used jet 15 inch planer

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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 05-03-2014 04:32 PM 1655 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2014 04:32 PM

I am looking at a used jet 15 inch planer model jwp15cs its 13 years old 3 hp he is asking 650 for it with 4 sets of knives,, my question is is 13 year old planer have any life left and if so is 650 reasonable or what should I offer him he upgraded to a luguna planer he said with carbide spiral head on it

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#1 posted 05-03-2014 07:46 PM

I think it might be a good deal.
And suprising that he didn’t put a shelix head on it.

I would offer 500 as a starting point.
Make sure it runs, and ask when and if he replaced the bearings.
Listen carefully to the machine to make sure no gear issues.

Run thru a board, put a good deep cut, that will tell you it’s shape. figure 1/16” if the feed rollers don’t like it you’ll see.
if the knives are dull you’ll see.

Make sure the 4 sets of knives have some meat left. They could all be consumed already.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 08:02 PM

As far as life, that planer will outlive most of us around here. I’m with Jeff, a lower price point might be in order, $500 seems closer to reasonable. I have a 13 year old Delta 15”....paid $1000 delivered. I’d say $500 would be about right for it without the Shelix I installed. The 4 sets of blades doesn’t impress me any….they could be shot. Even if they were just dull you’re looking at 75ยข/inch (+/-) to get them sharpened.

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#3 posted 05-03-2014 08:22 PM

I gave 400 for an older Jet 15” 3 hp planer and then sold it for 400.00 later. So I would shoot for 400.00. But go ahead and pay more if it is in really good condition. It could be a great planer for you for many years to come. It was slightly undersized for us at 15” capacity. But if 15” is good for what you do, then it should be a nice buy. I did see the same Jet 15” planer go for 650 at auction a month back locally, of course I personally thought that was high but my point is you seller might be asking a reasonable price given others are willing to pay that.

And I would think the seller has listed the planer higher than what he aims to get, or maybe not, maybe he is firm on price, but it does not hurt to make an offer.

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#4 posted 05-03-2014 09:09 PM

thanks so much for the replies very helpful im hoping tomorrow to go and look at the planer… im ganna bring my trailer and after some discussion make him an offer he has had it listed a week now… I want to see it operate… then we can go from there… again thanks soo much I joined lumberjocks today and appreciate the replies I had been with the other SMC the answers I would get were not as helpful as what I got today

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 03:17 PM

One just sold around here for $1200. Yea, I couldn’t believe it either.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 12:43 PM

$1200 Is just plane nuts. You could get a new Grizzly for that. I think grizzly is part of the problem with the used tool market. They have devalued the used tool market, the way I see it, if I can get new and comparable quality I might as well go for the new. I don’t see where jet is anything special. They paint their color and name on someone elses tools. I’m not saying there bad, I just don’t see how they command the price they get. Let us know how it turns out.

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 01:36 PM

As far as life, a lot of it depends on how it was maintained, stored and used. If it’s been lightly used, kept clean and rust free and looked after well it should be worth that much. Check the rollers, the cutterhead and the bed for any signs that metal or rocks have gone through. The value in the additional sets of knifes, especially if sharp, shouldn’t be overlooked. I see them in great shape around me sometimes advertised in the $800-900 range and as cheap as $300 for ones have look to be on their last leg in need of significant rust removal.

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