Rigid? No. Emerson electric, the former maker of Rigid power tools?
Yes, they've already quit making power tools. The tools you are
looking at are most likely made by Ryobi, under the name Rigid, which
is either licensed to or owned by Home Depot.
Well, if you believe FWW reviews the true Ridgid jointer and planer (not
the newer Taiwanese versions) are quite good. I own the 13" planer and
find it very good indeed. As for the 6" jointer, it came out ahead of
many of the others. I have not used it, but I believe it should be no
worse than others and may be slightly better in some respects (tool
storage, fence adjustment). It is a shame that Emerson gave up the
battle because they really did have a good thing going with their
emphasis on user-centered design and quality backed with a lifetime
warranty. BTW - the two BORGs near me still have inventory left of the
old production runs. Mixed in with the inventory is the newer stuff. I
wonder how many people will spot the obvious differences ...
Terry Parker wrote:
Bought the Jointer just before Xmas but have not had a chance to use it
yet. Everything I read and heard about them was great! BTW, if you opt
for a spare set of blades, try to get them via the BORG as they are a
whol;e cheaper that way ($25 vs $37 IIRC).
Terry Parker wrote:
I don't know the affect of who builds the Ridgid brand now vs a year or two
ago, but Ridgid generally gets good reviews among the magazine reviews. I
bought the planer based on a very positive review a little over a year ago
(bought it Dec/2002). I've been extremely pleased with it. It's the only
planer I've used though so I can't compare it to others. A recent mag
reviewed 14" bandsaws and again the Ridgid brand did quite well if I recall
Larry C in Auburn, WA
"Terry Parker" <Terry_Parker@spammers_are_trash.com> wrote in message
Ridgid _never_ made power tools (unless you count electric pipe threaders) as
far as I know. First generation of HD Ridgid-branded tools were Emerson,
current portable line are mostly Ryobi with a little Metabo tossed in.
Ryobi is owned by a massive Taiwanese company called Techtronics. They own a
lot of companies of questionable quality, like Homelite. Emerson used to make
Sears' stuff, before it went from bad to terrible.
On 05 Feb 2004 16:33:29 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (GTO69RA4) wrote:
Ridgid Power Tools WAS a division of Emerson (as is the Ridgid
plumbing tool line under a separate division). Emerson did make them
exclusively for Home Depot. Emerson has stopped making Ridgid Power
Tools and HD goes elsewhere.
as far as I know, they only licensed the name for power tools. for a
time you could get both ridge manufactured hand tools and emmerson
manufactured ridgid branded stuff at HD. these days I'll go to pretty
extreme lengths to avoid borging, so I'm thankfully not up to date on
what they stock. I suspect that the lack of ridgid hand tools at HD
has more to do with a price point decision than anything else.
basically, the quality was too good, so they replaced it with chinese
They're still in Elyria.
Check out: http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Calendar/index.htm
for the new calendar--$8.50.
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On 07 Feb 2004 20:29:52 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
|>I hope they are still n=making hand tools on RIdge Rd in Elyria, Ohio.
|>I also hope they still have calendars.
|They're still in Elyria.
|Check out: http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Calendar/index.htm
|for the new calendar--$8.50.
But do you wnat one of those in the shop with all of the whirring
blades and other razor-sharp objects? [g]
Huh? The ONLY Ridge Tools calendars I've ever seen had models, but not of their
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