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04-06-2013 06:33 PM

I am plan on going to look at this jointer tomorrow evening and would love some first hand knowledge. I am not very keen on newer craftsman tools, but this one looks like it is in decent shape for the age. Has anyone used a similar machine?



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#1 posted 04-06-2013 06:33 PM

I guess it would help if I added the link

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 07:07 PM

One of my students bought the same model for $75. For $200 you should get a newer model and hopefully not a sears model.

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 08:16 PM

That seems like a pretty good price for an 8” jointer. On the other hand, those look like pretty short beds for an 8” jointer.

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 08:20 PM

I don’t know much about it but I’m going to go look at the 6” version of that one tomorrow and would also be curious as to some opinions.

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 08:33 PM

I have the 6”. It’s a decent jointer. The outfeed is non adjustable, if that makes any difference to you.
I think I bought it around 1977 or so.
I wouldn’t give more than $100 for either one. Even less for the 8”.

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#6 posted 04-06-2013 08:35 PM

Too high for that jointer.

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 08:46 PM

I’d pass on that machine-
As said before, the outfeed table doesn’t adjust which makes setting the blades a PIA and the fence is bass ackwards by having the lock and quadrant on the outfeed side.I used one once and the experience was unpleasant enough that I never forgot it. Honestly, it amazes me they actually sold those things. And I’m not sure they made an 8” in that model either. Hold on to your money and look for a better machine.

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 09:37 PM

He did tell me he would take $100 for it if that makes a difference. From the sounds of it I might have to pass on it.

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 10:14 PM

I’d pass.

The jointers with end mounted fences have a tendency to flex, increasing the possibility of an out-of-square pass. I see delta jointers for $200 pretty often, and are much better machines.

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 10:22 PM

I’ve got and use the 6” version of that jointer. It works well and is what I use all the time. But…. I’ve seen some newer 6” Jointers, rigid, delta, and such that were much newer for about 200-250 on craigslist. I’d say 100 or less would be a better price. Then again 8” is hard to come by. They’re pretty expensive.

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#11 posted 04-06-2013 10:38 PM

Definetly pass on this one. Look for a Delta JT 360 or similar as it is a lot more stout. I paid $125 for my JT-360 and couldnt be happier.. For now this works for me until I can afford my 8”

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#12 posted 04-06-2013 10:49 PM

That’s not an 8 inch jointer.. it a 6 1/8 inch according to the model number shown (113.206931). Owners manual can be found here (PDF format). I agree that $200 is a bit much.. $75-$100 would be more reasonable.


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#14 posted 04-06-2013 11:32 PM

It’s a bit steep IMO. $100-$125 is the going rate for those around here. I have no idea how good those old Emerson jointers are. You can always offer less.

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#15 posted 04-07-2013 12:05 AM

Here’s a link to an LJ who has refurbed this machine. Check it out.

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