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Forum topic by EvilRick posted 12-09-2013 02:31 PM 2895 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EvilRick

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12-09-2013 02:31 PM

I have the choice of going with a new-in-the-box Ridgid JP0610 6” Planer for $250 or an old Craftsman 103.23900 for $125.

The Ridgid is more than I want to spend, but it’s new and $300 off retail. I’ve read lots of good things about it.

The Craftsman is a solid machine, very well taken care of, and is easily repaired if needed. Blades can still be had for ~$35.

This seems like an obvious choice, but I’m actually leaning towards the Craftsman. Any thoughs?


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distrbd

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#1 posted 12-09-2013 03:47 PM

Ridgid JP610 ,100%.a few months down the road you won’t remember the extra $125 you paid but you’ll enjoy and appreciate the jointer every time you use it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 12-09-2013 04:37 PM

Go with the Ridgid. You won’t regret it. Longer bed, more power. The Craftsman is a decent tool but has many limitations that you won’t have with the Ridgid. Parts are readily available for th

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 04:53 PM

My first jointer was a Jet, and it performed well. In the end you will likely upgrade to an 8” jointer, so I would consider resale value. You could sell that Ridgid jointer in three years and break even. I have two Ridgid stationary tools – the drill press and OSS. They are both good tools, and represent a good value.

In contrast, I have regretted every Craftsman purchase I have ever made. From lawn tractors to tablesaws, it all seems to be junk.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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JonHitThingWithRock

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 05:28 PM

Craftsman power tools are pretty junky, except the old stuff (when it was made in the usa), their usa-made hand tools are still pretty good though. That’s a pretty awesome price on the ridgid, I’d have to do a lot of internal monologuing to convince myself not to pick it up immediately. The craftsman is probably better made, but the ridgid has the benifits of newness and warranty.

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EvilRick

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 08:56 PM

I got the Craftsman. I just came back from picking it up. It’s a sold machine and has been very well maintained. It’s built to last I can say that.

On a side note, I posted this topic a day or two ago and it never got approved so I was relying on feedback from others. I don’t have any regrets getting the Craftsman as the Ridgid was too much right now.

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 09:44 PM

Good luck with the Craftsman…I add +2 to Willie and Jon. Everything from tractors to chainsaws to woodworking tools, I had to take them all back at least once to Sears. Finally gave up around 1998 when the belt sander I bought fell apart first use. Anything built past that date is worse yet. Hopefully whomever you bought that from didn’t sell it for the reasons I just stated.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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tefinn

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 01:38 AM

The 103.23900 planer is from sometime in the mid 1950’s. It was made by King-Seeley for Sears.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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