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Craftsman 6" Jointer, model # 103.20620 #1: My First Jointer!

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Blog entry by jboehle posted 12-19-2011 06:20 AM 6993 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up this beauty for only $75 off Craigslist this weekend. Everything seems to be in good shape except for nicks on the blades about 4” out. It’s missing the blade guard for when you move the fence in, but other than that has everything else, as far as I can see. The power switch is attached with duct tape, but I will remedy that as well. Now for the tool p0rn!



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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 06:24 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! It is in fantastic shape! Please keep us posted with updates on the refurb!!

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 07:03 AM

blades are cheap. those look to be too far gone to fix. Mine is not as old but I love it. It does not have a fancy name but it produces a face 90 degrees to an edge.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 07:07 AM

jumbojack: do you get replacement blades directly from Sears or do you get some other brand?

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 01:44 AM

Congrats, thats a nice jointer.

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 03:57 AM

What a find!
I bet Sears still has parts for it.

-- Chuck

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#6 posted 12-20-2011 06:29 AM

Looks like an oldie but a goodie!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 06:00 PM

I have seen a LOT of old Craftsman jointers. But never one with a base like that. Very unique! I would love to see it restored. It looks good now. With a little de rusting, some new knives, paint etc… I bet that will look fantastic! And probably work better than it looks…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 07:06 PM

I have gotten them from sellers on ebay, but the last two I got directly from Sears. No hassle 5 day delivery.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 07:10 PM

Awesome machine!!! Looks to be in pretty good shape too. You’ll need new knives; check out Global Tooling. I was really happy with their service.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 11:20 PM

I just traded an old broke down scooter to a buddy of mine for this same jointer. it even has the same stand. I bought a operating/instruction manual for it but it doesn’t say what year it is. just wondering if anyone know what year it was manufactured? mine needs a lot of cleaning and some new knives also but it runs good and quiet.

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#11 posted 03-22-2015 03:15 PM

I’m going to look at one of these today. I downloaded a pdf of the manual—and it is dated 1960. What, in your collective opinions, is too much to pay. The one I’m looking at has some minor surface rust, but the seller says the blades are very sharp with no nicks. It doesn’t have the original stand. Here’s the Craigslist ad:
http://nashville.craigslist.org/tls/4932390920.html

-- Ted

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#12 posted 03-22-2015 03:22 PM

In my opinion 125 is too much to pay. You can get a used long bed jointer for 200 or so. A brand new one from grizzly is 534 shipped.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#13 posted 03-22-2015 11:14 PM



In my opinion 125 is too much to pay. You can get a used long bed jointer for 200 or so. A brand new one from grizzly is 534 shipped.

- firefighterontheside


Where can I find a long-bed jointer for $200? I’ve been looking for a while now; cheapest I’ve found is $600 for the 6”x46” Grizzly (via Craigslist). I’m all ears and open to suggestions. I ended up not looking at the Craftsman today—have a pulled trap muscle so driving an hour just wasn’t in the cards.

-- Ted

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#14 posted 03-22-2015 11:41 PM

It took a while to find mine for $225. An older grizzly g1182. I have seen better deals. Of course I don’t know your area, but I would think you could find one. I know people who have that craftsman and like it. The problem with it is the short beds which make it difficult to joint long boards. I have seen those jointers listed from $75 to $300. You could offer $125 and see what happens. If he says ok, get it and use it until something else comes along. You need to check CL every day.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#15 posted 03-22-2015 11:43 PM

I’ve talked him down to under $125, but I just couldnt’ make the drive today. I’m currently searching w/i a 100 mile radius, and not finding much—other than ShopSmith.

-- Ted

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