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08-20-2010 10:00 PM

I’ve been saving up money for the last couple months for my next “big” tool purchase. I’ve been debating on what to get; lathe, jointer, bigger bandsaw, drum sander. After my last project and my current project, I’ve figured out a jointer might be the way to go. I’m not looking for anything really wide wince I use my planer and a sled to flatten the faces, I’d be using it more for edge jointing, especially after using the table saw. I know I can use my router table as a jointer but I’ve tried it and it doesn’t leave a smooth enough surface. My budget is at $500 or under, which I’ve narrowed down between a couple Grizzly’s and the Ridgid, or maybe another brand within my budget that I’ve missed. I’ve been checking craigslist but all the jointers on there are either to expensive or are to small in size, 4”.

My store has it for $378 right now- http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Bench-Stationary-Tools/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xh7Zbaup/R-100092374/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

The 3 Grizzly’s are close in price- http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-46-Jointer/G0654

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-Jointer/G0452

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-46-Jointer-with-Mobile-Base-Polar-Bear-Series/G0452P


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#1 posted 08-20-2010 10:02 PM

Did you check Craiglist?
I bought a hardly ever used delta 6.00” for $300.00

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 10:51 PM

Does anyone here know the difference between the G0452P and G0452?
The G0452P is $3 more.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 10:52 PM

Brian I would go with the G0452. Other member reviews are pretty good.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/162

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 11:12 PM

I can’t see any benefit for the Grizzly models, and you have the high possibility of getting a damaged machine (from shipping) whereas with the Ridgid you see what you’re getting – and it’s a great jointer. actually the controls on the Ridgid seem more friendly (wheels, and fence mechanism) than the grizzly

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 11:17 PM

I have six Grizzly tools and I’m very happy with them. My guess is the grizzly is a heaver more substantial tool than Ridgid although I like most of the Ridgid tools I’ve purchased but they are smaller hand held power tools.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 11:19 PM

Two reasons I went with the Ridgid, other than the absurd price at that point ($199), have the newer fence style (not not rack and pinnion) and a wheel to adjust the infeed table. Hated the fence and the arm level on my Delta open stand, very hard to get to exactly 1/16.” I also don’t like the elbow slap power switch on a jointer, much rather have a knee kick off.

That said, Grizzlies are close stand, include a mobile base and manufactured to great specs.

In my opinion, whichever you can get cheaper is better, and that includes holding off and keeping watch on Craigslist.

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 11:38 PM

If I could find one locally, and was in the market for a 6” jointer, I would grab one of those Ridgids in a hot second… They are really nice tools…

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 11:38 PM

I agree ,I really do not like the controls on the Delta

-- Bert

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#9 posted 08-21-2010 12:01 AM

Brian after checking the links The Grizzly is about 65LBS heavier than the Ridgid this is good when jointing long heavy pieces of wood but makes it heaver to move too.

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#10 posted 08-21-2010 12:18 AM

I have the Grizzly G0604X and I think it is great. I realize that it is a step or two up from the price point you are considering. Nonetheless, I am sold on Grizzly’s bigger stationary tools. I think the more modest jointers would also be very good value for the money.

If you have a problem with shipping damage (unlikely) or anything else, Grizzly customer service is absolutely great. All Grizzlies are designed to embrace a concept I love – simplicity. I am confident that I could replace any part on any Grizzly I own with basic tools and a little bit of time and very little frustration.

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

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#11 posted 08-21-2010 12:28 AM

Ridgid jointers have been on clearance in my area for $107!!

Of course I paid more for mine ($374) in the spring, and it is my first jointer but it seems well made and like others point out you get to see it, and with a 90 day return policy, if something is wrong or damaged badly you could take it back.

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#12 posted 08-21-2010 12:44 AM

Did you consider Harbor Freight joiner, the one they sale is identical to my delta at a fraction of the price especially with a 20% discount coupon?

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-industrial-rabbeting-jointer-30289.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-industrial-rabbeting-jointer-with-stand-31849.html

I am wrong the controls on the Hf are much better than on the Delta.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-21-2010 01:37 AM

Thanks for all the info guys. I have been watching Craigslist and the closest, larger size is a Bridgewood 6”, that’s over 2 1/2 to 3 hours away for $250. There are a good amount of smaller 4” and 6” Craftsman jointers, but nothing else. I’ve been leaning towards the Ridgid; a. since I don’t have to have it delivered and b. I’m going to check the other HD’s around and see if any have a cheaper price than the one at my store. I wasn’t sure if spending the extra $100 or so on a Grizzly if I was getting that much better of a machine, it does weigh more but would it be justified? Weight to move it isn’t that big of a factor because it would have its own dedicated spot and would be moved only when I clean the shop, which is once a month. I sweep up what I can get after everyday but once a month I move everything the other end of the basement and get the rest of it.

Cato, if you could get me one of those for that price that would be awesome.

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 03:38 PM

i’ve use a number of small jointers and i would buy a used powermatic, jet, delta, grizzly in that order. powermatics are a bit more expensive but very good machines. jet and delta are consistently available on craigslist in my area for $300. if you need immediate gratification i would do the new grizzly. newer machines are quite good. if you can equip your machine with indexable carbide inserts, you would have the “cats ass” of 6” jointers in your grizzly!!! i would put aside the extra money and go with this option the rigid is a much lighter machine and works ok for home handyman applications and small boards but is a lightweight compared to the others. this shows up on heavy cuts on big boards. having used it, i can tell you for the type of wood i joint/plane, the rigid just is too lightweight. i would stay away from the off brand machines as you may need replacement parts, .... unless they are real cheap. some of the guys posted a that rigid had a clearance sale on their floor model jointers for $100, that i would not pass up. not sure if you can still get one at this price though. unlike some of the guys here, i have had bad bad luck with harbor freight! their look alike machines seem to fall apart far sooner than their twin brothers. little stuff like broken handles, missing parts, .... you get what you pay for here. good luck

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#15 posted 08-21-2010 05:36 PM

A lot to think about. I wish they had a display model at my store of the Ridgid.

I was browsing through Woodcraft’s site and ran up on this Rikon on clearance, down $150- http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2081300/30998/Rikon-6-1-HP-Jointer.aspx
If it’s still there at the end of the week, I may go for it if not back to watching craigslist, which has a ton of Shopsmith stuff right now. I plan deciding at the end of the month.

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