Jointer Rigid or X5

Hi WW Guru's I need some input please. I was looking into buying the delta X5 6" jointer thinking it had a $100 rebate, well it kinda does, but you have to buy $250 worth of other delta goodies, now this would be great if I had that kind of money. So here is my question, how does the Ridgid 6" jointer HD for $349 stack up to this and others? I am a newbie/intermediate woodworker and this is my first venture into starting with rough cut lumber, I already own a dewalt DW733 planer. Anyhow any input will be gratefully accepted. thanks Sandie
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I bought the Ridgid jointer about a year ago and have been very happy with it. I believe I used a 10% off coupon so I got it for a little less than the $349 and put it on my HD credit card so no payments and no interest for 6 months. I bought an HTC mobile base for it from Amazon. It is my first jointer so I don't have anything to compare it to but it has done everything I've asked of it. What a pleasure to have tight joints when gluing up panels. I also bought the Ridgid 3650 table saw about six months ago and have been happy with it also. I also own tools by Delta, Ryobi, Porter Cable, Hitachi, etc. I usually search this NG for opinions, read magazines reviews and check out the tool in person if at all possible before buying.
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On 25 Feb 2005 19:28:46 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

I had one and replaced it with a DJ-20.
I'd buy the Rigid again in a second, if I needed a 6 incher.
Barry
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A rigid 6 incher? I'll leave that one alone.
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I already have an 8 incher, but it's not currently rigid.
Barry
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delta X5 6" jointer

have to buy $250

I was just making the same decision and bought the Delta. If you look at the Delta web page you'll see there is another rebate/deal where you get a free tool or $50 back. Assuming you don't want to buy any other $250+ Delta product to get the $100 rebate (I did-- was buying a 20-580 planer anyway) you can still get the final net price on the X jointer down to $470 with free shipping at Amazon. The jointer went on sale for $549 Thursday, then consider the free shipping, $25 off coupon, the 1.57% A9 discount, and the $50 rebate and you're within $100 of the price of the Ridgid inc. tax. I'm not wedded to any particular brand but am not a fan of Home Depot nor one to trust that Ridgid will even be around making jointers in ten years...I expect Delta will, in some guise at least. Reviews on both models are pretty good, but the Delta is heftier and has a better warranty...worth the $100 to me, and of course I wanted the additional $100 rebate as well.
X5 jointer and 20-580 planer both shipped to the door for a net of $730 seemed like a pretty good deal to me. The Ridgid pair would actually cost a bit more with tax.
-Kiwanda
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