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Forum topic by SteveInVa posted 01-03-2017 01:41 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2017 01:41 PM

After years of creating slides to run through my planer to flatten boards (with uneven success), I have decided to look for a used jointer. I live in west central Virginia, so obtaining used equipment usually entails a drive of some distance. I’m currently looking at two options (both 6”) and seek the advice of the community of woodworkers here.

The first is a Grizzly G1182HW, which the owner claims has “barely been used” and has “new knives” (I did ask him why it has new knives if it has been barely used or if he meant that it still had the original knives that are like new since it has been barely used). He’s asking 350, which I believe is way too high based on reviews that I’ve read. As far as I know, it does not have a mobile base. It is the HW model, so it apparently has the hand wheels to adjust the table. I was thinking of offering 200.

The second one is a Delta DJ-15, which seems to have been well cared for by a woodworking enthusiast. The drive here is a little longer than for the Grizzly. I’ve read that this is a very good machine and about the best 6” jointer one can buy. It appears to have a mobile base. He’s asking 425, which strikes me as fair.

I’ve put in queries to both. Which would you recommend? What should I be looking for one inspecting the machines? Which price seems fairest?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:39 PM

Get the one with the longest tables.
What makes a great jointer s the ability to make a board flat and square.
That takes flat tables that are in the same plane or coplane.
I think the Dj 15 has adjustable cams to align the tables.So if they are flat you good to go.


-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 03:44 PM

If the DJ-15 is in good condition I’d take that over the Grizzly. The DJ-15 is a sweet machine.

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 01-03-2017 03:47 PM

The DJ15 will be a great serviceable tool. I have the DJ20 and have really enjoyed it. I initially thought the dust collection was sub par, but I have since upgraded to a 2hp collector. Now the jointer is just about dust free.

It also has really sturdy handles for table adjustments. Solid tool.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 11:22 PM

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, neither seller bothered to reply to my multiple attempts to contact them. The ads remain up, but the silence tells me that they have sold the machines. I was really hoping to grab the DJ15.

Another seller is offering a PM model 50, one of the old green ones that was made in TN. The seller claims that it is in excellent condition and works perfectly. If that is the case, what would be the most one should offer to buy it? He’s asking $1k, which I think is way too much, considering that one can buy a brand new model 54A for about the same price.

As usual, thanks in advance for your advice.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 11:26 PM

Don’t give up, we have had chronic problems when we list things on CL with the email going to spam (Yahoo) no matter how many times we try to change it. If they listed a phone number, I would try that.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 01-05-2017 03:47 AM

That PM Model 50 was made in 1979. Thoughts on how much is a fair price, presuming that it in the excellent condition that the seller claims?



-- Steve

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#7 posted 01-05-2017 05:09 AM

$1000 is stupid high IMO… It has a lot to do with location, but there is a beautifully restored PM50 on a mobile base down here right now with an asking price of $400, which I would consider about the upper end on price.

And no matter what you go with, unless it’s been recently restored (like the one above) and/or you know for sure, figure on another $50-$100 for bearings, new knives or existing ones sharpened, new belt, etc…. on top of what you pay for the machine.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#8 posted 01-05-2017 12:49 PM

Thanks for the reference and the advice, Brad. I offered 300 as a starting bid, and he came back with 700 as a beginning point of conversation. I’ll keep looking.

-- Steve

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