|Review by Vrtigo1||posted 11-06-2010 12:17 AM||6478 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I picked one of these guys up second hand about 6 months ago and haven’t regretted it. It was already assembled, so I can’t speak to that aspect of it. Aside from having a little rust on the bed from sitting in a storage shed, it was in great shape. I’ve used it on a few projects and it’s always done everything I need it to do. I typically do not use a DC with it just because the area in my garage where it’s located is too far away. It does tend to fill up with wood chips, but what I do is vacuum it out with a shopvac after every board or two and it’s manageable. This isn’t really an issue with the jointer, but if you don’t have a DC and are thinking you’ll just vacuum the chips up off the floor, you should be aware that the chips will stay inside the housing until you remove them with your hand or a vacuum.
The only real complaint I have is that it doesn’t come with a mobile base (and as far as I know, Ridgid doesn’t make one for it). In my opinion, the best thing about this jointer is the price. Home Depot has been clearancing them, so if your store still has any, you can probably get one brand new for under $250. Otherwise, you should probably expect to pay about $250-300 on Craigslist.