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Forum topic by dynrat posted 04-12-2019 03:43 AM 449 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dynrat

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04-12-2019 03:43 AM

Been shopping for my first jointer; looking at new options and watching CraigsList. Ended up coming across two decent options and having a hard time deciding.

One is an older Jet JJ-6CS in great shape. Not perfect but straight and true. Guy is asking $425 but sounds like he would come down a bit.

Second is the Ridgid JP-0610. It’s brand new but I have a HD gift card left over from Christmas that on top of the sale price would get me down to $400.

Anybody out there familiar enough with either or both of these that could give me some advice?

Thanks in advance


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BalsaWood

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#1 posted 04-12-2019 09:16 AM

I had a Ridgid a couple of years ago and it was a nice solid jointer. Not sure about the 6” Jet but it is probably good as well.

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Randy Bartlett

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#2 posted 04-12-2019 12:55 PM

If money is key, keep watching Craigslist. Around me, you can get a Craftsman 6” jointer weighing 126 pounds (lots of cast iron) with an induction motor (belt drive) for $100. That’s what I got and am really happy. My son and I jointed 4” x 4” oak beams that were 12’ long. The bed is about 4’.

-- RandyB, Novi, MI

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CaptainKlutz

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#3 posted 04-12-2019 01:09 PM

Have owned both these tools. Both work well.

IMHO
Biggest difference is support base under the cast iron. Ridgid uses a stamped steel bolt together stand, and Jet uses a solid box. The jet is little bit heavier (but has smaller foot print) and weight makes it little less likely to move when running 8ft long 8/4 across it; but adding suggested roller supports at each end makes them work same?

Resale pricing will be different as well.
Ridgid was put on clearance by HD for $325-375 when stores stop carrying that model. That pushed the resale value for perfect machine on our local CL to $250-300 max.
Older jet machines resale for $300-400 in perfect condition, which is slightly higher than Ridgid models. So your used Jet will lose less value than new Ridgid over short term. In another 10-15 years when parts on both are hard to find; they will both be about same resale value.

Be sure to compare the motor sizes? Ridgid 1HP has plenty of power for anything you would run. Some of the older Jet models had only 3/4 HP. 3/4HP is still plenty, only notice difference on extremely hard woods and wide/thick cuts. If Jet has smaller motor, it’s a good bargaining point to reduce the price.

PS – $425 for older version used 3/4HP Jet is too high IMHO. Around here they sell for $250-300, or they sit on CL for weeks till price drops.

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Joe Andrews

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#4 posted 04-12-2019 01:11 PM

I just picked up a used Ridgid for $200 from a fellow woodworker who was upgrading. Very nice, heavy machine. I’ve only surfaced a few scraps to try it out, but it should easily handle anything I need it to do.

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ChefHDAN

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#5 posted 04-12-2019 01:11 PM

I have the Ridgid, cannot complain for my needs, but I got it when they got rid of all the grey tools for 60% off. Jointer is a very simple tool, as long as the beds are straight and true and the belts and bearings are fine there isn’t much else besides blades. That Jet is high at $425, looking at the pictures on CL, I like the handles being on front, but very rarely alter the depth of cut on my Ridgid so not sure if it is a decision item. To me IMO, I’d start the Jet discussion at $250 and settle at $300. Other wise if he won’t sell close to $300 go for the Ridgid, OR…. if you do not have a planer yet, I would be seriously looking at this unit over in Toledo for $225

for whatever my 2 pennies are worth

-- 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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dynrat

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#6 posted 04-12-2019 01:20 PM

I wouldn’t say money is key, but it is part of the equation. I only have about $600 to spend and would like to get something that will last me a while and isn’t a pain in the neck to adjust and use. I’ve heard some nightmare stories about some of what is out there. In this case I was only trying to point out that the price was the same.

I am curious about what you say is available in your area. I live near Richmond (the very north-east) corner of Macomb County so I’m not too far from you. I haven’t seen a single jointer on CraigsList or FaceBook Marketplace for less than $300 in working condition. I did find one that said it needed repair for $150 in Midland, but it was sold by the time I replied to the ad 30 minutes after it was listed.

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dynrat

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#7 posted 04-12-2019 01:34 PM


OR…. if you do not have a planer yet, I would be seriously looking at this” unit over in Toledo for $225”

Already have a Dewalt 735x. That Ryobi looks like a great unit, but not sure how I would fit it in my shop. I work out of my 2-1/2 car garage which is also the entrance to my house. So space is limited to begin with and even more considering I have to leave a clear path into the house.

Appreciate everybody’s feedback so far.

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ChefHDAN

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#8 posted 04-12-2019 05:28 PM

Sweet, I’ve got the same planer along with my Rigid Jointer, Bandsaw, Table Saw, Mitersaw, Hitatchi floor drill press DC and a couple of sanding stations, I’m jealous that you’ve also got a 1/2 garage. Mobile bases are the key, I can actually get 2 cars into my 2-car garage with everything put away.

I’d try for the jet for $300

-- 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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dynrat

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#9 posted 04-12-2019 06:40 PM



I m jealous that you ve also got a 1/2 garage.

I’ve actually got a 30×40 pole barn too. Unfortunately it has several issues. The roof leaks like a sieve. There is currently no power out there either. Fixing both issues are on my to do list. I plan to have the roof fixed this summer, but the power is going to be expensive and tough to do. The barn is 150 feet from the house with multiple mature elm trees (and all the roots that go with) between the two.

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