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Ever have one?

by Aj2
posted 08-07-2017 03:30 AM

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#1 posted 08-07-2017 03:58 AM

That’s pretty old to be in new condition…
probably from the 70s or 80s. If a 4”
jointer can serve your needs it will
probably be fine and money well spent.

I had a 4” jointer when I was starting out.
Knowing what I know now about flattening
boards and shooting edges with hand
planes, I probably could have got by
for a lot longer with that jointer, but as
it was, I soon upgraded to a series of
larger jointers.

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 04:32 AM

For $50 bucks, new, I can’t see going wrong. Back in the early 70’s I had a similar craftsman and worked out fine for me till I outgrew it. Should be a great starter.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 08-07-2017 07:09 AM

I would be all over it. Cheapest one one I’ve seen locally was $75 without a motor. I kept offering $50 and he refused.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 08-07-2017 11:54 AM

Hello Aj2, I would pass on the lil craftsman, you’ll find it to be just a rest stop and frustrating. Hold off till you find a good old 6” jointer, hopefully a Delta. The knives in the craftsman will not hold up. So, keep in mind, a big jointer will do small jobs as well as larger jobs, but the small machine will only do small jobs. Have fun, make some dust.

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#5 posted 08-07-2017 01:35 PM

I would check availability of the blades and belt first.


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#6 posted 08-07-2017 01:51 PM

This should work fine for most of your needs in a home shop. I have a 6” jointer and rarely need the full 6” to do edges. Some people use a jointer to plane a board to make it thinner or to clean up a side and this really needs a larger jointer. But for this you would be much better off buying a 12” thickness planer. Blades should be available. Look online.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#7 posted 08-07-2017 01:54 PM

I probably will pass I think it’s has a fixed out feed table.
I’ve had lots of different jointers been looking for something real small for my small box I make.

Thanks guys

-- Aj

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#8 posted 08-07-2017 03:49 PM

I have a similar attachment for my Shopsmith. Not the worlds best jointer, but handy for small projects. Don’t think I’d want this as my only jointer, the width might be fine for most projects, but the short beds could be problematic for longer pieces.

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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