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08-20-2015 02:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

Hey everyone. I am currently browsing jointers. I’ve never owned one, and I’m not out to find the best I can. But I’m browsing Craigslist and am hoping to pick one up if I can find a great deal. I found a 4” Delta “Homecraft” jointer and a Delta 6” with what looks like 4’-5’ wings. I am just wondering what size I should be looking at. I know the first question will be asked “What will you be doing with it?”.

My answer is, I don’t know. I am getting some of these tools for stuff around the house but hope to eventually work on some furniture I think. Maybe some toys or kids projects. I am just curious as to what most folks have/use.


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#1 posted 08-20-2015 02:56 PM

I don’t think it is beginner/experienced as much as it is what you’ll use if for. I primarily make furniture, and I find that my 6” is mostly adequate (I found one with about 60” table), but I long for an 8” from time to time. The difference is size/price/wiring is why I didn’t go for an 8”. I don’t think a 4” is wide or long enough for most furniture work.

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 03:16 PM

Thanks Charles. For something like an old jointer does brand really matter? I found these two Deltas and a couple Craftsman “Contractor” type with legs like the contractor table saws. I also found a Magna, which looks like it must be from around the ‘50s

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 03:23 PM

I don’t like the older craftsmans because they tend to have short tables. There are tons of them out there. The main advantage of the older ones are they are are heavy. I don’t think brand matters a lot, but I don’t know Magna so I would research that one.

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 03:37 PM

I wouldnt go with anything under a 8” bed. Personally I have been looking for a 16” jointer. I would rather work with wider boards. Especially since most board i have are 24” wide, i would like to find a 24” wide jointer.

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 04:40 PM

Everyone should start with an 8” jointer.
But no one believes it until they get a 6” jointer first.

If you have the space, consider a long bed jointer (about 76” long) such as the Delta DJ20 or Grizzly 490. It makes truing long lumber much easier.

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 04:49 PM

I’d say everything depends on your budget and space and obviously what you want to do down the road. You could get a little bench top one but they suck unless you don’t have space and are only making small stuff. I went from a bench top to an 8” with a 76” bed I believe and it’s awesome. You’d probably be fine with a 6” but I’d try to get one with a decent size bed. The place where I buy most of my wood usually have it all cut at 6 or 8” widths for the most part. I don’t think I’ve seen 24” wide wood anywhere around me, seems like it would be a pain to deal with.

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 05:09 PM

I do not thing this is a good beginner one. First you will have to know how to rehab it and know how and why pieces go the way they do.

I would suggest a 8” one from Grizzley

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-72-Jointer-3-HP-w-Mobile-Base-Polar-Bear-Series/G0656P

or even better with the spiral cutter head

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-72-Jointer-with-Spiral-Cutterhead-and-Mobile-Base-Polar-Bear-Series/G0656PX

After my experience now I want a 12”

http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-Jointer-w-Spiral-Cutterhead/G0609X

But that will be years.

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 05:11 PM

Unfortunately I do not have the space, access or money for something like that. That’s why I’m looking at cheap old ones on CL for a steal. Even the thought of trying to get that 6” Delta I posted a picture of into the basement scares the heck out of me. (But you gotta do what you gotta do)

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 05:15 PM

I wouldn’t bother with a 4”.

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 05:17 PM

If you go with a 24” jointer, you’ll never regret it.

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 05:18 PM

Jeff

There is nothing to be afraid of. When the VA bought mine I was using it in a wheelchair and it was more eye level and closer. You can put this up againsed a wall.

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 05:24 PM

Pinto nailed it, been kicking myself for years.

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#13 posted 08-20-2015 05:46 PM

Arlin, actually my fear is the physical act of getting it into the basement. We live in one of those good ol’ 19th century homes with the steps on a slope of around 70 degrees. I’d hate to lose a friend over a jointer. But I think that 6” one I posted seems like a good all around size. I won’t likely be making anything large with it. Maybe just using it for a little furniture or cabinetry (not anytime soon for cabinetry). But I am willing to upgrade down the road once 1) we move to a larger home and 2) I have more of a use for one.Our basement has about 1/3 to 1/2 the space a workshop should have and it’s not finished, so it’s not idea for working with and storing vast amounts of expensive woods. I am just looking for a starter one to piddle around with if I need it.

Thanks for all of your responses.

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#14 posted 08-20-2015 06:12 PM

The size of work you will be doing will dictate what size jointer you need. For someone who makes picture frames, jewelry boxes. cutting boards, or other small to medium sized items – a 6” jointer is more than enough (and even a 4” jointer might be sufficient).

That Delta you posted a picture of is a solid performer. You can remove the motor and stand to make it easier to move around, and with two people, you should not have any problem.

Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 08-20-2015 06:18 PM

Thanks Brad.

And actually the two I sent pictures of are both listed for sale. The top picture (the 6” Delta) is asking $150 and the bottom picture (4” Delta Homecraft) is asking $50. They are super cheap which is why I was looking at them. I wasn’t really looking for a jointer for any specific job I have lined up but it was one of those “If I can get it that cheap why not” type things.

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