Ridgid vs. Craftsman Pro 6" Jointer - are they the same machine?

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Forum topic by harriw posted 01-11-2013 02:02 AM 2186 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2013 02:02 AM

Hi folks,

So I’ve been watching CL for jointers, and have a question… my available choices are basically one of the Ridgid 6” jointers (one of the newer orange ones – he didn’t have the model # with him, but it must be either a JP06101, or a JP06100), or a Craftsman “Professional” 6-inch jointer. Both come with mobile bases, push paddles, and all the bits and pieces. And while I haven’t either of them yet (they’re both an hour away), they both sound and look like they’re in very good shape. I’ve done my homework, and am fairly confident either one will fit my needs.

The more pictures I see of these two machines though, the more simlar they seem… I’m well aware of Ridgid and Craftsman’s shared history (I’ve got one of the old Emerson-made Ridgid Table saws, in fact), and am wondering if these two jointers are actually the same machine? Anybody know?

Main reason I’m asking is the asking price for the Ridgid is $300 (I can probably get it for $275 though), vs. the Craftsman for $200 (price “is firm”). The blades on the Ridgid were just sharpened, and he’s including an extra set of blades with it, but I’m wondering if that’s worth an extra $75-$100 if they’re really the same machine? All things being equal I think the reviews are better on the ridgid (but not by much). I’d probably rather have the Ridgid, if only to keep my TS company, and for the more stable base.

If nothing else, knowing they’re the same would provide me with a bargaining chip when i go to look at the Ridgid.

Thanks for any and all input!

-- Bill - Western NY

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 02:22 AM

Ehh. Craftsman has released a few “professional” jointers over the past decade. The newest model is pretty much identical to the 6” grizzly jointer.
The prior craftsman model did not have a fully enclosed base, and may be more similar to the Ridgid.
In any case, most modern 6” jointers are pretty much competitive with each other in terms of performance. Some have slightly larger motors or slightly longer fences.
If both jointers are similar specs and both are in good shape, with flat beds, I’d prolly save $75-100 and go with the craftsman. You can buy two extra sets of knives with the savings. But honestly, it prolly doesn’t matter. Either machine will be good ‘nuff.

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 02:30 AM

They’re not the same machine, but depending on which Cman model number, they could be pretty comparable. Some of the Cman jointers were supposedly made by Steel City/Orion. What’s the model # on the Cman.

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 02:52 AM

Thanks guys.

Neither seller had the model #’s available when I talked to them. The C-man isn’t the latest model with the elevated on/off switch, but it’s almost identical to it (same enclosed base – even the front vents are the same, same tables, etc.). He said it’s a few years old.

The Ridgid is a little over a year old, so it’s probably the JP06101.

I managed to dig up a few pictures of the rear of both machines, and confirmed that the fence mounting and adjustment is very different between the two in addition to the obvious differences in the bases. I was just looking at the castings for the tables, and was confinced they were identical. Motor HP, table size, and all the other major specs are identical between the two – the differences all seem to be pretty minor.

I missed out on one of those Grizzly’s (actually an older G1182Z) by 3 hours this morning. Guess that’s Craigslist for you. Actually, now that you mention it looks a lot like these two also…

I’ll see how things play out, and bring home the one I like better. Thanks!

-- Bill - Western NY

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