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ardbeg

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03-29-2010 04:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer ridgid grizzly 6

Hi All,
I am looking to get my first floor jointer and have a limited amount of $$$. I am tired of doing my jointing on the TS and router table and need to get a real jointer.

I have been looking at the Ridgid at $429 and the Grizzly G0452 at 399.00+shipping. Does anyone have experience with one or both of these? Other options at less than $500 are also appreciated.

Thanks,
Gus

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin


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Cory

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 04:16 PM

I’d love to give you some advice on this, but I’m in the same boat. If my local HD would ever put their Ridgid jointers on sale I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat. I’m anxious to see what others think, though.

For a hobbyist, do you guys think a helical cutter head is a worth while upgrade?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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ardbeg

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 04:26 PM

Cory,
I am waiting for that as well. I had read a thread on here that some stores had closed them out as low as $229. I go into HD 2x a week just hoping.

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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FatScratch

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 09:11 PM

I own the Ridgid and have been using it for about a year. I have had no issues with it, and it was worth $429 I paid for it. While I would have loved to get a deal on it and hoped it would go on sale, I don’t regret the purchase one bit. You can’t sit around waiting for things to go on sale forever. Sometimes you get lucky, other times you don’t. Look at what happened when the Ridgid 4511 tablesaw went on clearance; there were LJ’s trying to find them within 500 miles, but they were gone so fast you could not find them. HD’s usually only keep a couple of these bigger tools in stock at each location, so when they go, they go fast. If you can afford to make the purchase, do it. Once you own one and see how a jointer facilitates your woodworking you will be happy. I am sure the Grizzly is a quality machine as well.

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 10:03 PM

I have a G0452 and really like it. I have run a lot of stock through this machine and it has performed flawlessly. I did have one minor issue with a nicked knife, and Grizzly’s tech support took care of it NQA.

See LJ John Gray’s review at: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/150 .

As for the helical cutter heads … they sound like a great idea. If I would have had the $$$$ at the time I bought my G0452, I would have gone for the upgrade, but as FatScratch points out: “You can’t sit around waiting for things to go on sale forever”

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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richgreer

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 03:50 AM

I have the Grizzly G0604X. It is a little more than your $500 price limit but I think it is an awesome machine. In my opinion, with stationary tools like a 6” jointer you cannot beat Grizzly with respect to value per $$ spent regardless of the model you choose.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 07:53 AM

Greetings:.... I’ve got an old Delta 6” Deluxe jointer I’ve had since 1990. Not one minutes trouble with it. The only thing I’ve ever done to it was change the knives when they get dull…. that’s it….. go Delta…...You won’t be sorry…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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b2rtch

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 12:26 PM

I got me a used Delta (used or only one job) on Craiglist for under $300.00.
It works fine.
Again look at Harbor Freight on sale or with20% discount.

http://search.harborfreight.com/cpisearch/web/search.do?keyword=jointer&Submit=Go

Today I would buy a joiner/planer combination unit. I think that they are great.

-- Bert

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docholladay

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#8 posted 03-30-2010 01:06 PM

I agree with the jointer/planer combo unit. They save space and you get the ability to joint much wider boards all in one machine. From what I have seen, it is not very complicated to switch back and forth either. As for Ridgid vs. Grizzly – no contest. I would have to choose Grizzly for 1 reason only. HD is not the manufacturer. If they ever close out or discontinue the Ridgid machine, you will have a lot of difficulty finding parts for your machine if you should ever need them. I have a Ryobi 12 1/2 planer (now they sell a 13’) that was originally purchased at HD. HD no longer carries this model and they also do not carry knives/blades for it any longer. Grizzly is the manufacturer and even if they discontinue a model, they will be more likely to support the machine over the long haul. As one poster above stated, it is hard to beat the older Delta machines to.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 01:17 PM

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FatScratch

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#10 posted 03-30-2010 02:24 PM

Docholladay,

I think your view of Ridgid is a little shortsighted. Ridge Tool (Ridgid is the brand name), has been around since 1923 and provides really good customer service. It is pretty rare to not be able to find parts for Ridgid tools. While Home Depot may not stock parts, Ridge usually has parts through its catalog, or there is an after market supplier.

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TheDane

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 03:27 PM

FatScratch is right … the fact that HD sells Ridgid tools doesn’t mean you can’t get parts and service for them.

There are numerous Ridgid factory-authorized repair centers around the country that either stock or can order parts. We have one near the town I live in.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 05:26 PM

ardberg,
You should give a good look at this, I read good things about it:

JET 707400 JJP-8BT, 8” Jointer / Planer Combo

http://www.acetoolonline.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=JET-707400&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=JET707400JJP8BT8JointerPlanerCombo&utm_content=JET707400JJP8BT8JointerPlanerCombo&utm_campaign=googlebase&site=google_base

The only thing that could be a problem with it is that the tables are very short.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 05:38 PM

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docholladay

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 04:49 AM

I suppose my view of Ridgid tools is based on the fact that the only place I have ever seen them is at Home Depot.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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