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Forum topic by pintodeluxe posted 04-20-2011 09:47 PM 2568 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pintodeluxe

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04-20-2011 09:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid jet jointer jointers

Does anyone have an opinion which might be a better tool – a Jet 6” jointer (the older blue ones), or a Ridgid 6” Jointer? I have tools by both manufacturers, and while satisfied with both I really like the Jet.
It will be used for occasional jointing on a serious hobby woodworker basis.

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 10:01 PM

I have a jet 10 inch and I learned the hard way the value of having both tables be able to adjust. which my Jet does not do.

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 10:29 PM

I have the ridgid jointer, got on a close out at local HD. Paid $240 for it. It has worked well for me, although it is my first real jointer. It is light years ahead of the delta bench top I started with. It puts square edges on the boards and smooth faces at a reasonable price point I have been please with it so far.

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 10:36 PM

Assuming the Jet is the 6” closed stand version I’d go with it. It has wheel adjust on both tables; Ridgid does a good job with the infeed; but the outbound is bolt mounted. Fence is nearly identical; both superior to the sloppy cam version on later Jet/Delta versions.

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#4 posted 04-20-2011 11:34 PM

Which Jet is the question? They’ve offered a 3/4hp splayed leg open stand model, and a 1hp closed stand which is a little nicer jointer. The 1hp Jet and Ridgid are both well regarded, but I think I’d lean toward the Jet at even money….if nothing else, I’d guess the Jet would retain value a little better if you buy it right.

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 01:03 AM

I checked out the jet, and pm jointers when i was shopping and they were twice the price or more than the Ridgid jointer, but I could not see twice the features anywhere.

For the time I have available for my hobby a 6 inch was really all I needed, so I went with the Ridgid. Seems well built and no issues whatsoever. Had it for a year now and it does its job very well.

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 01:28 AM

It depends on their condition but I guess of the two the jet. If you can bump you budget a bit you might want to look at grizzly jointers.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/category.aspx?key=450000

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 02:07 AM

Knotscott-
It is the closed base 6” jet jointer. I think it is 1hp.
Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 04-21-2011 02:18 AM

i have the ridgid, its been great to work with for 3 years of ownership

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#9 posted 04-21-2011 03:08 AM

The actual jointer tables and fence are pretty similar then, but the Jet table might be an inch or two longer, and has a closed base. I also think the Jet retailed for more so could sell for a bit more down the road. Both should do a nice job for you. If one or the other in better shape or is significantly less, I’d go with that one.

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#10 posted 04-21-2011 04:54 AM

Can’t speak for the Jet, but I have the Ridgid and it’s a great tool. Everything was square out of the box, it’s not a whole lot lighter than the Jet, and cheaper. I got mine for $301.

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#11 posted 04-21-2011 05:38 AM

I’ve had my old blue Jet “JJ-6CS jointer since about 1994. I’ve never had any problems with it. Knives are pretty easy to change, and align.
Specifications are very similair between the Ridgid, and the Jet. But the Ridgid price is cheaper.
If you look at the reviews here at LJ’s both jointers get equally good reviews
Even though I’ve got the Jet, If I had to buy a jointer today, I’d think seriously about the Ridgid.

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#12 posted 04-21-2011 06:10 AM

The older blue jet joiner will be better than current Ridgid Jointer in my IMO

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