jointer blade change

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Blog entry by Cato posted 01-30-2016 01:49 AM 534 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this Ridgid 6” jointer for awhile and today finally had to sit down and learn how to change and adjust the blades.
I bought a magnetic jig to help with that and it came in very handy, evenly holding the blade at the right height while I adjusted the jack screws and tightened the lockdown bar.

Being my first time it took me the longest on the first blade and then the other two went way faster.
Good way to learn how your tool works and how to adjust it.
Amazing the diffference now in the cutting sound when I ran some scraps thru to test it out.

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 01:26 AM

Took me half a day to change the blades in my Ridgid jointer. I should have bought the jig!

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 12:41 PM

Jig gets things pretty close but going back and checking with my dial gauge I found that despite the magnets holding the blade level when you tighten the lockdown bolts the blade rises a few thou. Two out of three are the same but the third one rose .005 which is too much.
Marking a flat piece of 3/4×1.25× 8 scrap where it overhangs the outfeed table and just past the high point, the scrap piece gets dragged on the 3/4 edge an 1/8” on two blades but on the high blade it gets dragged 1/4 so I will adjust that one today.
Should help the blades wear and cut more evenly.
Still, the magnetic jig has been a huge help in changing and adjusting my jointer blades.

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