Shop and craigslist #2: What does a potential deal look like?

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Blog entry by getlostinwood posted 02-02-2013 07:43 PM 1563 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this entry I thought I would begin to post a couple of adds that I would consider potential shop builders. I’ll try and cover a few different pieces of equipment. I’m just going to do a few searches for today and pull out what I would consider going to look at. I am not in any way saying these are the best deal out there or that the equipment is great, only that for someone starting out with a small budget could begin to assemble a shop in pretty short order and not have to starve the kids to do it.

old jointer with 3 phase motor—I do not know the condition of the motor as I have no way to test it—it is extreemly heavy $300.00
Comment: swap motor of vfd and you have a tool that you great grand kids can use

older Delta jointer, runs but do not know much about it $75
Comment: needs cleaning and paint, Id build a new base but again another 50 years in this tool


Comment: These were listed as $60 it didnt specify for the pair or not but I’d bet they could be had for not more than $90 for the pair.

I hope this is helping someone.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 10:25 PM

thanks,i see older stuff on craiglist and wonder if it’s worth anything or not.around were i live people ask a little to much in my opinion.

most stuff here gets posted if its reasonable goes VERY quickly.thanks for the info.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 12:41 PM

I’d go with what’s behind door #1 (pic 1). It looks very heavy duty, looks to have a very beefy motor, and a bed and fence that appears to be in good shape. Might need some paint though. But I’d offer a lot less than $300.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 01:21 PM

OK…....The first one, if I can make out the maker is an American, great Company!! Appears to be a 6” but hard to tell without something for scale. Kinda a rare bird, not too many of the smaller American jointers left. Definitely a coolness factor there. As for the 3phase, a VFD would handle the conversion from single to 3 phase and will cost considerably less than a single phase motor of equivalent HP. Stand is not original

The Delta 6” jointers are a dime a dozen. The one pictures seems to be in good shape and for $75 priced appropriately. It will clean up very nicely and appears to be ALL original, very cool in my opinion.

The 3rd is a direct drive Walker Turner, or so it appears, the stand is Walker Turner and the fuzzy badge on the front looks like a WT tag. Again a nice little jointer that out last all of us after cleaned up. If you go that route take a very close look at the motor and mounting for any signs of cracked motor mounting or abuse. The DMD jointer is not able to be converted over to belt drive as the cutter head may be a part of the motor shaft. I dont recall if they used a lovejoy coupler or not.

The Crapsman RAS is just that. Wait and find a good deal on a DeWalt 8 or 10” MBB or MBF. Much better quality and not near as ugly.

If it were me, I would buy all 3 jointer, LOL. I love the old arn. For someone just starting out looking for a good quality, easily maintained, parts readily available including a FACTORY mobile caster set, I would lean more towards the Delta.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 02:56 AM

Thanks guys thats the feedback I was looking for. I for one am woth you on the american. If it wasnt 4 hours away, I’d be a buyer at $150-$200. I just hope this will help some of the newer members

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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