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BoilerUp21

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09-25-2017 12:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer 8

I am purchasing my first jointer (8” CT-200) for $250.00

I feel like this is a great deal for an 8” and i didn’t want to settle for a 6” and regret it later.

Can anyone give some tips on easily checking this thing out before i pay for it?


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jonah

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 12:24 AM

It looks like a standard Taiwan-made 8” jointer. They’re modeled after the Powermatic model 60, and they’re very solid machines. The dovetail ways can be a pain if the tables are coplaner, but assuming it runs, is in decent shape, and the tables are flat, it’s a great deal.

A steal at $250 IMO.

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 12:26 AM

Sounds like a good deal. Jointers are
simple machines and there aren’t a lot of
dealbreakers on an 8” machine at that
price.

If you have a 6’ level you can crank up the
infeed table and lay the level across both
tables to assess co-planarity. Even if they
aren’t co-planar the ways can be shimmed.

There’s an outside chance with old jointers
that the machine has been used as a storage
table and the weight on the tables can cause
them to bend at the ends.

If it’s been used on dirty wood or plywood a
lot the knives may be chewed up. New ones
are not expensive though.

The best test is to turn it on and run some wood
across it.

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jonah

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 12:28 AM

To check it out, you’ll want to bring a good straightedge. Use the straightedge to figure out of the tables are flat, and then if they are co-planer. Start it up and listen to the motor and bearings. Check the cutter head to see the condition of the knives and the gibs and all the parts there.

Also, make sure the fence is straight. Don’t worry if it is angled relative to the table, just make sure that casting isn’t twisted or warped.

Everything else can be adjusted pretty easily.

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 01:08 AM

The knives were just recently sharpened and they are selling because they need to make room for a new 12” jointer. I have a 4’ level but i don’t trust it. Any suggestions on where to get a reasonably priced straight edge?

I figure for $250 even if i have to put a couple hundred into it (which i am not anticipating as they have been using this up until recently), it is still a good deal.

Thanks for the advice.

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Loren

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#5 posted 09-25-2017 01:29 AM

A level is the best option imo, but square steel
tubing is usually quite straight. It’s not guaranteed
to be but it’s manufactured straight. Aluminum
tubing is straight too, but more expensive. Where
I buy metal the steel only comes in 20’ lengths.

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#6 posted 09-25-2017 03:07 AM

If you don’t have a good straight edge you next best option would be to edge joint two pieces of maple and hold them together up to the light and look for gaps.
The knives would have to be set correctly and the outfeed adjusted.So that why a straight edge is your best friend.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 09-25-2017 03:13 AM

You’ll need a good straight edge for setup later, so I’d pick one up anyway. Taylor tool works sells a reasonably priced aluminum one that is plenty accurate for woodworking uses. The problem there is you will have to wait for shipping. If you have a Grainger nearby they carry aluminum extrusions or even bar stock that are quite straight. There’s no shipping charge for items you order for store pickup there.

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BoilerUp21

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#8 posted 10-02-2017 11:47 PM

I picked it up this weekend and got it setup and running. Tables are in great condition. They only thing is one of the knives has a small nick in it. Does anyone know where to get replacement knives. I assume any 8” knife set might work, but don’t know if they are model specific? Thanks

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jonah

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#9 posted 10-02-2017 11:50 PM

They definitely aren’t model specific. I believe they are 1/8” thick, ~8 1/4” long jointer knives. Any knives that fit a Grizzly 8” jointer should fit it.

Take one of the knives out and measure it, then order based on that measurement.

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#10 posted 10-02-2017 11:54 PM

It’s a good idea to have 2 sets. Keep one sharpended as spare. When you put the spare set in, take the other to be sharpened. Any place that sharpens saw blades should be able to do jointer knives.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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