Another vote for Ridgid over Delta. I looked real hard at the Delta at Lowes, waiting for it to clearance price, but it never did. The Ridgid seemed to be the better buy without the Delta clearance pricing that they put on almost everything else but the jointer.
Haven't used the Ridgid much yet, but it seemed to produce very good results even though I never could get the fence to be consisitantly square to the bed along the whole length of the fence - I squared it up at the closest point to the blades and I could not see any problems with the boards I ran through it.
It is heavy, but I did not have any problems unloading it from my pickup into the shop with the help of the wife.
on little trick I've found when jointing the edges of boards for glue ups .. this was said on David Mark's woodworking show ..
since the fence usually may not be truely at 90 degrees, and could be off a degree or two, when you go to edge glue two boards together, pass one board through with the top side facing towards the fence ...
pass the 2nd board through with the top of the board facing the opposite side of the fence ..
that way they will offset eachother - basically, it will make one board 92 degrees (example), the other board 88 degrees, so when you go to glue them up, they'll be nice and tight, and not cup on you.
Yeah, but the father-in-law knows exactly how to go about getting a Home Depot or Lowes gift card. He'd be a little fuzzier on treking to the crappy part of downtown Memphis to the machinery shop and trying to find where the damn door is to the place much less trying to talk them into some kind of gift certificate.
Not to mention I also need some other stuff from HD to finish out the shop (drywall and such), so it's a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of thing.
That's why I specifically asked about big box jointers.
I think you have the port hookeed up wrong. If you loosen the screws on the flange you will note that it slides. I can't remember which way is which but one way is if you use a Dc and the other is if you don't. I think you have your set for no DC. Mine was 100% perfect with DC.
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...