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Forum topic by SlipKid posted 06-20-2020 09:24 PM 396 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SlipKid

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06-20-2020 09:24 PM

I’m looking to upgrade my Delta benchtop jointer. I’m looking at the Ridgid and the Grizzly. Most will say just get an 8” jointer, but I don’t have room for the 8”. These jointers are basically the same. I like the hand wheel for adjusting the infeed table in the Ridgid. The Grizzly has a mobile base which is a plus. I have been looking on craigslist, all I see is overpriced Craftsman stuff. Anything decent is way overpriced,. I saw a nice Jet 6” but they wanted $800. Even Delta 6”’s are going for $500, I don’t think so for that price. My budget is about $750 max. I mostly do small project’s
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Splinterlicker

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#1 posted 06-21-2020 03:07 AM

Jointers start to go up in price rapidly as soon as you get beyond the Ridgid or Grizzly you’re looking at, used or not. They’re one of the simplest tools in any shop, so what you’re basically paying for is table length and the amount of cast iron it has.

Grizzly over Ridgid any day, Grizzly isn’t exactly built to stellar standards but Ridgid is worse.

The Shop Fox is also an option. It’s basically the Grizzly jointer with a couple more bells and whistles. You’re pretty much just choosing which color you like better. Pretty sure Shop Fox still gets all of their cast iron from the same foundry that Grizzly does, using the same molds.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 06-21-2020 06:18 AM

For a 6” Jointer, I’d just hunt on Craigs list for a while. You need to check every day, because the clean ones will be gone that fast. Most of the time they go for 150 to 250 bux.

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CaptainKlutz

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#3 posted 06-21-2020 06:32 AM

+1 If you are buying new, Grizzly over Ridgid hands down.

Shopping for used tools requires patience. If you see a tool listed for more than a couple days, it is probably over priced. Any tool with decent price sells in minutes. I mean this literally, cheap stuff sells in 5-10 minutes after the ad is posted. Be sure to save your tool searches in CL, so you get email when new tools are posted. That has only way I have been able to get best deals. Many times I will get busy and wait 10 minutes after the ad is posted, and I am 3rd or 4th person in line to buy it. :-(

In AZ, 6” jointers are constantly on CL for $200-800. A fair price range for older used 6” tools in $200-300 range IMHO. Newer tools are obviously worth more, and the only ones worth the higher prices.

FWIW – When HD stopped carrying the Ridgid 6” Jointer in stores, they dumped all stores inventory for < $300 machine. The nearly 2 dozen stores in PHX dumped 2-4 machines per store in local market. They did this twice, once for the Gray painted machines, and once again for newer orange machines. They often pop up on CL for $250 or less, just have to sit back and wait for email alert. :-)

Best Luck.

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 06-21-2020 09:18 AM

Yep, I’ve got the grey Ridgid, $200 on clearance with a mobile base. FWIW, I can’t count more than a half dozen times I’ve changed to depth on it in the past 15 years. But… If I was shopping new, I’d go for the Grizzly just for the customer service against any future issues.

-- 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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SlipKid

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#5 posted 06-21-2020 11:06 AM

Thanks for the advice all, I may just wait and continue to look on CL for a good one.

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SlipKid

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#6 posted 07-10-2020 11:02 PM

I picked up a Delta 37-190 6” jointer off CL yesterday. It is in great shape, hardly a mark on it. It will need new knives, only $15.00 on Amazon. The tables are flat and the fence is straight. I have been looking for a few months, all the good ones go very quickly for $300-400. I picked up mine for $300, not a great deal but I’m fine with the purchase. I just need to add a dust port on the side dust shoot. I should be able pick up a 4” dust plate somewhere.

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Aj2

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#7 posted 07-11-2020 12:30 AM



I picked up a Delta 37-190 6” jointer off CL yesterday. It is in great shape, hardly a mark on it. It will need new knives, only $15.00 on Amazon. The tables are flat and the fence is straight. I have been looking for a few months, all the good ones go very quickly for $300-400. I picked up mine for $300, not a great deal but I m fine with the purchase. I just need to add a dust port on the side dust shoot. I should be able pick up a 4” dust plate somewhere.

- SlipKid

All hhs knives are not the same. Look for M2 or t1 hss. If your 15 dollar knives don’t say what they are you might be unsatisfied with them. It good the have more then one set.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 07-11-2020 01:09 AM

Stay away from Shop Fox their quality has really dropped. A friend of mine works at the local woodworking store that used to carry shop fox and when was putting them together he was lucky if everything was there and in good shape. The store stopped carrying shop fox. They now carry Laguna instead as well as jet and powermatic.

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CWWoodworking

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#9 posted 07-11-2020 02:26 AM

I had a rigid jointer, had problems getting it working properly. Practically gave it away.

I buy lumber already surfaced so don’t own a jointer right now. But if I did it again, I would skip 6 and just get the 8. FAS widths start at 6”. Why would you want to break down practically every board?

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SlipKid

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#10 posted 07-11-2020 03:48 PM

Here is a pic of the jointer I picked up. I did find one issue, the block that holds the indfeed locking bold had a crack in it. What I did was make flat plate and use longer bolts to mount it over the existing block. It holds the block firmly in place and works fine.

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Aj2

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#11 posted 07-11-2020 04:42 PM

Good job looks like a acceptable and Accurate repair.
One more observation I would like to add. If that’s your first jointer your off to a good start. :)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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SlipKid

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#12 posted 07-11-2020 04:50 PM

Its not a structural part so I think it will be fine. The plate over the block holds it in place. I’m sure a machine shop could easilly make the block, for a price. I could drill and tap a block of aluminum but I chose option “B”.

It’s my second jointer, my first was a Delta 37-280.

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