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thecarpenterisking

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10-18-2016 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer question

Team, I’m looking to buy a used jointer and have been looking through CL ads to get a feel for whats out there. I’ve run across several vintage Powermatic model 50 6” jointers and also vintage Delta 6” jointers. They’ve been in the $350-$450 range. Should I continue looking or are these good deals? Are the parts for these hard to find? What should I look for as far as the condition of the machines? Any help is appreciated.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!


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mrramsey

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 03:09 PM

I’m in the same boat man! Been looking for a while and they all seem waay overpriced. I am seeing machines that are 10+ years old and people asking 10% less than new. crazy…

-- Mike ~~~ Experience is what you get right after you needed it. ~~~

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thecarpenterisking

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 03:28 PM

Thanks for sharing the sentiment mrramsey. I’ve been looking for a while and the need is not urgent but it would make my life so much easier.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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scribble

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 04:27 PM

+1

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 04:57 PM

For those who don’t mind off-brand equipment, I’ve got a no-name, 6” jointer that needs the blades sharpened available for $50 in the Chicago area. Haven’t put it onto Craigslist yet otherwise it would probably have sold already.

That being said, $350 isn’t a terrible price for a Powermatic jointer. You aren’t going to pick up a new 6” machine from a reputable company for less than $600.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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Aj2

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 06:03 PM

I think looking at used jointer is a good idea.
Check the tables for coplane with a reliable straight edge before buying it.

Aj

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Sarge595

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 08:11 PM

I have a Rikon 4” jointer for sale, Excellent condition, used twice. $200.00

Location, Myrtle Beach, SC Pick up only or you arrange shipping

Send PM if interested.

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 08:18 PM

I agree with some of the comments above. If you find a Powermatic 6 inch jointer in very good condition for $350, then you should buy it. You will never regret it. I paid $200. for a Rigid jointer several years ago, and while it is a good machine, I would much rather have saved the extra $$$ for a used Powermatic. The problem is that people are asking four and five hundred dollars for those out here in Phoenix.

Good luck.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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thecarpenterisking

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 08:22 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. I’m in The L.A. area so shipping here would probably not be an option for me. I’m also looking for a 6” as opposed to a 4”. I also want to make sure that if I need replace parts on these machines, that I’m gonna be able to find parts.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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magaoitin

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 10:56 PM

There are couple of other options to look at if you are interested.

I have become addicted to auctions in the last year and have found an ungodly amount of wood working tools, and have picked up some once in a lifetime type deals.

There is an auction about 2.5 hours south of you, in 3 days that has an older Delta-Rockwell joiner on the “block” Current bid is $12.00. San Diego School District, so it has probably been maintained fairly well, but you never know. I cant tell if it is a 4” or 6”, but most schools buy 6” (at least in my state)
Check out
https://www.proxibid.com/aspr/Delta-Rockwell-Joiner/32669223/LotDetail.asp?lid=32669223&rts=/asp/searchadvanced_i.asp%23searchid%3D0%26type%3Dlot%26search%3Djoiner%26sort%3Drelevance%26inventoryType%3Dall%26view%3Dgallery%26length%3D25%26start%3D1%26refine%3D#topoflot

Do you have 240v available for the joiner or are you looking for 120v only? My next comment-idea might create a stir among some members, but have you though about a 3 phase machine with a digital converter? I bought an older Powermatic 8” joiner, 3 phase for $125 at an auction last year. When I found out I could not economically get 3 phase power to my new shop, I picked up a digital converter for $95. And for $500 I can get a brand new Shelix cutter head.

Total I will be into it for $725 and have an 8” Powermatic with a Shelix that can plug into any 240v 20A circuit.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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Aj2

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#10 posted 10-18-2016 11:31 PM

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/tls/5825777099.html
This is a very good machine for the price.One only has to verify that the tables are coplaner.
Jointers are simple machines a old one like this will not wear out and need parts.Maybe bearings Dan is still fixing stuff In Lynwood at Davis and wells.
You might also try searching Joiner there’s a couple hits for less money.

Aj

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thecarpenterisking

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 01:11 AM

magaoitin, thanks for link. I checked the site and you’re correct. I’ll be calling them tomorrow. I’ve never bid on an auction item before other than ebay. It also doesn’t show if its a 4 inch or 6 inch, but judging by the size, I would guess it was 6. I would like to stay at 110v. 330 is not really an option for me right now.
AJ2 – I had actually seen that one on there which has been there for a while. Unfortunately, its a little more than what I want to pay. My budget is closer to the $300 range. Thanks for the help.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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onoitsmatt

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#12 posted 10-19-2016 01:12 AM

I recommend expanding your craigslist search to include planers. A lot of people don’t know the difference and will list a jointer as a planer.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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thecarpenterisking

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#13 posted 10-19-2016 01:19 AM

Thanks Matt. Thats great advise. Now that you mention it, I remember seeing jointers when I was looking for a planer a year or two ago.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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onoitsmatt

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#14 posted 10-19-2016 02:12 AM

Also look for “joiner”. I see it spelled this way often.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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thecarpenterisking

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#15 posted 10-20-2016 05:52 AM

Well, I found a Delta JT-360 6” jointer for $200. Is any one familiar with this particular model? If so, is it worth the money. It looks pretty clean in the pictures.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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