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Forum topic by mathguy1981 posted 11-13-2018 08:42 PM 596 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mathguy1981

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11-13-2018 08:42 PM

I’m thinking this is a deal, even if the motor isn’t repairable:

https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/tls/d/jointer-craftsman-king-seeley/6746648740.html

What do you guys think? I happen to have another Craftsman motor sitting around…

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SharkeysEnd

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#1 posted 11-13-2018 08:48 PM

For what it’s worth, I got this one for $75 with a working motor.

Edit – please excuse the appearance. What may look like rust is mahogany dust. It’s like pixie dust without the flying part. ;-)

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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#2 posted 11-13-2018 09:24 PM

Those craftsman jointers with the fixed outfeed table will test your patience. If you want to learn the skill of setting jointer knives that’s the machine to have.
That was my first jointer I used way before the internet. The fence was terrible the table we’re hardly flat. The knives finally flew out when it was running due to its weak gib design.
Look for something better

-- Aj

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#3 posted 11-13-2018 09:36 PM

That jointer should be ready to plug in and use for $80 IMO. Of course, it’s dependent on location but those old C-man jointers come up often for sale around here. $50 would probably be a more reasonable price. Again though, you have to consider market. If your market is scant when it comes to used jointers, that might be a good deal.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 02:54 PM

My dad gave me the exact same jointer that SharkysEnd has. For years I tried to adjust the table, fence, knives, etc. but I could never get it setup correctly and consequently got lousy results. I ended up giving it away and bought a Jet jointer (JJ6CSDX) that is a joy to use and gives me excellent results.

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 02:58 PM

It’s gone. I guess it was a deal.

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

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SharkeysEnd

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#6 posted 11-14-2018 03:31 PM

Well my experience was better than AJ2’s and Bill’s, and I have zero regrets about getting my Craftsman. I got it before I was sure how deep I was going to go into the woodworking rabbit hole, so $75 was just about what I was willing to spend to figure it out.

The infeed table is slightly cupped, and yes, the outfeed table is fixed. But it works, and works well. The fence was okay for me – stayed put and I was able to get nearly perfect 90 degree sides with it. I recently found an 8” Bridgewood that I snapped up, otherwise I’d be using it still.

These Craftsman jointers are on CL in my area all the time, so even though you missed out on this one, I bet you’ll find another soon. Unless you’re convinced by others’ experiences to look for something better. If you were on the east coast I’d let you use mine for a while to see if you like it.

Cheers

Edit – you probably know this already, but I found a lot of jointers by searching for “jointer” “joiner” and “planer” separately. Lots of people don’t seem to know what they have.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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#7 posted 11-14-2018 05:07 PM

I didn’t see the ad before it was deleted, was it like the one pictured above? If so I’d pass and watch for one like this. The little one is my first jointer, i paid $150 for it. New knives and a little tlc had her running like a top!

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#8 posted 11-14-2018 05:30 PM



For what it s worth, I got this one for $75 with a working motor.

Edit – please excuse the appearance. What may look like rust is mahogany dust. It s like pixie dust without the flying part. ;-)

- SharkeysEnd

Amen brother, mahogany and purpleheart make some very fine dust. Mask needed! That still is bad.


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