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10-21-2014 03:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointers ridgid craftsman

I’m looking at used jointers. First contender is a craftsman 113 series, floor model (with legs) (206931). Price is $100. Table looks a little short (about 36”). Owner knows nothing about the machine. It was given to them by a neighbor.

Second choice is a Rigid JPO6000. Price is $150. Used less than 10 hours.

I have a “compact” shop, so I could live with a shorter table.

Any thoughts or opinions? Thanks!

(I did find a great thread from 2012 about the Ridgid model. Extremely useful stuff, especially about de-rusting. But I’m interested in comparisons between the Ridgid and Craftsman. Many thanks).

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 06:05 PM

Get the Ridgid, much better jointer, has a scale, has a better motor, longer tables. Make sure that the tables are flat and coplaner, the bearings should be fine, but check them anyway to be sure. But run not walk to that deal vs. the craftsman, I have the craftsman and its serviceable but not great.

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 06:19 PM

Like McDonadls, Craftsman is almost the last choice to resort to. Ok for hobby but not for the seriouse woodworker. Go with the rigid.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 06:47 PM

No brainer, go for the ridgid, you’ll be very happy to have spent the extra $50. Tryiing to joint a long board on a short planer. I’ve got a grey version 6001 and I try to keep boards within 6’ max so I dont wind up jointing in a curve, LOL it does take some practice to get your technique right for the tool

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 06:49 PM

+1 on “Get the Ridgid”.

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 01:53 AM

Definitely go with the Ridgid. I’ve got the 0610 myself and it’s a nice jointer. Pretty much the same as the 6000, except with a different stand if memory serves me correctly. That C’man isn’t even in the same league.

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#6 posted 10-22-2014 02:30 AM

You said you have a small shop and would be ok with a shorter table. Go for the craftsman. I know people who are happy with those.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 10-22-2014 02:32 AM

That’s a great deal on the ridgid though. Pay less for the craftsman. I see them for $75.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 10-22-2014 02:40 AM

I don’t like to put down Craftsman machinery. Honestly
the castings and surfaces tend to be good. Where
the brand gets chintzy is with the accessories. In
any case, those jointers don’t have an adjustable
outfeed table, which means you have to set
the knifes very carefully. It’s a manageable issue
considering jointer knives stay usable, “sharp”
as it were, for quite awhile as long as you don’t
joint plywood with them.

Anyway, the Ridgid is a copy of a proven design
popularized by Delta and it’s a good machine as
long as the castings aren’t warped.

Those craftsman jointers do have an advantage
in that you can bench mount them and build a long
outfeed extension table. It may be this is
the intent behind the fixed outfeed table design.

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#9 posted 10-22-2014 03:21 AM

I bought that same model Ridgid from CL for $150 as well. I’m just about done restoring it (waiting for the bearings to come in the mail). I can thank Evaporust for the lack of elbow grease involved in the restoration. :)

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 05:56 AM

The Rigid sounds like a pretty good deal. In August i picked up a Jet 8” JJ-8 $325 and just last week put in a Byrd Shellix.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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