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Forum topic by EricLew posted 08-28-2015 12:55 AM 1253 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2015 12:55 AM

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Hi all
I searched the forum for this model, but didn’t see anything newer than about 4 years ago, so I thought I would ask.
I have been thinking of getting a jointer for a few months now, either a new Grizzly (waiting for the annual Christmas sale) and stalking CL hourly. If I buy new, it would have to be a 6 inch because of cost, floor space in my garage, and the fact I don’t have 220V in there… at the moment.

There is a new listing on CL for a gentleman selling 7 Delta machines, he says he is the original owner, bought them all new and is now selling them. It’s quite a collection.

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/tls/5191318394.html

He doesn’t have pictures posted of the actual machines, but I tend to believe they are in really good shape. The jointer is a Delta 8 in Jointer 37-380 on a mobile base, he is asking $600. If it is in great shape, is that a fair price ?
He is only about 1/2 hour away from me, so I could easily go check it out.

I also wanted to ask those of you who have bought used jointers, if I get one should I remove it from the base for transport in my pickup, or could I lay it face down on some very thick padding or styrofoam? I wouldn’t want to screw it up along the way

Thanks, Eric

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon


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#1 posted 08-28-2015 03:12 PM

Only 1/2 hour away; why haven’t you gone to look at it yet? $600 sounds reasonable to me if its in good working order.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 11:35 AM

$600 is steep IMO. You can almost get a new 8” grizzly for that money.

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 12:10 PM

You should already have that jointer sitting in your shop. The price is more than reasonable and the machine from Grizz is nowhere as good.

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 01:32 PM



You should already have that jointer sitting in your shop. The price is more than reasonable and the machine from Grizz is nowhere as good.

- Clarkie


We’ll have to agree to disagree there. The 37-380 is a standard dovetail-way 8” jointer with a relatively underpowered motor (most 8” jointers are 2HP). For $825 from Grizzly you can get a similar machine that comes with a mobile base and a better motor.

There’s no way a 37-380 is worth $600 unless there are significant extras thrown in (a mobile base, etc). I see 8” jointers, even name brand ones, for less than that on CL all the time. If we were talking about a parallelogram bed machine, $600 might be more reasonable.

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 03:04 PM

Thanks guys, I really appreciate your replies. Since its a mix of Reasonable & Steep, that probably means its “around the right price” The ad says he is “asking” $600, so maybe I will start by offering $500 and see where that goes. He did update the ad with a picture of each machine. I was surprised to see it covered in dust, looks like it hasn’t been used in a while. Don’t know how motivated he is.

The reasons I am on the fence are,

1. Yes, this jointer has a 1.5HP motor, but that is kind of a plus, because it’s wired for 120V, and at this time I don’t have 240V available in my garage. I don’t think any new 8” runs on 120V ( I need to get 240V added)

2. At this time I have no place to put it. My garage workshop is packed with my son’s stuff as he is between apartments. So it’s hard to even envision how I would situate everything.

3. I don’t want to let a really good deal pass by. For some reason a lot of people on CL lately are crazy. They list tools for ridiculously high prices. There are multiple ads for the 6” version of this jointer, covered in rust “listed” for $700 – $800. Hundreds more than it cost new. The ads have been there for months, don’t know why they bother.

I also realize now, after reading a lot of other posts, that my other question was stupid. I would have to remove it from the base for transport, besides being a lot safer, it would make it much easier getting it in and out of my truck.

Thanks again fellas
Eric

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 07:48 PM

Covered in dust does not necessarily mean it hasn’t been used in a while. It could mean he just finished a project with it and isn’t anal about sweeping off sawdust afterwards. It looks to me like sawdust, which is a heck of a lot better than random “been sitting in the garage for 10 years and never used” dust.

It also looks like he’s including a mobile base, which is a good thing. I think $500 is a good price. Be sure to check the beds carefully. Shimming dovetail-way jointer beds is a real PITA, and there’s no realistic or cost effective way to correct a twisted bed.

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