Craigslist Jointer, anyone have experience with Woodtek?

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Forum topic by JonHitThingWithRock posted 06-24-2014 05:22 PM 2367 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2014 05:22 PM

Found this on my local craigslist, wondering if anyone has any experience with these, looks like they’re sold exclusively by woodworkers supply, this model is no longer made. I’ve been drooling over an 8” grizzly parallelogram with shelix cutterhead, but it’s 2 grand shipped and 240v, so it’s a few years away from being a reality. Wondering if this’d be a good buy. owned a 6” jointer in the past, a short-bed delta, but the outfeed table could not be made coplanar.

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 05:24 PM

Good quality Taiwan import. Woodtek is Woodworker’s Supply
house brand.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 05:25 PM

Just found a Ridgid for the same price, but it’s much farther away.

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 05:30 PM

Take a quality straightedge to inspect it. It may already be setup correctly. Dovetail-way machines are a little hard to adjust, usually relying on small levers and allen keys to tighten the gibs. However, it can be done. Use this one for a while until you can get an 8” parallelogram model.
I had a 6” Jet for a couple years, and sold it for the same price I paid.

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 05:43 PM

I’m starting to lean more towards the Ridgid

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 05:52 PM

thats a high price for a 6” IMO

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 05:55 PM

Just offered $225 for the ridgid, it’s been for sale for 24 days, so hopefully he’ll bite

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 06:08 PM

I know of a 8” woodtech for $500. So I guess the $300 for a 6” isn’t too bad…

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 07:54 PM

I paid $200 for my Rigid when Depot dumped the grey tools, it looks a bit different in the base, so that one may be a bit older. After getting everything set and square it has been a very reliable machine. I on the other hand had to really learn the ART of using the planer to actually make the wood square and flat, not flat and bowed…

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 08:12 PM

Avoid anything rigid like the plague….................

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 01:36 AM

I’m sorry, but anything over $250 for a 6” jointer is too much. Unless it is a powermatic 54a, the one with the 54” bed. There are just too many 6” jointers out there.

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 02:02 AM

I agree with Shawn. 6” jointers just aren’t worth that much, despite the craziness of some seller’s ideas.

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#12 posted 06-25-2014 02:25 AM

But it was only used to make heirloom quality projects! Lol

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#13 posted 06-25-2014 02:56 AM

I agree with $300 being too high for almost any used 6” jointer. Around me the market is ~$200 for a good 6” jointer, sure plenty of people will ask $600 for an old Rockwell or Powermatic, but those are the ones you see advertised for years. It’s not a linear price increase going from a 6” to an 8” jointer, most decent 8” jointers in my neck of the woods usually command $800 – $1200 depending on the make, model and condition.

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#14 posted 06-25-2014 05:51 AM

how is a Grizzly 8 inch para $2000 unless it’s the top of the line 8in with all the bells and whistles, woodtek is a good jointer same as all the older dovetailed jointers most parts are interchangable

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#15 posted 06-25-2014 08:00 AM

With shipping and a shelix cutter head, it’s around $1,800 or $1,900 if I remember correctly. As far as $300 being too much for a 6” jointer, the problem is that half decent ones never go for less than that here, so it’s either bite the bullet or pay twice as much for a new one, or wait a couple years to get the grizzly I really want.

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