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Forum topic by tsbot posted 10-14-2018 02:17 AM 3544 views 0 times favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2018 02:17 AM

This just popped up on my FB. I just messaged him for a few questions – but appreciate your thoughts.


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#1 posted 10-14-2018 02:34 AM

My thoughts its over priced for my area. If your area is lite on 8 inch jointers and you go for it.
Check that it will joint two boards on edge without gaps before you buy.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 02:39 AM

Thanks. What’s your area? I’m in Oregon. Also meaning just check it the joints are glue up ready after running through? This is my first jointer as I’m tired of fighting my TS for glue glue up joints on longer boards. The jig is fine for smaller stuff, also for face jointing I really haven’t used a router much and think this is the way to go for more ‘professional’ work.

Oh and I was hoping to pay $1500 for it. Thoughts?


My thoughts its over priced for my area. If your area is lite on 8 inch jointers and you go for it.
Check that it will joint two boards on edge without gaps before you buy.

- Aj2


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#3 posted 10-14-2018 03:52 AM

I’m in the inland empire So Cal. My opinion is the job of a jointer is to make a square edge to a flat face. And do this better and faster then any other tool. As long as it accurate the stuff coming out of China or Taiwan is hit or miss.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 05:27 AM

An 8” Powermatic long bed with a helical cutter head…..if you can get it for $1500 I would buy it. You will not regret it.

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 05:28 AM

Frankly $1700 for that jointer with the helical head and the PM mobile base is a very solid price just about anywhere, if it is as clean as it looks. New they will run about $3400 before taxes.

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#6 posted 10-14-2018 05:50 AM

Thanks – I talked with him via text and he is a shop teacher who maintains his tools professionally – moving to Costa Rica and only taking a few tools with him.

He got back and said $1700 firm. It was just listed a few hours ago.

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#7 posted 10-14-2018 12:55 PM

It’s $200 over what you wanted to pay – how much time will you spend waiting and looking for another 8” to come along for $1500? If you have the budget, I’d go for it. The only argument I see for passing it up is to buy something like the Grizzly equivalent new with a warranty, and I don’t believe Grizzly, or their equivalents, has any in stock, and hasn’t for a while.

I bought an 8” Grizzly about a year ago; given the choice between what I bought and what you’re looking at, I’d go for the that Powermatic.

-- John

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#8 posted 10-14-2018 01:13 PM

If you consider the helical head and rolling base, 1700 is about half of new. That’s very fair for a newer machine. I’m with the other guys. Don’t pass it up if thats what you want.

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

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#9 posted 10-14-2018 01:14 PM

You don’t say where you are in Oregon… but there are a few deals out there now, and I’m sure tons more will come along if you are patient.

How close to this one are you? JET 8-inch Jointer JJ-8 - $600 [Creswell, OR.]
Or if you are still considering 6 inch machines: Jet 6-inch Jointer - $300 [JUNCTION CITY]

If those are too far away or you don’t like them, there will be plenty more coming along. Use the fact that you don’t absolutely have to have one this minute to your advantage.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#10 posted 10-14-2018 01:30 PM

Thank you all! I’m gonna talk it over with the ‘boss’ :). I was ok with spending around $700-800 no questions, $1500 pushing it pretty good, $1700 I need the almighty blessing.

On a side note how would JJ-8 be? I’m close enough to most places since I live in middle of the state.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/tls/d/jet-8-jointer-jj-8/6717363087.html

Definitely looking for 8” since it seems most opinions are skip the 6” and go for 8”. Unless anyone has reason to support the ‘just buy the 6”’ category. There are a few nice and newer Jet 6” in my hometown, all the basic straight blade etc for around $500. Honestly that’s where my search began but then I’m the type to upgrade and buy once cry once.

I do appreciate all your opinions.

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#11 posted 10-14-2018 02:04 PM

It all depends what you’re doing with it. I wanted an 8” because I wanted longer tables for edge jointing. I rarely face joint and even then it’s not very wide stuff. In my search I found a 6” Powermatic with 66” table. That was exactly what I needed. You could buy the Jet and upgrade to a helical head for less than the cost of that Powermatic.

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

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#12 posted 10-14-2018 07:37 PM

It might be nice to know how ‘used’ the inserts are for the cutterhead. How many are in their original position and how many have been turned to a new side (and how many times)? The inserts should last for a long time, but if it is reaching a point in which you will need to begin replacing some, it can be good to know to help make an informed decision. It looks like the inserts can go for about $3.50 each (a little less in larger quantities).

In buying my Grizzly, my plan is to eventually replace the straight blades with a Byrd Shelix ($500) which would bring my total cost for my G0490 to about $1,250. Before that though, I am planning on budgeting my funds for a Shelix for my Dewalt 735 Planer so that when the present blades and spare set are toast, if I’m not quite satisfied with the results from the jointer, that I can always do a final thin pass through the planer w/ Shelix just to finish things off.

That being said, if the Powermatic was in my budget and in good condition, I would take a look at it. For a comparison, you might also want to look at the Grizzly G0490X for $1,830 (8” parallelogram tables with helix cutterhead), they presently have free shipping.

I’m not sure what other equipment is on your wish-list or where your budget priorities are, but in my case I am presently building my shop with a lot of goodies on my wish list, so the more affordably I can buy each item, the more equipment I can attain. Still though, I am trying to focus on the quality of each of my tools, which sometimes takes a little longer to obtain.

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#13 posted 10-15-2018 02:07 AM

Thanks all – I think it may be more than I need, 8” would be great, helical head would be great, but $1700 is a lot more than my initial search. I’m really only getting into things, well with this wave, finishing up a writing desk top and drawer for my wife. Caught the bug again because every time I do a new project, I wish I had the proper tools, and a Jointer is high – if not next on the list. Router Table is up there too, but I feel the jointer is more important.

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#14 posted 10-15-2018 02:15 AM

Yeah, you would probably want to pass on that.
Just out of curiosity, do you still have the link to that ad? a…for a friend….

If you could swing it, it would be all you ever need…for a long time anyway.
(got any children you could sell?) I used to have 6, now I have a full shop.

-- “Hanging onto resentment, is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” (Ann Landers)......

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#15 posted 10-15-2018 02:15 AM

That Jet 8” would be very nice to have.

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

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