Enco Jointers Any Good?

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Forum topic by jonah posted 10-21-2013 12:00 AM 2429 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2013 12:00 AM

Just saw someone list an 8” Enco jointer not too far from me (~1hr) on Craigslist. Anyone have one, used one, or know anything about them? He claims it’s a 1995 vintage in the ad, which makes me think it’s probably a Taiwan import. From what I’ve read from a quick googling, Enco, like a bazillion other companies, rebadged import tools, but no longer sells jointers.

The guy has the jointer listed for $295. 8 inchers don’t come up for sale very often around me, and when they do they are often beefy Powermatic or industrial ones that are way more money than I can spend. This particular one looks fairly clean from the one picture, though it’s often hard to tell with CL ads because the pics usually suck.

Any advice on whether it’d be worth pursuing?

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 12:04 AM

Grab it. It will go fast.

Well, check it for warped castings and things like that.
A warped fence is no big deal because it’s easy to fix
but warped tables (beyond a little bit, which won’t
interfere with woodworking) have to be reground.
Sometimes if a jointer was used as a storage table
for paint and other heavy stuff the tables will get warped.

All those Taiwan 8” jointers were pretty similar with a few
having longer beds and the cutterhead specs varied
from brand to brand.. but they all worked well.

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#2 posted 10-21-2013 01:07 PM

Anything besides the usual I should look for?

The usual:
Motor starts and runs smoothly
Tables are flat and not warped
Signs of obvious damage or abuse

The thing is so freaking heavy (400 lbs I’m guessing) that I don’t want to waste a trip (and a favor request for a friend to help move the thing).

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 01:15 PM

You’ve pretty much covered it. I’d crank the tables up/down on each side to make sure they’re not frozen but other than warpage there’s not really many problems you can’t spot with an inspection. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Ask about the knife setting jig (they always get lost, it’s useless but still provides starting point for knife setting), and if you have the time checking the bolts on the gibs for frozen wouldn’t be a bad idea….if he’s changed the knives over time that shouldn’t be a problem.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 06:50 PM

If it was made in Taiwan, it’s a pretty good machine. I can’t sat the same for made-in-China.

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 12:02 AM

I’m headed to check it out tomorrow morning. If it checks out, I need to figure out a way to a) beg/borrow/steal/rent a pickup truck and b) recruit a friend to help me load and unload the thing.

Those of you who don’t live in a city might think I’m crazy, but I don’t know many people in this area with trucks.

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#6 posted 06-08-2015 05:41 PM

I know this is an old post, but I just found an ENCO 8” Jointer on CL, wondering if there was anything to report regarding this post. Is it a good make?

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 02:24 PM

Mine has been great. I used it to mill the lumber for my workbench, for one. I use it pretty frequently (when I have time to do any work in the shop) and it’s been great so far. As I mentioned in the original post, I paid $295 for mine and I thought it was a great deal at that price.

The tables are not as long as most 8” jointers sold today, but that hasn’t been an issue for me since I don’t typically joint very long boards. The longest things I’ve put through it have been ~5-6ft long, and the tables are plenty long enough for those.

If the price is right, I’d buy another Enco like mine in a heartbeat.

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