Jointer made in China

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Forum topic by Jerry Spencer posted 12-17-2012 01:50 PM 2030 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jerry Spencer

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12-17-2012 01:50 PM

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I found this 6”, 3/4 HP jointer on Craigslist and it appears to pretty hefty (wt 165 lb) and in very good shape. The owner says one of the knives is a little high but all are in good shape. The gentleman who owns it says it has no manufacturer name or model number. He does have the manual. The asking price is $175. Has anyone ever seen a jointer like this and would it be wise to buy it concidering all of the above?

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 02:37 PM

No manufacturer name or model number? Then how would you order parts for it? Personally, I would stay away from it.

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 02:44 PM

Tons of older Delta 6 inch jointers out there for the same money. I say run away.

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 02:53 PM

No manufacturer name or model number? Then how would you order parts for it?

I think you’d just call China on the phone.

I got an old Powermatic jointer on CL for $100. There are deals to be had out there.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 04:09 PM

Looks likes one from Harbor Freight. I saw a nearly identical one there over the weekend for $250 new.

Funny enough, a guy on my local CL has been trying to sell one of these for $500 for the last 6 months. Can’t understand why nobody is taking him up on that offer :)

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 04:09 PM

Thanks, I’ll scrap that idea!!

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 04:16 PM

I vote for the run unless, of course, you have four boats that are lacking anchors.

Understand that these are not elitist comments. The jointer is, by my lights, the stationary tool most demanding of absolute precision set up. This does not show when you look at it.

This shiny tool may appear way better than, say, a green Powermatic with chips in the paint and a dusting of sawdust on all the horizontal surfaces. I suspect, though, that the PM would become a trusted friend while this nameless, plateless, probably hapless pretender would be the source of frustration, the target of ire and the genesis of further, desperate posts on LumberJocks.



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#7 posted 12-17-2012 04:17 PM

I agree with the above group.

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#8 posted 12-18-2012 02:47 AM

I’m going to disagree here.

That jointer is obviously a Chinese clone of a Delta jointer. If it were me I would take along a good long straight edge and check out how parallel the infeed and outfeed surfaces are, how square the blades are to the infeed and outfeed surfaces, and how well the blades are held into the rotating head. I would also check the operation of the fence and see if it could be set suitably square and hold its setting. Bearings, screws and bolts are easy replacements. If all is O.K. and the thing runs smoothly, I would settle for $150 and consider it a good deal.

As for getting spare parts, yes, that would be a problem. However that machine is all cast iron and there is little to break or go wrong. And it only cost you $150. My shop is an extensive one of mostly Delta equipment from the 1940s, 1950s and 1970s. I have only needed one replacement machine part in my 50+ years of having a shop, and it was three nylon wheels on a 1” Delta belt sander (bought new in the 1970s) which went bad with age. Delta had no replacements. I finally made my own from wood (purpleheart as I had a lot of it) and the sander works beautifully now with shiny new purple wheels. So even Delta sometimes has no replacement parts.


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