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cajunworkshop

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02-28-2016 01:48 AM

Any suggestions on a good 6 inch floor joiner that is a “Best Buy” for the price. I am looking to buy my first jointer so that I can take my woodworking up to the next level. I am retired and in the shop most days. I want to stick with six inch for now. Looking to stay close to 600-900 range or lower if some can suggest.

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC


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#1 posted 02-28-2016 01:57 AM

Here is Grizzly’s 6” jointer, after delivery it comes out to a little over $600. I’m not sure if it differs from last year’s machine, but they got good reviews.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-Jointer-with-Knock-Down-Stand/G0813

If you want to go the local route, here is Ridgid’s 6” jointer, that also gets pretty good reviews! With basic home shipping, it comes out to about $655 not including tax. This would be a good option if you are worried about needing to return or exchange it more easily.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-6-Amp-6-1-8-in-Corded-Jointer-Planer-JP0610/202269174?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools%7c&gclid=Cj0KEQiAr8W2BRD2qbCOv8_H7qEBEiQA1ErTBnf35EydU-lNcs7aqpJW4kpaVpxQncXm2EO62mXzrpoaAjz88P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

If you have 240v, and can push your budget a little further, Grizzly also offers an 8” jointer which comes out to $875+ $150 shipping, just past your budget of $900. If you order a free catalog from their site, there’s a good chance you’ll get a 5% off coupon on the back, or some sort of shipping discount.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-72-Jointer-with-Mobile-Base/G0656W

And of course, you should always keep a lookout on Craigslist! You might find some good deals….

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 02:05 AM

I did a quick CL search, and i found what looks to be a goldmine of tools in Asheville NC, not sure if you are willing to travel though. I thought you’d might like to look anyway! :)

https://asheville.craigslist.org/tls/5461490397.html

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 04:32 AM

I have that Ridgid jointer from the link above, bought it new in 2007. It has been a solid tool. Replacement knives are about $17.

Most HD stores will ship to your local store for free.

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 06:04 AM

I want to stick with six inch for now. Looking to stay close to 600-900 range or lower if some can suggest.

With that budget, you could pick up a nice 6’ jointer, bandsaw, planer and a few other tools to round out your shop :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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cajunworkshop

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 10:53 AM

The Rigid I hadn’t consider or even known about until these posts. Read a lot of positives on it last night. Big difference in price.I think I am going that route. I was leaning toward the Jet before this post but it would have cost closer to the $900 range.

What about length of the table on the Rigid vs others? In all the reviews no one mentioned it. The only negative repeated a couple of times was the dust chute clogging occasionally. I have a Rigid 6.5 peak shop vac with cyclone separator. Any feedback on how this would work with jointer?

My next purchase after this is a planer. . Seems like the Dewallt 735x is very popular with great reviews and happy customers. Been looking at that for several months. Any others I should consider as a “Best Buy” like this Rigid Jointer?

Thanks for the feedback

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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bigblockyeti

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 12:05 PM

Regarding the link TheWoodRaccoon posted, the ShopFox jointer listed at 850 would be a plug and play, fall within your budget and keep you from having the typical buyers remorse 5 years down the road wishing you had gotten an 8” jointer instead.

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#7 posted 02-28-2016 12:56 PM

If any of those used options pan out, I’d go that route. 8” would be great if you have the space and find a good deal….one caveat – some of those 8 inchers are best run on 220v.

There’s a 6” Reliant jointer in your neck of the woods that’s listed on CL for $125….could be worth a look.
https://asheville.craigslist.org/tls/5466478721.html
There’s no pic in the ad, but here’s a file pic of the same model:

If going new, the Ridgid or the Grizzly will be the best bangs for the buck. Beds are in the range of 46”-47”. My Grizzly 1182 is similar to the Ridgid…the only time chute clogs is if I’m not running the DC.

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Tennessee

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 12:59 PM

I really think it depends on what you intend to build.
I bought a 6” Jet about 2000, and have never wanted for an 8”, but I don’t do kitchen cabinets or larger tables, either. I can get a 30 ” long board across my 6” with no problems.

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 01:50 PM

Skip the 6” and go to an 8”, believe me, you will be happy you did it.

I bought a Powermatic 8” for $400.00 then I improved it.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/40359#reply-477310

http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/blog/31439

-- Bert

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 03:16 PM

+1 on the Ridgid 6” jointer. Never had mine clog and does a great job.
I’ve considered getting an 8” but the Ridgid has been ideal for my projects and is easily moved around in my garage shop.
Oh, and I have the Dewalt 735 and it is great!

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#11 posted 02-28-2016 03:22 PM

I have a 6” ridgid I will give you at a great price if you can make it out here. I have had it for ten years and it works like a pro, I just want a wider one. I found an old delta I am thinking of getting to go with my uni.

-- Brian Noel

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#12 posted 02-28-2016 03:48 PM



The Rigid I hadn t consider or even known about until these posts. Read a lot of positives on it last night. Big difference in price.I think I am going that route. I was leaning toward the Jet before this post but it would have cost closer to the $900 range.

What about length of the table on the Rigid vs others? In all the reviews no one mentioned it. The only negative repeated a couple of times was the dust chute clogging occasionally. I have a Rigid 6.5 peak shop vac with cyclone separator. Any feedback on how this would work with jointer?

My next purchase after this is a planer. . Seems like the Dewallt 735x is very popular with great reviews and happy customers. Been looking at that for several months. Any others I should consider as a “Best Buy” like this Rigid Jointer?

Thanks for the feedback

- cajunworkshop

The length of the bed on the Ridgid is 48”. I was jointing 5’ long construction lumber last night for a laminated counter top that will be in my shop. A couple of the pieces were twisted and warped and it flattened them out really well.

The dust chute will clog from time to time without dust collection. The chips may even clog a small cyclone. The wood coming off is longer shavings more than it is dust.

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cajunworkshop

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 02:37 AM

I see my self uping my game with cabinets and some furniture. I f I was to say I wanted to build my own set of kitchen cabinets would I need more than six inch joiner? I would also include some inside carpentry trim work for built ins. I well could do a table but not as a reoccurring project. I believe that a six inch would meet my needs. I have a small shop 12×24 and have a nice place along the wall to park the jointer. Still leaning now toward this rigid model discussed here. Unless the consensus based on where I see my needs says go 8 inch.

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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#14 posted 02-29-2016 03:01 AM

You will outgrow a 6” joiner in no time.

-- Bert

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joey502

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 03:43 AM

An 8” will give you more capacity but you may not need that. I do buy lumber wider than my jointer but i rough is down in length and width before i begin to mill. There are times where i need to glue a panel up that is wider than my jointer’s capacity but those are often wider than an 8” too.

If you think an 8” model fits your needs now or in the future then i would consider one now. If not a 6 will get it done.

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