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Forum topic by Rentvent posted 03-28-2016 11:17 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 11:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

I’ve been looking for a jointer on CL and this one keeps drawing my interest. The problem is that I don’t really have space for something that weighs half a ton. I don’t think it will fit in my car either. :(

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/tls/5502641644.html


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#1 posted 03-28-2016 11:27 PM

It would be in my shop if I needed an 8”.

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 11:31 PM

Nice machine

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 12:44 AM

I like too but I have a soft spot for old jointers.3 cents a pound sounds like a good deal to me.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 01:13 AM

If your shop is not in a basement, get a moving service to move it with a lift on there truck. Wiring up a motor is a cinch, or get an electrician for an hour to do it.

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 01:50 AM

Do it!

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conifur

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 02:02 AM

The bearings have been done, time to get off the pot.

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#7 posted 03-29-2016 12:00 PM

Yeah it appears to be plug and play shape. At a price that’s hard to beat. It would be in my shop in a second. I just picked up a JA Fay 12” and it will make room a little tight in the shop but I’ll reorganize and make room.

A 6” and 8” jointer take up about the same footprint unless you were thinking of going with 6” bench top

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Tennessee

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 12:14 PM

You’ll never see another in your lifetime…
That would look good in my shop if I had the room – and I only live about 2 hours from there.

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 03-29-2016 01:46 PM

$300 is a steal IF you have the capacity in your panel to hook up a 3 hp motor. Rent a trailer with a ramp and low deck and tie downs (U Hauls motorcycle trailer) and Git R Dun.

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#10 posted 03-29-2016 02:01 PM

I like it, but. I would be very cautious, and do some research on what is still wrong with it. The need of mill work on the table is most likely a deal breaker for me. What will that cost? And if the table is not flat, its worthless. Why is wiring on the moter a cost issue? A new motor should be cheap to wire. Does it need a phase converter? More $$
If I could have that jointer running for around $500 I would buy it right now. I think the mill work is going to make it to costly. I would love to have an 8” jointer. I am using a 6” jointer that I got on craigslist a couple years ago for $140.
It was turn key and has required zero maintenance.
It looks good, but the current owner has given up on it for a reason.

-- John

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Kelly

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#11 posted 03-29-2016 02:50 PM

What a beautiful hunk of iron. As said, in present condition, scrap iron price, or less, is very reasonable.

One thing about it, when done, it would outlast you, even if you were a kid just starting out.

Would milling really be that expensive, if just the bed surfaces were brought in? In the end, if someone dumped another five into it, they, certainly, would not lose a penny on its sale. I doubt a beast like this, in restored condition, would have much trouble fetching fifteen.

The motor would seem the most expensive part of the restoration. If it’s single phase, you’ve got near turn key. If three phase, a few hundred for a converter and…....

In the end, it’s just a matter of “will you tackle it,” “are you able to tackle it,” “will it fit your need, when done,” and is the final cost low enough you wouldn’t have been better off with a Grizzly with a spiral head?”

Something like this can pull up emotions equivalent to a first love.

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#12 posted 03-29-2016 03:32 PM

In the time you took to ask and wait for these answers, it might be gone.
.

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athomas5009

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#13 posted 03-29-2016 04:24 PM

Go and check it out in person. Bring a milled straight edge or a nice level in good shape will do (stabila, true blue, bostich) check out the beds. If the infeed is a lil out of flat at the beginning because of rust spot it’s not a deal breaker unless bad. You mostly register off the last 2/3 of infeed. Also regrinding isn’t that expensive. I looked into it a while back. I think it was around 150-200 in MI.

Wiring a motor is easy. If it’s 3phase you can find a used on CL 100-200 and a new from HF is only 150. 2hp would even be enough on a 8”.

I would definetly heck it out.

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#14 posted 03-29-2016 04:52 PM

So I just bought this joniter. Man is it nice.

What, youre pissed? you waited and you posted the link.

Geez go get it.

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dhazelton

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#15 posted 03-30-2016 12:23 AM

Who said it needs ‘mill work?’ It has rust pitting on an outboard edge which effects nothing when it comes to function. And my comment about the motor meant that if you only have a 20 amp circuit in your garage and you don’t plan on updating then you may want to pass. Someone at OWWM would have had that 5 minutes after it posted.

Offer scrap price and see how quickly you get shown the door.

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