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aquaholic

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02-14-2014 12:41 PM

i have come across this jointer locally. it is a 1997 model with little home shop use. 2hp, 220v single phase. Only has the 3 blade head. He is asking $750 for it. It is in really nice shape, with an extra set of new blades and manual. The price seems high in my opinion. even in good shape, it is still a 16 year old machine from a company that doesn’t exist anymore. I have to put in a call to wilke today to see if they still have parts support for bridgewood. What do you guys think is a fair value for this machine?

Chad


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#1 posted 02-14-2014 01:21 PM

I don’t know about a Bridgeport, but that price seem ok for an 8” Delta. 2hp should be fine. You really don’t need much if anything in parts as bearings can be third party and everything looks solid. Can you demo the machine? How is chip collection set up? If you can’t demo check the tables for flatness and co planer. And you can always offer less.

-- Bill R

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 02:29 PM

Bill, I was able to demo and it worked great. Beds are flat and blades are sharp. It is a plug and play machine. It only has a dust chute, so I will have to add dust collection to it. I didn’t make an offer yet. He seem firm but negotiable, so not sure what he is willing to do on price.

I guess my problem with price is that I am 2 hours from grizzly, where I can pick up a G0656P for $825. Longer beds, 3hp motor with a 4 blade head, dust collection, and a warranty. I guess in my mind a price around $500 for the bridgewood would seem fair. I could be way off on my thinking. That is where are you pro’s come in.

chad

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 03:00 PM

I see your reasoning. It is not that much more for a new grizzly with warranty and support. Hopefully others can comment on the Bridgeport value.

-- Bill R

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 03:04 PM

Bridgewood was a good company and honestly I’d rather not have a warranty and not need it than have on and use it. See what make the motor is and make sure from Wilke that parts would be available if you were to need them down the road. $500 would be tops for me given the motor size and 3 blade cutterhead, $400 would be better.

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 03:20 PM

I doubt is was $750 when purchased….probably less, so they’re either greedy or ignorant. It’s no longer made under the Bridgewood name, but came from the same factory as older Grizzly, Jet, GI, Sunhill, Woodtek, and others. $400-$500 seems fair to me.

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gtbuzz

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 03:40 PM

Seems a little steep, especially considering the brand new Griz isn’t much more. In the $500 range seems more fair to me. I see 8” Deltas in my area for around that price every so often.

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aquaholic

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 04:23 PM

Great info so far. So based on the information so far in this thread, I should probable try to get the bridgewood for around $400, or maybe go for the Geetech for $550 ??? Hard to beat that price. Or do I stick with grizzly?

My head is starting to hurt.
Chad

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aquaholic

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 06:31 PM

well, I just sent him an email offer of $450 firm with the extra set of new blades. After researching a little and great input from you guys, I believe that’s as high as I will go. Keep the good input coming guys. I’m new to this forum and semi new to woodworking so I need all the help I can get.

chad

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 06:58 PM

Better to be slightly disappointed that you didn’t get something (with the money still in your pocket) than slightly bummed that you did get something, with no money in your pocket.

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#10 posted 02-14-2014 07:03 PM

I think you are right on target with your offer. If he says no then so be it. Let him sit on it for another month then check back to see if he has changed his mind. If he sells it for this price….well he sold it. It wouldn’t be worth his asking price to me. For only $75 more the Grizzly is probably the better deal.

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#11 posted 02-14-2014 07:03 PM

Chad I can’t help you sorry as I live in Scotland, and these machines are not sold here. Also , it is quite unusual to have seperate machines for planing and thicknessing, as over here in Europe we go mostly for a combination machine what you would call planer and jointer combined in one machine anyway it would seem the guys here in the know are sending you some good sensible advice.If he will not come down from his asking price then I would add a hundred bucks and buy the new grizzly with the four cutter head block IMHO that makes more sense.Very kindest regards Alistair

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#12 posted 02-14-2014 07:03 PM

They were good machines when they were selling them.

Made in Taiwan, but the Wilke people knew how to get the
quality control right.

Price is on the high side for my area, but if there’s not much
local inventory of used machinery in your area you
may have to pay more than $400 for a 8” jointer. That’s
what I see them going for here. I sold an 8” Powermatic
for $550 I think a couple of years ago.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 07:15 PM

Your offer is very reasonable….maybe he’ll get the hint that his price is too darn high. We should all send a $400 offer to make your offer look better! ;-)

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 08:03 PM

I think you made a fair offer. He will probably refuse thinking it is worth more, but most like will not sell it for near the $750. Now that I think of it I only paid $750 for my 14 inch Mini Max combo and that is twice the machine. There are good finds out there, just depends on your immediate need.

-- Bill R

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aquaholic

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#15 posted 02-14-2014 10:22 PM

Well, back on the hunt again. He gave me a big no on my offer. Guess he can hang out with all the other craigslist fools that have gone crazy with their asking prices.

Thanks all for your help.
Chad

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