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Forum topic by Russ posted 02-28-2010 05:42 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2010 05:42 PM

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So I was on craigslist and found a 1980’s 6” jointer for $175. Seems a bit high for a 20+ year old jointer with new blades. Am I wrong here?

-- Russ


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#1 posted 02-28-2010 06:01 PM

You are not wrong. What about rust, etc.? You can get a practiclliy brand new one for 350-400 on CL

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 06:37 PM

Depends on the brand and condition. Many older pieces of equipment are superior to newer ones.

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 06:37 PM

It depends on the condition, design, brand, etc. If it’s a well designed floor standing cast iron jointer like a Jet, Delta, Griz, PM, etc., it could be a decent buy….you can always offer less. If it’s a poor quality aluminum benchtop, it’s a total ripoff at that price.

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 07:01 PM

I’ll add my voice to the chorus of “it depends on what it is”. I’ll also add “and whether or not it works and you can get a manual for it”.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 11:08 PM

The brand was Craftsman. I should have included that. It is a floor unit but that is because the motor is mounted below with a belt drive. The unit does work.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 11:17 PM

Everyone is saying “it depends” and I agree. With older jointers you have to be concerned about how easily you can make adjustments such as moving the fence in or out and changing the angle of the fence. You should also check how easy it is to lower and raise the input table. These are things that often get frozen or gummed up on other jointers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 01:22 AM

Not just the parts that move in regular use need move rich, but the parts that need to move to tune the jointer need to move too. :)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#8 posted 03-01-2010 01:28 AM

It depends, I cant tell without looking at it.

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#9 posted 03-01-2010 03:21 AM

An old Craftsman not for me you will never get parts for it, they don’t even have parts for the newer models.

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#10 posted 03-01-2010 03:36 AM

GMman has it right…...... yes, you need a jointer. Just not that one.

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