Jointer Question - is this thing worth $200?

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05-18-2013 01:52 PM

Saw this on CL this morning and considered offering $200 for it.”":

I currently do all of my jointing by hand. It’s fun, but takes forever.

As much as I wish I could go out and drop 700-1,000, Like everyone, my WW funds are always limited.

Rust aside, with some elbow grease and a little work would this be a solid jointer?

The C-man name scares me a little – I know the newer stuff is junk. But this looks a little older. Anyone have/had this one in the past? Is the fence decent? Can you get the tables co-planar?

I do medium sized furniture builds, and looking to start doing more Arts and Crafts style pieces using rough sawn lumber.

Thoughts/opinions are appreciated.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 02:07 PM

I don’t have any experience with this model, so take this with a grain of salt. But, in my opinion, a 6”+ jointer with cast iron tables, in running condition, has got to be worth $200. I’d give it a shot.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 02:07 PM

Yes and no.

If the thing worked well, bearings and motor sounded good, it joints a smooth edge and you wanted to do a little cleaning up then it is a good price.

On the other hand, you can come across new used machines for about 200-250 in the 6” line. My nephew found an almost new rigid 6” on craigslist last year.

In addition, I’d like to say that I have the 6” version of this jointer that is about circa 1980. It’s still going and has served me well. Well made back then. Lots of heavy cast iron. You will find new jointers with a few more amenities for alignment and such.

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 02:14 PM

It looks to be the common dovetail design for the table ways…so it can be aligned if not already so.

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 02:18 PM

The 2nd pic shows that it is a 6 1/8” jointer. Not sure how accurate the horse power rating is. Probably not 2+ hp running on 110. As for the value, I am not sure…but less is always better. If it works, and you are in the $150, seems viable.

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 02:19 PM

In your area, yes.

Jointers are simple machines. Craftsman cast iron jointers
work well and last a long time. The benchtop aluminum
tools are not as durable.

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#6 posted 05-18-2013 02:28 PM

Like Craftsman on the lake, my Sears jointer (Craftsman) is circa late 70’s and has performed well for me. It’s a very simple machine, easy to align and change cutters. A pox on manufacturers that complicate stuff.
$200 is a fair price as long as it runs well and the fence and outfeed move smoothly and lock in place.

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#7 posted 05-18-2013 03:03 PM

YES, if it is running….

it is the father to this jointer: Which I really enjoy owning and using.

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 03:04 PM

If it is running and includes the mobile base then even better!

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#9 posted 05-18-2013 03:15 PM

I would think the price you plan to offer is fair, I wouldn’t consider it gloat worthy, but I wouldn’t feel like I got ripped off either. Clean it up with a little bit of wd40 mixed with bar keepers best friend and a steel wool pad, apply a coat of paste wax and then you will probably have a decent little jointer, Just remember not to put your beer can on the cast iron like the current owner did.

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#10 posted 05-18-2013 03:22 PM

i think its a fair price,if your area is like mine you don’t find alot of ww equipment for sale and when you do you have to jump on it.i found a delta jt360 a couple months back and got it for $200,the table where rust just put some wd-40 and steel wool with elbow gease just like eatsawdust recommends.

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#11 posted 05-18-2013 03:38 PM

I’ve seen Powermatic Jointers for the same price ,if your not in a hurry I’d hold out for a newer better brand jointer .

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#12 posted 05-18-2013 05:38 PM

Not that you need anymore opinions but that’s never stopped me before. If it runs well and the tables are flat and parallel then I’d say yeah, decent deal. Like Loren said, they’re pretty simple machines. You can always wait for a newer machine or a better deal or a brand with more cachet but in the mean time you’re without a jointer. If this one is set up right and sharp I doubt you’ll be able to tell the difference in a board jointed on it or one jointed on the newer/better/brand-ier future one. And if that future one does come along, buy it and sell this one.

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#13 posted 05-18-2013 05:56 PM

I think for your first jointer it will be ok may have to do a litttle work, but you have to do that with any jointer you buy, unless you buy from a good woodworker thats moving on to bigger better things, go for it you can tinker and when you buy a larger one you will know all the little tricks

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#14 posted 05-18-2013 05:57 PM

but I also agree with Jimbo too decisions decisions

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#15 posted 05-18-2013 06:01 PM

I am inclined to be at the $150 price range. I would hold out for better.

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