I bought a new Ridgid 6″ jointer this weekend ($315, after 10% discount), but there’s a problem with the outfeed table. It is cupped, lower by 0.003″ in the middle than the sides, measured side to side across the table close behind the cutterhead. In a jointer it seems to me that’s too much, as it would be impossible to correctly set the outfeed table height to match the knives.
Am I right that this is not acceptable? I’m not eager to pack up the whole thing and lug it up out of my basement for exchange. Does anyone know if I’m likely to convince Home Depot or Ridgid to swap an outfeed table, rather than a complete exchange?