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talle

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05-08-2014 12:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer transpower geetech

LJs,

I am going to look at an 8” jointer tomorrow and would like to know your thoughts. The guy is closing up shop and selling all of his equipment. He is selling a 8” 2hp jointer for 400. It comes with 4 sets of knives (3 unused) and a dolly to move it around. It is labeled as transpower, but was made by Geetech in 2003. Is this a good deal? Would you go for it? I know Geetech has made other brand name machines like Grizzly, Powermatic, Jet etc, but was 2003 a good year? Let me know your thoughts.


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#1 posted 05-08-2014 12:02 AM

Looks like a Jet, or similar jointer from Taiwan.
As long as it is complete and in working order, I would check it out.

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

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 12:04 AM

Yeah definitely made in Taiwan, not the mainland which is considered good these days. What should I look for when checking it out. If anyone has experience in this area it would be greatly appreciated.

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 12:14 AM

Motor starts and runs smoothly
Fence square to table
tables flat (check with straightedge and feeler gauge)

Jointers are pretty basic machines. Usually you have to spend some time getting the tables coplanar, but once in a while you get lucky and it’s already set correctly.

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

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 12:15 AM

Talle – that looks like a nice unit. Taiwanese made is a good thing. If it’s all there, works, and the tables/fence are flat, I would go for it. You might even walk away with it for $350.

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 12:15 AM

Thanks pinto deluxe, how about the price? What do you think?

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 12:55 AM

I have the Geetech model and cost me $450 and I am very pleased with it. I had to shim the outfeed table to get everything co-planar but it joints beautifully.

-- "I work so I can fish"!

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#7 posted 05-08-2014 12:58 AM

Did you buy that new from Loma?

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 02:38 AM

decent price if its flat

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#9 posted 05-09-2014 12:42 PM

That is identical to my ‘90s Enco 8 incher. It’s a good design, which is why it was produced for so many brands for so long. Mine I think was made in 1996 and is in every respect identical to that one.

As others mentioned, the most important things are that the tables are reasonably flat and that the motor starts, runs, and stops smoothly. The motor and cutter head pulleys may or may not be coplanar, so if it appears to run rough try taking the belt off and just running the motor with no belt attached.

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