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05-24-2013 09:38 AM

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I need assistance in buying my first jointer. I am an intermediate wood worker and have made a few projects but I have found working with rough cut lumber can be hard with a table saw and sander. I saw a 6” Craftsman 1/2 hp on Craigs List and wanted to know if anyone knew anything about the jointer and if it was a good buy at $125. It seems a bit big for my small work space but I am open to it. Thanks for any input.

Also if any one has any recommendations on what I should look for in a used jointer for around $100 let me know.

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 10:11 AM

Those are fairly common, and are worth about the asking price. Much better unit the lighter weight benchtop jointers. The condition looks pretty decent. Spin the cutterhead and listen for grinding noises from bearings. I’d offer $100 if it runs well.

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 10:45 AM

I have this model and have had it since new in the early 80’s I think. It’s still running and I have put many bf of oak and other hardwoods through it. it does a good job for me at jointing and flattening wood when used with a saw and planer.

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 11:33 AM

The seller is pretty set on $125. It looks like it is in good condition from the pictures. I am going to look at it on Sunday and I will probably buy it if it runs well. It is a hour ride for me to check it out. I have been looking and this seems to be one of the better deals in my area in my price range $100-$150 for a smaller jointer for 4-6 foot boards. Keep the comments coming so I know I am not making a mistake on it. Nothing worse then getting a new tool and fighting with it.

Also when I talked to the owner be said be got it during a clean out and he lined it up and cleaned it.

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 01:23 PM

I have a similar model as this and never had a problem. These were built like tanks back then, not like a lot of todays stuff. Should be worth checking out. If it runs smooth, make him a offer.

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 01:28 PM

IDK I waited and pinched pennies untill I found a decent size jointer as my first but if it runs and makes boards flat go for it, make sure all the height adjustments and belt adjustment works the fence locks down and no bolts are stripped in the cutterhead and things of that nature good luck, a jointer makes things so much better of course you can joint in the planer but of course it’s always a hassle but go for it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 05-24-2013 01:34 PM

Not fond of sears products but this is a fair price for a jointer of this style and age.

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#7 posted 05-24-2013 01:37 PM

I have the same jointer which I also purchased from a Craigslist ad and it is a reasonably good unit.

Price…while I purchased mine for less than $125 I do not think that price is outrageous. That said…you’ll eventually find a better unit for about the same price. The real question being how long you’re able (i.e. willing) to wait.

Hope this helps…

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 01:48 PM

+1 checking out the bearings. You may need to buy new blades unless you are adapt at sharpening. It looks well loved.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 05:36 PM

When people say I could get a better jointer what does that mean? Larger work area, more reliable, etc?

Also how easy is it to get parts for these old craftsman? Motors, Blades, belts, etc? Thanks.

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 10:42 PM

i sold one of those two/three years ago for $50. the fence is serviceable, but a somewhat unusual arrangement as it’s secured at one end only. there are more recent vintage jointers that might cost a bit more ($150-200), but have better fences and perhaps slightly longer beds. i sold the one i had because the fence wasn’t what i expected it to be.

keep looking closer to home. that jointer, although not a bad looking unit, is not, IMHO, worth a 1 hour (RT or each way) trip. i’m with KS. for $100, it might be worth the stretch. c-man parts are available from sears, and m&d mower. good luck.

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 11:14 PM

If I cant get this jointer for $100 what should I be looking for on CL for the $100-$150 range? I have seen a few but they seem to be in rough condition. This one seemed to be in the best condition from the ones I have seen so far.

For example below seems to be two very similar jointer for $200 and $175, so at $125 for the first one, it does not seem too bad.

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 12:04 AM

If the cutterhead spins nicely, I’d buy it @125. You have to ask yourself, is waiting for 2,3 6 months worth it over 25 bucks??? To me, I’d rather have the tool to work with. Some folks look for the perfect deal and then end up with nothing.

You mileage may very but heck to me, I’d rather have the tool than worry about 25 dollars breaking a deal.

That jointer looks like it is in great shape….go check it out.

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#13 posted 05-27-2013 12:42 PM

Well I did not get the craftsman. I was going to check in out but the day before I grab a great deal on a Ridgid

Only 6 years old with 3 sets of blades. Got it for $150 only $25 more than the older craftsman, homdepot still seems to sell these for $550. Seems like a steal to me, let me know what you guys think.

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#14 posted 05-27-2013 12:49 PM

congrats on the new jointer!!!!

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#15 posted 05-27-2013 12:50 PM

rolfeskj...much better deal than the Craftsman….Those Ridgids are regarded as a good machine for the $$. IMO that would be a gloat

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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