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Forum topic by Bobmedic posted 05-08-2012 10:53 PM 5265 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2012 10:53 PM

I am in search of a decent jointer for a fairly inexpensive price. (I know aren’t we all.) I have about 500 to spend. I have been scouring craigslist and the internet but I would like to hear some input.

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 11:06 PM

I have had good luck with my Ridgid 6” jointer from HD. I think i paid $240 new. It was on a closeout at the time, they may be more now. But it works well.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 11:20 PM

The Ridgid is nice but they go for 4-5 hundred now. I’d look for a used Delta on CL or ebay. Could get a really nice one for under $200 I’d say.

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 11:29 PM

There are a couple here that might fill your needs. I have Grizzly tools and have been happy with them.

-- Art

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 11:47 PM

Regionally prices on used machinery varies, but in a metropolitan
area you can buy an 8” jointer for $350-$500.

I’m going to propose you pickup any old jointer that is a bargain,
even a 4” jointer, and keep your eyes out and a nut of cash
to buy that 8” machine when it comes up for sale locally
to you on the used market.

There’s plenty of used industrial machines around in your
part of the country. The guy in Bay City with the INCA
jointer has a nice machine for sale but his price is wildly
high. It’s worth $400-700

I ran a search for “jointer” in a 50
mile radius of your town and found a lot of them for
sale on Craigslist. Some sellers call them “joiner”,
“planer”, “planner”, “plainer” and variants of “jointer-planer”
so you should mix up your search terms a bit to find
those machines.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 11:48 PM

Hi Robert,

If low cost is critical, you can probably find a used Stanley No. 7 or 8 jointer plane in usable condition on Ebay for around $100 to $150. I’m not mocking you, since I bought a very good used No. 7C there myself about a year ago for $95 delivered. I’ll soon be using it to level the top of the workbench I’m building. When we move to the powered woodworking realm, our costs can easily go up by an order of magnitude, and our satisfaction probably drops by that much too. Christopher Schwarz claims he is selling most of his power tools in favor of hand tools. Two hundred years ago the woodworking craft (and many others) produced magnificent work mostly without power tools. However I also have and use power tools, so I’m not saying you shouldn’t go there. We need to be prepared to pay the price though. But the cost of our tools should not be the primary limiting factor in what we can do nor even how well we can do it. Good luck in finding a great jointer at a low price.

Have a nice day!

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 11:56 PM

Thank you for all the great input. Loren, I have seen the jointers on CL that you mentioned. I called on several and they are gone. AnttiN, I have several hand planes and use them occasionally. I am looking for a power solution. I know the history of hand tools and some people get great results from them. I am not one of those people. I have been looking at the Grizzly line and also Jet. I see Jet has a planer/jointer combo. Does anyone have anything to say good or bad about these machines?

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 12:17 AM

Robert, I own and often use my JET JJP-8BT, 8-in Benchtop Planer/Jointer Combo and it’s fine for what it is. However this is a very small bench-top machine with quite limited capacity, and a short table. For example, it won’t final-level my aforementioned 30”+ bench-top, or anything wider than 8” for that matter, although I did use it, with the help of roller stands, along with my small table-saw, to 4-square the bench-top tubafores before laminating them. It’s fine for low-production, small work though. I would hate to try to produce fine-quality hardwood furniture with it though. I think I would personally need to resort to hand tools for that, or else spend thousands of dollars for much higher-end machines for which I have neither the space nor the money.

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