Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 101
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Tim Rusty beast!
I preface this review by saying I take impeccable care of all of my tools. However, this Rigid planer is nearly impossible to keep rust-free. From the first time I used it, it began showing signs of rusting. My workshop is moisture controlled and all of my other tools are rust-free. The scrubbing of the cast iron platform is not only more time consuming than the time I actually use the thing, it is futile as it rusts within a week. There is no coating on the horizontal surfaces of the planer and this leads to the iron rusting. Even some of the set screws are rusted, making me wonder why stainless steel wasn't used. This is not a cheap tool, but it sure presents itself as cheap only weeks after ownership. The tailings of boards are constantly gouging even with the adjustments being made to alleviate this. It has become a 200 beast that gets little use as it will not adjust to perfect straight planed boards. I'm kicking myself for not getting the Delta.
January 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Larry ridgid planer
Easy to assemble. Cast iron construction makes for solid feeling machine. Only adjustment I needed to make was to tweak the fence square with the table. Took less than 1 minute. Otherwise worked great out of the box.
I was going to buy a bench top model but most of them looked like toys compared to the ridgid .so I spent the extra money to by a solid machine. Glad I did.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CooksCustomWood Great tool
Bought this 18 months ago. I have run a ton of Cherry, Red Oak and Poplar thru this and not one problem.
I read a few reviews from other buyers and a few complained about not being set up ready to go out of the box.
Now come on here, lets use a little common sense here.
This thing has been shipped half way around the world, handled by who knows how many forklifts. Of course your going to have to fine tune it. I have yet to buy saw, planer etc. that didn't need to be fined tuned once I got it put together.
It took about 1 1/2 hours to get it fine tuned. The fence was off a little and of all things the out feed table was a little off. Using straight edges and dial indicator's had it running perfect. Have not had to adjust it again, it has stayed true.
This has been one of the best investment's yet. When putting it together it's best to have someone help setting jointer on stand. This thing is heavy
January 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Renovator Good Machine - No factory Setup
The jointer is a good machine. We were very disappointed with the amount of time required to adjust the machine. According to the instructions, the blades and the table were factory set. However, we found both to be way off. To the point the blades were mounted at an angle in the holder. We expected to have time in assembly and minor setup, we did not anticipate the extent of work required to make the unit functional. I would not recommend someone purchase this unit if they are not experienced setting up and adjusting jointers and surfacers.
October 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Justin Great rigid tool as usual.
Bought this jointer to edge the rough sawn lumber I built my barn with. Not a hiccup the whole build.
December 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gb Great jointer
This is a great little jointer! Mine was pretty noisy and had a good bit of vibration until I installed a green link belt. Now it hums along very quietly and smoothly! Knives are easy to install and set. Quality machine and I couldnt work without it!
December 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheRegMan Great Quality!
This is a very high quality jointer for a terrific price! It assembles just as stated in the directions. Allow a couple of hours but it's really not a big deal. Everything goes together very nicely. After putting it together, I commenced planing and joining 250 board feet of hard maple. The jointer produced very nice, smooth faces and edges on all boards with the stock knives that came with the jointer. Don't believe that you have to buy new blades right away to replace the ones that came with it. It's just not so. They are sharp and of good quality. I can't say how long they'll last but 250 bf of hard maple didn't effect them at all. This was a great purchase and I'm sure it will serve me well for many years. Some reviewers have mentioned frequent clogging of the dust chute. I am using a 2 HP dust collector with a 4 inch hose and have not experienced any problems with this at all. I suspect the problems are associated with running a shop vac on it with a 2.5 inch hose.
November 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joe Jointer
Does what it's supposed to. As long as you know how to use it.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Radar Great machine
The jointer was very easy to assemble per the provided instructions . It took about an hour and a half to assemble and test. I used it the day I received it on a large batch of oak, and some red cedar. This machine is remarkable in the quality of finished product it produces. I have checked the cutters on each time I have used it, and they have remained dead on. My only fault that I can find, is the four inch dust port doesn't come with a reducer to two and a half inch to match my Rigid shop vac dust system. This machine is heavy and a bit of a handful to assemble by yourself, and after doing this one, I would recommend a bit of help with it. This is an excellent machine, and well worth the money.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Seneca1971 Excellent Jointer
Great jointer. The blades were properly aligned from the factory. The table and fence needed some minor adjusting to get them dead-on, but that is to be expected. The assembly instructions were reasonably clear. One caution. The unit is very heavy and you will definitely need at least two persons to move the box and do the final assembly of the unit. Also, I would not try to run this unit on a 15 amp circuit. I run it on a 20 amp circuit and it does sometimes trip the breaker, usually upon start-up, but once after letting it run for a period of time. The start-up problems do seem to be diminishing as the unit wears in. It would be best to run it on a 30 amp circuit if you have one.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jtm Very good jointer!
Relatively easy assembly right out of the box, just follow the directions to the t! 3 blade cutter head cuts through 2" oak like butter. The Lifetime Service Agreement is best warranty available. Highly recommended.
September 8, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BLUEBUS Home Depot sure..Rigid...No..
The online ordering, delivery and pickup at my local Home Depot went perfectly. I received progress emails. The unit arrived and performs adequately.
The primary driver for my choice of Rigid over the comparable joiner was the lifetime service agreement, which is heavily marketed by Rigid but in fact quite elusive to obtain. This purchase transaction was conducted completely online using my Home Depot charge..After an attempt or two to register the tool and validate the lifetime service agreement, Rigid sent an email indicating they couldn't verify the transaction, grant the LSA. The email insisted i send a inch square snippet of the coffin-sized box, long gone to the recycler.
If the lifetime service agreement is the major deciding factor in choosing a rigid tool...think twice.
June 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CatFan Very Happy With This jointer
Simple to assemble. Needed no adjustments. The blades and the fence angles were spot on right out of the box, and the tables were co-planer. I was a bit worried because the box was destroyed and the foam padding was crushed and broken when I received the jointer, however nothing inside the box was even scratched. Powerful and easy to use. The only complaint I could make is that the dust chute doesn't empty well. That's minor compared to the overall quality.
July 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaveM Very happy
Purchased this jointer 5 months ago and am very happy with it. Assembly was easy and knives and tables were properly adjusted out of the box. Cut quality with sharp knives is very good in all types of wood I have tried. Power is adequate for up to 1/16th inch full width cut in hard maple.
Fence adjustment is tedious with lots of trial and error and the fence does not maintain perfect square after sliding it forward or backward. However, for the price this is not unexpected. This tool remains a very good value for the money.
It does come in one box but Home Depot was nice enough to load it in my truck and it can be carried in pieces by one individual.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JBird Jointer/Planer
I spent several weeks reviewing and researching the best and most economical jointer for the home woodworker, and found the RIDGID 6 amp jointer sold by HomeDepot. I am very pleased on my recent purchased. The in-feed and out-feed table are great in length and provide adequate support for jointing lumber. The assembly setup was simple and easy. I would recommend spending a few extra dollars for this size model compared to smaller models priced for 2 or 3 hundred bucks and don't measure up quality wise. The jointer does works best with a suction system and should be placed in a permanent location since it is a little heavy.
February 25, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TelGar First Rigid Tool
Product assembly instructions are difficult and in a few cases backwards which requires undoing then redoing correctly. Parts are not well labeled and it requires considerable study to determine what goes where. Fortunately there are not many parts. While one person can assemble it, two would be better.
My biggest complaint is in trying to register for the lifetime warranty. Not sure what their relationship with Home Depot is but they want documentation that I do not have.
There are really no instructions on how to use the device. Even though I don't really need instructions, it would have been nice to show my son.
November 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Very nice tool
Gets the job done nicely. Pretty easy to assemble. Get ready to do some research when its time to replace/sharpen the blades. Zero help from the Manual. Also, still haven't successfully been set up with the Lifetime Service Agreement. Seems they make it a little tougher than it need to be. But again...this seems to be a powerful, high precision tool.
June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by johndem1x Outstanding Proformance for the Price.
This Unit was a bit hard to put together with only one person so make sure you have someone on hand to help you because this machine is big time heavy duty. I Welded on Rollers to move this Machine around it is so much better with wheels.
July 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Buckster excellent
very good piece of equipment. just received it and have run about 30 boards through it. no complaints on the operation. just have a small complaint for the dust chute. If you don't have it hooked to a vacuum you will have to dig out the shavings as they wont free fall outside of this one flaw that I see as of now very good. Wish it came with casters as it is heavy, as it should be, they would make it easier to move around if you have a dual purpose shop like I do. Wasn't hard to assemble as others have reviewed. Will write more later, as I like to give it a good work out first. for now another outstanding piece from Rigid.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Well built and functions beautifully.
The machine is heavy as a tank so get help to move it. Assembly takes time, be prepared to spend 3-4 hours on it, and yes I'm mechanically competent but if you want to do a good job that's what it will take. Once assembled, everything worked like a charm. Everything was perfectly aligned and functioned exactly as you'd want. The only thing that was off was one small part that was not aligned straight, two turns of a screw driver fixed it. Net result, the joiner works like a dream. It's not the biggest most industrial unit and production shops have better stuff but for a home furniture maker, this should last a lifetime.
December 31, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Consumer Rigid Jointer Planer JP06101
The in-feed and out-feed tables are not parallel. There is no easy way to adjust. More expensive models include capability to set tables parallel. I would think this is a must adjustment!
In-feed extension screw bent as received in box. Waiting to see if Rigid will send replacement part. Not going to send the entire unit. It is in my basement, and not toting 200 plus pounds up the stairs or completely dis-assemble.
Assembly was not too difficult. Some of the screws are in tight spaces and difficult to reach. Especially the one hex head bolt attaching table to frame. Must reach inside small rectangular cut-out to tighten the fastener.
Paint finish looks nice, but easily scratched off
July 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MAC The Jointer Planer was of good quality, just as most reviewers described it.
This is one heavy piece of equipment.....the instructions were good and was fairly simple to assemble.
It was a great addition to my shop....added a lot of versatility to the projects and lumber waiting to be processed and completed.
June 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dinomite34 Excellent except for discharge!
This is a fantastic jointer... It works very well and makes great finishes... The only complaint that I have is that the discharge chute get plugged up very easily
May 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JerryPWhitt Jointer is Great
Great Jointer! - But watch a couple UTube Videos on assembly. The "Secret" bolt is a little tricky. But after you assemble it, It was great with no adjustment.,
April 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodguy Ridgid 6 inch joiner
Unit appears to be very well made,.Infeed and outfeed tables machined glass smooth. Ran serveral test peices and unit seem to preform well. Most reviews gve high ratings and seem to be justified. Will know more when I finish setting up my new shop and begin projects. Looks like a good price / feature ratio for the home shop.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wooded Works like a charm
The instructions where straight forward and it took about an hour and 1/2 to assemble( watch the weight). I have had mine for about 8 years and other than sending the knives out to be sharpened I never have a problem with it. I usually keep the table set to 1/32 per pass to avoid tear out and snipe.
March 23, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nooch Great planer, very happy
I purchased this machine a few weeks ago and have since put it together and used it for many board feet so far. When i was putting it together, it definitely has some hard to reach bolts but nothing crazy. I finally got it together and was on the last step threading the lock knob with the nut BUT the nut wasn't threaded. I called rigid and the guy told me to force it so i did and ended up murdering the threads on the lock knob so called back and they sent me a new one with a and nut within a couple days and this nut was threaded so worked great. Fired it up and immediately got great results planing and jointing. The only issue I'm having is the saw dust is getting jammed below the blades and I have to stick something up there to pull them out after a couple boards. The problem could be I don't have a dust collector hooked up to it which might suck them out but the adapter is about 5" so my vac won't come close to connecting to it. Overall I'm happy with the purchase though. I would definitely recommend this product.
March 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TWinTX Very sturdy tool, worked right out of the box.
I had to make 1 small adjustment to the 90 degree fence setting. Other than that the tool was ready to use as soon as I finished assembly. The instructions for assemblying the base could have been a little more specific, but overall a very easy assembly. The pay off is in how the tool works which is excellent.
The procedure for applying for ang getting approval for the Life Time Warranty (not registration) is unnecessarly complicated and tedious requiring cutting the UPS code from the box and actually mailing it in (an online attempt failed).
I highly recomment the tool
November 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by James Does exactly what it's supposed to.
Not commercial grade, but for a home 120v joiner, this is a useful balance of size / accuracy / capacity / weight. Setting it up is not nearly as difficult as many posts describe. Beds and blades were dead-on from factory. Dialing the fence in to square was bothersome, but once it's square no need to fuss with it again. Nice if rolling stand or casters came in box, but anyone wanting or needing a joiner for their home shop should be able to add that on their own. Very nice addition to shop and would (quickly) purchase it again.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodbutcher Awesome Unit
Awesome unit. Good quality and easy to assemble. Minimal adjustment after I set it up. Big improvement over my old jointer. Great features for the price. An excellent value for a smaller shop.
March 27, 2015