid jointer. This jointer/planner arrived very well packed and aside from being quite heavy ( 200+ lb.) was easy to assemble.
The owners manual was well written and illustrated and the high quality of fit and finish of all components was impressive for this price level. After using it for several weeks I am very pleased with its performance and would not hesitate to recommend it.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by banersva Easy Set up Easy to use
The hardest part about putting this jointer together was lifting the box out of the truck. It takes two people to put this together. particularly when you are lifting the main deck and cutter head assembly. Overall it was easy to put together. The fence was set for a true 90 degrees and the cutting depth guage was accurate. My first work piece of gluing two pieces of cherry together to make a solid cherry top formed a nice clean smooth seam. I've tried using my table saw as a jointer and while my table saw was OK I could never get as clean of a joint as a I wanted. Using this jointer it was nearly effortless.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DGB A valuable tool for the wood workshop.
Heavy duty and stands solid. This jointer was easy to assemble, working alone I had this working in about 3 hours. The adjustments were also easy and good to go right from the box.I have since run several boards, red oak,birch,pine,and basswood, all from 2 inch wide to 6 inch wide.plenty of power but dedicate that one circuit to this tool.Retired for two years, I am a hobby builder with a chainsaw mill. LSA is about impossible to achieve.
September 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bucky Ridgid jointer
Easy to assemble, excellent quality, and all the settings were right on the mark coming out of the box. I have been doing cabinet making for over 45 years and this jointer rivals anything made by Delta or any other manufacturer. Highly recommend this machine for the professional or the hobbyist wood worker.
June 30, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BigB Subpar
The cast table was dinged on one corner and had 1/2 inch of material missing and was bent. The motor was also damged as the shaft encountered something very hard during shipping and was bent. Well, i had put it together before noticing the flaws onthe table. I was going tk buy another and swap the motors then return. But, with a damaged table its going back for sure. Also, the quality is subpar, mechanisms are not smoothly adjusted and the table was not machined very well (wavy edges). Come on, this is a precision tool and should be an excellent example of precise manufacturing. It is not, I will buy a Grizzly now. I would not recommend this product for the price of $599. Much higher quality tools are available at that price. Ie: Jet, Grizzly etc...
May 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Michele Worst Experience - Discontinued Product - No longer making some parts!
I ordered the jointer and unfortunately was never able to use it. It came damaged...only one part, the motor bracket. I called Home Depot customer service and they ordered the part from the manufacturer ~ or so I thought! I never heard back from them with a delivery time or tracking. I called a week later. They haven't heard back from the manufacturer! I contacted Rigid directly. They no longer manufacture the jointer or have the part in stock. In fact, she asked me if it was a floor model because it was so old! What a waste of time! I took it back and got back my money!
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LarryE Great Product at a Reasonable Price
Second Rigid Jointer/Planer that I purchased (purchased first one for my other shop). Jointer is easy to assemble, but heavy due to its cast iron base (need two people to make some of the lifts). Set-up was easy and accurate and the jointer did a good job on edges as well as one face of rough lumber. I was pleasantly surprised that the jointer was made in Taiwan instead of mainland China (I think that has a lot to do with the quality). It would be nice if it had a speed adjustment like my previous bench-top jointer.
April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by akell215 Excellent jointer for the money
I am very pleased with this jointer. Compared to other brands this is a good value and performs well. I was looking at a Grizzly model and the price was very similar but theirs was out of stock for over a month so I went with this one and I am pleased with my decision. I chose the ship to store option and it arrived in just a couple of days which was great. Setup was fairly easy and adjustments were simple to ensure that it was cutting square. Cut quality is very good and the material is glass smooth straight off the jointer. I would highly recommend this jointer to others.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Fantastic product
Absolutely critical piece of equipment. Directions were not too good contrary to what I read. Put together alone. Didn't assemble upside down.
Perfect once running.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mikemcc99 Handles hardwood with ease.
Excellent directions made for quick and easy assembly. Had 6BF of hardwoods to joint. Handled jatoba and sapele with ease. Jointed the rough edges with only a few thin passes. Deck plates are dead on flat and fence was easy to set to square. A little wax on the deck surfaces and I was good to go. Also ran some oak and hard maple pieces through jointer and get perfect results. Hardly need any sanding. Drive system is plenty stout and noise levels are less than expected. A well built and designed shop tool that's a great addition to my collection.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodsy Quality Jointer
This jointer was easy to assemble. I was impressed that the factory preset stops were accurate and the head and bed were on the same plane. No tweaking or adjusting was required.
May 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Woodnutt Decent Jointer
Like what others have posted, this unit is a little awkward to assemble without help. What could have helped me a bunch is if Ridgid would have spot welded most of the connecting nuts to the frame and have used hex head bolts instead of the carriage bolts provided. I do however, give kudos for the well thought out packaging of all the hardware pieces. It was nice not having to sort through 10 plastic bags looking for the correct nuts and bolts.
Setting up the jointer took a little longer than what I expected. The operator’s manual states that the in feed and out feed tables are factory preset but I suggest that you double check the tables for co-planer and readjust the cutter knives as things do shift during shipping. I managed to get both feed tables co-planer within .001” by adjusting the in feed table gibs. This can be a little tricky because the way the gibs contact the dovetail slides. It doesn’t take much of a turn on the allen set screw for the table to move a bunch, but it can be done. After that setting the knives to the out feed table is pretty straight forward.
Once set this jointer works great. I’ve only milled about 300 board feet of lumber so far but the wood is dead flat with no discernible snipe.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GMB Jointer plaineet
Jointer was easy to assemble. Base very easy to assemble, the only problem was the weight of the jointer table itself, although this is the hart of the machine. Once assembled it is easy to use and adjust.
Does a great job and i am glad i decided on this over a couple of bench models i looked at.
April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NCwoodmam Very Good, Some minor annoyances
Planes and edges boards very well.
Easy adjustment of infeed table height.
The furnished push pads work well.
Runs smooth - no vibration
Good size for my small workshop.
Bevel adjustment knob/handle could be placed better; sometimes gets in way of hands when feeding board.
The slot for storing the two furnished bevel angle gauges is big enough to hold only one of them.
Bevel adjustment is difficult to get spot on - the slide likes to stick, then move - too much -when trying to make the last, small adjustment to the bevel angle.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve A Jointer with Great Value
This jointer is truly professional grade quality at residential application pricing! It has substantial mass and quality built components. The motor looks like it'll last a lifetime. Assembly was easy. Motor is quiet for its size and power. The table surface is robust and has a nice, smooth surface finish. The accessories (push pads and angle tools) are a nice touch to a great product. I'm excited to start using this versatile tool on my woodworking projects. Be advised the package is large and heavy. Definitely a 2-man lift item. And be prepared to figure out a way to dispose of the massive amounts of packaging foam after unpacking! I also replaced the stock feet with castors. This tool is far too heavy to not need castors for movements throughout any shop. Ridgid should consider castors as standard parts. Highly recommend this jointer over the other cheap ones sold by the big box companies!
November 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Arais Amazing machine!!
I read a lot of reviews and did plenty of research before deciding on this jointer.
It really does perform perfectly!
Just buy it, you won't be disappointed!
April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Don Very nice but....
Very good quality, easy to assemble with two people needed for lifting. I added wheels instead of the legs as suggested by others but quickly found out I needed to add an additional wood support that extended beyond the base because installing the wheels in the original leg holes felt very unstable and started to stress the metal and welds in the base leg area. After adding the wood all is golden and allowed me to move the wheels beyond the base, very stable. The only complaint I have are the blades started to get debits shortly during the first use, even though using a soft wood and moving it across the plate, nothing in the wood just pre-primered (very strange). I haven't had time to check out the problem yet. It may be a human error thing we'll see.
February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Me Love it
Assembly was a bit of a pain but doable. Everything was square and true out of the box. Does a beautiful job, am very pleased, would buy again.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cutworm Awesome Jointer
It took me about 3 hours to assemble. Had a problem with one screw. It was set up well and I didn't need to make any adjustments. It makes super clean cuts and runs much quieter than I expected. The table is true and flat. Adjustments are easy to make. This jointer is a great addition to my shop. I did put mine on casters so I can move it around. About the only opportunity for improvement is that the shavings get clogged in the dust port sometimes.
December 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bjorn great machine
It is a great machine I love ridged tools. It was delivered later than when expected. With Home Depot online orders if you are a veteran you do not get the discount.
March 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Daniel Great Value!
Really nice and built solid. One thing it could use is some castors for mobility though. It cuts really smooth and has worked great so far.
July 12, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Planer and joiner work great. The only issue is the base cabinet.
I installed a set of roller canisters purchased from home depot to make the unit more mobile. However, the cabinet mounting points would not support the mobility. To correct the problem I purchased a furniture dolly, removed the canisters, and bolted the base to the dolly.
March 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dusty22 Awesome Jointer!
Easy to assemble and use. Tight and square out of the box!
March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pap Very satisfied - Excellent choice!
Easy to setup up. Worked like a charm right out of the box. No tweaking required.
March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodworker Excellent machine
I have owned one of these jointers for eight years. It has been one of the best investments I have ever made. I have run all kinds of woods thru this thing and it keeps on going. Carbide knives are a good idea
February 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Great Jointer
Easy to assemble although a bit heavy for one person.
February 23, 2016