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Forum topic by PropMan posted 03-11-2015 04:36 PM 1162 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PropMan

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03-11-2015 04:36 PM

I’d like to purchase a Jointer and Bench Planer at some point in the future. I figure I could probably pick up something off craigslist for a decent price, replace the blades if needs be- and have some good equipment added to my shop ;)

Questions:
1) Are Jointers/Planers good things to buy used, or is either one something that you’d really encourage to buy new?
2) What brands/models should I look for, or, stay away from?
3) Are they easy to repair/replace blades, etc if I find something that needs a little extra love to bring it up to good condition?

Thanks guys!!!


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 04:44 PM

Bench planers, usually ok. Bench jointers, crap. Go with a freestanding jointer.

You can get blades for almost anything from almost anywhere.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 04:58 PM

Yes, definitely want a freestanding Jointer. I’m considering a bench planer for space reasons…

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 05:07 PM

As with anything as soon as you get a 6” jointer and a 12.5” planer you will find a need to joint a 8” board and plane a 13” board. Just buy what you can for what you think you may need in the future.

I just got a Delta 6” jointer (DJ-15) and it is solid. Had to work the knives as the last jack leg seemed to “sharpen” them with a belt sander.

Personally I would say what I like and what I would buy rather than what I wouldnt. Old PM, Delta, Rockwell. My favorite is PW green. Thats just me. Take a good straight edge and calipers with you when you buy the jointer so you will know if everything is coplaner.

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 05:12 PM

If you are lucky (and patient), you could wind up with the best of both worlds:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 05:20 PM

I would agree with most of what the others said.

Go with a floor standing joiner at least 8” wide. I am dreaming about the day I can trade in my 6” Delta for a 16”.

I have the Delta 12” “lunch box” style planer. I DO NOT recommend this one as I can’t eliminate snip on the ends. If space allows look at a 15+ inch planer.

There are ways to use a wide planer as a joiner. Research planer sled.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 05:46 PM

I wouldn’t bother waiting for an 8” jointer if you see a good deal on a 6” jointer. The beauty of buying used equipment on Craigslist is if you buy at the right price you can always sell it for the same. I’ve gone through a few jointers and planers over the last few years, and I’ve always sold them for as much, or more, than I originally paid. In the mean time I was able to use actually use them while I searched for the next deal to pop up.

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 05:49 PM

And there is a way to use a planer as a molder (square edges). In case this hasnt been addressed: rough your stock over by 1/8th. Place a separate square block in the planer that can be clamped on the infeed and outfeed tables. Have the block set at about 5 degrees to the bed. Plane 6-8 pieces at a time on edge, against the block with the feed trying to push the stock against the square block. Makes some nice edges. I used to do all the stiles and rails this way back when.

I agree with shooting for a 15” + planer. I am holding out for one now.

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 06:21 PM

Very true in picking up something NOW while I’m waiting on a good deal for a bigger/better one.

How about the Ridgid Jointers? Any good? Specifically- JP06101. Any feedback on that unit? Says 6 amp, 6 1/8” bed.

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#9 posted 03-11-2015 06:32 PM

Very true in picking up something NOW while I’m waiting on a good deal for a bigger/better one.

You originally said ‘sometime in the future’, so what’s the hurry? The key to finding good deals on used machinery is patience and persistence. You have time on your hands to keep an eye out for what you want at a good price, use that to your advantage.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#10 posted 03-11-2015 06:53 PM

I have the 6” Harbor Freight (Central Machinery) jointer. For $200 (new – on sale with coupon) it’s a steal. HF doesn’t sell that any more but you see them on CL from time to time. Should be able to get one for $125 if you wait – and it’s way better than nuttin if you take the time to set it up properly.

Yeah, I want a 12” spiral jointer too – but for 1/10th the price… this ‘ll do for now.

I also have the Griz 20” spiral 5 HP planer. Nice, but overkill for what I needed.

... you can also use handplanes…

-Paul

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joey502

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 07:45 PM



Very true in picking up something NOW while I m waiting on a good deal for a bigger/better one.

How about the Ridgid Jointers? Any good? Specifically- JP06101. Any feedback on that unit? Says 6 amp, 6 1/8” bed.

- PropMan

I have that Ridgid model jointer, bought it new in 2009 and have been very happy with it.

It is difficult to say if that jointer would serve your purpose without knowing what type of things you plan to build. Is the 6 1/8” width going to be enough for most of your projects?

How much does the seller want? If you could get it for a good price I would strongly consider it, if the capacity fits your needs that is. I think it is a nice jointer to get your feet wet and like others said if the price is right you could trade up later and sell it for what you paid.

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#12 posted 03-11-2015 09:36 PM

There’s a couple of them- $250-300 or so.

Not sure of the projects- some small furniture type stuff. :)

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#13 posted 03-12-2015 12:03 AM

My Ridgid jointer has been trouble free as has my older Ridgid planer (I’ve heard some negatives about their latest planer).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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