|Forum topic by harriw||posted 01-11-2013 02:02 AM||2394 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-11-2013 02:02 AM
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