I check the local craigslist tool section on a regular basis. One of the tools I’ve been looking for is a jointer. My requirements were that it be at least 6” wide cutter/bed, that it run, and that it cost $150 max.
Several jointers have shown up over the last year but either didn’t meet one of my requirements or was gone by the time I saw the listing and called.
Last Saturday the weather was a bit on the miserable side here, with quite a bit of wind and brief spells of hard rain. I was at my computer and decided to check craigslist. There was a listing for a 6” Craftsman jointer, listed for $75.00. I called and the owner said he still had it and it did run.
So, I consulted my wife and we agreed that I would buy the jointer if it lived up to the promise when viewed in person. I must admit her questions about why did a guy who cut off a finger on a table saw and whose father cut off two fingers on a jointer really need a jointer were a bit tough to answer but in the end we agreed to the purchase.
I called the owner back and confirmed that he still had it and that I wanted it. A twenty minute drive in intermittent rain and three attempts to find the right house and finally I got there. He plugged in the power cord and pushed the ON switch and it started up smoothly. The blades seemed clean and un-nicked. The bed has some minor surface rust and the depth adjustment seemed frozen. He admitted that he had not used it for several years.
Bottom line, since it was what I was looking for I paid him and brought it home.
Ironically it’s the same model as my father had when he cut his fingers off. I’ll try to avoid that on this one.
Remember, have fun but Be Careful!
-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090