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Willowlane

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01-13-2016 01:48 AM

I am currently shopping for a floor model jointer for my small shop. There is a craftsman 6” floor model 152.217060 for sale about 20 minutes from my house. It is in like new condition , good table and fence. The owner says it is about 7 years old. It doesn’t look like it has ever been used. The owner wants $350 for it. I wouldn’t have to pay shipping or tax. My other option is a grizzly 6” that I can get new for $525. What does anyone think about the craftsman floor model jointers?

Thanks


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 01:59 AM

Crapsman has gone down hill for decades, I would watch CL for a jointer and not by a new Grizz when there are deals to be had on CL depending where you live.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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knotscott

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 02:15 AM

AFAIK, that Cman model was made by Steel City/Orion. Steel City is no longer in business, so parts availability will fall on Sears or other aftermarket parts retailers. That may not be a huge concern, but it’s worth at least some consideration. Both are decent jointers.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 03:05 AM

6” jointers are pretty easy to come by. I had a Jet that was pretty good. I quickly outgrew it, and needed a bigger one. Most older jointers will have dovetail ways, whereas a newer jointer may have parallelogram beds.
If you are sold on a 6” jointer I would look for a Delta DJ-15. I have a DJ-20 that is a solid tool.

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

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Willowlane

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 02:34 PM

Thanks for the information, unfortunately jointers are not easy to come by in my area. Maybe one or two show up for sale every couple months. Mostly really old, rough shape, jointers. So far I have been getting buy with jigs and a planer sled but would like to make life a little easier on myself.

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WoodNSawdust

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 02:44 PM

I don’t have any positive experiences with Craftsman power tools so I would shy away from them. I own a Grizzly bandsaw and it is a solid performer. So I would advise you go with the Grizzly.

As others have mentioned I would suggest you consider at least an 8”. I went the 6” route and regret it! If you are anywhere near Saint Louis I will offer to sell you my 6” Delta.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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RogR

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 01:36 AM

Another vote for the Grizzly 8”. I have had mine for several years and run a lot of heavy wood over it without it ever so much as blinking. It came set flat and it has stayed flat.

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ThomasLightle

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 01:43 AM

Not sure about everyone’s opinion about Ridgid, but I have the JP0610 6” Jointer and it has been great for me. Perfect out of the box. $600 at Home Depot.

-- Thom

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 01:47 AM

Thanks for the information, unfortunately jointers are not easy to come by in my area. Maybe one or two show up for sale every couple months. Mostly really old, rough shape, jointers.
- Willowlane

Those are the best :) More rust = less money.

And they are built substantially better and much more robust. With a little effort and minimal mechanical ability, you can have a basically new machine that will be way better than the new imported junk they are selling these days!

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Tennessee

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 12:20 PM

Not everyone is in the tool restoration business. I am not in that camp, although I take my hat off to those people who want to restore a rusty tool to its former glory.

On the other hand, I am there with WoodNSawdust. Zero positive experiences with Craftsman tools, (my wife even knows that I will refuse to walk into a Sears store) – few that remain.
But I own a Grizzly bandsaw, and a 15” Grizzly planer, and love both tools.
I also own a Jet 6” jointer that I bought new in 2000. A solid, reliable unit.

I don’t own any really old, restored tools. I’d rather be cutting wood than removing rust and breaking loose old bearings. But I can admire those who restore, I was in the furniture refinishing business for 12 years.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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RodBenson

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#10 posted 01-14-2016 01:04 PM

Hello guys. Rod here. First time post.
Just had to put my opinion in on this one. If you have a small shop and are planning on doing any amount of jointing (especially long boards) go for the grizzly 8”. The 6” models are a real pain when dealing with long boards. I bought a G0586 on c/l that sat in a guys garage for 3 years that was never plugged in for $300!!! Great machine.
Never regreted not buying a 6”.

And thats my 2cents!

-- --Rod in South Florida

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bigblockyeti

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 01:33 PM

As many have stated, go with an 8” especially if buying new. The cost may be a bit more, but the resale alone is much better due to the fact that so many people prefer more width and much more length. In my area (Ohio’s rust belt) a decent used 8” jointer will rarely go for less than $500, while a 6” jointer in the same condition would likely be less than $150. Where are you located? I’m sure you could have a few fellow jocks here help you keep an eye out for something that would fit your needs.

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Paul

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#12 posted 01-14-2016 03:05 PM



AFAIK, that Cman model was made by Steel City/Orion. Steel City is no longer in business, so parts availability will fall on Sears or other aftermarket parts retailers. That may not be a huge concern, but it s worth at least some consideration. Both are decent jointers.

- knotscott

Do you know something I don’t? I called steel city on 11-24-15 when I needed a part. They said that they relocated to Canada and gave me a direct number to rikon for a cheaper option for the part in the states.

Paul

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Willowlane

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#13 posted 01-14-2016 03:23 PM

Thanks everyone, I think for now I am going to go a different route. I will continue to use my jigs/sleds for the majority of my boards. I have two friends that are within a couple miles of me with 8” Jointers. They said I could come use their shop anytime I need to. I was looking for a solution for my shop because the majority of my work is done with boards that are under 40” and 6” or less in width. I will keep any eye out for a decent jointer in the future, but for now I will haul my long boards a couple miles and mill them at a friends shop.

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canadianchips

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#14 posted 01-14-2016 04:28 PM

For what it is worth.
I have a craftsman 6 -1/8” jointer since 1976.
Bought it new.
Have extra blades that I havent had to put in yet.
I only cut new stock
I have another smaller jointer for my re-purposed projects.
The craftsman close by is worth looking at . Not sure how well made the newer ones are ?
If you have neighbors close by, thats great !
(I don’t borrow mine out. 1 nail and blade is ruined

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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MrUnix

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#15 posted 01-14-2016 05:28 PM

Do you know something I don’t? I called steel city on 11-24-15 when I needed a part. They said that they relocated to Canada and gave me a direct number to rikon for a cheaper option for the part in the states.
- Paul

Steel City didn’t relocate, they went out of business and sold their remaining inventory to GI in Canada.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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