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Now that my BS is back up and running again there are NO complaints. My JP was dead nuts right out of the box and only the fence had to be adjusted for square. The TP needed some tweaking of the infeed & outfeed to correct the snipe but I've been quite happy with all of the Ridgid line.
I was very leary of the Ridgid tool line myself, but have come to appreciate the quality and the value. And it's hard to over look the lifetime warranty.
I purchased the TS3650, R2930, R2500, and the R250AFA and have had no problems at all!!!
I guess that I could be a Ridgid poster boy, having the table saw, large compound mitre saw, band saw, drill press, jointer, planer, plus a boat load of hand tools. Most of my work is with oak and I am very happy with the Ridgid planer and jointer. I tend to replace blades frequently in order to keep them very sharp which helps on the hard woods. I should probably invest in a jig to resharpen on my bench grinder (not Ridgid).
With the warrantee, available spare/replacement parts I think Ridgid is a good tool for my type of use (non-commercial). So far no complains, except maybe for the fact that the 18v NiCad cordless tools appear to becoming obsolite.
[QUOTE=Ski John;61321]I guess that I could be a Ridgid poster boy, having the table saw, large compound mitre saw, band saw, drill press, jointer, planer, plus a boat load of hand tools.
How long have you had the HD planer and the jointer? I have been doing some research on the two machines, and it seems that for the money they are well worth it!
JHE - I have had the planer for about three years. I bought it to plane down 2x6 deck boards for a new finish. Figured that a few sets of blades was much cheaper than 500sft of new lumber. The planer works well so long as I run it with a dust collection and/or vacuum system on it and obviously with sharp blades. Most of my work now is hardwood. The jointer is a new purchase and I am very happy with the results on my latest projects. I guess that time will tell how it stands up, but I have been quite happy with by other Ridgid tools so I expect the same from this one.
I'm turning into a poster boy myself, and I don't really see a problem with it. You walk into some folk's shops, and it's all Jet, or all DeWalt, etc, etc.
Personally, I like the fact that Ridgid puts such a great warranty on their tools, you get a LOT of quality for the money, and some really smart, well designed and thought-out tools. Currently, I own (all ridgid):
10" miter saw
Miter saw utility vehicle
TS3650 table saw
24v cordless tool set
And I think I might be forgetting a thing or two.
Like everyone else, I aim to get the best I can with my money, but always end up back at Ridgid.
Ditto to Tig's comment about landing back on Ridgid.
I'm loaded up with lot's of Ridgid gray, and some newer orange.
TS2424 Table Saw
18V X2 Drill
12V X2 Drill
Circular Saw w/ EZ Smart add-on
5" and 6" RO Sanders
The only problem I ever had was a bind up on the blade tensioning on the Band Saw. I just disassembeld and reassembled and it was back in action.
I'm not a pro that uses the tools daily, or even very hard, but I've not had any failures or problems.
I have a DeWalt planner and it works well, I have no complaints. However if you don't have a dust collector you may wish to invest in one before you buy either the planner or jointer. These things like to make chips and the blower on the DeWalt planner will send chips flying all over the place before you realize what is happening and shut it down. My Ridgid jointer works well also but plugged up without a dust collector attached. Maybe a shop vac will work.
Speaking of jointers here is the deal. The Ridgid jointer is built upside down. I did not follow the advise in the manual and after assembly turned the jointer upright by myself - Bad Move - pulled a muscle. Here is what I told myself: "I am a pretty big guy and in pretty good shape. The jointer in and of itself isn't especially heavy and since I am not lifting it off the floor, only tipping it upright I will be OK." Don't believe it. The thing is akward. It is not like lifting balanced free weights. Get help! Get help! Get help! Do not attempt to turn the thing over by yourself.
wood magazine just did a review on planers, and the rigid got a top nod for its cut quality (almost as good as the dewalt 735) as well as included accesories for the price (extra blades, extension tables, and stand). apparently the ridgid was one of the best at reducing snipe as well.
the dewalt 735 got the highest mark for the best finish, but it has a significant price increase, as well as you need to buy the extension tables which are a must if you want to reduce snipe.
I started to shy away from the ridigid planer for the same reasons (am I starting to buy just because of the brand?) but I've been nothing but thrilled with my TS, CMS, and shop vac. When it's time for a planer, I'm getting a ridgid.
I have the Rigid Planer and it does a very clean job with no snipe - IF you remember to lock the head. Snipe can be real ugly if you for get that detail of operation. My jointer is an old Rayco I bought and reconditioned for $50. It's a nuisance tuning it, but once tuned it does a fine job.
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