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Forum topic by noone posted 06-20-2013 08:43 PM 1360 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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noone

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06-20-2013 08:43 PM

This looks like a year 2000ish jointer that looks to be in ok condition. He has come down to $200, but I think this is more worth $120ish, assuming it works and needs just new blades. Again, these can be bought new for about $500 delivered.

Thoughts?

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/tls/3876280536.html


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knotscott

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 08:58 PM

I wouldn’t be happy to pay $200, but it’s not a terrible deal either. $350 was nuts, but $200 could be fair if it runs well and the rust isn’t overwhelming. Gonna need some TLC.

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 09:45 PM

It is really hard to tell if some critical parts are missing, as in fence parts. The fence is there, but are all the bolts, nuts, handles, adjustment thingys, etc.
To me, $200 of junk that needs 20 hours of work to make it to your standards at even $10 an hour makes that a $400 jointer. At that point, I think I would seriously consider a new one.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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noone

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 09:51 PM

I tend to agree. ^^^^

$300 more for brand new is not a whole lot more in the big picture.

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toolie

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 10:19 PM

FWIW, those older units are just built better than the newer OWT manufactured units. and they do carry a lifetime guaranty against manufacturing defects that independent of ownership. IMHO, $200 is a fair price for that jonter, assuming all it needs is a little TLC>

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 10:23 PM

I tend to agree. ^^^^

$300 more for brand new is not a whole lot more in the big picture.

noone......I have this Grizzly jointer…owned more than a year now…no complaints…

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-46-Jointer/G0654

I know nothing good or bad about this….just passing along the info that in the same price range

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-professional-1-1-2-hp-6-1-8-jointer-planer-21705-/p-00921705000P

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 11:36 PM

toolie are you sure that lifetime warranty isn’t for the original owner only. I had to register my tools and have a warranty card. He would need to get that for sure.

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 03:50 AM

The beds and fence will clean up in no time.
I sold mine, same model , last year for $275. Beds were flat and co-planar and fence was perfectly straight.
I had installed new knives prior to selling it. They’re cheap and readily available.

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 03:57 AM

I would say it depends on how much time and money you have. if you have a lot of time on your hands like i do it might be worth it to buy this and tinker with it but if you dont have much time it may be worth your while to save up and buy a better one. I paid $100 for my worthless craftsman jointer and I definitely regret it. it can flatten boards fine but even with brand new blades on it the jointer doesnt give me a very smooth edge at all. typically i would joint a board then turn around and run it through my radial saw after to get rid of the missing chunks.

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 01:11 PM

emart, which direction is the grain running when you get
“missing chunks” ? Sounds like operator error.
” tools are only as good as the hands that hold them”

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emart

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 06:32 PM

I’m usually pretty careful to inspect my material so that I follow the grain. I have other problems with my cheap jointer like the fence doesnt hold straight very well and even when it doesnt tear pieces out of the wood i never end up with a smooth finish. i have also heard complaints from other LJs about this specific jointer I have

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#11 posted 06-21-2013 07:48 PM

Don’t do it man. I recently bought a two year old, Jet Gold Series 6 inch for $150. Durn thing had probably 3 hours or less of use on it. Keep searching man.

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 06-21-2013 10:05 PM

If he came down to $200 already, offer him what you think it’s worth . If he takes it , good for you. If he doesn’t, good for you…it wasn’t meant to be. Sounds like you’re already wanting to spend the $500 anyway : )

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Tedstor

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#13 posted 06-22-2013 12:05 AM

If you’re in the market for a used jointer, I’d strongly consider paying $200 for that Ridgid. I mean better deals do come along from time to time. But how long are you prepared to wait for the occasional $100 steal to show itself? And $200 for that Ridgid is still $200+ cheaper than buying a new machine. Assuming the motor runs, the cutterhead spins, and the table elevation wheels function you could have that machine in working order in no time.
BUT-
If you can afford a new machine. New is good too.

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#14 posted 06-22-2013 01:14 AM

If the motor is good and the beds and fence flat and true, a little rust is easy to clean up as long as there is no pitting. I used some RustFree (Boeshield) on mine and now it looks brand new. I have the orange Ridgid jointer and it’s been great.

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#15 posted 06-22-2013 01:57 AM

He would need to get that for sure.

that’s for coverage under the LSA. the older gray colored tools predate the LSA. the owners manuals for all the gray colored stationary power tools i own have the lifetime guaranty printed right on them. that lifetime guaranty against manufacturing defects is tool, rather than owner, specific.

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

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