6" JET vs. Ridgid Jointers

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12-10-2009 05:32 AM

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I have a chance to purchase a 2 year old used but very well maintained 6” JET jointer with the enclosed base for the same price as a brand new Ridgid model…...looking for some pro’s and con’s from you folks . I’ve read all of the online reviews , but you never know who is actually writing those reviews…. Thank you for any input that you can contribute.

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 05:39 AM

Personally, I would get the Jet over the Ridgid given that they are approx. the same cost. Not that Ridgid is making a bad tool it’s just that the Jet is a better tool. For example, I have a 5 year old Ridgid 13” planer; it works wonderfully but after having used a Jet Planer of similar size I would buy that over the Ridgid. They are better built I believe….

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 05:40 AM

I would choose the Jet, they have been around longer than Ridgid.

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 05:41 AM

i like my ridgid jointer

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 05:43 AM

Thanks Chris….most of my shop is already JET , but I’m willing to be enlightened if the Ridgid is any better ….I guess it’s the whole new versus used drama …LOL

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 05:45 AM

I agree, I believe the Jet would be a better tool. Was it made in Taiwan, or China?

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 06:00 AM

Matt , I don’t know where it was made at this point …Is there a preference ?

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#7 posted 12-10-2009 06:01 AM

I have had my Ridgid for 5 years. Never even changed the blades. I know, its time. The Hd here hasn’t had the blades. It a fine machine. I don’t like the way it dispells chips. Or lack there of. If i were upgrading though. I would go to the 8” grizz.

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#8 posted 12-10-2009 06:10 AM

Hi there BWW , if I use your logic , that would mean that I’m better than you are just because I’m older , and I know that is false information LOL Thanks for the input though , my friend.
I’m looking for feedback from people with hands-on experience of either or both machines and what they liked about one over the other. My other choice would be to save this money that I have now and put it towards an 8” spiral head in the not to distant future….I can dream , can’t I ? hahaha

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 06:13 AM

Hi Herbiej…that chip issue seems to be a very common complaint along with some flimsy bracket or adjuster on the fence. Have you had that problem as well ? Can’t you have the Ridgid blades sharpened ?

MikeG , what exactly do you like about your Ridgid vs. the JET ?

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#10 posted 12-10-2009 06:15 AM

The business end of both of these is almost identical…it’s a well proven design that was used on the former Bridgewood, Sunhill, Grizzly 1182 series, GI, Woodtek, and likely others. The newer Ridgid uses a splayed leg stand vs the Jet’s full enclosure. The biggest advantage for the Ridgid is the warranty and LSA. Aside from that, I prefer the color and layout of the Jet. How much is the Jet? Without a warranty and dealer support the Jet really doesn’t offer anything to merit getting a premium for it.

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#11 posted 12-10-2009 06:37 AM

Dusty I have the Jet 6” and I really like it, Its super quiet I think the enclosed stand helps in that issue and I think It helps in the dust collection area as well , I’ve had mine for approx 5 yrs with no issues at all .
The only thing I wish is that the infeed and outfeed tables were longer but I guess I could make some if it really bothers me that much ! I do wish I had a bigger jointer though !! but I guess my planer sled for jointing will have to do because I’m limited on space .
I sharpen my own blades with the Veritas jig thats for sharpening jointer blades .

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#12 posted 12-10-2009 07:08 AM

KnotScott Jet $ tax , no shipping , I don’t know if the remainder of the 5 year warrantee is transferrable on it or not . The Ridgid is $429 plus tax (almost $30) and I’d have to rent a truck to get it home plus find someone to help me load and unload it and get it into my shop. The JET seller will help me do all that inclusive for $425. I guess it’s a no brainer and I’ll stick to my original plan : ) Thank you very much to everyone and Happy Holidays to you all : )
Rj…thanks for the Jet feedback…what are the table measurements on your model ?

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#13 posted 12-10-2009 08:43 AM

I bought the Ridgid jointer and never unpacked it once I found the Jet jointer I got. I paid more for the Jet unit but the Jet unit is a much more solid unit. And The Home Depot is discontinuing the jointer. So will parts be avaiable? I know Jet will be around but I’m not sure about the Ridgid unit.

You quoted a price of $429. Since the unit is discontinued I see it for $327 in our area, Dallas. and I got mine for $288 using my veteran discount. 10% off for any military.


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#14 posted 12-10-2009 09:50 AM

Thought I’d add my experience with the JET 6”, which has been without problems (5 years). It does the job, I don’t use it every day, it has to be moved around the shop to make room for other projects and it keeps its settings (on a mobile base). An occasional Sq check and resurfacing (light sanding/ Boshield/waxing of the cast iron) and it’s good to go. Works when I need it. Jet’s customer service is awesome, every time I’ve contacted them it has been a positives out come. In my area HD isn’t known for that.
ur buddy

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#15 posted 12-10-2009 10:16 AM

I wish I could afford to change over all my machines to Jet… except the Torque.. I have just recently got a JET 16/32 drum sander to replace a generic one… hands down a much better machine… from what I have seen Jet are the way to go…. just need more bucks… much more expensive down here.. lol

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