Old style ridgid 6" jointer I passed, would you?

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Forum topic by Marty5965 posted 02-06-2013 05:45 PM 6009 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 05:45 PM

Hi guys, everyone wants corroboration when they make a questionable decision, right? I went to view an older Ridgid 6” jointer last night, one of the ones before they went Orange. By my reckoning that puts it pre 2003 at least. The guy wanted $250 but I told him on the phone the max I would consider would be $200 if it met my criteria. Long story short it ran like a dream, no vibration, but the bed and fence needed some love (discoloration and sticky but no rust). Edging went fine but when I ran a full width board I discoverd that two of the cutters had small nicks in them. I told the guy I wouldn’t give $200 since I would have to replace/resharpen the blades. He bought it used 18 months ago, had no manual and no blade tool. He wouldn’t deal so I passed. What would you have done?

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 05:57 PM

$200 is too high for that one. their older models (even after they switched to orange) had lesser fences, their latest revision of the jointer addressed some issues with the fence, and have a much nicer fence to it.

I would only consider the older models if it was in the lower $100 range personally.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 06:09 PM

Well, in my mind, a jointer of that class cost about $500 (new). Yes, there are occasional clearance deals and such; but those are anomolies.
That said, if it was in good shape and worked as it should, $200 is reasonable. New blades aren’t particularly expensive. I’m not sure I’d have walked if that were the only issue.
Of course, if your region is chock-full of used jointers, then passing for a better deal might have been advisable. But if you’ll now have to wait weeks or months for another opportunity to surface, then you might kick yourself for holding out.

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 07:25 PM

I dunno…blades should not be a deal breaker. I got my JP0610 new in 2007 and am very pleased with it. As you said, it needed some cleaning up, but was serviceable. Blades can be had relatively cheaply and I got 4 sets of Freud C400 on Amazon for $19/set awhile back. Personally, if it would meet your jointing needs, I would have snagged it. Just MHO.

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 10:43 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it. I guess I am not 100% sold on the idea of a jointer. I have been thinking about it all day. Since I am just setting up my shop (getting back into woodworking after a long spell away) I am thinking I might get more mileage out of a couple of good hand planes and a thickness planer.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 10:53 PM

You did good by walking away. I see older delta’s for around $200 on a regular basis and they are twice the machine of a rigid.

Keep looking and a good deal will come along.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 11:18 PM

A jointer is the most efficient tool for flattening a reference face and squaring an adjacent 90° edge. It’s basically step 1 in the dimensioning sequence….all other steps build off from that reference point. There are other ways to achieve the same thing, but none better. The planer is usually step 2….surfacing the opposite face parallel with the reference face that was created with the jointer, then planing to final thickness.

I don’t think $200 for a solid 6” stationary jointer in good condition is out of line. You might find a better deal, but you might not. The bottom line, regardless of what we think, if you’re not comfortable with the purchase, you did the right thing.

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 11:20 PM

I paid $250 for an older Delta 6” jointer that was in very good condition, and I live in an area not flush with good used woodworking tools. I’d say passing wasn’t a bad choice.

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 01:00 AM

$200 plus another $40 for blades is not that great of a price, considering that the orange ones seem to be on clearance at HD quite often for around $250. There should be plenty more jointers out there in that price range.

-- Steve

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 01:58 AM

“What would you have done?”
Knives are to be expected and a no-brainer to replace ,also, bearings are not a big deal. What matters most are the tables and the fence. Surface rust is a bargaining chip , but again , no real problem to fix.
I’ve only had one used jointer in my life that came with an owners manual…everything you need to know is online and doesn’t take up storage space in your shop. I’ve never owned a jointer that came with a “blade tool”.
Sounds like you’re actually looking for a brand new in the box item .
$200 for a good , used , 6” jointer is pretty much average.
$250 , I would expect extra knives at the very least. : )
I’ve bought , reconditioned and resold 10 jointers to date, two of them being RIDGIDS older models , and they were better made than the new ones. Sold for $350 for one and $325 for the other.
I believe they were JPO100’s (Been awhile since I sold them) with the enclosed cabinet bases.
My latest rebuild and keeper is this antique PM60 8” jointer. Happy hunting : )

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 03:09 AM

Just saw an orange version on local CL for $275. In the pic it appeared to be pretty clean. So 25 less for an older, more dubious machine? NFW.

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 03:49 AM

I think patience pays. If you think you may have overpaid, you would never be entirely sure you didn’t. When you find the deal you really like, you’ll be glad you waited it out.

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 10:35 AM

$200 plus another $40 for blades is not that great of a price,

Just so the OP knows, you can buy good 6” jointer blades for $16-$22 a set from many retailers (Holbren, Amazon, etc).

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 12:24 PM

Dusty, that’s one hell of a refurb. Very nicely done.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 01:23 PM

I know nothing about the older Ridgid jointers, but the orange ones do a nice job. I have one I bought new a couple years back and it has been very reliable and does a great job.

+1 on knotscotts comments on their place in processing a board!! Can be done with a handplane if you are into that, and the time it takes. Personally, I love power equipment and the process of jointer, TS, and planer to produce a square flat board.

I started with planer, and in a few weeks knew I needed the jointer to complete the trio. It took my woodworking skill and capability to new levels, which was not much of a leap at the time as I had never had the pleasure of working with square and flat stock.

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 02:18 PM

I picked up an orange one new in the sealed box for $200 a couple of years ago and it is a great unit. Guy got divorced and lost all his storage, only reason it sold so cheap. Nothing wrong with it and it has an American made Emerson motor as opposed to later. Don’t sneeze at the Rigids if the price is right.

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