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ColinWW

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07-19-2018 12:40 PM

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Hi all, new user here. I’m in the market for a used 6” jointer and have been looking at a Jet JJ6CSX that is about an hour away. I haven’t seen the machine in person yet.

Here’s what I know:

The jointer is 15 years old, and single owner from what I gather.
It has the 3/4 HP motor
Asking price is currently at $499.

The questions I have are, assuming the condition is good (tables are flat, bearings are good, and knives are newer/recently sharpened,) should I wait around for a 1HP jointer? I was disappointed to learn that this machine had the 3/4.

Also, for the 3/4HP this price seems high. I’ve read quite a few old threads about people buying this jointer and prices are much lower. I’ve also had people tell me that the market for these older machines has changed a bit and a jointer that should have gone for $250 a few years ago is now worth more. I don’t want to tick off the seller, but honestly I feel like $350 is what a 3/4HP 6” jointer in good condition is worth. FWIW, it’s the only used jointer on the market in my area that is worth considering at the moment.

Thoughts are appreciated.

-- Just a newbie finding my happy place in the wood shop.


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 01:28 PM

First off the 15 year old claim is stretching it a bit. IIRC, Jet changed from the blue color to the current white color around 1998. The price of Jet jointers did take quite a leap some years back but eve so I think that asking price of $499 is out of line. While the current increases in tariffs will result in China made used tools to rise which I think this seller has already factored in. I would not pay that amount for that jointer, I have a white version and find it very well built, and somethin in the $275-$350 range would be if I were the buyer.

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jonah

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 03:10 PM

No 6” jointer is worth $500 unless it’s made of solid gold. Not even close.

It’s a bog-standard Taiwanese 6” jointer. There’s a million of them out there. What it’s worth depends a bit on your area. On the east coast, I wouldn’t pay more than $250 for that assuming it works absolutely flawlessly and that the tables are flat and coplaner. It might be worth a bit more in an area where jointers are less common on the used market.

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 03:30 PM

Be careful about pricing. THE BIGGEST issue here is the area. Just a month or two ago I was finding re-sellers are asking $400 for a Ridgid jointer! It seems crazy to me. I bought the same jointer used for $200 ten years ago! If you really need it, offer the $350 or $375. If you don’t, keep saving and waiting. I would suggest via phone or e mail that you can’t go over $350 and if his price comes down you will be there in a heartbeat, cash in hand. You have to be able to walk away from it. In my neck of the woods, prices are STARTING to come back to earth. There is an older Jet 6” going for $250, but it is older than the one you show and doesn’t have an enclosed base. Maybe the seller will see the error in his ways. He will appreciate knowing he has a buyer at the right price. I agree with previous posts, that is a $325 to $350 jointer. Only pay more if you are pressed.

Good luck!

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 03:34 PM

I bet that jointer would sell in my area(Northern Va) in about 30 mins at that price. Whether it’s a good deal definitely depends on your location and your immediate needs.

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ColinWW

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 03:43 PM

My immediate area is in somewhat of a dry spell when it comes to 6” jointers. At the moment this is the nicest and newest one available. The rest have either no base, or homemade open bases and look like they need a lot of TLC. Lots of rough looking Craftsman jointers.

The seller may or may not be aware of the state of the market. Either way, my “need” isn’t super urgent and I can walk away. There’s just this stupid part of me that would really dig having a jointer that matches my band saw : /

-- Just a newbie finding my happy place in the wood shop.

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fivecodys

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#6 posted 07-19-2018 03:44 PM

I agree. Jet switched to White about 20 years ago. I bought mine 18 years ago brand new and it white as well.
I looks to be in good condition but $500 seems a little steep to me.
However, maybe in your area that is the going rate?
I guess the answer to your question would be is it worth $500 to you?
If it were me, I would start low and see if he bites.
Good luck!

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#7 posted 07-19-2018 04:32 PM

As it is the only jointer for sale presently in your area, the seller may want to stick with his asking price. I would wait a while and see if other jointers come on the market. The competition among multiple sellers will bring the price down. The tariffs being imposed, is a factor that is driving up the prices on used tools. It’s the old supply and demand thing that even extends to used items. The $499 price tag gives me some concern. Most people who put items up for sale, usually list prices in even numbers, like $500 or $475. Could this be a commercial seller listing?

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jonah

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#8 posted 07-19-2018 04:46 PM



I bet that jointer would sell in my area(Northern Va) in about 30 mins at that price. Whether it s a good deal definitely depends on your location and your immediate needs.

- Steve


Not a chance, at least near DC where I live. I bought a PM model 60 8” jointer that was in good shape for $550 about 18 months ago. Sure, prices have gone up a bit since then, especially with Grizzly’s backorder and now the tariff situation, but $500 is insane money for a 6” jointer.

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#9 posted 07-19-2018 05:07 PM


I bet that jointer would sell in my area(Northern Va) in about 30 mins at that price. Whether it s a good deal definitely depends on your location and your immediate needs.

- Steve

Not a chance, at least near DC where I live. I bought a PM model 60 8” jointer that was in good shape for $550 about 18 months ago. Sure, prices have gone up a bit since then, especially with Grizzly s backorder and now the tariff situation, but $500 is insane money for a 6” jointer.

- jonah

Oh, I agree that $500 is too much. But I’m saying that jointer would sell for $500 up here. Especially being a long bed. And I’m right outside DC as well.

You got a helluva good deal on that 8”. Send me the info on the next one you see at that price. ;)

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#10 posted 07-19-2018 06:52 PM

If the tables are flat and well aligned or coplaner then 500 is a good price. If they are not flat or someone has lifted the jointer from the ends of the tables you will not be get flat straight edges or faces. 5$ would not be a good price

-- Aj

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#11 posted 07-19-2018 06:59 PM


If they are not flat or someone has lifted the jointer from the ends of the tables you will not be get flat straight edges or faces. 5$ would not be a good price

- Aj2

Does this really hurt all jointers? Seems to me those tables are extremely stable and the bulk of the weight. Tilting a jointer from the tables does not seem to be a big deal to me.

I guess if someone carried it around like that it could be a problem but you should be able to recalibrate the tables.

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ColinWW

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 07:35 PM


If they are not flat or someone has lifted the jointer from the ends of the tables you will not be get flat straight edges or faces. 5$ would not be a good price

- Aj2

Does this really hurt all jointers? Seems to me those tables are extremely stable and the bulk of the weight. Tilting a jointer from the tables does not seem to be a big deal to me.

I guess if someone carried it around like that it could be a problem but you should be able to recalibrate the tables.

- BroncoBrian

I’m curious about this too, especially since this jointer has to get loaded into a truck, and carried down some stairs. Obviously I’ll separate the bed/tables from the base for this.

-- Just a newbie finding my happy place in the wood shop.

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Aj2

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 08:17 PM

You better believe it does. When you buy a new machine with dovetail ways there will be or used to be a sticker that says do not lift from the tables. There’s no recalibrating that style of jointer.
They are ground at the factory whole and assembled.
Shimming the ways will get you by in a pinch. But that kinda defeats the use of lowering and raising the tables.
Thanks China

-- Aj

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ColinWW

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#14 posted 07-19-2018 11:12 PM



You better believe it does. When you buy a new machine with dovetail ways there will be or used to be a sticker that says do not lift from the tables. There’s no recalibrating that style of jointer.
They are ground at the factory whole and assembled.
Shimming the ways will get you by in a pinch. But that kinda defeats the use of lowering and raising the tables.
Thanks China

- Aj2

Let’s say you were in the unfortunate position of needing to move this jointer down an interior flight of stairs. How would you do that move? Thanks for the info. I didn’t think this was something to avoid.

-- Just a newbie finding my happy place in the wood shop.

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Aj2

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#15 posted 07-19-2018 11:47 PM

It will separate from it’s base. Then carried or supported just below the hand wheels.
If you don’t have a reliable straight edge. Then bring two pieces of s4s maple and joint the edges see how close you can get to a gap free joint. Maple will make it easy to see any gaps.
Good luck

-- Aj

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