Is this jointer worth looking at? (Shop Fox w1694)

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04-02-2010 01:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer question

I am just starting my new woodworking hobby and have been lurking this site for a few months now checking out all the fabulous projects with envy and anticipation of turning out my own someday. I have acquired a number of tools from Craigslist, but I’m currently looking specifically for a Jointer and Planer.

I have been looking at possibly getting the Ridgid JP0610 jointer and R4330 planer as I have read decent things about them both and the price is about right.

I did see the following jointer on craigslist, but not knowing anything about the Shop Fox brand, I thought I’d see what the opinions of the brand and or jointer were.

The listing is here:

The model is w1694. I had to email him for that info. The bandsaw is cheap, but it doesn’t sound like it’s very good, so I think I’ll avoid that. Should I do the same with the jointer?

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 01:53 AM

i don’t know shop fox ,
but for $125.00 for a 6” jointer ,
it should do the trick .

-- 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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#2 posted 04-02-2010 03:29 AM

It sounds like a good deal to me. Tell him you would like to run a few boards through and give it a test drive before you buy it, see what he says.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 02:37 PM

Thanks for the thoughts. One thing I should have asked right off: are replacement blades going to be an issue? I found a couple websites that sell blades, but nothing that seems terribly reliable. Pardon my ignorance, but would these be generic blades that I could get from any number of places, or something that is much more difficult to track down?

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 03:37 PM

I am somewhat in your shoes. I have been looking into my first jointer purchase. From everything I have read on LJ, and a bunch of other forums I dare not mention I have decided to hold off a little while and get a floor mount version instead. It seems like most guys wind up rather frustrated with benchtops and then buy a floor mount eventually anyway.

BTW Shop Fox is a division of Grizzly so it is probably similar to their G0612 So you should be able to get blades form them.

I would also make sure that the stand he has in the picture is included as he may just be selling the jointer off of it.

Best luck and let us know what you decide.


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

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 03:52 PM

FYI … the Shop Fox w1694 is is a benchtop jointer. These machines have short tables, and are really only good for shorter stock. These benchtop machines in no way compare to the Ridgid JP0610.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-22-2010 05:05 PM

I agree with the two entries above that Shop Fox is part of Grizzly and that you might want to look at a longer table model. If space is an issue and you are working on shorter material then this model might work for you.

The other issue you asked about (blades) is a different matter. I work with South American hardwoods mostly (because it’s free) and most of this material is VERY HARD and takes a toll on my planer blades. I have a 12.5”, 3 bladed older Craftsman planer which works great and parts are still available. It in no way is a top of the line unit and does snipe so I have learned to use sacrafical pieces. I have a local blade sharpening company that told me years ago not to waste my money on replacement knives from Grizzly, Jet, Craftsman etc. He told me he had blades for about $60 for a set of 3. After years of paying him $21 to sharpen a set of knives I finally purchased a set from him. I would have save a ton of money in sharpening if I had listened to him 3 years ago. They are a good M2 steel and last about 3 times longer then the original Craftsman lower grade steel set. Repalcement knives are easly found on the net and for somewhat reasonable prices. Just get good steel like M2. Another tip. When my planer starts getting louder it’s a sign that the knives are getting dull. I open the machine and run a wet stone over the knives to touch them up and clean ath resin and junk from them and that extends the life about 3 more times (my sharpening guy stated this was a good practice). Your other question about a planer. I like the DeWalt 735 and I believe that it has received some very nice reviews. When buying tools you have to remember a few things. If you are a professional and time is money and if this machine breaks down on a job, you CAN”T afford cheap junk. If you are a hobby lobby type then you can afford to buy lessor quality because you aren’t putting the work load on it and it would probably do you right. Like most things in life, your pocket book controls what you buy. Craigslist is a great place to look and like stated above. Always try it out before you pack it home and listen for loud squeeky bearings…....

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 05:21 PM

I decided against the ShopFox in favor of the Ridgid. I haven’t bought it yet, but that is what I have decided to go with. It might be a few more weeks as I just picked up a DELTA 17-965 16.5” drill press. It was another Craigslist find. There’s a little wobble to the chuck which I need to fix and the power switch is finicky, but I’m happy with that purchase so far. Thanks for the advice JR.

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 05:53 PM


You will be very Happy with the Ridgid and can get it on clearance at Home Depot for under $300. It will have a warranty and Ridgid has good Customer Service.

Good Luck!

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

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 05:58 PM

I have this same drill press and I ALSO picked it up off craigslist. I have had it for almost 4 years and am well pleased with it. If you look at my shop pictures you’ll see it in the background. It’s drilled MANY cribbage boards.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 07:36 PM

Viking – I’d definitely like to find it at that price. I need to go into one of local Home Depots around here and see if that’s what they’re asking. Online price is showing at $429.

JR – The cribbage boards look great. This is a bit of a derail of my own thread here, but it looks like you have the “Red button, Green button” style power switch on your machine. Mine is the light switch style up down toggle switch and no longer lets me turn the machine off. I have to just unplug it. The only replacement part I can find it the style you have. Before I spend $50 bucks on it, do you have any idea if they are compatible? My other solution is to just buy a addon power switch and plug my always on drill press into that.

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#11 posted 04-22-2010 09:45 PM

Steve – I looked at mine and I have the 17-900. I pulled the manual and looked at the parts blow-up and it says that all the switches that Delta has used are interchangeable but the switch key are different for the different switches. You have two Delta Service Centers in Ohio. One in Cleveland and the other in Columbus (you probably know all this).. Mine is the toggle type (like a light switch) and the toggle is a key that can be removed so to lock the unit in the off position. I noticed in pictures of newer units that they have the two push button type switch. My manual is copyright 2001 so it was built around that time frame. If you don’t have a manual let me know and I will scan this one and email it to you.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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