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I was milling around a local pawn shop yesterday and asked the guy if he had any woodworking tools. I am currently looking for a Jointer, Planer and bandsaw to finish my collection of fingerprint erasers.

The guy told me that he has a craftsman floor standing jointer in storage. He said it is in decent shape, not beat up, doesn't know about the blades but I can buy new ones. He is asking $125 for it. Now I haven't seen it yet but I am asking what you all think. Would it be better to buy this one and change the blades and tune it? Or would it be better to just bite the bullet and get a new one? This is a floor standing model so I would assume it is larger than the benchtop 6" models I see but I don't know exactly how large it is.

Also, if I do get it, how big of a PITA is it to change the blades on a craftsman? Or any planer for that matter.

Thanks for all your help
 

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Where is it at & I will come see what it looks like for you. :)

Really the only way to know is to look at it. if you feel good about it - buy it
When you are looking it over you should be able to see how to take the blades off, before you purchase get the Model # & find out if you can still get parts for it.
 

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I have had good and bad experience with craftsman. My gut feeling is (without knowing the model, or seeing it) buy a new ridgid, $479, done . 5 year warranty, done. blades are new, done. I wouldn't buy a craftsman without an extended warranty, but it has worked out for me, I bought the pro lathe, $700 w/ warranty, $70 in 3 years they spent over $3000 to fix it repeatedly, then another $2000 to buy me a jet 1642. That was the best $70 I ever spent. Get something with a warranty.. Rigid, has very good reveiws on this sight. It will never be the pinnacle of the tool trade, but seems to be a solid machine with 5 year warranty included.
Good luck.
 

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I would probably buy new, if I were you. $125 seems a little high, to me. A set of blades will set you back about $40. All that being said, I have a 30+ year old 6" Craftsman jointer that has performed flawlessly for all that time.
When I was just starting out in woodworking, I bought a lot of Craftsman tools. The jointer is the only one left.
BTW, mine was made by Simpson. They used to make RIGID tools. Don't know about the arrangement now, though.
 
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