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Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion posted 01-02-2014 03:30 PM 1341 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2014 03:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer planer

Hey Lumberjocks
Greetings. This is my first post, excited to be here. I have followed the site for a while.

To keep my story short, I’m a newbie hobbyist looking to cultivate my skills. Looking at purchasing a jointer/planer to straighten boards. I am thinking used, under $350 range. I’m in Seattle area, and on Craigslist there are many older craftsman jointers that go for sale in that range. I’m prepared to be patient in my shopping. Wanted to see what tool you may recommend. I assume a 6” jointer would be a good place to start. I have space in my 1 car garage shop for a long table or to make one for the jointer.

Looking forward to learning from you all


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#1 posted 01-12-2014 05:41 AM

Keep hunting CL, Brando. I found my 6” Delta jointer with a stand on CL for $250 about 4 years ago. And it came with 2 extra sets of knives. It does take some patience, tho.

Be cautious with Craftsman. Some (but not all) of their jointers use odd-sized knives making it hard to find replacements.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 07:20 AM

I started with a 6” Jet jointer which was a solid machine. That size jointer is ubiquitous on the new and used markets. I quickly found the need to upsize to an 8” Delta machine, which is not only 2” wider but also measures 76” long. Compare that to the 46” long Jet.
Which one will fit better in your shop? Are you likely to mill much lumber longer than 6 feet? The 6” jointers will handle 5-6’ boards okay, but the longer bed on the 8” machines makes long stock easier to handle.

I think some of the best jointers available are the parallelogram style machines. Delta DJ-20, Grizzly 490, and some of the bigger Powermatics. They are easier to adjust the beds, and the settings stay put.

As far as planers, the Dewalt 735 has been a solid machine for me.

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

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 12:30 PM

I would watch CL for a few weeks to get a feel for what comes and goes. I think starting with a good used 6” machine makes sense, as you can always sell it for roughly what you paid for it if you decide to upgrade.

$350 might be a decent deal, or it might be a ripoff. I would find out the model and condition of the unit, then look around on other CL sites for price comparisons. Also check with Sears on parts availability.

I like Powermatic jointers a lot. If you can get a long bed Powermatic 6” in good condition, that would be a great choice. Those are usually a bit more spendy than the rest of the pack, but the additional bed length would be nice. Also, I’ve never seen one of those that didn’t run super smoothly.

-- PaulMayer,

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 12:02 AM

Thanks all for your responses. Are there certain eras or years for Deltas to stay away from. Here are some that are on CL right now from Delta (+ A Rigid).





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#5 posted 01-13-2014 12:02 AM

I can fit a jointer with a larger bed on it in my space as well

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 12:05 AM

I am also on the hunt for a jointer…I have to have 110V, and would like a segmented cutterhead. I realize that probably put me in a different price bracket. So, without hijacking Brando’s thread, if any of you have thoughts relevant to those points, I’d like to hear them.

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 12:24 AM

HarveyDunn, what are the pros/cons of segmented cutters

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 12:27 AM

That old school 6”delta looks like a sweet deal, at $300. Might want to check electrical requirements, some were 3 phrase.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 12:28 AM

Brando, do you have a subscription to Fine Woodworking? There is an explanation here:

I’m afraid I’m just a sheep who does whatever their editors tell me…therefore since they say get a segmented cutterhead, that is what I plan to do!

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 12:31 AM

A segmented cutter head (also known as a helical or spiral cutter head) uses indexed solid carbide cutters rather than straight knives, and will usually produce a superior finish on wood with figured or other difficult grains.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 12:39 AM

You might watch for Grizzly’s annual scratch and dent sale since you are somewhat close to Bellingham. There are great deals to be had IF you arrive early and know what you want.

I also had a 6” Jet and upgraded to an 8” G490 after a few years. IMO the additional length is more important than the width.

-- Art

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 12:51 AM

Brando, what nwbusa said.

Also, you can buy aftermarket segmented cutterheads for some older jointers. See the Byrd website.

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