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Forum topic by Bergie37 posted 08-27-2015 02:30 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bergie37

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08-27-2015 02:30 PM

Hi All,

Looking for some advice on buying a used jointer on craigslist. I’m trying to decide between one of two machines (or neither). The first is a grizzly, he was asking $400 but was quick to accept an offer of $250. The second is a Jet and he is asking $100 firm.

Which would you get if you were in my situation? Is the Grizzly $150 better? Or should I wait for something better to come up in this price range?

Thanks,

Mike


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Shane

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#1 posted 08-27-2015 02:39 PM

I’m not familiar with either of those. I just went through this and ended up buying one of the Jet JJ6CS models with the blue case. I got it for $225 and was pretty happy with that price.

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#2 posted 08-27-2015 02:50 PM

They’re both 6” jointers, right? If so, and if their condition is fairly comparable (surface rust is easy enough to deal with), the motors, bearings, etc., are both good, I’d definitely go $150 cheaper on the Jet. There are a lot of ifs there, but generally Jets are higher priced (retail and CL).

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Bergie37

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#3 posted 08-27-2015 03:42 PM

Also found a Reliant for $75 that looks to be in real good shape.

I can’t seem to get a good read on the Reliant, seems like a cheaper brand, but may do the trick for me. I’m just a weekend warrior and I am looking to upgrade from my small powr kraft jointer.

I’m leaning toward the Reliant or the Jet given the price. Please let me know your thoughts.

THanks,

Mike

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#4 posted 08-27-2015 03:57 PM

That reliant looks nearly identical to my jj6cs Jet.

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#5 posted 08-27-2015 04:02 PM

I do not know anything about the reliant but have concerns about the other two. The grizzly has rust on the table, not an issue, but the bottom of the cabinet appears to have rust forming on it. The rust on the bottom of it could mean it has not been cared for or kept in a dry area. Could also be nothing.

The jet has a eye protection sticker on it which would lead me to believe it has been used by more than a hobbyist. The front of the tables has been spray painted for some reason.

As far as the first two, I would hold out for something better in the 200- 250 range.

Where are you located?

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Bergie37

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#6 posted 08-27-2015 04:05 PM

Thanks for your input. I noticed some of that rust at the bottom as well. I think I may go look at the Reliant tomorrow, can’t really go wrong for $75!

I’m located in Massachusetts.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-27-2015 11:59 PM

It may be an optical illusion, but that Grizzly looks to be wider than the others. An 8” is certainly worth more than a 6” all other things considered.

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 01:57 AM

$250 is too much for the grizz. $100 or $75 is a good price but a jointer isnt worth a dollar if the table and fence aren’t flat. Bring a good straightedge and check out the reliant first. If it’s flat and it runs smooth, buy it.

-- -Dan

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daddywoofdawg

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 02:11 AM

Where are you at?I rarely see a joiner and when I do they want 600+ for a rusty, missing parts, no motor, craftsman bench tops.

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#10 posted 08-28-2015 02:47 AM


Thanks for your input. I noticed some of that rust at the bottom as well. I think I may go look at the Reliant tomorrow, can t really go wrong for $75!

I m located in Massachusetts.

- Bergie37


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Pimzedd

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#11 posted 08-28-2015 02:51 AM

Like Dan says, make sure the tables and fence are straight. Also, crank up the infeed table to match the outfeed table and make sure they are coplaner.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 05:20 AM

That Reliant is a steal at $75. Reliant is the actual company that makes that particular jointer…..which is identical to Sunhill, Woodtek, Grizzly, etc. I would even say Jet, as well.

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Bergie37

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 01:28 PM

I ended up buying the reliant this morning. It was in an ol timer’s shop and he had bought it in 1998 and kept it in great shape. Everything was clean and well maintained. He had recently changed the belt and the knives as well. Should work great for my shop!

Thanks for all the advice!

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Shane

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#14 posted 08-28-2015 01:30 PM

Sounds like a great deal. You basically got the same jointer I did for $150 less, and I was really pleased with what I paid.

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joey502

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#15 posted 08-28-2015 01:31 PM

Good deal, enjoy your new tool.

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