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Blog entry by mc269 posted 03-23-2018 11:32 AM 511 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have a friend upgrading to a 12” jointer and he is selling his Jet 8” helical head jointer. I had offered $1250, but he is wanting to get $1500 for the jointer, is that a fair price? He’s only had it about 2 years and light use. I know a new grizzly runs about $1600 so is the jet worth it? I am upgrading from a powermatic 6” jointer with straight knives. 8” jointers are hard to come by around here and especially one with that cutter head? Any advice is helpful, I just hate to miss on the opportunity. Thanks!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks



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TheFridge

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#1 posted 03-23-2018 12:40 PM

The head is ridiculously easy to install so I wouldn’t factor it in. You’d pretty much be paying 1000$ for a straight knife jointer at his price. Yeah it’s only a couple years old but I wouldn’t pay 1000$ for an 8” jointer unless you specifically want new. In that case, I’d just buy a grizzly. 1425$ total with spiral head. Bring that up.

Both prices are fair but personally I would pay more than 1300$.

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Julian

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#2 posted 03-23-2018 02:01 PM

If the jointer is like new condition and you said they are hard to find in your area then it’s a reasonable price to ask. Helical heads are pricey. Jet machinery has a better resale value than Grizzly. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth the price.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 03-23-2018 05:53 PM

I would spend the extra money and get the Jet. I wouldnt even bring up the price of the Grizzly. I keep reading that alot of their tools are on back order from China and with these new Tariffs coming the prices my be going up. One good thing is that you know who your getting it from and how well the took care of it.

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#4 posted 03-23-2018 07:10 PM

The Jet is a Dovetail Way type design. Other models may be the superior parallelogram design.

I went from a 6” Jet to an 8” Delta DJ20, and it is much easier to adjust and keep co-planer.
I’m sure the 8” Jet is a great tool, but for top dollar there may be better designs out there.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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mc269

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#5 posted 03-23-2018 08:15 PM

Thanks everyone. I talked to him today and think I’m going to go ahead and get it. He also told me I could take the mobile base, which is a bonus for me in my work space at the moment. I have used it several times and know it is in great condition and know it hasn’t been used much. He is close so when he upgrades to the 12”, I have access to that as well. :)

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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playingwithmywood

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#6 posted 03-24-2018 04:06 AM



Thanks everyone. I talked to him today and think I m going to go ahead and get it. He also told me I could take the mobile base, which is a bonus for me in my work space at the moment. I have used it several times and know it is in great condition and know it hasn t been used much. He is close so when he upgrades to the 12”, I have access to that as well. :)

- mc269

Once you go 8” you will never go back to 6”

but really the floor space you are going to give up is worth it well just make sure you have it cause going for a 6” to a 8” aircraft carrier will take some extra room…. I do not have the room to spare and trip over my 8” but then I put it to use and all the regret goes away until I trip over it again and the cycle repeats one day I will get a big shop and break the cycle

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