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Forum topic by david_larch posted 05-15-2012 04:58 PM 17804 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 04:58 PM

Does anyone on here have a Rigid JP06000? I am going to look at one in a few days and wanted to get your opinions on the machine. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 05-15-2012 06:06 PM

I have the orange open base model, and have been pleased by its performance and value. Wish the tables were longer, but at its price point, what could I really expect?

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 06:51 PM

It’s a very good basic jointer which should serve you well. If it’s grey in color chances are very good that it is at least 10 years old or older. Orange ones started showing up in 2003.

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 07:25 PM

I have the grey open base version. It was new in the box from a guy who just had it in storage. The older ones actually have American made Emerson motors, I believe after that came Mexican made, then, well…you know. It was dead on out of the box. The tables were nice and parallel and it cuts very smoothly. I have no issues with it at all. If you get it, pick up an HTC mobile base if you are tight for space.

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 08:34 PM

I have an orange one and really like it. I use it with infeed and outfeed support to joint wood up to 8’ long with good results. I consider it to be one of the better designed and built Ridgid tools.

Keep in mind that an older unit might need new blades, so make sure the price takes that into account. I think I paid about $300 for mine and others were reporting that Home Depots was discounting them down to around $200 at times. The everyday price is around $450. A used price of $150 or less is a good deal. $200 or so might be questionable.

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 08:36 PM

I think the 2 best deals out there for a 6” jointer are the HF and the Ridgid. They are pretty basic and perform excellent. I have a lot of shop time on both machines. They dont have all the bells and whistles like the more expensive units but function every bit as well.

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 11:04 PM

the jp0610 was rated a top value by WOOD magazine in their last test of 6” jointers. i have a gray one and it is guaranteed for life regardless of ownership.

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 12:12 AM

JP06000...Yes , I just overhauled one. It has the ventilated base cabinet / stand underneath it. Very solid machine , cast iron seems to be of good quality , tables flat and straight , 46” across the two tables ,along with the nice fence system.
I just installed new blades and a belt .
I need to clean the base up a little bit and then I’ll be putting her on Craigslist…..only because I already have two Deltas and two Powermatics. If not , I would certainly keep the Ridgid….
This is my current project Powermatic 60 8” jointer circa 1956-7

This is my JP06000 after cleaning the tables up…fence system isn’t on yet.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 12:29 AM

WIth the exception of the infeed table handwheel, that gray Ridgid looks like and exact clone of my 6 inch Craftsman jointer.

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#9 posted 05-16-2012 12:48 AM

Thanks for all of the replies.

Rusty; nice looking clean-up. How did you clean up the tables? That is the exact model I am going to check out and it has some light surface rust. I’d be interested to know what blades and a belt cost, something I should look into.

If I dont go for the 6000, there is also an orange base model near me I may give a look on.

I do appreciate the feedback.


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#10 posted 05-16-2012 03:49 AM

I got the blades and belt for less than $50…EvapoRust and some elbow grease on the tables : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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