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Forum topic by jlabos posted 06-05-2014 12:42 AM 648 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2014 12:42 AM

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I found this jointer that runs on Craigslist. It comes with extra knifes and can get it delivered for $50 but I never seen a fence tilted like that. Is that a normal adjustment or is the fence bent or something? This will be my first jointer so I’m a newbie to how the fence tilts.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 04:31 PM

I have that jointer and my fence does not tilt like that.

-- Matt, Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 05:00 PM

I have that same planer too, I have had it for years. It was my dad’s. Yes, something is bent, the fence will tlt toward the cutters and then away to allow for adjustment, but the fence sits flat on the table all the time.

Before I got it, my dad had built a shoot that caught all the chips and narrowed down to a box that sat on the struts on the bottom of the table. It has a 12×12 box he just made from 1/2 inch plywood that sits on some plywood he mounted on those struts. He never had a dust collector and this worked so well I have never connected it to mine….you just wait the box is full and dump it…
I can remember him building the shoot as a kid… he bent the metal with a dead blow hammer on the edge of his bench, then pop riveted it.

With this jointer as well as any, knife alignment is critical to it working well and not chipping, make sure the knives you install are sharp and aligned…I have an alignment tool, but I usually just use a steel ruler and level the tables. I have looked at new planers many times and almost bought many, but this works well and I never have replaced it. PM me if you need and I can elaborate if you are interested.

Oh, I need to say this, if you never had a planer before, in my opinion it is the most dangerous, unforgiving tool in the shop. Be safe…use pushers, they are cheap to buy.

This is all just my .02 worth, as you know, there are many ways to do anything in the shop.

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 06:12 PM

Thanks for the replies. I never got back to update this post. I ended up getting the jointer. As you can see from the picture the jointer was fine and cleaned up nicely. The fence was pushed too far back and the cotter pin to stop it was missing causing the fence to fall off the table. The bearings for the cutter are smooth and the feed tables are flat. It came with three sets of knives so after a good sharpening all is running well. I plan on adding a dust collection box to connect it to my system.

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