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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 02-08-2011 03:40 PM 1682 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2011 03:40 PM

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I am anticipating some extra money this summer. I am looking for an inexpensive jointer. Looked at Ridgid, Delta- floor and bench top, Grizzly, and Harbor Freight (which got good reviews). I’m asking you LJs what you have or recommend. Thanks for your advice.

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 03:52 PM

I have the Ridgid JP06101. I got mine on sale last year and I’m not sure if they’re still available at HD since they seemed to be clearing them out. You might get one on Craigslist, though. It’s been great for my purposes so far and worked right out of the box with little set-up.

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#2 posted 02-08-2011 04:14 PM

If you insist on ”cheap” then I second the CL search. You will often find 6” jointers that come up as folks move up to 8” or larger. Most people tend to outgrow the 6” jointers rapidly, resulting in their frequent appearance on CL. I got lucky and found an 8in G0593 on CL last summer just an hour’s drive from my home, so larger/better jointers do turn up on occasion. As a matter of fact CL lists another G0593 currently for sale in my area of Texas.

IMO, forget ”benchtop” versions and find something that will stay put on the floor. The longer the bed the better, as well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 09:37 PM

Thanks. I got my HF lathe trhough CL.

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 09:57 PM

I have the Ridgid and it’s good, especially if you can get it on sale (under $300 at HD) or used (often in the under $200 range). There are plenty of folks upgrading to 8” or larger jointers that get rid of theirs.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#5 posted 02-08-2011 10:17 PM

I’m very happy with my Grizzly G0604X.

I know some will disagree but, IMO, the 4 knife cutter head is just fine. You do not need the more expensive spiral cutter.

Note that Grizzly makes cheaper units and more expensive units. You always get good value for your money spent with them.

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

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Bill Davis

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 11:56 PM

An inexpensive jointer will increase health care cost and IMO makes a poor choice.
Don’t go by that criteria.

Once I got my jointer I found I use it more than I had imagined. Cheap one not worth the stress increase to me.

Now if you are talking about a good price on a quality jointer – that’s different.

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 09:56 AM

I have a HF 7” jointer, central machine i think is the brand. I actually got it used off craigslist and it was a POS at the time. However, now I feel it was a great investment. I picked it up for $75 and then purchased a new set of blades ( like $10) and a blade setting jig ( I think $15) then polished it up shiny and new and it does a great job! Of course, I don’t know what I’m missing on the more expensive models, but I know I am glad to have the one I got.

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