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Forum topic by KBX500 posted 06-23-2011 12:35 AM 5977 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KBX500

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06-23-2011 12:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer buying tips jet 6 inch jj-6csx 6 inch jointer

Tomorrow morning I’m going to look at and buy a Jet jointer, JJ-6CSX,
assuming it checks out OK. It is 8 or 9 years old, has been used in a shop
as a back up jointer and hasn’t been used in quite awhile, so they say,
and they are asking $225 for it.

I’ve been looking to buy a good used 8” or 10” jointer, and ideally
an older Delta or Powermatic beast, but when they do come up for sale
it’s too much money or I’m too late. Until the right one comes along
I can get by with the 6” JJ-6CSX.

So, I’m asking for help on what I should check for tomorrow while
looking at the JJ-6CSX from those who know about that model, and
jointers in general.

What are the known weak spots and common problems that these have ?

Keith


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knotscott

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 01:20 AM

Keith – I’ve never used the Jet, but it was made in the same factory as the Grizzly G1182, Bridgewood, Sunhill, Woodtek, and others, and is very similar to these well regarded jointers. I’ve had a G1182HW for nearly a decade, and it’s been flawless within it’s capacity limitations. The price seems right if it’s in good shape.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 01:37 AM

Keith,

Like you, I was recently shopping for a pre-loved jointer. I came across a few of that model but everyone was overprice at around $400+ or already sold if around $200. I finally found a 1999 Delta (with original receipt for $590 including mobile base) for $200. I replaced the blades and the 12 blade set bolts (about $50 +/- including S&H) and am real happy with it. Well, except for the chunk of my left pinky I took off while trying to pry loose one of those rounded off blade set bolts which my 8mm wrench slips off of :(

It is made in Taiwan vs. China for most current jointers. I assume that older units are usually better made than newer ones?

Anyway, $225 for a used working jointer sounds about right. After all, you would need to spend about $600 for a new one, right?

Best of luck and watch those fingers!

-- John Davis, D.C./Balt

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JetJock591

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 01:52 AM

Keith,

I currently use a JJ-6csx and have had very little trouble with it. Look at the bearings and power train. Make sure the knife holder has no wobble in it. Might have to have the knives sharpened. Get a fixture (not very expensive) to replace the blades as they are not self aligning. Take proper care in aligning the fence. It should give you years of good service if the previous owner treated it the way it should be treated.

RLB

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KBX500

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 04:26 AM

KnotScott – Thanks, I was wondering which jointers were twins
of the Jet. Or triplets. Those are some pretty good jointers
when, as you said, used within their designed abilities.

John – Well, my perception is that the Taiwan tools are better
made than the Chinese. At least ten years ago, that is.

RLB – Bearings, powertrain & knife holder. Got it. I’ll check ‘em over.
I believe they are the original knives, so I figured on a sharpening.
What knife alignment fixture do you recommend ?

I had this figured out some time ago, but can someone refresh my
memory – what does the CSX in JJ-6CSX stand for.
And what’s the difference between CS & CSX ?

Thanks all for your help.
Keith

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BentheViking

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 05:23 AM

I have used the 12” Jet jointer/planer combo in the past and it worked well for us (probably better had we had someone in the shop who really knew how to get out of a jointer what you can get out of a jointer).

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 11:21 AM

”...what does the CSX in JJ-6CSX stand for”

Jet Jointer – 6closed stand….I’d guess the “X” means extended or extra long.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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KBX500

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 10:46 PM

That makes sense, that the CS is Closed Stand. Based on other posts,
here at LJs and elsewhere, I got the impression that the X stood for
the 1 HP motor, but the JJ-6CSX I just bought has the 3/4 HP motor.
Maybe it does stand for extended. Although the bed on mine is 46”,
which looks to be a stock size for that class of jointers.

Keith

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 03:25 AM

An update on my JJ-6CSX purchase, if you’re interested.
When I got there the jointer was not in “great condition”
as mentioned in the CL ad, which was no surprise. It clearly
hadn’t been used in quite awhile.

The tables and fence are completely covered with surface
rust to the point that they looked like they had been painted
brown. At the end of the outfeed table is a 1” diameter, 1/2”
deep pile of rust that is a solid mass. I measured it as he stood
there, and when I looked at him and announced the
measurements he wouldn’t look at me, but he dropped the
price $25. I know the table will be badly pitted there, but it
won’t affect the performance at all. After I shovel out the rust
pile I’ll plant some POR-15 and maybe some filler in the hole.

What I could see through the access panel was in surprisingly
good condition – zero rust. When I started it up it was very
quiet, excepting the normal motor noise. Listening through a
screwdriver the bearings were quiet. The machine did vibrate
quite a bit, but I’m sure the belt took a set and is causing that.
A new link belt would be in order anyhow.

This weekend, or next, I’ll use my DA and some fine Scotchbite
pads and remove the surface rust. Then remove the knives to
be sharpened. I’m going to try making the Fine Woodworking
kiife holding jig for setting the knives. Also, I need to build a
mobile base that will accept three or four 50lb. bags of sand
and raise the working surface up at least 1 foot.

Oh, and get this. They had a Unisaw, a belt/disc sander, 3 drill
presses, a bandsaw and some other smaller items, all Delta that
they had neglected to mention in their ad or to me on the phone.
They wanted stupid money for everything but the Unisaw, with a
table extension and the Uni-fence, which they were asking $600.
By the time I rounded up a buddy to help out and the extra cash,
two hours, they’d sold it.

Keith

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 06:27 AM

I realize it has been ages since this set of postings, but I, too, just bought a used JJ-6CSX 3/4 HP Jet Jointer. It looks about like the one bought by Keith, with a lot of surface rust. I paid $150, which I decided was a worthwhile gamble for a first jointer, but I am such a novice with jointers that I wonder where to start to check it out. Keith, or others who replied above, can you give me any hints? Mine did not come with a manual, so I wonder if you have a source for a manual for the 3/4 HP model. Thanks, in advance, for any help! Carpcat

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