I have many ridgid tools, Planer, Jointer, DP, Bandsaw, sander and Miter saw. Very happy with all, but I got them with the lifetime warranty before it changed to 3 year limited.
Very happy with all of the tools. No problems.
Every tool has special considerations, however. For example, if you like metalworking, I wouldn't get the Ridged DP. It doesn't accept tapered bits, and may be power-limited. Not really a concern for me. I've done metal though, no problem. Since 1/2" is the largest diameter, If I need larger I buy a metal bit tapered down to 1/2" on the back end.
The Jointer takes special knives that are 6 1/8", but I bought a set at Sears (Craftsman) which said 6 1/8" on the package, but are actually 6 1/16th, but they work great. I never need a full 6 1/8" anyhow, I could just go with 6". Setting them properly is the only critical factor, not length. You can do nice rabbets with this model also.
The bandsaw is the only real critical tool, in my opinion. All others are simply a motor spinning a blade, or two or three. Obviously fences and scales and the like are important also, and the ease of changing blades. A bandsaw however is another matter. It requires not only good construction and balance, but regular adjustment and care.
My Ridgid has served me well, maybe becuase I give it regular attention. I've heard some complain about problems with the Ridgid, like vibrations. I do have a little vibration, but not
noticable when I'm cutting. Balancing the wheels will help, if you are annoyed. I imagine many vendors having the same issue.
The sanding station is just super, being able to change from spindle to belt. But I'd like if the table was a bit larger, and maybe cast iron.
The miter saw is a no-brainer. Spinning blade cuts wood. The only item to possibly wear out is the brake, which stops the blade very quickly. Works fine.
Planer works great also, provided you have good dust collection. I bought a Jet dust collector for that. 4" port attaches via the dust chute, can't remember if that came with or was extra.
Shop vac just doesn't cut it on a planer, you need volume. Keeping chips out prevents poor planer operation, no matter the vendor. If you let the machine spit freely without a chute, it works too, but a heck of a mess to clean. It spits forward quite well. The Ridgid model has a lock mechanism to reduce snipe. Adjusting the infeed and outfeed tables properly helps also.
Like I said, my primary factor was the lifetime warranty. If I bought today I'd probably rub a crystal ball or something. Just get in the game.