|Forum topic by Jeff||posted 07-05-2010 11:06 PM||5643 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
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.