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Forum topic by camps764 posted 04-29-2013 08:55 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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camps764

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04-29-2013 08:55 PM

Hi all!

I’ve seen/read TONS of great advice on tool purchases (mostly focusing on the TS) and was hoping that I could get some of your feedback as well.

This jointer is for sale here in Omaha and it sounds pretty attractive.

Is it a good one? How does the price point look? Since it’s at a Pawn shop I’m guessing there is wiggle room.

Any feedback is really appreciated!

Jet 6-IN Long Bed Jointer – $495

SPECIFICATIONS
Cutter Head Speed
4,800 RPM

Fence Tilt
45 degrees Right and Left

Table Size
56-in x 7-3/8-in x 31-3/4-in

Rabbet Ledge
3-1/8-in x 8-3/4-in

Positive Stops
45 degrees Right and 90 degrees Left

Motor
1 HP, 1 Ph, 115/230V

Blade Size
6-in x 7/8-in x 3/64-in

Cutting Capacity
6-in x 1/2-in

Pre-Wired
115V

Fence Size
4-in x 33-1/8-in

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com


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Loren

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 09:01 PM

The mobile base retails for about $80 I think.

Check the knives for nicks.

Price is a bit high I’d say… but the machine looks cherry
and if you can be in and out in 10 minutes and have
it in your truck that’s something. Try offering $100
less. $400 with the base would be a fair price to
the seller and make a tidy profit for a pawn shop.
If they say no, leave your number and tell
them to call you if they change their mind.

Many people will disagree but I feel a 6” jointer
is very adequate for most furniture making. A pro
will want more of course.

Before I moved up to wider jointers I would
flatten wide boards with bench planes and it
really wasn’t much of a big deal in proportion to
the overall time and labor building a nice piece
of furniture involves. I still flatten wide boards
by hand from time to time.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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camps764

794 posts in 1010 days


#2 posted 04-29-2013 09:15 PM

Loren,

I really appreciate your input on this. I was thinking that 400 was a little closer to the right spot on this one. I’ve had smalle benchtop 6” jointer in the past, it was worthless. I bought a #7 and have been using that, in conjunction with a #5 to flatten and joint my boards. I really like the hand tools route, but sometimes get frustrated with the amount of time it takes – especially considering I only have a few hours each night after work to get in the shop and build.

Would it be better to hold out for a wider machine? Not in desperate need, but if this was a good enough deal I was going to pull the trigger.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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kdc68

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 09:23 PM

Sounds like a good deal…It looks like its never been used. The reviews are good. Here’s one below

http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/jetlngbedjntrrvu.html

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 09:30 PM

That is a good one. They are widely available on the used market.

The 6” width becomes very limiting after awhile, but it is a good place to start.
Maybe you can get the scooter and the bike in a package deal.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 09:33 PM

I have a delta 6in jointer, which is similar to the Jet. I have found 6in to be adequate. When I need to flatten wider stock, I can rig-up a sled to use with my planer. Sure, I’d rather have an 8in jointer. But its never been a dealbreaker for me and an 8in machine is typically much longer and heavier, making it cumbersome to use/move/store in my small shop. If I had a larger work space, this disadvantage would be nullified.

A new jointer in that class would be $500-700 (and remember shipping). And that jet looks pretty close to new. Replacement blades shouldn’t cost more than $20-30.
$400 would be a good price. Heck, offer $375 in green cash and see what happens. Back in the days before craigslist, I bought stuff from pawn shops fairly often. I pretty much always offered 80-85% of the asking price and was rarely declined.

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camps764

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 09:55 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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