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Should I buy this jointer

by AlmostRetired
posted 11-30-2018 03:51 PM


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jonah

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 04:03 PM

It would really depend on how good a price we’re talking about. I think they’re around $1500 new. It’s the same jointer as the Grizzly and Shop Fox models.

Basically all Taiwan-made jointers are exactly the same. Jointers in general are very, very simple machines, so there’s not really a lot to go wrong. The moving parts: motor, cutterhead, fence. The tables and fence need to be reasonably flat. That’s about it.

If the deal is worth the 6 hour round trip, then I’d definitely look into it. If you’re proposing to save $200 and spend an entire day going to get the thing, I’d pass.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 04:13 PM

I agree, it depends on how good a deal it is. I would ask the seller to do a test run BEFORE I made the drive and leave it set up so you can do it again. No sense in driving 3 hours, setting the machine up and whaddaya know, the motor is bad…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Aj2

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 04:27 PM

I agree with the guys. I would like to add what a proper test is to me. Two manageable boards of maple. Face each board then joint the edges. It will be obvious if the machine is cutting true. All gaps will show against the white wood.
Good luck and go with the grain

-- Aj

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#4 posted 11-30-2018 11:37 PM

Hard to answer. You’re asking the question about a good deal without saying how much it is?? If it’s still in the box then I would think that 2/3 to 3/4 of the price of a new one. Like someone else said, not much to go wrong with a jointer but if you’re paying close to retail then you might as well get one with a warranty.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Jeff

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#5 posted 11-30-2018 11:45 PM

Why was it sitting for 16 months? No warranty? How are you at fixing things on your own?

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Holbs

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#6 posted 12-01-2018 12:20 AM

No picture…no $$$ sign.
Hmm… I would offer $1 to start!
If it is beat up and rusty, yet still serviceable…go fir it.
I bought a $100 (or maybe $200) Jet 15” planer that was worth it.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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Kelly

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#7 posted 12-01-2018 02:22 AM

IF the price really is good and if these are like my Grizzly 8” spiral, and if it’s in good condition, I suspect you’ll be VERY happy with it.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 12-01-2018 03:13 AM

Not being assembled usually sets off bells and whistles for me – and the longer it’s been ‘in the box’, the louder they are.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 12-01-2018 03:25 AM



Good luck and go with the grain
- Aj2

Kinda like “May the Grain be with you”

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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jonah

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#10 posted 12-01-2018 03:52 AM

For reference, I bought a Unisaw a couple years ago from a guy who had it sitting in his basement, unassembled, since he bought it new in 2002. The base was still bolted to the shipping pallet and everything was in the boxes. I paid less than 50% of the new cost.

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WoodenDreams

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#11 posted 12-01-2018 10:29 PM

To me 3 hour drive is a hop skip and a jump. No biggie. If you did get it do you have a way to transport it. Do you have a 240v hook up. or need a 240v line run in.

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Steve

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#12 posted 12-01-2018 11:25 PM

I saw this jointer as well. Seller said they wanted to return it, but never got around to it.

Posted for $1500

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William Shelley

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#13 posted 12-01-2018 11:42 PM



I saw this jointer as well. Seller said they wanted to return it, but never got around to it.

Posted for $1500

- Steve

I’m pretty lazy but I don’t think I’ve ever been too lazy to return a $1500 item…

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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Andybb

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#14 posted 12-02-2018 12:53 AM

I saw this jointer as well. Seller said they wanted to return it, but never got around to it.

Posted for $1500

- Steve

I m pretty lazy but I’ve never been too lazy to return a $1500 item…

- William Shelley

I’ve got a $25 lathe chuck I was too lazy to return to Amazon but $1500??? :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 12-02-2018 12:54 AM

1500 way too much. I don’t think that head is helical either which destroys its value for me. I’d pay 1/2 that max.

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

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Steve

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#16 posted 12-02-2018 02:06 AM

Those steelex jointers were on ebay last year for 1k.

They list the head as spiral.

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Kelly

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#17 posted 12-03-2018 12:29 AM

I think I paid about fourteen for my 8” Grizzly with a helix type head. Tariffs pushed that up. Regardless, a grand seems a good price. If the beast is just regular knives, we are talking an whole different game.

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Steve

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#18 posted 12-04-2018 02:37 PM

Wonder if the OP bought that jointer? it’s no longer for sale

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AlmostRetired

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#19 posted 12-04-2018 07:22 PM

Thanks for all the feedback folks. I am buying the jointer just and will be picking it up this weekend.

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Steve

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#20 posted 12-04-2018 08:50 PM



Thanks for all the feedback folks. I am buying the jointer just and will be picking it up this weekend.

- AlmostRetired

Nice! I wish I had 220 in my garage.

How much did you end up getting it for?

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