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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 03-23-2017 08:52 PM 2924 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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03-23-2017 08:52 PM

I have about 18 six foot long 8/4 pieces of walnut thats quartersawn and needs jointing. Also have a bunch of apitong that also needs straight edges.

I’m in a 2 car garage and probably could figure out a place for a jointer. I could also make a sled and use my planer and make a sled and use my table saw (for the straight edges).

I came across a brand new in box DJ-20 jointer, likely 15-20 years old. Seller is selling for his father in law and said to send him ‘best offer’. What would that be worth?

Grizzly has new 8” jointers shipped for $900-$1,000. I was going to offer $700 but then thought maybe $600.

Any ideas?


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#1 posted 03-23-2017 09:34 PM

your offer sounds equitable…..go for it

The delta would be a superior machine

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 09:59 PM

Call him up. I would offer $500.00 or lower. Remember, you can always go up. You can’t go down. Also, if he has had it that long and not used it, he might just want to get rid of it.

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 10:18 PM

Buyer beware… a LOT of times when you find these NOS machines that have been sitting around for decades, there are some problems not obvious. For example… how do you know that all the bits and pieces are actually there? It’s never been assembled/used, so there might have been some stuff left out of the box originally, or lost over the years. You also won’t be able to see it running, and there may have been problems that would have been discovered shortly after using it that needed warranty work or replacement. Most warranty issues are discovered in the first few months or less, so it is a very real possibility. Another overlooked issue is the bearings, which do have a shelf life. Most likely they are still good, but the grease will begin to separate over the years, particularly when just sitting idle and in a not so ideal environment temperature/humidity wise. For example, SKF recommends not storing a sealed bearing for more than three years, and that is sealed in their boxes and in an ideal environment!

What it’s worth can only be determined by you – but you can use all of the above to help with the decision, and pass them along to the seller to help negotiate a price :)

At any rate, I would prefer a DJ-20 over an asian imported clone every time.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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PatrickIrish

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 04:33 AM

Oh man, son inlaw contacted me and said the father inlaw wants $2000 for it. I nearly choked reading that. I told him new, 10-15 years ago, it was only $1200 shipped. The father inlaw doesnt remember what he spent. I think he’s got it confused with the 5hp Unisaw that he bought.

I’m going to give it a day and message back. It’s 1.5hr away and could be in terrible shape being stored incorrectly.

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 06:27 AM

After 15 years I wouldn’t think you’d offer more than half of what it was new. $500-$600 sounds about right. Like Brad said, ya just never know.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 07:09 AM

Consider getting a track saw, since I purchased the TS 75. I rarely use my jointer to get a straight edge on boards.
The saw cuts a smooth edge, followed by a little handplane work and it’s a perfect edge to glue up. Also, a track saw takes up a very small work area.
Best of luck on your choice.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 07:45 AM

Consider getting a track saw[...]
- DMC1903

How do you use a track saw to face joint boards ?!? :-)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 09:14 AM

If it will go through your planer, you can support it on plywood, level it and run it through for the face


Consider getting a track saw[...]
- DMC1903

How do you use a track saw to face joint boards ?!? :-)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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PatrickIrish

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#9 posted 03-24-2017 04:51 PM

$500 is max I’d go. It’s a 3 hour round trip too. Son inlaw said they are taking down from the rafters and it’s on pallets. It may even be 3 phase and not usable to me. The fence or table may not be flat, who knows. I’m hoping to get texted pictures later.

As mentioned above, a used one at least has the bugs worked out and possible initial warranty work done.

I was going to make a edge jointer sled for my table saw this weekend. Probably cost me $40-$50 for a sheet of 3/4” and the left over I can use for a crosscut sled.

I’d love a jointer but this seller has to be realistic in price and whats on the line for me.

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