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Forum topic by ihadmail posted 12-29-2016 03:17 PM 1545 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ihadmail

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12-29-2016 03:17 PM

I have decided to purchase a jointer before the end of the year, and would like some input on the two I am having difficulty choosing between.

I am a beginner, working in my 2 car garage. I have never used a jointer before so I’m not sure which features I really need or even want.

I only have 110v at the moment but may consider installing a 220v circuit in the future. This 110v requirement has limited me to the 6” size although I would really rather have an 8”. I don’t feel like this limitation will really hold me back, I can use my thickness planer and a sled to finish the face joint on anything over 6”.

My budget is ~$1000. I am not interested in any Grizzly models simply because they are not in stock and I need my card to be charged prior to the 1st for tax purposes.

I apologize for the long winded lead up, here is mh actual question: Would you save $300 and go with a Ridgid JP0610 or would you go for the longer bed of the Jet JJ-6CSDX? I am leaning toward the Ridgid because it will meet my immediate needs, take up less space and leave me enough left over to buy a nice drill press.

I would appreciate any thoughts, input, experience or other suggested models in this price range.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 04:19 PM

The basic designs are really similar. I’d opt for the Ridgid based on price and value. It’ll be easier and less of a loss to sell and upgrade if you eventually pursue an 8”.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 04:41 PM

I say go for the rigid too. Based on your space limitations, your desire to upgrade and the plan to buy a drill press.
Not to mention, I have not seen any bad press on the rigid.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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Aj2

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 08:41 PM

I say go for the Jet because it has longer tables.
Jointers are for making flat straight corners,So the longer the tables the better.
I also doubt that you have 110v / 220. More like 120/240.

Aj

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 08:44 PM

The Shop Fox W1755S is available for that price with a spiral cutterhead.

It does depend on what your specific tasks will be, but for me at least the longer bed is invaluable. Too bad you can’t find someone to take your money in advance for an 8” Grizzly. Just mail them a check?

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 12-29-2016 09:32 PM


I say go for the Jet because it has longer tables.
Jointers are for making flat straight corners,So the longer the tables the better.
I also doubt that you have 110v / 220. More like 120/240.
Aj
- Aj2

BINGO! Longer is always better… 8-)

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bigJohninvegas

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#6 posted 12-29-2016 09:36 PM

I have an older ridgid 6” jointer. Works fine. I would consider the shop fox too. Not much to a jointer.
Are the grizzly 8” jointers on back order too. If I had the budget I would go 8”, and get that 220v installed. Will be worth it in the end.
Good luck.

-- John

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#7 posted 12-29-2016 09:49 PM


BINGO! Longer is always better… 8-)

- HorizontalMike

Darn it! I was gonna say that! :)

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Logan Windram

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#8 posted 12-29-2016 09:57 PM

Id go 8 inch jointer if you can, no reason to have less capacity if you’re going to spend the money anyway. But, the 6” ridgid will put and flat back and side on a board, and if you needed a 10 inch board flattened, you could always build a quick planer sled. If you played your cards right, you could probably get a ridgid jointer, planer and drill press for nearly a thousand.

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ihadmail

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#9 posted 12-29-2016 10:19 PM

Thanks for all of the replies everyone!

All of the Grizzly jointers in my price range, including those immediately above and below are back ordered.

I had looked at the Shop Fox with the spiral cutter head but I saw many reviews saying that it either immediately or very quickly begins leaving strips where the cutters don’t quite overlap each other.

I have a Dewalt 735 thickness planer already.

A Ridged just came up on Craigslist today, but it looks to be in pretty rough shape. He’s asking $300 and I could most likely get it for $200 I’ve tried to attach a picture but not sure if it worked out.

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#10 posted 12-30-2016 12:11 AM

If the Ridgid on CL just has surface rust that can be cleaned off then go for that.

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#11 posted 12-30-2016 01:33 AM

I would get the Rigid on CL just make sure nothing is broken and the motor is ok. My daughters BF has one just like it and I use it frequently, it gets the job done. We both wish we had an 8” but its not that often its needed.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#12 posted 12-30-2016 01:34 AM



I would get the Rigid on CL just make sure nothing is broken and the motor is ok. My daughters BF has one just like it and I use it frequently, it gets the job done. We both wish we had an 8” but its not that often its needed.

- Joel_B


-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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bigJohninvegas

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#13 posted 12-30-2016 01:53 AM

That craigslist find looks good. If everything works ok $200 would be good. Some wd40 and 600 grit paper on a RO sander will clean up that surface rust effortlessly. Then some paste wax or glide cote spray to protect it. Good to go.

-- John

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Aj2

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#14 posted 12-30-2016 02:34 AM

The rust matches the Orange plastic look. Barf
Are you sure you want a orange tool in your shop that looks like a cartoon toy?

Aj

-- Aj

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ihadmail

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#15 posted 12-30-2016 03:36 AM

The CL deal turned out a no go. He wouldn’t budge on the price. I’m not driving 2 hours one way getting 10mpg (poor choice of only vehicle) for a rusted jointer that turns out needs new blades.

After closer inspection Grizzly does have the 6in jointer with spiral cutter head for $944 shipped.

I found the Jet for $919 shipped online.

I typically don’t have this much issue picking a tool.

With the Jet vs Grizzly I would sacrifice table length for a spiral cutter. With the Ridgid I would sacrifice either table length or the spiral cutter for left over budget. I understand it will be easier to get a good flat face and edge with the longer table. Is the quality of the spiral head from Grizzly really that much better than the Jet or Ridgid straight blades?

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