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08-22-2011 08:18 PM

I’m just about to pull the trigger on a new 6” jointer. I’ve narrowed the choice to: Grizzly G0452P or a Ridgid JP 0610. Price is a major factor and these machines are basicly in the same ballpark. The Grizzly has a built in mobile base and I’d purchase an HTC mobile base for the Rigdid, bringing them in-line cost wise. I’m not a big fan of the in-feed lever on the Grizzly but also don’t care for the open base of the Ridgid. Small issues but a consideration for me. Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 08:32 PM

IMO, used 6in jointers can be found all over CL because so many folks upgrade to 8in or larger. If going new I would be looking at at least 8in. I just did a CL search in my area and came up with over 10 today.

Just my 2-cents…

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 08:38 PM

If you are willing to go used, and have the shop space… I agree with HorizontalMike, try to dig up a used 8” jointer. I am forever needing at least 1” extra over my 6” jointer…

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 08:44 PM

I bought the Ridgid about a year ago on sale at HD. I considered the Griz but this was on sale and made up for the 10% sales tax in TN, vs the shipping from Griz. So far it has worked fine. I have used pine, cherry, oak and walnut and it has plenty of power and seems to cut clean. If money were not an issue, I would have moved up to a Powermatic or Jet, or a larger Griz with a helical head. An 8” would be nice, and definitely a longer table, but that isn’t what you are asking. The only issue I have had is that over time the fence will slowly move out of square with the table. Just something I have to monitor. I would say about 90%+ of the chips go into the DC without any clogging. I ended up putting casters on the legs, which makes it a little wobbly, but works. I don’t think you will go wrong with either.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 08:49 PM

Used all the way. That $500 you’re going to spend at Lowe’s will go a long way on the used market. If you’re dead set on new, I’d pick the Rigid out of those two. What about a Steel City? I think the big box stores have them now.

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 08:58 PM

I think you can get a used 8” in that price range but if it were me I would save up and get a spiral head unit, they have many advantages. I have had good luck with grizzly and I think their unit is heavier than the Rigid.

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 09:05 PM

I have the Ridgid, and it’s been fine for my purposes. That said, I must agree with the others here, as cost is a major issue for you, that used is the way to go. I have had the same experience as DBHost re the limitations of the 6” jointer, but cannot justify the additional expense. CL is where I found mine, along with a Dewalt 735 Planer. Best of luck in making your choice!


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#7 posted 08-22-2011 09:09 PM

I have a G0452 … bought it two years ago, and have never had a second thought.

It was easy to setup, but it was apparently shipped with a nicked knife. Grizzly customer support immediately shipped me another set of knives, and I have been a happy camper ever since.


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#8 posted 08-22-2011 09:17 PM

I agree with a1Jim. Although you said that price matters—very understandable—I would do all that I could to get a helical cutterhead. The price might sting some initially, but you’ll never look back. You’ll likely have a lifetime of pleasure using a machine which is a meaningful advance over the old 3-knife system. I recommend the 6” Powermatic with helical cutterhead; uses 110 volts and has plenty of power.

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 09:23 PM

I have a 6” Craftsman Professional series jointer with a lever control for the infeed table. It works just fine for me. As long as the infeed bed slides smoothly I see no disadvantage to the lever.

My jointer has a similar footprint to the Grizzly. I have to add support to the outfeed table if I’m jointing long (80”) stock. The Rigid looks to have an advantage there.

I am not so pleased with the fence mount on my jointer. I have it set at 90 degrees and it seems to do a fine job of keeping it there. But I have little confidence that it is easy to change the angle for a bevel and then return the fence reliably to 90 degrees. From what I could see from the pictures it is not clear that the Grizzly fence mount is better. I didn’t see anything on the Rigid. I have looked at the Delta 37-275X X5 jointer and it’s fence mount inspired more confidence, but I didn’t play with it much. I don’t think it is unique to Delta, but it may require a step up in price. Not clear to me whether this feature is worth the price.

The other thing to consider is a spiral cutter head, if you are buying new.

For basic work I don’t see much downside to Mike’s suggestion on buying a used jointer in good condition. Check that the fence and beds are flat, that the beds move smoothly and remain co-planar.

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#10 posted 08-22-2011 09:41 PM

I just got the Grizzly G0452P – only run a few boards thru it but (except for my technique) it planes smooth as butter. Its very quiet and with dust collection hooked up leaves virtually no shavings behind. I am happy…and no I did not get the helical head, could not justify the extra $300 for a hobbiest tool. I know everyone says “get an 8” you will regret it” Well if they want to come and install a new panel in my house so I can get a 220 line in the shop AND haul an 8” machine down the stairs into the basement for me then I guess I should have gotten an 8” one :) I used a 5% coupon and got it for $496 delivered, thats cheaper than the Rigid delivered from HD (looked at that one too) AND the mobile base is built in.

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#11 posted 08-22-2011 09:46 PM

Loren advertised an 8 inch Powermatic last week (Green paint on it) for ….make an offer

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#12 posted 08-22-2011 09:47 PM

If you are set on new, don’t forget to take your 20% Harbor Freight with you to Home Depot as they will honor it on a single item tool purchase. For me that makes the decision of getting a new Ridgid with a warranty a bit more compelling than saving a bit of money on the used market.

I went used on my jointer purchase but other tools are right in the ballpark cost-wise after the discount – for around the same as people are asking for their used machines. Seems most people want to sell for the same price as you can buy a new one because they’ve “only used it a few times”.

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#13 posted 08-22-2011 11:43 PM

Both probably work just fine. I have the Ridgid and reviewed it at:

Sure an 8 incher will do more. However, some users might not have the space, and in my review I noted how I mounted mine on a roll-around stand. I guess you could also do that with an 8 incher, but in any case I have a small shop and the roll-around feature is important.

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#14 posted 08-23-2011 12:58 AM

I have the G0452 as well. It’s a great machine but, my shop floor isn’t smooth and I knocked off the leveling legs. Griz customer service told me I would have to find a local welder to weld the internal nuts back on. I ordered a set of replacement knives when I bought the thing but when it was time to replace them they were the wrong ones. Griz sent me a new set and we split the difference in price. All in all it’s a good tool. The only reason I got the 6” instead of the 8 is because of the table length. My shop is WAY TOO SMALL.

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