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Forum topic by MartenDesigns posted 09-03-2010 05:13 PM 2745 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MartenDesigns

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09-03-2010 05:13 PM

I’m very stoked about my recent purchase. I just purchased the Ridgid JP0610 Jointer yesterday at my local Home Depot for $257 + tax. I have been shopping for a good 6” jointer for some time and was almost about to pay $450 for a 10 year old Powermatic Model 54 on CL. I didn’t want to spend more than $400 on a used 6” jointer, but my gut told me not to snap just yet so I held off. I’m sure glad I did. On my way back home from the lady’s house who had the 54 I stopped off at my local HD and saw that they had the Ridgid jointer on sale marked down from $429 to $257. A Ridgid rep just happened to be there and he said that HD is probably trying to liquidate all these jointers because they don’t sell very many and may not be carrying them in the stores anymore (although this was just speculation on his part). Nevertheless, I jumped on it because this Ridigd jointer has recevied very good reviews by the major woodworking magazines and I figured I couldn’t go wrong at that price point. Even thought the Powermatic is a good machine, maybe even better in some respects, it only had a 3/4 hp motor vs. 1 hp on the Ridgid, and it does not have the jack screws to set the blade height which the Ridgid jointer does have. I had a really hard time passing on the Powermatic and buying a Ridgid simply because Ridgid has a stigmatism for being poor to average quality and PM is known for providing very high quality machines. I also have the Ridgid TS3650 tablesaw and the new style planer and I have been very happy with both machines. I hope I have the same feeling in a couple of weeks about the new jointer.

-- Chris


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#1 posted 09-03-2010 05:44 PM

Congratulations, love my JP0610. If you don’t have help to assemble it there are a few tricks. First is to use the styrofoam blocks to support the bed while you attach the base. The extra heigh also makes it easier when it is time to flip it over. The other is to tilt it on it’s side before you tension the belt, holding the motor in place with one hand and tightening the bolts can be a pain.

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MartenDesigns

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 06:38 PM

Thanks for the pointers, but I had it assembled within two hours of getting it home. I did use some of the techniques you describe above. The hardest part was tighting some of the fasterners in tight spots. Now just need to build a mobile stand for it. Thanks again.

-- Chris

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 06:55 PM

Now just need to build a mobile stand for it.

Hmmmmm.

You bought an excellent j/p, in my opinion !

-- -- Neil

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MartenDesigns

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 07:15 PM

Neil….I like how you put the static casters along the back. Thanks for the photo.

-- Chris

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 10:00 PM

It is a nice machine, and holds its adjustments very well. You will enjoy it a lot and wonder why it took you so long to get one once you get your technique down.

Charles Neil has a nice little video on the internet that I watched a couple of times and then I was off and running.

Like you I looked at Powermatic, Jet, Rikon, and the Ridgid. I didn’t get the killer deal you got, but since I was looking at $800 for the Jet, and got the Ridgid for around $375 I was and still am very happy with the deal and the machine.

Had mine for about 4 months, and have not had any trouble. I get a few chips on the floor that escape from somewhere but very few.

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Howie

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 02:36 AM

I don’t understand the “stigmatism” part about quality. I have a TS3650,a 12” miter,Ridgid DP,Ridgid jointer
and a Ridgid oc drum sander and have never had any trouble out of any of them. I’d buy any of them again. If fact I used Ridgid tools for over 30 years in the piping/plumbing game and never had one fail.
I think you will be very happy with your decision to buy the Ridgid.

-- Life is good.

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MattMcC

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 04:00 AM

While I have yet to put it to heavy use since I am still in my infancy as far as woodworking, my JP610 has been great, particuarly for the price I paid. I didn’t get your great deal but did manage to buy one at around $350, which compared to comparable machines, is a bargain.

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 04:01 AM

u guys are getting fantastic deals on that one. here it’s still marked full price!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 11:07 AM

Great deal. The Ridgid jointer is very similar to the old Griz 1182, Sunhill, Bridgewood, Geetech, GI, Jet, and others. Enjoy!

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

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Smaug

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 09:43 PM

I have one of those. I believe I paid closer to $400 for mine a couple years ago. It has been a great machine. Once in a while, I have to manually clean out the chip chute, but that is a niggling criticism. It does the job, holds adjustment well, is quiet (induction motor) and freed me up to buy rough lumber.

I only wish they could make a planer of this quality with an induction motor at this price point.

-- "Well begun is half done."

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 09-05-2010 12:58 AM

I have looked all over California for the deal of HD clearing them out and none to be found. Some on here have gotten theres for 150 or less. Thats a score! I have a Delta table top that works OK but would love a floor unit. I’ll keep looking

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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