Is this a good deal for a craftsman jointer?

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05-20-2017 07:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

Is this a good deal?
It’s a model 351.227240

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 07:13 PM

Look up new price and then if it is in VERY good condition; 50% of new is all I would ever pay. If the condition is 40% or less—Do NOT WALK AWAY===RUN!

Some Craftsman tools are great, I have had a heavy duty 3/8 drill for 30years. But some are just junk;do the research on that model too. I will not buy even one more of their cordless anythings! I tried about 1/2 dozen variuos cordless Craftsman and now have given up on those totally.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 07:47 PM

I searched the web. As far as I can tell they are not currently made I’ve seen where folks hav bought them from $75 to $300 but noting in the last 6-8 years It is belt driven. I really lik the long bed on it. From what I could find most ppl say it has a 1hp motor where this guy has it advertised as a 3/4hp

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 07:48 PM

U should try the porter cable 20 lithium cordless sets. I’ve got two sets An love them. The impact is a life saver

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 08:22 PM

Prices vary regionally on used machinery,
but at that price I don’t think you’ll get

Jointers are simple machines. There’s no
reason to think poorly of Craftsman jointers
imo. They made jointers for decades.

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 09:18 PM

Looks like a good buy to me for $150. That was one of their better 6” jointers, and was made by Orion IIRC.

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#6 posted 05-20-2017 10:09 PM

In the second picture in the expanded view it looks like the cast iron is really pitted. That may just be surface blemishes or more serious damage. It probably wouldn’t impact the functioning of the jointer, but I would want a closer look to see if anything else shows any issues.

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#7 posted 05-21-2017 01:59 AM

I’m from that area, I would be shocked if you waved $100 and they didn’t take it.

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#8 posted 05-21-2017 02:07 AM

The short answer is yes,

look it over carefully make sure all the parts are there, the castings are not broken, and the motor works, but yes. It is a very good price

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#9 posted 05-21-2017 02:24 AM

Doesn’t seem horrible, but I’ve seen far better offered for far less, it’s a function of how long you can wait and how quick you are when a deal shows up. I passed on a new looking 17 year old 6” Delta that I’m used to seeing offered typically in the $300 – $500 range and the seller was only asking $120, I just didn’t have room for it. I wouldn’t give more than $100 for the craftsman, but I’d be quick to point out any flaws when seeing it in person to justify the lower offer, including any potential parts availability issues.

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#10 posted 05-21-2017 04:09 AM

It looks exactly like one I bought a couple of months ago off CL. Except mine is a Central Machinery aka Harbor Freight. It is at least 20 years old. I gave $75 for it. Got it home, sharpened the three blades (really could use some new ones) and it worked great. Designed and built a simple dust collection system and I am very happy with it

Simple machine that is built very well. This one looks like it’s in whole lot better condition than mine. The motor is 1 hp and says it can be changed to 220. I run it on 110 and it works fine for what I do. I would definitely make an offer.
It’s a good price.

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#11 posted 05-21-2017 01:50 PM

Before jumping on it, see if you can buy new blades for it. I have an older one about 24 years old and never had any issues with it. bought new original blades at Ebay.


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