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Forum topic by mlipps posted 05-27-2017 04:15 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2017 04:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer minimax planer jointerplaner combo machine combination machine sale for sale buying old iron used machinery craigslist cl fs35

Hi All,

When considering buying a piece of equipment, especially used, you guys are always my first stop. So here it goes.

I found a minimax fs35 jointer/planer for sale on my local craigslist. I was able to talk the guy down to 1000. Do you think it’s still a good deal?


https://longisland.craigslist.org/tls/6127447846.html

Upon inspection, it doesn’t have the front blade guard and is missing the magnetic switch (he’s using a breaker as a switch). Otherwise everything works. No funky sounds. Purrs like a kitten. It doesn’t have the tersa blades. Tables need some cleaning but are otherwise dead flat (checked with a veritas straight edge). He also offered to deliver it. It also comes with the slot mortiser attachment…but that doesn’t really interest me.

I was thinking I could buy a byrd cutter head for it (1200) but I’m not sure it’s worth putting in this machine. I’m wondering if it would be better to put 2200 into a new machine…or not. So cost would be 1000.

What do you guys think? I have a day to get back to him.

Thanks,


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#1 posted 05-27-2017 05:06 PM

Just a 12” jointer will run a lot more than that, and with this you get the planer. I know a guy who has that same machine and praises the mortiser as well. The switch is something that is easily (I think) resolved, and adding a Burd to that machine would have you set for a very long time…i think the Byrd is more worthy in this case because the cutter head is doing double duty. Just my opinion.

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#2 posted 05-27-2017 05:27 PM

Thanks Fred. So you would say even if I don’t go the way of the byrd cutterhead, it’s still worth 1k?

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#3 posted 05-27-2017 06:18 PM

Totally worth $1k.

Some of the MM have about 13.5” width
capacities.

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#4 posted 05-27-2017 06:32 PM

Yeppir…..

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#5 posted 05-27-2017 07:01 PM

this one is a 13.5” capacity.

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#6 posted 05-27-2017 07:02 PM

any concern with the fixed feed rate.

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#7 posted 05-27-2017 07:19 PM

or do I just buy the grizzly g0609x or g0409x (jointers with spiral cutterhead)

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#8 posted 05-27-2017 08:22 PM

Feed rate: no concern.
Grizzly? Your call, I’d go with the MM.

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#9 posted 05-27-2017 09:57 PM

I have a minimax of similar size and vintage, it’s an excellent machine. $1000 is a great price; mine was fully refurbed with a new motor but cost me $4500.

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#10 posted 05-27-2017 10:06 PM

That’s encouraging. @Manitario, This one is missing its guard. Do you know of a place where I can purchase one?

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#11 posted 05-27-2017 10:17 PM

The guard is a pretty simple piece; basically just a bolt with a spring attached to a piece of metal. You could probably use a guard off of a lot of other jointers as long as it was big enough.

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#12 posted 05-28-2017 03:07 PM

Figured as much. Going to pick her up today. I’m still curious why these were sold as industrial machines. Presumably a commercial shop would have two separate machines.

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#13 posted 05-28-2017 03:41 PM

Just a guess, but that may be an industrial machine in European use. Combo machines are very popular in that part of the world.

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