Used Jointer: Bargain or No?

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Forum topic by DylanC posted 08-19-2012 02:46 AM 4837 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2012 02:46 AM

Found a older (1972?) Craftsman 6” jointer with stand at a local flea market. Model is a 113.20650. Guy is asking $90. Cast iron looks to be in good shape with just some minor surface rust. See the pic and let me know what you think. It looks like bearings and knives are still available from Sears.

I’ll probably go back tomorrow and check out the bits and pieces a bit better (table/fence adjustment, etc.). Probably see if I can plug it in and start it up, too. Any other things I should look for?

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 02:48 AM

That’d be worth $90 IMO….you can always offer less.

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 02:51 AM

If it runs and you can still get parts for it, I would grab it in a heartbeat. Made in U.S.A. and cast iron! Just be advised it will probably be a useful tool as long as it’s set up properly with regard to perpendicularity, blade concentricity etc.

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 02:55 AM

Here ya go for 75.00, some what similar. HTH

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 03:06 AM

I’ve got one slightly newer than that but it looks pretty much the same. It’s what I use in my shop and it works fine. Turn it on and make sure the bearings appear to run smoothly.

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 03:31 AM

I did a bit of browsing online and even a new 4” craftsman or 6” Grizzly is $230 and probably not nearly as solid. I’m thinking I’ll offer $75, but if the adjustments and bearings are good it’s worth the full $90.

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 03:32 AM

Those are selling around here in good working order in the $50-$75 range so I’d offer less than what they are asking. If you get it, don’t buy the bearings/blades from sears.. the bearings IIRC are standard 6202-5/8’s and the blades are fairly common 6-1/8×11/16×1/8. Both can be found on-line for about $20.


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#7 posted 08-19-2012 04:34 AM

$125 max and $45 it’s a steel. if it work properly.

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#8 posted 08-19-2012 05:06 PM

Machine looks clean. Worth $50-$100. Those are decent
jointers. That style has gone out of popularity because
people these days want longer tables, bit there’s nothing
wrong with a short-bed jointer and if you need to you can
make extension tables for longer work.

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#9 posted 08-19-2012 06:23 PM

I’d buy it. I have an even older 4” Craftsman jointer. Works great. I’ll probably upgrade to a 6” in the near future. I see them fairly often for anywhere between $50-$250. Of course, anything over $150 is a seller that is clearly dillusional or completely ignorant to the value of 30+ year-old crafty jointers.
As mentioned, don’t buy parts from Sears. I bought new bearings for my jointer from Sears ONLY because I thought I was more likely to get the correct part. I feared an aftermarket supplier would send me ill-fitting or inadequete parts. I paid twice the price for this peace of mind and to lessen my chances of getting jerked around. What did I get?
A box arrived 9 days later (an eternity in the modern era), with ONE bearing and a packing slip that said “the remainder of your order is not in stock. We will automatically fill your order when new stock arrives in 30-60 days.
Sears CS did nothing to satisfactorily remedy the situation. I asked that they pay the return shipping and canccel the order. They told me the part was non-returnable but did agree to cancel the remainder of the order.
I then ordered the bearings from an aftermarket supplier. They arrived three days later and fit/work great.

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#10 posted 08-19-2012 11:58 PM

Buy the jointer , after market bearings and knives are very inexpensive : )
I can actually buy new knives for what it costs to sharpen my dull ones…sometimes less : )

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#11 posted 08-20-2012 12:12 AM

I would buy it , those are great jointers.

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#12 posted 08-20-2012 12:59 AM

Well, I bought it…for just a bit less than the asking price. Got home, plugged it in and fired it up. Runs pretty well except for a bit of vibration from the belt “memory”. Might replace it with one of those fancy link belts. Other than that the only required work will be to clean up the table and fence and get the blades sharpened or replaced. The cord and switch could also be replaced, but they work as-is.

Thanks for all the great advice and I’ll post a few photos for the blog when I get ‘er all prettied up.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#13 posted 08-20-2012 01:06 AM

Congratulations !!

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#14 posted 08-20-2012 01:13 AM

Nice score way to go

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#15 posted 08-20-2012 02:04 AM

Thats a nice Caftsman style chair next to it, just saying.

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