Did I get a good price on a used Jointer? $350 for a 10 year old Powermatic model 54

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 09-16-2011 09:15 PM 1319 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2011 09:15 PM

I was on craigslist the other day and saw a post for a powermatic jointer for $350. Normally when I open these ads I see the old blue style. In this case it was a gold colored jointer Model 54 (not the 54A). . Called the guy and he told me it was built in 2000. He used it once in the few years he had it and he bought it used as well. I went and looked at it and everything looked real good. The blades where still very sharp no rust on the tables. We plugged it in and it ran smooth as silk. So… I bought it.

Got it home now and am looking forward to getting a base built for it and then checking all the square items on it. All in all I hope I did good, Just wondering if you guys think I did well too.

I talked to powermatic and all parts are available if I end up needing to fix anything so that’s a Plus.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 09:21 PM

Sounds pretty good to me, if you can get some square/straight boards from it, well worth the money. Powermatic can be pretty spendy. Congrats on the new jointer.

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 12:12 AM

Ken, this is a good price on the jointer. They cost right at 1000 new and, when I am looking at buying used tools, 1/2 of list is where I start getting interested in making a buy. This is a solid jointer and will serve you will for years to come.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 02:24 AM

Sounds like a good deal to me too if it runs OK. For Powermatic, usually the first two digits of the serial number is the year that it was made if you want to verify the manufacture date. The first two digits should be 00 for 2000.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-17-2011 02:52 AM

Thanks guys, I was pretty sure I did good. Always nice to get reassurance

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 04:27 AM

Pictures… it didn’t happen without pictures!

Sounds like a good deal to me. Just price new iron (mostly junk) and see.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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