I have the Ridgid and have used it alot in the 3 yrs I've had it. It is a decent jointer, easy assembly, true tables. I like that it has handwheels for both infeed and outfeed and the center mounted fence it also a plus. I've probably run 6 or 8k bf across it and have just the other day changed out the original knives ( I have honed them a couple times though). I picked up Freud blades on Amazon for $8/set awhile back ( got 2 sets). I think this is a good jointer for the money, just as good as a Jet or Delta. This has gotten good reviews on this and other forums. I say go for it, I'm glad I did.
Editted for dust collection: Better than an open based machine! I have mine hooked to a HFDC
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