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Forum topic by origamisan posted 06-13-2014 11:48 PM 1799 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2014 11:48 PM

I am going to go take a look at a delta jointer and planer tomorrow. Here is the description from the seller:

Delta 6” Joiner, never been used. Bought new at end of 2006. On mobile base. Needs a small bit of final assembly – power switch and chip chute. $450

Delta 13” Portable Planer. Never been used. Bought new at end of 2006. $275

This is my first time looking at a used jointer like this. Is there anything specific I should look for when evaluating it? Also, Any thought on this price? Thanks in advance for your input.

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 01:30 AM

In my market I would have trouble getting that much for a 6” jointer. If it is essentially new, and rust-free, it may be worth more than average. I would be comfortable with $600 for the pair.

I have had good luck mentioning the price of new Grizzly equipment when buying used jointers. Also use the fact that it is a dovetail=way style jointer (not parallelogram style) as a bargaining point.

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 01:54 AM

Buy it now.

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 02:32 AM

I’ve got its cousin in law craftsman with an open stand that I’ll let go for 2 fiddy. Holla atcha boy.

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 02:42 AM

Both are way, way overpriced in my opinion. I’m not sure about your specific area, but a long-bed 6” jointer would go for no more than $300 here. Maybe $350 if you had the right buyer. The mobile base is nice, but they cost ~$40 or so.

Is that the shipping oiled paper stuff or is that rust on the jointer?

As for the planer, it’s basically equivalent to other lunchbox style planers. Except it has been sitting around for 8 years. A Dewalt 734 goes for about $350. So does the Ridgid.

I’d pay no more than $200 for that planer.

Both items, obviously, have no warranty and are in no condition for you to do anything other than see if the motor works. You won’t be able to cut wood on either. You’d have to remove all the paper/rust/whatever off the jointer to check the tables for flatness and co-planarity. That particular design it’s a royal PITA to shim the tables to co-planer.

Honestly, I would either offer a lot less than they’re asking or pass. Lots of risk with those two machines.

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#5 posted 06-14-2014 03:31 AM

I’d be all over them. The prices are quite fair if truly they are unused. You should certainly be able to tell if they have been used. A Dewalt, Ridgid or Grizzly are not even in the same league. Delta is a much better product.

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#6 posted 06-14-2014 10:23 AM

With regards to the planer, I completely disagree. If we were talking a stationary planer, maybe, but a lunchbox is a lunchbox is a lunchbox. Some have neat features but at heart, they are the same thing. The Steel City with the segmented cutter head is what, $450-$500 now?

That jointer may have had better fit and finish than the similar Taiwanese models from any one of a half dozen makers, but it’s an eight year old machine, not a new one. I’d prefer something that someone has used and cared well for to something that is a complete unknown. It’s also an identical design to those imports.

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 07:32 PM

at least I’m not the only frugal buyer out there. IN my neighborhood the planer may bring 150 and the jointer maybe in the area of $250 at most. The planer is around 8 YO and it has rubber feed rollers. The condition may be bad just from a lack of use.

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 07:50 PM

I agree with Shawn, that jointer is more like a $250 machine, and the planer may be a little over $150, but not much. But then, there may always be someone willing to pay more….I would want that to be someone else.

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 08:01 PM

FWIW, I recently purchased a Ridgid luncbox (R4331) reconditioned with warranty for $299 shipped from CPO. It has done everything I have asked of it.

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#10 posted 06-14-2014 09:16 PM

If I’m going to buy something used, I’m for damn sure not going to pay more than ~50% of what a comparable new thing costs.

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#11 posted 06-19-2014 11:53 AM

Maybe a little pricey, but if both are brand new, then that may make the difference for you. I do not think you will find a combo like this for much cheaper though. They are worth haggling over a little. I would offer them 6 $100 bills for the pair

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