Jointer - Jet or Ridgid

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Forum topic by thewoodmaster posted 04-14-2010 06:23 AM 1033 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2010 06:23 AM

I currently have an older Jet 6” jointer that I purchased 5 months ago for $250 off craigslist. I got it from the original owner and he said it was about 15 years old. Still works great. I just purchased a new set of knives for it, but have yet to install them.

I was at Home Depot today and they are selling the Ridgid 6” jointer for $299, down from the original price of $429.

I’m tempted to sell the Jet and get the Ridgid. I like the idea of having something new and am a fan of Ridgid products. Not to mention the lifetime service agreement. Nothing like having a tool that the company will fix forever.

I am curious what others think out there in lumberjock land. I have read a couple of reviews here on the site for the ridgid and would love to have others chime in on this.

thank you

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 11:01 AM

Those two designs are very similar and have very similar capacities. You’d be giving up a known performer and gaining an unknown and a warranty. I don’t really see much point.

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 11:33 AM

I am a very big fan of Ridgid, having replaced many of my “junk” tools the last two years with orange and black items. However, I have kept myself from replacing anything that works well. My Ryobi 12 inch miter saw will remain in use, hopefully for many more years, and my Dewalts run just as well as the day I bought them. Point is, the maxim “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” (or in this case replace it) still holds true. Sounds like you have a great running jointer already. Personally, I would redirect that interest in a new tool to an item that might not be serving you well in the shop.

My dime,


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#3 posted 04-14-2010 01:38 PM

I agree with Scott and David. Use the money for more wood!

Just my .02 cents.

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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