Rigid JP0610 Vs Steel City Jointer 40545H .. advice please

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Forum topic by stefon posted 11-10-2014 04:43 PM 1725 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2014 04:43 PM


I have taken the advice that I read on most posts and bought my table saw, planer , and router table first. Now I am looking at a jointer. My budget limits me to the Steel City 40545H or the Ridgid JP0610. Both have induction motors but the Steel City has granite beds. I read the reviews on this site and most people praise the Ridgid but there are mixed reviews on Steel City. The only advantages I see about the Steel City is that it has helical “style” blades with granite tops. The Ridgid seems to have better control of the out feed table.

Can anyone else point out something I’m missing?


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#1 posted 11-10-2014 06:28 PM

I could be way off, but I don’t like the idea of granite beds. I have to believe the are supported but with the constant downward pressure being exerted on the material as you move it through could not be good. Again I don’t know how it is constructed. I wouldn’t worry too much about the helical vs hss steel blades as generally you aren’t using a jointer to finish wood anyway. The steel knives should give you a good enough side to run through a planer. I would go with the Ridgid and if at sometime you feel the need for a helical head then you can get one. Also if this is a hobby that you are going to get heavily into you are at some point going to get an itch for 8 inch jointer anyway. Might as well that the $150 difference and start your savings fund. ;-)

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 12:53 AM

If you’ve ever used a Grip-Tite or Magswitch featherboard on a jointer (like me), you’d be allergic to granite jointers. Magnetic featherboards have proven to be invaluable (for me) when working with large or short pieces.

On another note, the Accuhead cutter for that Steel City jointer is not a true helical head. The big plus comes from not having to worry about sharpening/replacing a whole blade for a single nick, as well as knife setting.

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 12:58 AM

Go with the cheaper one. You’ll want an 8” before you know it.

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 01:20 AM

Go with the cheaper one. You ll want an 8” before you know it.

- TheFridge

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