My first Jointer, the 6" Ridgid seems excellent in all respects but one, and maybe there's something I'm not understanding. The bottom edge of the head guard sits 3/4" off the table top. I assume that this is designed so that thinner timbers slide under it without moving it aside. The problem is that, when planing, as the board thickness gets close to the height of the bottom edge of the guard, it tends to jamb between the table top and the bottom edge of the guard. I have also found that you cannot Plane to the full width of the cutter blades unless the board is considerably thinner than 3/4" as the top edge of the board will jam into the head guard out near its pivot pin (no, I have not gone thinner than the recommended 1/2"). It seems like it would be a lot less dangerous and scary if the head guard's bottom edge was close enough to the table top so that it was pushed aside by all boards, regardless of their thickness. Is there something I don't understand about this guard's operation? I have considered machining off some of the bottom of the casting to lower the guard closer to the table top. Also increasing the width of the notch very slightly out near the pivit pin so that the full 6" width of the cutter head can be utilized.
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