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04-17-2015 02:19 PM

I am looking at a 6 year old Jet Jointer on a mobile cart from Craigslist. From the pictures it looks like new, it is in a private workshop. Asking price is high at $600, I know he will take somewhat less. It has been used very little. What do you think?

-- MikeR Littleton, CO


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#1 posted 04-17-2015 02:26 PM

I don’t know about your area, but I routinely see older 6” Deltas for $250-300. The Jet is newer than those, so may be worth more, but to me an old Delta and a new Jet is going to perform about the same once they are set up.

Bottom line, if you are going to keep and use this tool for a long time, it is worth whatever you are willing to pay for it. If you are thinking about reselling it and upgrading in a few years, then you need to make sure you are getting fair market value so that you can get your money back out of it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 02:36 PM

Is the Jet a 6” (?), if so that seems quite high to me.

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 02:37 PM

I bought an 8” Jet in great shape for $700 and that was at the top of what I’d pay.

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 02:38 PM

If this is an 8” jointer the price is not bad. If its a 6” jointer with flat knife head not a heliacal head then it is literally double what you should be paying for it. A jointer is one of those tools that are so basic that once you get it setup it will run for darn near forever without any problems. A jointer 6 years old really has no advantages over one 15 years old etc.

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 02:40 PM

Pretty much

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 02:42 PM

Would $450 be more in line? It does have a $150 mobile cart.

-- MikeR Littleton, CO

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#7 posted 04-17-2015 02:43 PM

I’ve seen a couple Jet 6” jointers listed for around $200 and $250 recently but they sold immediately, suggesting they definitely could have sold for more. A couple that need some TLC are still on CL for $200 but the people who listed them aren’t very responsive.

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#8 posted 04-17-2015 03:48 PM

Around here a 6” straight blade Jet was sold for $575 and a Powermatic 6” was sold around $700. I looked at both of them and they were in great condition. Have not seen a Delta I would want yet, they seem to be old and worn when they come up.

The Jet/PM at 6 years should be close to 50% which would be $450/550. The two I looked at could be wiped down to look like they were 6 months old, so I would have been willing to pay their selling prices.

I passed on both, not b/c of price, b/c I would be the next guy selling them for an 8” later in the year.

No shipping, no tax, with a mobile cart and in great condition and you can check the tables for co-planer flatness before you accept it!? Sounds like a great deal to me.

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#9 posted 04-17-2015 04:07 PM

Good jointer. Very high asking price.

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#10 posted 04-17-2015 04:22 PM

Not knowing what jointer it is or even seeing it, who knows. 6” jointers can be found fairly easily in the $200 ballpark (for example, there is a nice Boice Crane 1400 in SW Denver for $150), 8” jointers a bit more. Older (to a point) are also usually better, so a newer one is not as robust or built as well. Also, a mobile base for a jointer doesn’t cost anywhere near $150.

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 04-17-2015 04:31 PM

Thank you all, BroncoBrian, looks like you are in Colo Springs. I have been watching for several months and this is the nicest one I have seen. There was a Delta early on that was a better buy but I wasn’t ready. Let me know if you know of one in the area, Colo Springs is okay.

-- MikeR Littleton, CO

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#12 posted 04-18-2015 12:34 AM

$300 for a six year old 6” Jet with mobile base would be a decent buy (but not a flaming bargain).

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#13 posted 04-18-2015 12:48 PM

I ended up getting the 6” Jet Jointer, it looks like brand new, even sharp knifes! In my looking a found an almost new Jet Disk sander for $225, I think i’m going to trade my 30 year old Rockwell for. Thank you to all who commented, this is my first post, you were all very helpful.

-- MikeR Littleton, CO

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#14 posted 04-18-2015 02:31 PM

Congrats mribelin.

I think I know which jointer you bought. Was it the one in Erie? If so, that was a well kept and great condition jointer. You should be happy with it. I almost bought it myself.

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#15 posted 04-18-2015 04:47 PM

Hi Mike,

Good score on the jointer.. I didn’t comment one way or the other, cause I figured you’d either buy it, or leave it alone. And you had plenty of help in the decision. I had a Delta 6”, and sold it to my neighbor for $300, and that included the mobil base. That was a year ago, and I still haven’t replaced it. I’m after an 8”, preferably a Delta, cause most of my machines are Delta, and I’ve had good luck with them..Have fun making chips…..

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