Jointer Help-Should I purchase?

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Blog entry by JonK posted 03-12-2013 03:55 AM 1830 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, found a good deal on a jointer but not sure about the quality. I need the help of the lumber crew to shed some light on the situation. The jointer is a Craftsman 113.232211 contractor series… You know, the one with the motor up higher into the housing? Well, not sure if this jointer would be a reliable and modest beginning for this weekend warrior. What’s the thought from the pros?

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 04:08 AM

Honestly I don’t use mine day in day out. Maybe only every few weeks. But when you need it, you need it. Jointers are one of the tools that don’t do a million things, but for what it does, is well worth it.

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 12:23 PM

Jon – I know you were asking about the craftsman jointer, but have you considered getting a jointer plane like a Stanley No. 7 or No. 8?

I was in the same boat as a weekend warrior, bought a bench top jointer and was disappointed. It was loud and only did a so so job. All of the good long bed jointers were way out of my range. Bought a used No. 7 off ebay and tuned it up and have been having a blast learning how to flatten and joint boards by hand.

Plus I can still work after the little one goes to bed without waking her up.

Just something to consider. The learning curve isn’t nearly as horrible as you might think. The only expensive part is getting into the sharpening stones.

Just another perspective.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 02:58 PM

I have a 6” jointer (older Enlon); not a craftsman. I have used bench top jointers and they tend to vibrate a lot and are often just too small. If the craftsman is an older machine made of cast iron it might be OK. I suggest bring a piece of wood and test it out before you purchase. As “christopheralan” said; when you need it, you need it. I have also had to hand plane bigger boards that were too big for my 6” jointer. It just takes more time.

-- Julian

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