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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 09-23-2012 03:21 PM 1700 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2012 03:21 PM

So I’ve decided to upgrade from my current 1950s Craftsman 4” jointer. Nothing wrong with it, except for that its missing the safety guard. Its just too small for jointing anything longer than 30ish”.
I don’t see a lot of sense in buying a brand new jointer, since 6” machines pop-up on CL all the time. 1970-1980 Craftsman and current model Ridgid jointers seem to be the usual suspects. The craftsman model would probably suit my needs well enough, and thats what I’ll get if nothing else. But I think the Ridgid would probably be the better long-term purchase. I could grab a Craftsman for $100 or so, but the Ridgids are typically priced around $250-350 (with the occasional bargain or rip-off thrown in). Assuming its in good condition, are these jointers worth $250-350??
I’m not exactly stuck on either brand in paticular. I’d be more than happy to snag a Delta, Grizz, Jet, etc IF the price was within my means. But those machines seem to appear less often on CL and get snatched-up quickly. The Ridgid/Craftsman would be a pretty easy score.
Any thoughts on the Ridgid or Craftsman machines? Any other avenues I should consider??

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 05:07 PM

I got a Rikon 6” when Woodcraft put then on clearance a couple years ago for $150. That was a brand new machine that originally retailed for $350. I’d have a tough time thinking a used Ridgid would be worth twice as much as a discounted new Rikon. The Rikon has been a fine machine, by the way.

And, have you included Grizzly in your searches? They still sell a small 6” I think but the trend for the last couple of years seems to be toward wider, combo, planer/jointer machines.

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 05:59 PM

The Ridgids retailed for over $500 if I recall correctly. From what I’ve read they are a pretty good 6” jointer.

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 06:14 PM

I have the Ridgid, and it has worked well. $200 or less seems reasonable. I cant remeber what I pd new. It was either $240 or $160, got it on closeout and used a 20% off coupon. So there is a good possibility that some owners didnt have to pay the $400+ retail price for it.

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 06:27 PM

I agree with Shane on this, $200 would be a decent price to pay. As you admit, there are many 6in jointers on the CL market. While not completely relevant, I managed to snag an 8in GO593 Jointer off CL, for $700 about 3yr ago.

Another thought—- Since you already have the 4in Jointer for short stuff, why not jump up to an 8in machine, as that would minimize the redundancy of having two similar machines in very similar sizes?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 09:32 PM

ridgid jp0610s were in stores in the NYC tristate area for $429. they are a solid unit and wood magazine rated them a top value when they last tested 6” jointers. if you can find an older (pre ~ 2003) unit that’s gray in color, they are guaranteed for life regardless of ownership. i have several of those tools and ridgid has never failed to replace whatever i’ve needed replaced.

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 09:46 PM

I just recently sold my Ridgid jointer for $250..00 on c/l.

-- Life is good.

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