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??