Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 92
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj Solid built and plenty of power
I've been using this jointer for 5 years now and have had no problems with it. As much power as you can expect for a 120V jointer. I have used full width with hard oak and no issues. It cuts as deep as you would reasonably want without issues.
October 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WoodWorker Excellent Tool
Just purchased this last month and have been putting through tthe lumber to it. So far cuts are great and dust collection is even better. Compared to a Jet at $200 more, you cannot beat the price. This is the same unit as a Jet with Ridgids version of hardware. The jointer went together fast and when I checked the tables for flat, I found them to be perfect. Less than .0015" through the length, side to side and crossways on each table. Tables were co-planer to within .001". Knives were set pefect. Did not have to adjust knives. Only thing that needed adjustment was the outfeed table. Onece set, set jointer infeed table to now more than 1/32" cut and locked her down. Honed my technique and produced some flat and squre edged boards
March 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie A fine piece of equipment
The Ridgid jointer works flawlessly, and after about 50 board feet of surface planing, half white oak and half tight knot, pitchy Douglas fir, they're still sharp. I'd never used a jointer before and it was easy to get the hang of how to flatten boards to eliminate twist and bow.
As others have noted, it is simple to assemble, just be careful of your back if you're lifting it by yourself. The one change I would make to the instructions would be to leave bolts loose until the last panel is in place. Each step says to tighten the bolts just installed, but the last panel of the stand skirt didn't quite fit into place. I had to loosen all the bolts and jiggle the whole thing to widen the gap between the stand legs, pop in the last panel, and then retighten all the bolts.
Before the first use, I had to adjust the fence stop to 90 degrees and the knife height. The factory set the knives a little high. YouTube offers some good videos on how to gauge correct knife height. Measuring fence alignment with a square, I couldn't get consistent results, so instead I ran 4x4s through the jointer, adjusting the fence stop each time until the 4x4 came out exactly square.
Do yourself a huge favor: After you clean the rust protective grease off the table and fence, take 5 minutes to wax them with some paste car wax. Making the surfaces slick vastly reduces your effort pushing boards over the planer. Periodically reapply to keep the table slippery. What a difference!
Others have complained that the chip exit clogs. Mine hasn't once. I don't have a dust collection system, and I suspect the problem is folks haven't realized you need to slide the plastic vacuum hose adapter up out of the way if you're not using a vac system. With the adapter raised, the chips just zip down the flat chute unobstructed, out onto the floor.
The infeed table on my jointer isn't exactly parallel to the outfeed table. At first I fretted over that because it doesn't seem to be adjustable, but then I realized the infeed table is just a support and the quality of your results depends only on the alignment between the the outfeed table, the knives, and the fence.
This is a workhorse. It's hard to imagine how an industrial-brand tool could perform any better.
December 8, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by gorj Great Jointer
This jointer should meet all your jointing needs. With its three blades it leaves a very smooth surface on your wood. It has a heavy duty motor with belt drive to the cutter cylinder. This is a heavy unit built with quality material. The waste output really works and is ready to connect to shop vacuum system. The depth gauge is really handy with a built in stop so you don't accidentally take too deep a cut. The decks are straight and log enough for most work.
March 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by gdobber Cuts well ; came square ; poor dust collection
Just used for the first major projects. Straight and true boards. The only cons are assembly and dust collection. If you have big forearms and follow the directions, you will have a hard time putting the feed table to the base. You will need two people to assemble. Wood chips build up in the dust collection chute and I have to clear it out with a stick every couple of boards. otherwise chips get launched out of the infeed. Even with the dust collection attached to the chute the chips build up.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rooster great piece of equiment
a great product. reading other reviews,they were right 3hrs. assemble time.the directions could use a some adjusting on clarity.i am so impressed with this product a table saw might be my next purchase
September 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by banjopicker good purchaxe
Because of the weight, help will be needed to assemble, Worked great once assembled
September 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by cbprater works well, a little top-heavy
This jointer planer works very well and was fairly straight forward to assemble. Tool is generally well made with sturdy components for the price. My main comment is that the base of this unit is a little under sized front to back and is a bit top-heavy. So you need to be very careful moving this unit to ensure you don't tip it over. It appears it is intended to be installed in a permanent location and not moved. Many reviews talk about putting casters on the unit instead of the supplied leveling feet. If you do this, it would be very easy to have the unit fall over if you are pushing it across a crack in a driveway or other uneven surface. I would recommend making some very sturdy brackets that mount the casters outboard (forward and back) of the leveling feet and then keeping the leveling feet.
September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigP Great tool, works perfectly.
Very easy to setup and install, took very little configuration and is also easy to maintain. Solid extended fence is great for long pieces, jointed over 1000 peices of wood and is still working great.
November 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Siwel Love it...
I've been wanting a jointer for a long time. After countless hours searching Craigslist for a used one, I finally gave up and bought a new one. Assembly was fairly simple and it operates much better than I ever expected. Could kick myself for not purchasing it sooner.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Majricke Ridid 6 1/2 inch jointer
I set this up, with a little help lifting, easy by instructions and it was ready to go immediately. Joints and planed boards well with no resetting of knives or other adjustments needed. It does the job, I needed it to do without hesitation.
July 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MarkM Awesome Jointer. Must have good suction on Dust collector
Awesome Jointer. Must have good suction on Dust collector. I don't. Does not even hesitate on a 6" maple board cutting 1/8 inch off. The only issue is that there is no blower for the shavings. It is kind of a big deal. I have to stop and clean out from under the cutter blades often. The only other issue I found is that the base is made out of steel that will not support rollers on its own. I had to add angle iron to support the casters I added for my convenience.
December 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by torahanjyuu Ridgid's typical great quality
I haven't had the opportunity to run this jointer through all of it's paces, but it's worked excellently for what I have thrown at it. It was well packed in the box, and assembly was easy enough for something that weighs so much. Tensioning the drive belt almost took an act of congress, and I'm not sure that I've got it properly tensioned yet, but the belt doesn't seem to be slipping. The included push blocks and setup gauges are a big plus for me, since I really didn't even know they would be included!
January 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jointer Well built machine
I haven't had this jointer very long but so far it works great. The important parts are cast iron, and the base in heavy gauge sheet metal so everything is solid. The packaging was also good. The box was fairly dinged up but there wasn't any damage to the parts inside.
June 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dablues61 The jointer is well made and does nice work.
After unpacking and setting up the jointer (have help , its heavy) it took some adjustment to get the tables completely coplanar and the blades even with the outfeed table, but I'm pretty picky about these things. Once set up this machine has plenty of power and does nice work. A set of carbide blades would be a nice accessory. A deeper footprint on the stand would be nice too. I made a rolling stand for mine.
October 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by woodturner1082 Great product
I love Ridgid products. Great value for the price. I love the lifetime warranty.
April 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John Not a planer -- except in the UK sense of the word
I gave this four stars instead of five because of two things:
1) The lifetime warranty is a hassle to get, and
2) this is not a jointer planer combo.
1) It took about six weeks to get the LSG (Lifetime Service Agreement) completed; there were lots of ways to make a mistake and not get the agreement. First you have to KEEP THE UPC BARCODE OFF OF THE BOX (I think that is true to get any LSG on any Ridgid tool). Second you go to the web site to register the tool. The web side says if you provide the receipt code from the receipt you do not have to mail anything and you get your LSG. I did that. A few days later I received an email saying they could not verify my receipt and that I needed to send in a copy of the receipt, the original UPC code off of the box, and a copy of the email. This information had to be sent registered mail. I did that and a few weeks letter I got an email with a customer ID which is required to get any warranty service -- DO NOT LOSE YOUR CUSTOMER ID. Make a misstep and you end up with a three year warranty (if your receipt does not fade out). It is a hassle to get an LSG but I have gone through it with other Ridgid tools. Having a customer ID I have replaced a couple of rechargeable batteries. The new batteries had to go through a warranty process to be covered.
2) The US uses planers and jointers. The UK calls a jointer a planer. This is just a US jointer, not a combo. The directions refer to jointing the wide side of a board as planing -- not exactly how planers work. Generally you would joint the flat side of the board, use that side to joint the edge, then use a planer to plane the other side to correct thickness, and lastly cut the other edge on a table saw. Doing so, both edges are parallel and the board is the same thickness across the whole face of the board. Using the Ridgid jointer as a planer would not ensure a board was the same thickness across the whole face of the board.
Having said that -- this is my first jointer -- so i am no expert. I will say I am impressed with the Ridgid jointer. It was a breeze to assemble and get up running. The infeed and outfeed tables are true and made of heavy cast iron. The motor is quiet. The manual is very clear. I have had the jointer for a couple of months and it has flawlessly created smooth joints. I am glad I bought it.
July 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Iceman Great Jointer
This jointer is solid. The outfeed table was dead-on with the blade out of the box. The cuts are super smooth, almost like glass, the jointed edge has a reflection to it, it's so smooth. Would definitely reccomend. I wish HD stocked these in store. The dust chute will clog if you don't have a dust collection system attached.
August 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shawn Worth its Weight in Gold
Took a few hours to get it set up properly, but once that was completed, it worked well and as intended. Excellent value. Heavy, but that's what you want in a product like this because you know it isn't going to shift on you while planing/jointing.
September 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JoefromGA very nice
Only had it for a short while but it was heavy but generally easy to put the stand together took about an hour. Works great, perfect cuts and pretty quiet. Factory settings were spot on. Definitely looks nice in the shop too.
April 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by srobear very well built tool and should get a lot of years of use from it
works better than expected and easy to put together and was ready to use. no set up adjustment was needed
May 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by crsmox This jointer is sweet.
Very smooth and cuts with precision. Sturdy machine.
May 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steveo Jointer Planer
I bought this to use for home reno projects, because it was the best one I could find locally at my Home Depot. The Delta seemed too light. I like using the Ridgid - it works well for the projects I tried so far - jointing, chamfer, bevel and rabbit. I had to trick it to do the rabbit properly. The cast iron fence seems solid but it will deflect marginally if you really lean on it. Not good - I expect the fence and the bed to be rock solid. It clogs with waste quite easily. I made a connection to my ShopVac with duct tape when helped - still had to tap it regularly to keep the flow going. I got the Ridgid 4" hose and adpater part from a eBay vendor so that should help. Home Depot didn't even want to talk about ordering the Ridgid accessory. Strange. All in all I like the jointer/planer and wouldn't trade up to a $2,000 model - this is perfect for my needs.
November 13, 2006
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pber Great product
I purchased this joiner to build furniture out of rough lumber (pine). Assembly was easy and it was adjusted almost perfectly right out of the box.
I lost the fence handle and got a replacement from Ridgid in two weeks, so the service is very good.
At this price (529$ plus a 100$ discount card) with the lifetime warranty it is hard to go wrong here.
November 20, 2006