Possible Jointer tool gloat

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Forum topic by dpop24 posted 07-30-2011 12:44 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2011 12:44 AM

Going down to look at an older Jet 6” jointer jj-6csx tomorrow morning. It’s the old blue color so I figure that’s a good 10+ years old? I just talked to the guy and it came out of his dad’s garage hobby shop so supposedly has very little use. I asked about bearings, blades, belts, and rust – he said none of it should be a problem except for some minor surface rust on the table and fence. Assuming it’s in good shape, his asking price of $300 seems fair to me.

The new jointers I have been look at are the Grizzly G0654 and the Ridgid JP0610. If I have to put any money at all into that Jet, it makes more sense to me to get one of the new ones with a warranty, but if it’s $300, sharpen blades, and start jointing – then the Jet seems like the deal.

Advice anyone?!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#1 posted 07-30-2011 01:26 AM

Depends on what tools are going for in your area. With the economy so terrible right now used tools are going pretty cheap. I bought a 6” grizzly jointer a few years ago for 200 dollars. it had a lot of surface rust but no pitting. I would not be deterred by surface rust at all. WD-40 and #3 steel wool takes care of surface rust extremely quickly, if there is pitting that can be problematic.

For where I’m at (Maryland) 300 seems on the high end for that tool. I also do not put any more faith in Jet then I do grizzly, both are often made in the same factory overseas, and there does not appear to be any appreciable quality difference between them. That being said, it is possible that jointers go for more in your area. I surfed craigslist ads for 20 days before I found my jointer.

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 01:35 AM

A 6 goes for $100-$350 in my area. The $350 is for an old
longbed or a collective shortbed like Oliver. Prices go way up
for longbed (true) industrial machines like Oliver, Yates, and

8” Delta is a $500 machine used, $600-650 for Powermatic give
or take.

A lot depends on regional availability, but $300 is high for a 6 with a
standard bed, used, especially an Asian machine of any make.

Still – if you’re ready for a jointer and not having one is holding
you back, the you gotta get something and moving forward
with your woodworking is more important than getting a rock-bottom
deal on every machine.

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#3 posted 07-30-2011 03:07 AM

A new Jet 6cx sells for $749 on Amazon. Even so, being used and over a decade old (or more), $300 is pushing it. $200-250 would make me feel better, but if I really wanted the machine, I wouldn’t let $50 stand in the way. Especially if I might spend $50 worth of time and trouble looking for an alternative.

Oh, and it looks like another LJ has this same machine.

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 08:49 PM

Well, I ended up getting it for $275, but he drove it to my neck of the woods since he was doing a job over here. He saved me about $40 in gas so I’m feeling like I got a pretty good deal. It’s got plenty of light surface rust which I’ll have to take care of but it’s in overall good condition with sharp blades. Just needs a cleanup and will be a nice addition to the shop.

Wouldn’t you know it though, by the time I got home with it, somebody had posted a newer white model with a mobile base and push blocks for asking price of $300! I contemplated for about 5 minutes about buying that one too and selling the blue one after a clean up…. Oh well, I have to stay off Craigslist or I’ll never be satisfied – buyer’s remorse will get ya every time!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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