Time sensitive!! Need opinion on a jointer buy. HELP thanks!

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02-04-2015 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer help shopmaster jo 400 question

There is a really old 1950s jojnter for sale near me on craigslist. Shopsmith j0 400. Asking 135. Is it worth it? Can you buy replacement cutter blades for it? Etc.

Heres a link to description and pics. New to woodworking. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 02:08 AM

IMO $135 is a little on the high side. It’s a bench top model mounted on a homemade base. Yes you can get 6” jointer knives just about anywhere.

It’s been listed for 4 days now, give the seller a call and see how motivated he is. If you go see it, make sure you turn it on and listen for anything that doesn’t sound right and make sure the head seems to turn freely. Looks like it’s in decent shape.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 02:35 AM

I think it’s a little on the high side too, but more because of the overall length. I’ve seen some good looking old Rockwell, Delta and a few not so old JET 6” jointers on factory steel cabinets and much longer tables for around $100 – $150. Patience and having alerts set up are imperative if you plan on being able to jump on a great deal the moment it come along as they’re usually gone as fast as they show up.

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 05:03 AM

What would you guys pay for that particular one?

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 05:28 AM

I wouldn’t buy it. Too small for the money. I wouldn’t pay anything for it because I wouldn’t be happy with it. I’m not sure you will be either.

I’m relatively new to woodworking and very new to tool acquiring. Last winter I made a move on a jet clone at $125- very similar to what bigblockyeti is talking about. I’m not super happy with it and I plan to turn around and sell it right back on Craigslist and put that money into a new, bigger unit.

Be patient.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 11:55 AM

The tables on that are so short it would make working with anything of length pretty hard. I think I’d keep looking.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 12:27 PM

I had something similar to this benchtop model years and years ago. It was just too small. Heavy pieces of wood would knock the tables out of alignment. The smaller motor would bog down easily.
I actually quit using it for a few years before I had my Jet.
I’d pass, I think you will only be dissatisfied.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 12:31 PM

If your normal board is not much longer than the infeed table this is not too bad a machine, but if you want to run 8 footers over it this isn’t the one for you. You can walk into a store today and pay that amount for a new (plastic and aluminum) with better features. I would pass on this altogether.

-- Talent, brilliance, and humility are my virtues.

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 02:53 PM

Thanks for the advice. Ill pass.

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#9 posted 02-04-2015 11:03 PM

mHud, I think you are very wise. Let us know when you do find something that clicks.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 08:59 PM

I found this today, thinking about getting it for myself despite not really needing it right now:

Rockwell 6” jointer – $150

6” Rockwell jointer. Operates good. Could use a sharpening.

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