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Ridgid Jointer cutterhead guard modification.

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Project by Routerisstillmyname posted 1418 days ago 3894 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been real frustrated with the safety cutterhead guard on this jointer since the day that I got it.
That’s been my main beef.
Every time I needed to flatten a stock that was less than 13/16” ~ 3/4” I had to take a risk and remove the stupid idiotic guard in order to complete the job. Finally today I reached my limit hence this upgrade. Now if need be, I can go as low as 1/4 and still be safe.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.





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DrewM

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#1 posted 1418 days ago

nice I have the same problem with my bridgewood jointer

-- Drew, Delaware

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dustyal

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#2 posted 1418 days ago

Seems to work for you… no chance that the lowered spacing will cause your banding to contact infeed bed or cutter head? I presume not. Also, use of rivets seems to be a good idea given the application.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Routerisstillmyname

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#3 posted 1418 days ago

no chance that the lowered spacing will cause your banding to contact infeed bed or cutter head?

No, I measured the space required to clear that before attaching the extension as you can see in last 2 pictures.
It clears the blades by 1/8”.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 1418 days ago

Great improvement. Plus, now it looks like a serious piece of armor!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 1418 days ago

nice. this is on my to-do list. although I plan to turn it into euro-style blade guard so that the blade will always stay covered (lumber goes under guard as guard rises and lowers). I never liked this type of guard and the spring thing (I have a delta)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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spaids

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#6 posted 1418 days ago

is it really ok to work thin stock on your jointer? I have the same one with the same problem but I’m actually a little scared to run thin stock on this tool.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Routerisstillmyname

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#7 posted 1418 days ago

Once in a long while there’s a need so…., I would never run anything less than ¼ on it but then again, when I am using it on material that is even less than ½, my hands are nowhere near the blade. I also use featherboards on infeed and outfeed fence and one on infeed side table and also push stick or something.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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ChuckC

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#8 posted 1418 days ago

I have the same problem with the same jointer. My solution has always been to position one of the push blocks on the front edge of the board so the push block pushes the guard open.

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Rick

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#9 posted 1418 days ago

That’s a good idea to close that huge gap our jointer has. It’s bothered me to.

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Bogie

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#10 posted 1418 days ago

Excellent… Thanks for the heads up on how to fix mine as well.

-- Bogie... Roseburg, OR / Knowledge is Power!

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OutPutter

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#11 posted 1416 days ago

RISMN,
I guess for all the people that are not Rigid jointer owners or stupid like me, I’ll ask the obvious question. Huh? What did you do? Is there a before picture that would help? Maybe you could just describe in words what you did to the guard.

Thanks,

-- Jim

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ChuckC

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#12 posted 1416 days ago

He added the metal band around the guard. Follow the rivets..

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OutPutter

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#13 posted 1415 days ago

Is that right, RISMN?

-- Jim

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Routerisstillmyname

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#14 posted 1415 days ago

yes. the band has been added to the side of the guard.
Now the jointer ca be used in full capacity.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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OutPutter

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#15 posted 1414 days ago

Thanks guys, I’ve got my eye on this jointer so, maybe one day, I’ll need this info.

-- Jim

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