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Scott

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12-15-2017 01:52 AM

I found someone selling an 8” central machinery jointer. Does anyone have any experience with these? I have a Grizzly 1182 but would love to get a 8” jointer. I have them talked down to $250 and it comes with an extra set of blades. Worth it?


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jonah

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#1 posted 12-15-2017 04:07 AM

I didn’t know they made an 8” jointer. I’m sure it’s a Chinese copy of the bog standard Taiwanese 8” jointer design, which is itself a copy of the Powermatic model 60. Its hard to tell more from the pictures.

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#2 posted 12-15-2017 04:54 AM

Those originally could frequently be bought on sale at Harbor Freight for around $350 IIRC. $250 sounds a bit high, but a jointer is pretty much a jointer – they are dirt simple, so not much to go wrong with them. And a set of knives is about $20, so the extra set is not really a big bonus :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2017 01:07 PM

The casting and machining on harbor freight items is frequently bad, so make sure the tables and fence are flat and that the adjustment wheel works. Make sure the cutterhead rotates smoothly and that the motor runs well. I agree that $250 is a bit steep if they cost $350 new, but you’ll likely not find an 8” jointer for that price again.

I wonder why someone with a beefy 20” PM planer and what looks like two cabinet saws in the background went with a harbor freight jointer…

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 01:08 PM

As Brad pointed out, there’s not much to jointers. If it runs without excessive rattling, the tables are flat, and the handwheels work reasonably well, I’d definitely give it a go.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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rbrjr1

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#5 posted 12-15-2017 01:14 PM

I’m surprised that you dont really see aftermarket jointer fences like you do for table saws….

I’m sure it has something to do with the different number of jointer fence fastening systems in the market.

-- measure twice, cut once.

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#6 posted 12-15-2017 10:40 PM



I m surprised that you dont really see aftermarket jointer fences like you do for table saws….

I m sure it has something to do with the different number of jointer fence fastening systems in the market.

- rbrjr1


A jointer fence only needs to be 90° to the top. Many fences on other jointers are warped, but that doesn’t affect it’s ability to plane a smooth flat surface. I don’t see any need for an after market fence.

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#7 posted 12-15-2017 11:13 PM



I m surprised that you dont really see aftermarket jointer fences like you do for table saws….

I m sure it has something to do with the different number of jointer fence fastening systems in the market.

- rbrjr1

The tilt mechanisms are kind of elaborate on the
good ones. I have a pre-war 16” jointer in storage
that has a non-tilting fence. It’s a single piece
of iron.

Laguna Tools sold an upgrade end-mount fence for
the Robland jointers for awhile. It would probably fit
other jointers too. I think Robland eventually got the
message that Americans didn’t like the stock fence
and changed the design.

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#8 posted 12-17-2017 11:53 AM

Hello Scott, I was just wondering how this went for you? Did you purchase it and how does it work if you did? Best of luck!

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Scott

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#9 posted 12-19-2017 07:54 PM

Well the guy selling it said it was mine. He has been sick and hasn’t been well enough for me to come pick it up. I just got a message from him and he sold it to someone else. I’m beyond pissed right now…

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jonah

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#10 posted 12-19-2017 07:56 PM

I’ve had that happen before with some Craigslist items. It sucks.

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#11 posted 12-19-2017 09:06 PM



Well the guy selling it said it was mine. He has been sick and hasn t been well enough for me to come pick it up. I just got a message from him and he sold it to someone else. I m beyond pissed right now…

He did you a favor Harbor freight machines are horrible. A good jointer need to have accurate tables both in flatness and alinement. Both those conditions don’t exist with horror freight.

-- Aj

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DaveInGA

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#12 posted 12-24-2017 05:22 AM

Scott,

I wouldn’t let missing the HF 8” jointer upset you too much. I had the 6” version and the fence is a copy of a 1950’s design. It’s hard to get square and at 90 degrees to the table top. The knives were HSS and were bad to chip, though I believe better knives could be bought. Moving that fence though, was something you didn’t want to do. When it was setup, it did a decent job of jointing, but I would NOT buy it again, tables too short as well.

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Carloz

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#13 posted 12-24-2017 04:50 PM

You guys are nuts!
A jointer is not less complex machine than a table saw. If the tables are not co planar for example good luck in using or fixing it.
finding some ancient sale price on a tool and taking it as a base for used item price ( i guess by dividing it in two) is a dubious method.
Harbor Freight does not carry this jointer so you cannot buy it for any price. The next cheapest jointer cost close to $1000.
If I were in the market I would not think twice. $250 for a working 8” jointer is ridiculously low price.

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#14 posted 12-25-2017 07:55 PM

i had an old sears with a warped fence .just not worth owning . As for the price bought my 8” canadian general for 450$.
In my area 8” jointers turn up in the 500 to 100 range . 6” for less .Just have to give it time ,watch the adds consistently .Also I get adds for equipment auctions .

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