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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 03:19 PM

Depends on what condition you are willing to accept (and sometimes how far you are willing to drive!). A newer pristine jointer that has seen little use will command much more than an older/vintage one that needs some tlc. However, in most cases you will get much more of a machine opting for that vintage one. One key is to have patience and be persistent on CL.. don’t just jump on the first thing you see come along unless it’s an absolutely fantastic too good to pass up deal :) If you take your time and wait for the deal to find you, it will eventually. As for a jointer, $250 will go a long way if you are willing to get your hands dirty.. Just last year I picked up a Delta 14” bandsaw and a Boyce-Crane 6” jointer for way less than that (package deal – $170 for both). A little cleaning, new bearings and belts and both are now better than new. After adding in the cost of new belts, blades, bearings, etc.. this wound up costing me a hair over $150:

It’s roughly 300 pounds of pure joy to use.. much nicer than pretty much any machine I could have purchased new and for a fraction of their cost. Remain patient and no telling how much good stuff you can get with that $250! Don’t worry too much if the tables are out of plane.. they can be shimmed out. Don’t worry too much about nicks and dents in the blades.. they will most likely need to be replaced or at the very least sharpened. Unless the machine is fairly new, expect to replace the cutter head bearings (cheap and easy to do). Use these to your advantage as bargaining points when negotiating a price. Do check for cracked or broken cast iron parts and missing bits. If you find a cracked housing or table, walk away fast (sure sign of abuse!) Look for ones that are as complete as possible. Even worn parts are better than no parts and will at least give you a pattern to replicate if needed!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid


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