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Forum topic by Paul Fitzgerald posted 01-05-2008 08:06 AM 1258 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Paul Fitzgerald

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01-05-2008 08:06 AM

Finally… after months of watching… my local craigslist has something I’m actually interested in:

A Ridgid 6-1/8” Jointer/Planer with an asking price of $300. I think it’s the JP0610.

What should I look for when I go check it out to ensure it’s in good shape? Assuming it’s in good shape, is $300 a fair price and what would you offer the guy?



-- Mid-South Woodworker and Woodturner

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 06:59 PM

The new one only about $100 more at Home Depot online (maybe less at the local store). I bought this same model about a year ago and it works great. It was tuned up right out of the box, and only took a few hours to assemble.

I would think the price of a used one should be a bit cheaper than this.

Good luck and let us know what you get.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 07:04 PM

I also agree with Bill, I think thats too much money for a used jointer. I would not be afraid of buying Ridgid because I have some of their tools. (planer, mitre saw and drill press) I am no Norm or David but they work great for me. If I needed a jointer, I would take a look at Grizzly, Shop Fox and others who have deals running. For the most part, most tools are coming out of the same factory overseas anyway.

Just my 2cents,

-- Jeff, Indiana

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 07:39 PM

Yeah, it’s a great little jointer. I love mine, but it’s too many samolians for a used one. Get the new one.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 08:11 PM

i also have it for about 3 years still like it . i seldom buy used tools though . i like haveing the warrantee

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 05:07 AM

I’ve got one. Works good but hard to get knives. I get them from Ridgid. I wouldn’t give over $200 for a used one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 05:26 AM

I went by and looked at the jointer.

The tables and fence were flat, the knives were sharp and free of nicks, all the controls worked smoothly, it had no rust, and not even the tiniest bit of vibration. I’d have guessed it was new.

With tax, a new one would be $435. He wouldn’t come down much, but I was able to take it home for $275, for a savings of $160 or about 37% over buying new.

I got it back home and put back together. I haven’t adjusted or cleaned anything yet, but it’s working very well and I’m extremely happy with the purchase.

Thanks for the quick assistance. You guys are great!


-- Mid-South Woodworker and Woodturner

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#7 posted 01-06-2008 05:30 AM

I often get caught up in the hunt for a deal on some wood working tools… I’ve realized quite a few times I would have been better off spending the extra bit, on new products…Unless it’s a great brand and good condition of course… I’ve just been in a bidding war for a lie neilsen block plane, Shepard smoother plane kit .. The block plane is now more than a brand new one from wood craft. Careful out there. I’m trying to read as many reviews and be patient when it comes to investments such as Larger power tools… Good Luck I hope you find what your looking for. Patrick

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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