Tool Gloat - Criagslist Jointer and Planer

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Forum topic by harriw posted 01-12-2013 06:33 PM 2642 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2013 06:33 PM

Hey folks!

Not really a “gloat” since I didn’t get them for a steal or anything, but I’m all excited about my new tools and had to share with someone :)

Jointer is a Ridgid JP06101, in fantastic shape. Tables are perfectly co-planer, I just finished squaring the fence, and it came with fresh blades installed. Put a beautiful edge (and face) on the oak i ran through it. Also came with the original blades, freshly sharpened as well so I’ve got a spare set. It’s ready to go :) I paid $260 – maybe not the greatest deal ever seen for one of these, but I’m quite happy with the deal.

The Planer is an old Delta 22-540 (Type 1, judging by the lack of “Type 2” on the label). It’s apparently been used very little, but is in need of a bit of TLC. It had a hard time with the oak 1×8 I was trying to put through it, and did chew the surface up, but I’m reasonably confident that it’ll clean up nicely. It definitely needs the table waxed and the feed rollers cleaned (that alone I’m hoping will make a big difference). I’m also gonna pull the covers and clean everything out real well, and re-lube the slides and chains. I also think it’s going to need new blades. I’m told these are the original blades, so hopefully the second side is fresh. If not, the deal included a new set still in the package (also double-sided).

The extension tables were no-where to be seen so I’ll have to build myself a proper stand/table for it to get some infeed/outfeed support – no biggie.

Biggest problem is that it didn’t come with the blade setting tool. I found the part on Delta’s site for ~$7 though. So unless anybody has come up with a better way to set these blades without it (I’ll post a separate question about that), I’ll just buy a new setting gauge from Delta.

I paid $150 for the planer. I think I overpaid fairly badly considering the extension tables and blade tool are missing, but I wanted a planer, and I drove 1.5 hours to see it and couldn’t bring myself to walk away (and he wouldn’t budge even 1 cent on price, as he wasn’t even sure he wanted to sell. Probably should have left it, but in the end I think it’ll turn into a very nice tool with a little TLC. We’ll see. I figure worst case I’ll re-sell it on Craigslist and find another one.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 06:47 PM

I think ya did just fine. Maybe more work than ya wanted on the planer, but a good haul on the jointer for sure.


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#2 posted 01-13-2013 02:02 AM

not a bad set of deals. you’ve got both dimensioning tools for the price of a good new 6” jointer. and you learned the same lesson i did about CL purchases. the further you have to travel, the greater the importance of making sure you’ve negotiated the price as much as you can prior to travelling.

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 02:40 AM

Good deal on that jointer. Home Depot was blowing those out of their in-store inventory for a song a couple years ago, and that skewed the “market value” on that particular machine for a while. But given that the reg price of the Ridgid (or any other similar machine) is $500ish, $260 ain’t bad at all.

The planer on the other hand…..........well, I would have passed. Just sayin :)

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 03:02 AM

Thanks guys. Craigslist is always an adventure :) The jointer was definitely worth the trip (I’m in love with that machine already). I probably should have passed on the planer though…

I did get out there and dug into the planer tonight. I got everything cleaned up, put 2 coats of wax on the tables, lubed what I could, etc. (I’m out of dry lube so I couldn’t do the posts just yet). I did find a big gash in the infeed roller, so it probably should be replaced… but I’ve seen what those things cost. The outfeed roller is fine so I think it’ll be OK.

After cleaning the rollers and waxing the bed, it does seem to feed a bit better. It was outright jamming last night with an oak 1×8. Same board now passes through fine, but bogs down the motor and comes out looking pretty rough. I looked over the blades, and they’re definitely dull. So hopefully I just need to install a new set of blades and I’m good to go. So now I have to find myself a blade setting tool… :)

-- Bill - Western NY

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