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Forum topic by jeff posted 02-15-2012 04:41 AM 3097 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2012 04:41 AM

so i found a used rigid jointer on craigslist here in Tucson,it appears to be an older model with the gray base.some surface rust ,the seller states it was payback to him from a friend who owned him money.comes with the manuals and he says it does run,he thinks it was in storage for some time.he’s asking $200.00 so is this a fair price and being a hobbyist and new to woodworking what should i look out for if i were to purchase.i have a very small shop and this would fit…thx…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 04:06 PM

$200.00 seems fair, provided the rust is easily cleanable. They usually go for twice that price new. If it’s a 6 inch model, cool. But if it’s an 8 inch, jump on it because it’s a steal!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:40 PM

I would run the serial number through your local police department prior to purchasing. The last thing you need is to be in possession of stolen property. Other than that, these jointers are supposed to be very nice.

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 05:27 PM

The ridgid jointer is 6 1/8”, not 8”. Its the only size they have ever made. It got fantastic reviews and some people prefer the older “gray” models vs. the new “orange” models (I think its been said that the old models are better quality because they started mass producing the orange models in a cheaper, overseas plant but I have to admit I do not know if any of this is valid).

Personally, I would offer $150 and pay no more. They were worth quite a bit more but you can get the new orange one which has a lifetime service warranty from Ridgid (cheaper made or not, can’t beat that and like I said, it got fantastic reviews anyway). They retail for somewhere around $399 but almost all HD’s seem to clear them out from anywhere around $249.

Before paying the $150 (if that is even accepted), I would check that the infeed and outfeed tables are straight and true and that none of the components are rusted. Surface rust on the infeed and outfeed tables are easy to deal with, but anything beyond that may be a bit of a pain.

As a hobbyist woodworker, I think the Ridgid jointer will fulfill all your needs…...until you want to upgrade to an 8” anyway :)

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 12:43 AM

thx for the response everyone…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 12:02 AM

I have a newer orange Rigid jointer. I’ve had it for about five years and am happy. That being said, I paid $200 for it used when I bought it and I felt I could have gotten a better deal. These things are everywhere. I wouldn’t pay $200 unless it was absolutely pristine. I got mine almost new with manuals and all the parts. As close to plug and play as you could get. If he doesn’t take $150.00, walk away. Wouldn’t hur to have $150.00 in cash on hand. Often sellers are willing to deal when they know you are. It’s a GREAT starter for jointer.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 12:06 AM

If it was in good working shape, I’d pay 200 for it. I’m not one to haggle for 25 or 50 bucks if it is really what I want. The gray jointers were made by Emerson and are highly thought of.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 10:03 PM

thx for the advice everyone…i had to work and when i checked back the ad had been removed…no gloat for me :)...

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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