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Forum topic by Jeff posted 07-05-2010 11:06 PM 5750 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff

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07-05-2010 11:06 PM

I think I may be able to pick up a General 480 jointer (8”) nearby for around $1200. This particular machine is 12 to 15 years old and I’m wondering if anyone on here has one from that era that would be able to comment on it. I don’t want to sit on this too long as I fear it will disappear on me.

Update: After a sleepless night I drove an hour and a half to look at the machine. Spent quite a bit of time talking to the previous owner and looking at his other machines for sale (also tempting was the 14” planer). In the end I BOUGHT IT! Pulled the trigger and I now have a solid piece of iron sitting in the shop. It needs a little TLC, and a new belt. Although I have heard the urban legend that if you remove the tables from their dovetail slides a cloud of locusts will swarm your shop and take your favorite hand plane….. I nevertheless think that I will do it. I have a great book on machine maintenance and it has given me enough confidence that I can do it. That way I can regrease all the slides which has probably never been done and get it all dialed in. Plus I’ll be that much more familiar with what I want to be the LAST jointer I ever buy (don’t let my wife read this).

Here are some pictures. Now I should state that for that price the motor is not original. The owner had removed the 3 phase one and put in a 1 horse GE motor. Also missing the knob for the motor cover. Still at $3700 for a new one I am quite happy.

jointer

plate

wheel

-- Jeff


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#1 posted 07-05-2010 11:26 PM

I have mostly General equipment, including the 8” jointer, the price is right!
Quite sure I paid well over $2000 for mine new, it is probably as old as the one you mention.

They are solid machines, and parts are easily accessible.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 12:03 AM

bump

-- Jeff

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 12:26 AM

Congratulations! Matches your 350!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 02:26 PM

Jeff,

I know that this post is outdated, but I am also looking at the General 480 jointer, for about the same price as you paid. I was wondering if you still had the machine and, if so, how has it treated you? Any regrets?

I would have sent you a message, but I am new to LJs so they won’t let me.

Cheers,
John

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