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pauldye

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102 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jointing jointer powermatic

I am shopping for a used jointer. On CL, there is good looking PM 54a, priced at $700.

http://batonrouge.craigslist.org/tls/4242895851.html

Is that a fair price? I see that a new one is around $1100, but with shipping and tax, it would be closer to $1250. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Generally, I do edge jointing on the tablesaw with a panel jig. I need to do face jointing, thus the need for a jointer. Around here in the bayou, with humidity ranging up to 90+ percent, I need to flatten the board face.

Thanks.


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Loren

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#1 posted 102 days ago

No.

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#2 posted 102 days ago

not at all, at this price range esp. for a used model, you are looking at 8” jointers…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 102 days ago

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#4 posted 102 days ago

thanks for the clear answers. I thought it was a bit overpriced. I had not seen much available on CL in my area. I was losing patience.

Loren, I will check out ebay. I haven’t used my account there for years. And, I did not even think they had heavy equipment.

When buying a used jointer, what should I do to verify it is good working order? Run some stock over it, kick the tires, and then what?

Paul

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#5 posted 102 days ago

bring a straight edge with you – check beds for straight and parallel (each separately and toward each other) – there could be some play/error esp. if it hasn’t been setup right or in storage, but make sure nothing extreme lies within. check fence for square to table. check fence locking rigidity.

turn machine on – make sure motor is humming and isn’t rattling – rattling noise could mean bearing issues in motor and could mean $$$ for a new motor real quick (take off belt when you check that as old belt could induce vibration and are an easy fix and not necessarily mean anything).

put belt back on – run machine and check that cutterhead is running smoothly and doesn’t bind, or scraps the casting.

stop and unplug machine – check cutterhead for any damages, nicks, signs of misuse/abuse – look at knives and their condition (again look for signs of abuse and what not – knives are expendables, but signs of abuse could mean hidden surprises down the road).

not a whole lot – a jointer is a fairly simple machine.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 102 days ago

NO.
I paid $400 for an 8” powermatic.

-- Bert

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pauldye

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#7 posted 72 days ago

http://neworleans.craigslist.org/tls/4319642694.html

this a new CL listing for a jointer in my area. It looks ok to me. Any thoughts from LJ members on this?

Paul

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#8 posted 72 days ago

Overpriced at $350 IMO. I’d pay $250 or less for that jointer.

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pauldye

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#9 posted 71 days ago

jonah: Thank you, I will try to talk him down.

For a Craftsman 6 1/8” Professional Series Jointer that has almost no wear, I would be willing to go 300 with the extra set of knives. But only after checking it for level tables, and a nice sounding motor.

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MrRon

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#10 posted 71 days ago

I paid much less for that same model new 8 years ago.

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pauldye

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#11 posted 70 days ago

Thank you all for the good advice.

I was able to pick up the jointer for 250. It need a few small repairs. The on/off switch mount is broken. It needs to get fixed with at the welder. The feet are a mess. I removed them. I will build some type of mobility unit for the bottom There was a good review on a Central Machinery kit at HF recently.

I ran a few boards through this morning. It does a good job, with plenty of snipe on the end. I need to learn a bit about how to joint and how to adjust the tables. This is a good starter machine for my level.

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#12 posted 70 days ago

Well done. I find that heavy wood shop machinery is hard to come by along my part of the Gulf Coast.

I get the feeling that supply is greater, and prices are softer, in the midwest and east coast regions. I think it would take months to find several options for used jointers in Houston. Then they’d be priced such that folks on this site would tell you they were overpriced; and they had found the machine for a fraction of the Houston price. And then, it gets sold to someone else, and that’s that.
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