Ridgid 6 1/8" Jointer Hot
Cuts per Minute: 15,000
Knives: Three, HSS
Bed Length: 45" (1143 mm)
Weight with Cabinet: 213 lbs.
Planing Width: 6-1/8"
Maximum Depth of Cut/Pass: 1/8"
Plenty of power and clean cuts
This model shows surprising power and produces good cuts that need little cleanup. The depth scale proves the easiest to read and use, but the tiny table locks on the rear of the machine are tough to use. The large rubber-coated knob on the fence makes lateral adjustments easy, but we banged our knuckles on it when edge-jointing stock.
Easily tipped backwards. Make your own platform.
Regardless of how well this machine may work, I must warn you of its Achilles Heel.
My personal experience: the machine was permanently damaged - castings broken - when it fell over backwards. You can see how this is possible if you study the pictures. The base is very narrow (front to back), and much of the weight is hanging over the back side with no support below it. It didn't take much of a bump for it to fall over and ruin it.
Another thing to be aware of is how much of a pain it is to calibrate the blades on jointers like this. You can waste hours just trying to get all 3 blades at the same level - extremely frustrating. In the end, I bought a Jet with a helical head. There are other brands that would serve just as well too. Instead of 3 flat blades that must be calibrated, it has about 28 square, carbide bits. No calibration can be needed. Each square bit has 4 sharp edges that just screw into a square socket. If one gets dull of nicked, all you do is loosen the screw and turn it to a new edge.
However you go, make sure you have made a platform for the machine that resists tipping. I made a flat platform with wheels attached to a 1 1/2 inch thick plywood platform. I positioned the machine to the front, where I stand to use it. There is plenty of extra platform to the back to prevent tipping.
Very impressive jointer
I recently purchased this jointer and I am very impressed. The cuts are very smooth and true. It took a little while to assemble and set-up but once that tedious chore was completed I was able to begin. Some of the factory adjustments needed to be recheck and changed. The most tedious task was setting the blades (a jointer jig would have been helpful). Overall, I am very pleased. The flat beds has allowed me to shape and cut warp, bowed and twisted wood to usable boards. It is very top heavy and I prefer my power tools be portable so I will have to purchase an after market mobile base since it isn't movable.
Great bang-for-the buck
Overall this is a great tool...I give it 4 stars on performance because the chips tend to clog up even with a dust collector attached. This condition requires removing the hose and using a dowel to rake the clog out, which is aggravating. I'm going to try waxing the chute and hope this improves the chip extraction. I believe this jointer is made by Emerson Electric and is similar to the old Craftsman jointers that were/are in countless home workshops. The Ridgid model was improved with center mounted fence, and other upgrades. I paid less than $400 several years back, and felt it was the best jointer value I could find.