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Iggles88

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986 days ago

Hey guys, I’m looking into buying a jointer within the next few days…..I’ve narrowed it down to 2, the jet jj-6csdx or the delta 37-275x…...they’re both 6” jointers And it’s pushing my budget for one so I can’t really go more expensive. They’re both around 650-700, if anyone has either of em and can give comments on them or has a cheaper alternative that is of decent quality please let me no, I’m new to this and don’t want to regret my purchase


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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 986 days ago

Are these both 6 inch jointers? If so, I would NEVER pay that much. You can get a Grizzly for @ $400.

See my link, I got my Craftsman 6 inch jointer on a Craftsman club sale for $344 out the door and it works great.

The Ridgid is also a quality tool and much less than $700. Please shop around a bit more.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#2 posted 986 days ago

Here you go! This Grizz and Craftsman are clones but the Grizz has the built in mobile base.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-46-Jointer/G0654

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Don Carrier

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#3 posted 986 days ago

I have a grizzly and I love it. They have 5 or 6 in your price range. There base model floor standing is 395 and is a great little machine. I don’t want to try to change you mind but if you need more info let me know.

What ever you get will be great money spent. Start stocking up on glue!

-- Don

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Iggles88

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#4 posted 986 days ago

Well whatever I buy I definitely want it to be high quality, I looked at grizzly and was sold on it until I found out that it’s your responsibility to get it off the truck when delivered and that it’s so expensive for shipping, the grizzly was 465 plus 75 shipping so in the end it wasn’t that much cheaper…..I don’t want to buy craftsman I’ve had they’re tools and don’t have luck with them except for my mechanic tools…..I would love to spend less money but I have shopped around. The Ridgid is 650 so that’s not cheaper and jet and delta are better names…..believe me id love nothing more then to spend less money as long as its the right tool

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BullVictory

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#5 posted 986 days ago

Yea, I have a Delta, not the model you listed, and probably wouldn’t purchase it again. Jet is alright, longer bed plus it’s easier to adjust. Why don’t you look in the used market (Craigslist, Auctionzip, ebay). You usually can find good deals on great equipment and if you keep a sharp enough eye you can find some nicely conditioned equipment for great prices. i.e. a Powermatic 54A Longbed in great condition 400obo, is a listing i just saw near me 400. Plus they probably will throw in extra blades and accessories for free. Worth looking into.

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Iggles88

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#6 posted 986 days ago

Every time I start a thread on here about something I might buy somebody tells me to try the used route and I always give the same answer. I have gone the used route before and it always comes back to bite me, I don’t like buying used tools. I’d much rather spend the money for a new tool that I know I can take good care of and that will last me. I appreciate the suggestions tho, I Looked at that powermatic but it’s not in my price range right now unfortunately.

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#7 posted 986 days ago

Where do you live Canada? Reason I ask is I see the Ridgid at HD all the time and it’s never been 650 in Texas. More like $450.

The jointer is a very simple tool. Cutterhead, fence, and motor, so in my world paying $300 more for a little better fence is not worth it when it stays @ 90 degrees 99% of the time and $300 will buy another tool or a ton of wood.

Quality is important no doubt, but quality and price is not always linear. Is the Delta worth $300 more than the Grizz, Ridgid or Craftsman?

It is if you think it is and are willing to pay the $$$.

I agree with Bull, check CL.

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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BigBowWow

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#8 posted 986 days ago

Most of the shippers will help you get it off the truck and into the garage. It’s to their advantage. They are on a schedule. Of course you need to be home when it arrives. Grizzly quality is as good as you can buy nowadays, for the budget minded hobbiest. I have several grizzly tools. No problems. It’s still a family owned business. Great customer service. I mean really great.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#9 posted 986 days ago

Iggles88, I’m not being a smarta$$, but I make a very good living and can easily afford Powermatic anything, but you’ll see my entire shop is Craftsman and Ridgid. I do this for a hobby, so I prefer value and to me the Powermatic or Delta is a super tool but in my eyes not a super value.

Others disagree with me, and prefer to buy higher end tools and if they do this for living they should buy the best they can afford. Yes I have been burned, see my planer review, but overall I prefer more $$$ in my brokerage acct.

If you feel you are a high end tool guy then either the Jet, PM, or Delta will make you happy and they are all great jointers.

Good luck!

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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Iggles88

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#10 posted 986 days ago

I have seen the Ridgid on amazon for 650, my hd in Philly doesn’t sell the Ridgid jointer…..the cheapest price I found was 650, believe me I do not want to spend 700 I’m not happy about it at all, I definitely am looking at the grizzly….it’s nice and it was the one I was looking at first and I liked it but the tax and shipping made me think spending the money on the next level jointers would make sense but I guess I’ll look at the grizzly a little harder and if anyone can give me a link to the Ridgid at about 450-500 please let me know.

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Delta356

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#11 posted 986 days ago

Delta all the way. I own Delta’s 6” X5 jointer. This is a great jointer. It has proved it’S self already. It has the Delta name, thats all you need to decide..LOL :<).

I had published a review a couple months ago.. You might want to read so you can get a better idea of the jointer.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2236

Thanks,Michael Frey
Portland,OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#12 posted 986 days ago

The mgr in the HD tool crib will be able to order you a Ridgid jointer for less than $500. My buddy has one and he loves it. I helped him put it together and it is really nice.

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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Iggles88

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#13 posted 986 days ago

Guys listen I don’t think your understanding me, I do not want to spend that kind of money on a jointer, the time ive spent shopping around have given me the bench top models for about 2-350 then it’s all been like 500 or more for a floor model with bigger infeed and out feed tables so I looke at the jet and delta, I haven’t seen the 4-550 range jointers that people are telling me about but that’s more of my price range

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RibsBrisket4me

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#14 posted 986 days ago

If you go to the post office and get a change of address package, you used to get a 10% coupon from Home Depot in it. Go to HD this week and talk to the tool crib mgr and see what he can work for you.

To just see one of these, go to Sears, the Craftsman is a clone of the Grizz.

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Iggles88

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#15 posted 986 days ago

Bullet, I stop in my sears all the time I have only seen the little bench top jointer that they sell, my sears doesn’t have the bigger jointer there….my area seems to suck for tools

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