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Forum topic by ScottyWes posted 06-14-2013 02:08 AM 1128 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2013 02:08 AM

Hey guys,

I’m going to go ahead and pull the trigger on this one I guess. I know its a little pricey but this seems to be about as a good a deal as I can find in my area at the moment.

Unless someone can convince me otherwise… :)

Planning on picking up the Ridgid R4512 this weekend too, new. Hopefully one of the HDs in Tulsa will take the HF coupon, but I’m not holding my breath on that. Still, $100 off would be fantastic.

AND, I’ll be cleaning house at HF this weekend. I have an entire list of things I’m going to get there. (I can hear all of your groans through the computer!) But, I have to go with what I can afford for now and hopefully upgrade as time goes by with all of the money I will make from my projects with the HF tools! ;)


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#1 posted 06-14-2013 02:29 AM

i find that it’ best to spend on those tools that you plan on using the most. for sparsely used tools, i’m sure some offerings from harbor freight will be more than adequate.

as for the linked jointer, i have one and it’s a really good little jointer. $250 is a bit rich, but the (hopefully) included mobile base should help rationalize the price. FTR, those older gray colored ridgid stationary power tools are at least 10 years old. the switch from emerson electric (usa) built tools to the one world technology (chiwanese) built tools occurred in 2003. and that jointer has a lifetime guaranty against manufacturing defects that is attached to the tool regardless of ownership. i’ll leave it to you to determine what that is worth, but i’ve never had ridgid refuse assistance on replacement parts for any of my ridgid tools, even those i’ve damaged myself.

also, it would probably be wise to try and check that 4512 you’re planning on buying at the store for the dreaded “blade to miter slot alignment changing with blade elevation” problem. no sense dragging the saw home just to have to return it as there is apparently no field remedy for this issue.

good luck.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 02:45 AM

Thanks Toolie. I was hoping the older Grey ones were build by Emerson just wasn’t sure at what point they switched the color of the bases. And the Ridgid lifetime guarantee is awesome.

Thanks for the info about the R4512 as well. I thought they had ironed that issue out on the more recently manufactured R4512s. How do you check for that before you leave the store?

Thanks again. I’m getting pretty excited!

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 02:57 AM

Pull the trigger on that jointer!

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 03:40 AM

For $250 , I wouldn’t pay the extra $30 he’s asking for the base. It should be included.
I had one of the older cabinet based “greys” , and it was perfect all around. : )

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 09:55 AM

$250 isn’t too bad, but definitely try to negotiate the base into the deal.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 10:55 AM

ScottyWes..... in the Craigslist ad I seen that orange power cord…. I could be wrong here….but to me that looks like an extension cord… If so, IMO I’d inquire about that…If so, and if you are comfortable with it rewired with an extension cord, IMO I’d see if it is the proper gage needed for the output….The mobile base should be part of a negotiated deal…..

Those jointers rate very well with it’s owners….good luck !

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 01:29 PM

I have that jointer,mine came with the orange wire but it looks like its the original wire for it.
I absolutely am happy with it it’s a solid reliable won’t regret buying it.I would pay the extra for the mobile base if the seller is firm on the price,I paid $220 for mine but it included delivery to my house.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 06-14-2013 05:19 PM

Thanks guys,

Hoping he still has it available today, if so I will be going to get it ASAP. @kdc68 thanks for the heads up, I will certainly check into that. Shouldn’t be an issue (who hasn’t rewired something with an extension cord at least once! lol) But yeah, as long as the Gage is good then no worries, and if it isn’t, I can fix it myself.

Man, I hope he still has it. He is slow to respond to my inquires but as of last night he did.

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#9 posted 06-15-2013 02:21 AM

Bummer, he sold it today to someone else.

Back to the drawing board.

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#10 posted 06-15-2013 02:28 AM

This happens all the time,now that you know more or less what you want,just jump on the first opportunity that comes up next,have the cash ready .
Another common occurrence when shopping for used tools is there’s always a better deal that comes up almost right after you you close a deal.then you say to yourself,if I only waited a little longer I could have had that one.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 11:03 AM

i’ve usually had a little different experience that distrbd when looking for pre-owned tools. whenever i miss what i think is a good deal, shortly after that, an even better deal comes along. patience is the key. my strategy is to have a list of tools i want and then get them when a good deal presents itself for one of the tools on the list, rather than trying to buy a tool when i need it.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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