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With my predicament what would you do?

by Andrew
posted 02-11-2010 03:50 AM

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 03:59 AM

Hey Andrew
I would think about if you want to move the new jointer or not and what kind of projects you would need a bigger jointer for now.

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 04:02 AM

i would get the cheapy now and upgrade when your in a heated space…i wouldn’t want good tools in a unheated place that wasn’t getting regular use…and not having it right there..i would wait to get the right one when your going to have it all the time…just my 2 cents…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 04:06 AM

i always go for the best i can afford ,
which is why i have some questionable cheap tools .

but a spiral cutter is in the works ,
i like when my work is better ,
and easier !

nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the

tool store !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 04:14 AM

a) I really like my Ridgid jointer. Seems to work just perfectly.

b) I see them for sale, used, frequently, and NOT cheaply, either (meaning: they hold their value pretty well). You could get the Ridgid, use it, and then sell it when it’s time to Go Big!

c) Dehumidifiers can be pretty cheap and pretty effective. So can things like Boeshield T-9, WD-40, fogging spray, and pretty meticulous maintenance.

I’d say … either way … you can’t lose!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 04:04 AM

I’d buy the Ridgid… then when you’re ready to upgrade, donate your old one to me… I understand that you truly are wonderful and very generous also!!

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 05:57 AM

My workshop is in upstate NY – probably not too far off your climate. It is a wknd place andte first winter i left it and came back the next wknd to find everything covered in rust. That prompted me to get a heater (runs at a low enough temp to keep the room at 55 degrees, and humidifier. Never had a problem since then.

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 08:03 PM

1. Buy the Ridgid, if you can get the $199 price tag you’ll end up breaking even when it’s time to replace.
2. Be thorough about your waxing schedule
3. Be thorough about your waxing schedule
4. Did I mention you should maintain a waxing schedule?

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 10:49 PM

I’ve had the Ridgid for 4 years or so. Runs like a champ, easy enough to tune and get blades for. The warranty and return policy at HD is always a good thing. Get a mobile base while you’re at it. P.S. Reward her with something other than fretting over which jointer to buy..


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#9 posted 02-12-2010 11:26 PM

opalko, I’m glad your Ridgid works well. Mine produces boards with bowed edges; I have not yet figured out why.

But then, my 8N is not running either. (Nothin’ ever works out for me. Whi-i-n-n-e.)

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 11:50 PM

clarence ,
if the OUTFEED table is higher than the cutter knives ( even a hair ) ,
the board will have a croun to it .
if it is lower than the knives ,
the board will have a bow in it .

raise or lower the OUT FEED table to the knife height exactly .
and you will get a true straight edge .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Chris Wright

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#11 posted 02-12-2010 11:51 PM

Well, my question is this. How important is it for you to have a jointer immediately? I know it’s a great tool to have and is essential in a lot of instances, however, I spent almost 20 years in my father’s shop and never once turned on a jointer. If you can get away without it for now, then just buy the Grizzly when you have your new shop. If you need one right away, then I’d say it’s a tossup. Like Jim said, do you want to move a jointer later, but even if you buy the Rigid, you’re going to have to move it at some point. If you can afford it, go ahead and get the big sucker with all the bells and whistles, and maybe have your wife get you something else for the shop.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#12 posted 02-13-2010 02:38 AM

Hi Andrew. Want another opinion? All I can tell you is that I’ve had the Rigid jointer for about 5 years and it’s performed flawlessly during that time. You may be like me and never be satisfied with a cheaper tool if you get your heart set on the “big guy” but in the mean time I don’t think you’ll be unhappy with the Rigid. I also have the Rigid planer and have had good luck with it too. Maybe you can slip both into your shop???? I echo the sentiments about having a good schedule for waxing etc. It really important.

-- If woodworking is a drug - I'm addicted.

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#13 posted 02-13-2010 04:03 AM

The big jointers are made of cast iron. Lots of cast iron. Cast iron is very heavy. Cast iron is very fragile. The big jointer will be very heavy, upwards of 500 pounds. It will also be very expensive to move and likely to be damaged. I would purchase the Rigid now and purchase the big jointer after the move, unless the move is not a definite thing.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#14 posted 03-02-2010 02:20 PM

Okay, The purchase has been made. Thanks so much for your input.I went with the rigid. It really is all I have space for right now. Put it together last night, made a couple test passes, checked for square, and flatness, heighth adjustments, all seem great right out of the box. I will post a reveiw, after I have used it a little while.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#15 posted 03-02-2010 02:28 PM

good choice , andrew .

when you get a bigger shop ,
you can have 2 jointers !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Thos. Angle

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#16 posted 03-02-2010 03:26 PM

Good choice, Andrew,. I had one and it worked great. I did have to order replacement knives from the company. Not much of a problem after you know that you can’t just pick them up at HD.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#17 posted 03-02-2010 04:16 PM


You will be very happy with the Ridgid 6” jointer. I have one and it was dead on right out of the box. I made a homemade mobile base for mine as I wanted to raise the bed height for comfort during use.

I cut a piece of 3/4” plywood large enough to have about 3” all around the jointer base and then screwed 2×4” pine, laid on its side, around bottom of the plywood for strength and installed 4” locking swivel casters at the corners. Installed 5/16” lag screws through the jointer feet into the plywood and 2×4 base to secure the machine to the mobile base. This raised the jointer bed by a little over 6” making it very comfortable to use now and very stable, even with a top heavy jointer.

Good luck and have fun with your new tool.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#18 posted 03-02-2010 04:30 PM

Good choice, i have the ridgid jointer. 6” is a little restrictive, but has worked great

-- RKWoods

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