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Blog entry by AJswoodshop posted 04-03-2012 02:55 PM 7455 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years Ive needed a jointer. And I think im ready to buy one. Ive looked at the grizzly, jointers and the ridgid, jointers and the harbor freight rabbeting jointer. The ridgid oneis pricey. And the harbor freight one with a 20 percient coupoun would be really cheap. Which would you guys buy?


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#1 posted 04-03-2012 03:58 PM

I can give a thumb up on the Ridgid from experience. The HF are cheap for many reasons, I believe.

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 04:28 PM

i have the rigid jointer and love it. But, I have seen the HF jointer and it appears to be a decent machine . Lets face it ,all you need is a set of spinning blades and a level and true surface to feed the wood. I wonder if the HF model would accept Rigid blades? I purchased the large lathe from HF and have had no problems.

-- "Putty and paint make the carpenter I ain't"

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 04:35 PM

Not sure what size jointers your talking about? If they are bench top jointers I wouldn’t waste my money on either,they are not very useful unless your going to joint boards 2ft or shorter.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 06:36 PM

I have the rigid and I am very happy. there are a lot available on the used market. Start there.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 01:24 AM

I love my Ridgid and Home Depo did accept a Harbor Freight 20% discount coupon! Jim, These are not benchtop machines. They are full sized 6” jointers that weigh a ton!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 02:34 AM

Alot of people think the you need a 8’ inch but Im just someone that likes to go in the garage and make stuff. I can also fix stuff around the house like Ive put in molding and stuff. Just starting to work on a table so I found almost all of my tools at a garage sale. 6’ would work.


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#7 posted 04-29-2012 10:58 PM

The Harbor Freight jointer is a great machine for the money. It has a very simple fence system and can do whatever any other 6” type jointer will do. The Ridgid is a sweet machine also, but will cost a bit more.

I have used a Harbor Freight jointer many times and I like it alot.

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 02:38 PM

Could you put any of these jointers on a mobile base. I have a small shop and I need to be able to move it.


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