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BinghamtonEd

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651 days ago

I don’t currently have a jointer. I do, however, have a 3-month old, so a new Grizzly or the likes is not in the budget. Anyone heard of Industriline? I see this one is on CL for $100. What do you think? Besides checking the blades for damage, and making sure it runs, and maybe putting a board through it, what else would one check?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 651 days ago

It certainly looks liek a delta clone 37-220 would be the delta model. Besides checking the blades, and hearing it run make sure you can remove the screws that hold the blade in, and if you have a good long straight edge make sure the tables are flat. A table way out of whack is a deal breaker. Unplug it and spin the cutter head by hand listening to the bearings. Theyre cheap enough but no harm in checkin it out.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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jbswearingen

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#2 posted 651 days ago

I’ve never heard of the brand. Having said that, if it’ll work for you, then great. Yes, check as you have suggested. Take a known straight edge and test the beds for flatness and parallel.

But, instead of buying, how about building one? Yes, it’ll cost more, but you can do it in steps. I’m in the process of building this one:

http://woodgears.ca/jointer/homemade.html

Instead of doing what the designer did—strip a portable planer for its cutter head and motor—I’m going to use a 15” planer cutter head a friend doesn’t need anymore; he swapped it for a Byrd style cutter head. I’ll need to purchase a 1.5-2hp motor, but those are fairly cheap used.

My Jet 6” jointer works a charm, but it’s too damn narrow!

I’m figuring $300 total on the project.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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crank49

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#3 posted 651 days ago

That looks like the HF jointer.
As long as you can get blades and stuff for it I think it would be great.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Planeman40

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#4 posted 651 days ago

Its obviously a copy of the Delta 6” jointer, most likely Chinese. Looks good in the photo, doesn’t show a blade guard which can probably be bought at Harbor Freight as a replacement part for the HF jointer. A blade guard can also easily be made or located as Delta jointers are common. The 6” blades are easy to come by and are about $15 for a set of three in high speed steel. I buy mine on Amazon. I have a Delta 6” jointer so I know this. The rust can be removed using a wire brush wheel in an electric drill and some fine wet-or-dry sandpaper with oil or WD-40 as a polishing lubricant. All of this and some gray enamel paint and the thing will look like new.

I would look carefully at the quality of castings and assembly. I would also put a long straightedge across the infeed and outfeed tables when they are in line with each other to see if the tops are parallel with each other. If all is well, go for it!

Planeman

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 651 days ago

Here’s the delta for comparison. Not the best pic but you can see how the fences and hand cranks are identical. Id pull the trigger on it Ed. Good Luck and keep us posted.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 651 days ago

Could be a Harbor Feight model, I would pass.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 651 days ago

if the table is straight (check it with a long quality straight edge) and the table moves freely up/down for thickness, , the fence locks solid, and the motor runs quietly – then it’s worth the $100.

a jointer is one of the more simple machines out there, as long as the above is met, there really isn’t much more to it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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GlennsGrandson

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#8 posted 651 days ago

I bought this one for $100

Now it’s like this

I’d do it again. I ended up being about $250 into when it was all said and done. Here's my blog about it.

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 651 days ago

To answer you question yes I would if it worked well and had a flat bed and I needed a low cost jointer.
Most $100 jointers I’ve seen are 4” and have 3’ beds. If you have more funds to work with I think would go for a new Grizzly or a used Powermatic.

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Tennessee

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#10 posted 651 days ago

After everything listed to check, it looks like a winner to me. You can always resell it for the same money, me thinks…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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LiePie

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#11 posted 651 days ago

I would do the checks mention by previous posters. If everything checked out I would spend the $100. I always wonder where these buys are in my part of the Country.

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