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BinghamtonEd

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507 days ago

So over the weekend my wife handed me an envelope with $250, saying that it should help me towards getting a jointer (I guess I complained enough about not having one?). This is a big amount of money for us right now, so adding additional funds is not an option. At this point, I’m just scouring Craigslist on a daily basis to see if one pops up. I want to be prepared if one does so I believe I should :
- Use two squares to make sure that the tables are coplaner
- Make sure the fence can be squared along its length to the tables
- Check the cutterheads for nicks or damage
- Listen/feel for bearing issues

Does this sound about right? What else to look for? Also, what are the pros/cons of belt driven vs direct drive? Most of the ones I’ve seen in the past few months have been direct drive.

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


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 507 days ago

I had a delta bench top six inch jointer for about ten years that I liked. I paid $200 for it. It met my needs. It was direct drive variable speed. I am not sure they still make it though. I finally wore it out and bought a big Grizzly GO654.

-- In God We Trust

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BinghamtonEd

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#2 posted 507 days ago

Kinda like this one?

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

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 507 days ago

Depends on what condition you are willing to accept (and sometimes how far you are willing to drive!). A newer pristine jointer that has seen little use will command much more than an older/vintage one that needs some tlc. However, in most cases you will get much more of a machine opting for that vintage one. One key is to have patience and be persistent on CL.. don’t just jump on the first thing you see come along unless it’s an absolutely fantastic too good to pass up deal :) If you take your time and wait for the deal to find you, it will eventually. As for a jointer, $250 will go a long way if you are willing to get your hands dirty.. Just last year I picked up a Delta 14” bandsaw and a Boyce-Crane 6” jointer for way less than that (package deal – $170 for both). A little cleaning, new bearings and belts and both are now better than new. After adding in the cost of new belts, blades, bearings, etc.. this wound up costing me a hair over $150:

It’s roughly 300 pounds of pure joy to use.. much nicer than pretty much any machine I could have purchased new and for a fraction of their cost. Remain patient and no telling how much good stuff you can get with that $250! Don’t worry too much if the tables are out of plane.. they can be shimmed out. Don’t worry too much about nicks and dents in the blades.. they will most likely need to be replaced or at the very least sharpened. Unless the machine is fairly new, expect to replace the cutter head bearings (cheap and easy to do). Use these to your advantage as bargaining points when negotiating a price. Do check for cracked or broken cast iron parts and missing bits. If you find a cracked housing or table, walk away fast (sure sign of abuse!) Look for ones that are as complete as possible. Even worn parts are better than no parts and will at least give you a pattern to replicate if needed!

Cheers,
Brad

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

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levan

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#4 posted 507 days ago

I would agree with Brad. Be patient and you will find a great deal. I’m sure this is to far away for you, but the offerings change frequently. Just another place to watch. They do get some quality machine on here quite often. Maybe something closer to you soon.

http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&kWord=jointer&whichForm=vehicle&searchPg=Main

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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distrbd

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#5 posted 507 days ago

I agree with MRunix(brad).When I was looking for a jointer I asked other members what they recommended for $200,almost all warned me about the ” motorized bench top models” a few had good service and no complains but even those guys moved on to the older ,heavy cast iron 6” or 8” jointers.
some of these older models may need bearing /belt changed but not all.the only thing you may have to do before putting it to use is to clean up some surface rust ,but as mentioned above, keep checking CL and jump on a deal when you see one,driving a couple of hours to get any tool is part of the fun.

-- Ken from Ontario

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bbc557ci

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#6 posted 507 days ago

BinghamtonED – Just saw this for sale on CL. Little more than what you’re looking to spend, but not too much. Are you in Binghamton NY? If so, Rochester is just a few hours from you.

btw… I know nothing about the Ridgid jointers, maybe someone will chime in and let you/me know if this is a decent deal. Good luck with your hunt!!

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/tls/3649207434.html

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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BinghamtonEd

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#7 posted 507 days ago

bbc, I actually did see that one, but $250 really is the max I can spend right now. Maybe in a month or so I can bump it up a little bit. I actually grep up about 10 minutes from Fairmount, (its just a few minutes west of Syracuse).

Edit : I may be heading up to Syracuse in the next few weeks to pilfer some beer-making supplies from my parents’ house while they’re in Florida for the winter season. If that’s still for sale, I might make an offer. I read decent things about those.)

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

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bbc557ci

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#8 posted 507 days ago

Nuther on Syracuse CR – old Cresent. Again…. I know nothing about this one either

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/tls/3656374727.html

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 507 days ago

I saw that, wasn’t too fond of the chunk missing out of the table!

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

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bbc557ci

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#10 posted 507 days ago

Whoa, sorry, I didn’t see that!! Just saw the add and did the quick cut/paste.

Maybe you could put a “want add” in the CR Tool section. I did that sevaral months ago while looking for a 1 hp motor for my old Craftsman table saw. Guy sent me an email and I ended up getting one that looked almost new for $50.00.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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levan

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#11 posted 507 days ago

If your folks are in florida you might consider this.
http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=1059&acctid=3015

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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BinghamtonEd

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#12 posted 507 days ago

Thanks for the link, but that would most definitely not fit in their car! Now, if I could score something like that locally…

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

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levan

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#13 posted 507 days ago

I guess if the price ends up right it might be worth shipping. just a thought

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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toolie

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#14 posted 507 days ago

binghamtoned…........ that ridgid jointer is a neat little unit. and those older, gray colored ridgds carry lifetume guaranties against manufacturing defects, regardless of ownership. IMHO, it might be worth the $50 differential to stretch for a unit that was the top value in wood magazine’s last comparative test of 6” jointers. just my $.02.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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knotscott

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#15 posted 507 days ago

I’d definitely suggest sticking with a belt drive cast iron stationary model as opposed to a benchtop. Even the humble HF 6” jointer is capable of making flat square boards.

I’d make an offer $250 for the Ridgid now before it’s gone, then arrange pickup. It’s quite possible that $300 is more than they were looking to get….I usually ask what a seller would be willing to take before making my offer, because sometimes they ask less than what I was going to offer. If it’s more than $250, that’s the time to explain that $250 is your top end and put the ball back in their court….you can always leave your number.

Here's a nice old King Seeley for $65 that might be within driving distance from you.

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

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