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11-01-2018 09:33 PM

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Hi everyone, have been following this forum for awhile now and am having a hard time making a choice on a jointer.

I cant decide between a new Ridgid 6” ,new Grizzly 6” with knock down stand or a used Delta DJ-15 asking price 495$.

Ridgid $650- https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ridgid-6-Amp-6-1-8-in-Corded-Jointer-Planer-JP0610/202269174

Grizzly $630- https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-6-Jointer-with-Knock-Down-Stand/G0813

Delta asking $495- https://us.letgo.com/us/i/delta-dj-15-6-jointer_57aab914-4e22-4b2c-af3d-e4ad2c69aa1f

This is my first jointer and i will be using it to make long glue up joints about 6’ max.

Really nee some help!

Any thoughts would be so amazing as I have been dwelling on the decision for weeks!

Thanks!
David


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#1 posted 11-01-2018 10:55 PM

My first Grizzly tool was a G0490 jointer and I like it really well – it did much toward turning me into a fan of Grizzly equipment. I usually like to see things in person and to go through it physically before buying, which is one of the reasons I hadn’t really done much in the Grizzly aspect before (the lack of machines to view in my area), but after having a chance to use it and experience the overall quality and build, I am quite satisfied.

I also found the G0490 on Facebook Marketplace for $750 and have since purchased a Grizzly G0548Z Dust Collector for $200 there, and while I generally prefer to purchase new, these two buys have given me a favorable of buying new when the machine and the price are right.

My only Ridgid tool is their oscillating spindle / belt sander and I have been satisfied with its design, build and quality.

I don’t have any experience with Delta but they seem to be a staple in woodworking that goes back a ways.

With a quick look through each of the three machines you have listed, I would give the edge to the Grizzly, but that is just my opinion and I don’t have any actual direct experience with any of the three jointers.

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#2 posted 11-01-2018 11:21 PM

I’d go after the Dj 15.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 11:32 PM

There is not much that can go wrong on a jointer, so I have usually chosen to look for used. But I’m not intimidated by the prospect of having to rework the set-up of a machine. My little 4-inch Rockwell works fine for the glue-ups I do for woodcarving:

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#4 posted 11-02-2018 12:26 AM

Since first jointer… I would skip all 3 and look elsewhere for a $150-$200 Craigslist jointer. You will eventually go for a 8” after a number of years. Or maybe not. But 6” jointers are dime a dozen and I can find good ones locally for $200, not $500 used.
Or maybe you simply want a brand new jointer, like that Grizzly

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 12:31 AM

I have had Grizzly tools since 1988, and have never had a major problem. I don’t know anything about the Rigid but a lot of people use them. Unless you are willing to spend some quality time with Delta, which would make it a fine machine, you should stay away from that one.

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 12:43 AM

I just bought a 6” jointer with 66” bed, because my grizzly became too short for jointing long boards. I would lean toward that delta if it indeed has 5’ table. See if they will “let it go” for more like $400.

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

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#7 posted 11-02-2018 12:43 AM

If you’re going to flatten rough lumber you’ll be happier with an 8” machine. You can pick up a nice used 8” jointer for about $500. Just saw an older 8” Powermatic for $500 on Orlando Craigslist.

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#8 posted 11-02-2018 12:50 AM



There is not much that can go wrong on a jointer, so I have usually chosen to look for used. But I m not intimidated by the prospect of having to rework the set-up of a machine. My little 4-inch Rockwell works fine for the glue-ups I do for woodcarving:

- Phil32

Just curious Phil what does your photo represent.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 11-02-2018 03:58 AM

AJ… looks like 4” boards (done via his 4” jointer) glued together to make a panel

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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jutsFL

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#10 posted 11-02-2018 04:38 AM

I own the same Rigid jointer (albeit the older model). I am also a new woodworker, and I love the machine. Prefoms very well, set up is pretty intuitive, but knife changes are MUCH easier witha jig – although that’s most any jointer I’ve found with the exception of the spiral heads. Surely any would suit you well. Only reason I ended up with mine was a good deal on the FB marketplace.

-- Jay - FL

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#11 posted 11-02-2018 04:50 AM



AJ… looks like 4” boards (done via his 4” jointer) glued together to make a panel

- Holbs

I think your right . Why are there strips of wood going across the grain? Is this some kind of jointer sorcery
The plot thickens

-- Aj

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#12 posted 11-02-2018 07:26 AM

The longer table does make a difference. I’m saving my money for the Grizzly G0656, 8”x72” with the 5” fence. If you can get the Delta for $400, if it’s a 5’ table. You can always upgrade it later. Most of the time somebody selling a used item will set a higher starter price knowing they’ll most likely be negotiated down.

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#13 posted 11-02-2018 11:00 AM



My first Grizzly tool was a G0490 jointer and I like it really well – it did much toward turning me into a fan of Grizzly equipment. I usually like to see things in person and to go through it physically before buying, which is one of the reasons I hadn t really done much in the Grizzly aspect before (the lack of machines to view in my area), but after having a chance to use it and experience the overall quality and build, I am quite satisfied.

I also found the G0490 on Facebook Marketplace for $750 and have since purchased a Grizzly G0548Z Dust Collector for $200 there, and while I generally prefer to purchase new, these two buys have given me a favorable of buying new when the machine and the price are right.

My only Ridgid tool is their oscillating spindle / belt sander and I have been satisfied with its design, build and quality.

I don t have any experience with Delta but they seem to be a staple in woodworking that goes back a ways.

With a quick look through each of the three machines you have listed, I would give the edge to the Grizzly, but that is just my opinion and I don t have any actual direct experience with any of the three jointers.

- BattleRidge

Thanks for the very informative reply! I was leaning towards the Grizzly. I like that it comes with casters to roll it around. I am with you, I need to be able to see it in person before I buy.

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Dtronc

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#14 posted 11-02-2018 11:07 AM



I’d go after the Dj 15.

- Aj2

Might check it out today. He said the blades are excellent and runs fine. Only thing is that its 2+ hours from me and its a 30 year old machine. I have a small hatchback, so I would have to take it apart and tray to get it in there haha

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#15 posted 11-02-2018 11:14 AM



There is not much that can go wrong on a jointer, so I have usually chosen to look for used. But I m not intimidated by the prospect of having to rework the set-up of a machine. My little 4-inch Rockwell works fine for the glue-ups I do for woodcarving:

- Phil32

Technically I did have a jointer for a 1 1/2 weeks. It was an old Reilant 6” craigslist find. It fell and cracked while moving haha

Do you carve on the other side? What it looks like to me are battens or cradles to prevent wood movement. I am actually making something similar for oil painting! Thats the traditional way of making panels and the battens help prevent cupping.

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