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Forum topic by Adam Baird posted 08-21-2012 09:07 PM 7267 views 1 time favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Adam Baird

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08-21-2012 09:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer craftsman

Long term lurker, first time poster. Go easy on me!

I’ve been looking for a decent, cheap jointer for a while now. I was inspired by this refurbishing job and I found something similar here.

I think I can get the guy to take $75 for it. Lots of rust, but all parts seem to be there. Obviously I want to see/hear the motor in action before I hand over the dough, but it doesn’t look like a bad deal.

Anyone else have experience with this jointer/anything to look out for?

Thanks!

edit: see the picture below

-- Adam from Indiana - http://www.WoodenUnion.com


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knotscott

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 10:15 PM

If it runs, it’d be worth $75. I wouldn’t pay much more….the rust should come off, but is gonna take some effort.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 10:29 PM

Go for it. Long enough table that you can do some decent work with it.

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shampeon

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 10:47 PM

Remove the belt while you’re at it and check how the cutterhead spins. If it’s rough, you’ll have to replace the bearings, which should knock the price down. Same thing if the knives will need replacement.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 12:33 AM

So you’d offer a twenty dollar bill? Two bearings are $15. Sharpen the knives. Don’t insult the seller by offering less than his already rock bottom. The rust will come right off.

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shampeon

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 12:44 AM

dhazelton: it’s not insulting, it’s business. Craftsman jointers are in plentiful supply on Craigslist, most for less than $100. Here in the SF Bay Area you could buy one a day and keep doing it until every square inch of your house and yard is covered with them.

Realistically, if you need to buy new bearings you’re dropping $15, and another $20 for new knives if the old ones are too far gone, that’s half the price of that particular jointer. If you need a bearing puller to get the bearings off the shaft, well, now you’ve just doubled the amount of money you’ve put into it.

The owner isn’t selling a Powermatic. It’s a Craftsman, and there are a ton of them, and if this one isn’t in great shape, another one will come along sooner than you think. Sucks for the owner, but thems the breaks.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Adam Baird

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 12:49 AM

thanks for the thoughts fellas…think I’m gonna pull the trigger on this one if I can get him to $75

-- Adam from Indiana - http://www.WoodenUnion.com

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 12:56 AM

You assume it needs bearings, which it may not. But if it does you don’t need a bearing puller, you can drive each one out with a drift from the opposite side. And knives last a long time IF you know how to sharpen them.

You are assuming that a mint condition used jointer is $75. IT’S A USED JOINTER. You don’t buy a $2,000 car and dicker down the price because it needs an oil change. At least I wouldn’t.

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Handtooler

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 12:57 AM

Both a close friend and I have that jointer purchased in the late 70’s. Be aware from the start that the outfeed table is FIXED and does not adjust. So snipe is a common problem until you get use to the correct blade adjustments and feed pressures. My friend’s machine just lost the pulleys by cracks and they came apart. He had been having vibration for quite awhile. I have some but a twist belt helped a lot. As to adjusting the blade height beside using the jig I recently found out that if you can advance a straight edge or 6” scale 7/16-1/2” laying across the tables and roller when the blade is rotated by hand. (Machined unpluged), the heights are set correctly (chect both sides, inboard and out board, of each blade) and snipe all but disappears. Its a very useable machine and the fence stays set at 90 degrees or your bevel setting securely. Tthe three blade set was $49.00 about 3 years ago.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 12:58 AM

For any vintage machine, I consider new bearings as a given.. you have no idea how much use/abuse the machine has seen over the years or how it has been maintained. Cheap insurance, and the process lets you discover any other ‘gotchas’ that might be lurking. Bearing pullers are not usually required, but do make things easier in some cases (and can be had at HF for dirt cheap). I also assume that the blades will either need to be replaced or at the very least, sharpened. As for the price, I’d say $75 is at the upper range of what it’s worth.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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shampeon

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 01:41 AM

It’s a $75 jointer in a sea of other $75 jointers. The buyer can be sort of picky. And the cost of replacing any worn out parts needs to be factored into the total cost. And maybe most importantly, there are better used jointers out there for around the same price as what this one might end up costing.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 03:04 AM

http://muncie.craigslist.org/tls/3117511819.html

Here’s a decent one for 100.00 in Muncie.

Good luck Adam.

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 03:11 AM

I have one like that. I have since upgraded to a bigger Jet floor model. The craftsman does not have adjustable outfeed and it drove me crazy. It is very hard to tune up without this feature. Basically, you have to perfectly set the knives a hair above that outfeed which is difficult. As they wear out and you resharpen them, they get shorter and you have to keep doing this fine alignment. With a moving outfeed table, it takes minutes to setup instead of 30 minutes..

-- Yves

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 04:08 AM

Got the jointer tonight for $80. A lot of rust, but blades, bearings, and belt are all in great shape, and the motor purrs, so I’m pretty happy with it. Going to start taking this beast apart tomorrow night. A lot of rust to get rid of…

-- Adam from Indiana - http://www.WoodenUnion.com

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 01:43 PM

Congrats Adam. I have what I think is the same one. I bought it used for $125 many years ago. It’s not top of the line but it works for me and the price was right.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Gene Howe

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 02:08 PM

I’ve used a similar one (maybe, the same one) for 30+ years. As long as you keep the beds co planar, well, the only adjustments are on the infeed, and keep the blades sharp and correctly set, that jointer will do a good job for you.
Congratulations.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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