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alittleoff

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05-13-2016 03:47 AM

I’ve found a 8in. Crescent joiner for sale on CL for 600.00. It looks to be in decent shape, I haven’t called about it yet but the 2 hp motor I’m sure is not original. Everything is said to work fine. I noticed the out feed table looks to be in rough shape around the front of it. Is this OK or will it cause problems? Is the machine worth 600.00 if it runs ok? Can you get cutter blades for it easily and are they expensive? Other than that it’s about all I can think of now, I’ve never owned a joiner and have been watching cl for a while now. Any info will really help on this one, thanks in advance.
Gerald


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#1 posted 05-13-2016 09:11 AM

Hello off, what do you need an industrial machine like this one for? Are you in the high end cabinet business, or just a part time woodworker? Think first of how the chips on the out feed table occurred, then if you go see it check very precisely how the plane is between the in feed and out feed, also what the gap is. How will you transport the machine and also the foot print it will consume in your shop. I’m sure knives for it are readily available and you can expect to pay a good price for them. Unless I was doing high end business and had need for a jointer of this size just about everyday, I’d stay away from it and look for a decent older model 6 inch Delta or Powermatic. Take care, have fun and make some dust.

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 12:52 PM



Hello off, what do you need an industrial machine like this one for?

Because they tend to be far superior to anything available today.

Having said that, it looks a bit rough. Depending on how it runs, and what it looks like in person, I think $600 may be a little high.

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 01:11 PM


Hello off, what do you need an industrial machine like this one for?

Because they tend to be far superior to anything available today.

Having said that, it looks a bit rough. Depending on how it runs, and what it looks like in person, I think $600 may be a little high.

- Ger21

I agree with both points.

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 02:53 PM

Personally I’d say it may be a little high but Crescent made great machines. I had a 36” Crescent bandsaw when I had my shipyard and it was a wonderful piece of equipment. It weighed in at around fifteen hundred pounds as I remember.

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 03:42 PM

The price is on the high side to me but I will say that this is the first time here on this forum I heard someone say it’s better to get a 6” rather than an 8” lol.

The chips are a concern but if the price is low enough, I’m sure it wouldn’t be so bad. I probably would start off at $300. Make sure you take a straight edge with you to check the bed for bows and to see if the beds are really out of whack from each other. They can be shimmed to make them co-planer but if it’s too bad, it might be better to pass.

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 05:16 PM

I agree with Paul. Crescent made great machines and I am sure that this 8” jointer, if it has been properly maintained. That being said, one thing you should be aware of is that the bearings in this machine are babbitt and if the bearings need to be repoured you will need some special materials, tools, and knowledge.

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 06:38 PM


That being said, one thing you should be aware of is that the bearings in this machine are babbitt and if the bearings need to be repoured you will need some special materials, tools, and knowledge.

- Newbiewoodworker43

Funny you should mention that.
I replaced the Babbitt bearings on my bandsaw with Lignum Vitae and they were better than new.

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#8 posted 05-13-2016 06:53 PM

I wouldn’t be all that concerned about the chips. As long as they aren’t bent up into the path of the wood, they shouldn’t affect use. The surface rust looks like it should clean right up. Definitely check the condition of the babbit bearings. Give the rotor a good shake in each direction to check for wear.

Crescent made great machines. It probably retailed for today’s equivalent of $4000-5000. I’ve certainly seen them go cheaper, but $600 is not unreasonable if all you have to do is clean off the table. That being said, I would still try to talk him down some.

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teejk02

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#9 posted 05-13-2016 08:37 PM

Almost looks like the chips align with the knife holding screws. Your “throat” has been compromised but when you think about the jointer it is not all that tight (has to accommodate the highest setting it will take) and as long as a board can clear it in order to catch the outfeed table will probably be fine if the tables are ok (probably totally adjustable end to end but you also want them flat edge to edge). And you want to make sure that your fence is fairly flat I think.

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#10 posted 05-13-2016 09:02 PM

I would talk them down a bit, and see if it is possible to get a Byrd head for it.

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#11 posted 05-13-2016 11:23 PM

People tend to place values on machines where they live. I’m in New England where we haves lots of used machines. I think it’s worth the money.
1. That model is ball bearing not rabbit.
2. You don’t shim the tables on that model. The independent adjustable inclines are similar to the modern parallelogram but are much simpler. The old Olivers used them same inclines!
3. That picture shows a modern 4 knife cutter head as opposed to the old fashioned clamshell
Crescents had a bigger diameter cutter head than most other 8” jointers.
I could sell it in New England for $600 easily.

I’ve been tuning and repairing machinery for over 30 years. Of all the jointers I’ve worked on, Crescents are the best.

You should grab it.

Another point. the inclines allow quick easy adjustments. Wedge dovetail jointers have to be ground complete on the machine base. On a Crescent, you can grind a table separately!

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#12 posted 05-14-2016 12:39 AM

Hi Rick,Have you any idea what size that jointers cutting circle is? Just me wondering jointers are my favorite woodworking machine.We hardly ever see crescent jointer out here on the west side.


People tend to place values on machines where they live. I m in New England where we haves lots of used machines. I think it s worth the money.
1. That model is ball bearing not rabbit.
2. You don t shim the tables on that model. The independent adjustable inclines are similar to the modern parallelogram but are much simpler. The old Olivers used them same inclines!
3. That picture shows a modern 4 knife cutter head as opposed to the old fashioned clamshell
Crescents had a bigger diameter cutter head than most other 8” jointers.
I could sell it in New England for $600 easily.

I ve been tuning and repairing machinery for over 30 years. Of all the jointers I ve worked on, Crescents are the best.

You should grab it.

- rick1955


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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 05-14-2016 11:30 AM

What’s it gonna be? Have you bought it yet?

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#14 posted 05-14-2016 01:35 PM

subtract $200 if the motor is 3-phase

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