Is this a good deal for a used jointer?

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Forum topic by Nickname123 posted 06-19-2017 03:00 PM 1405 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman Professional 6” Jointer/Planer. Good working order $200
I know its just a jointer and not a combo tool.

Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 03:16 PM

If it is in smooth running shape, all parts movable, I think it is a fair deal. Not a steal, but certainly fair.

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#2 posted 06-19-2017 04:15 PM

Wow! That thing actually looks like a real tool! (I find most new Craftsman tools are a joke) I think that is a good price. Comparing a new jointer of similar caliber (A Grizzly, for example) you’d spend $500 or $600 for the same machine. And, I’m no fan of combo tools. Something like a jointer doesn’t need to be a combo. My take on combo tools is buy both the tools separately and stick them back to back if you really feel the need to have them together or save space. ;-)

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#3 posted 06-19-2017 04:54 PM

It’s a relatively standard import 6” jointer. I think $200 is the upper end of the price range for that particular tool, especially considering what looks like rust on the tables. That’s not a huge deal breaker, but it will take time and elbow grease to mitigate it, so adjust your offer accordingly. I think $150 is closer to what that particular one is worth.

Be sure the motor runs smoothly, the bearings feel and sound good, and that the tables are flat. If the motor or tables are bad, I’d stay away.

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 04:57 PM

That’s a decent machine, made by Steel City/Orion IIRC. Definitely worth $200 if it runs well, and the tables are coplaner, etc. It can’t hurt to see what their best price is.

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 07:39 PM

FWIW – I am buying one used tonight for $150. In the Chicagoland it seems that is what benchtops are going for.

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#6 posted 06-20-2017 12:45 AM

Ran very smooth, and tables were level. Slight rust, but nothing that will affect performance once I clean it off. The blades were chipped in the center so its only a 3” jointer right now.
The guy took $180 and delivered it to my house since I don’t have a truck. I’m happy with the purchase.

Thanks for the input.

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#8 posted 06-20-2017 01:15 AM

That seems like a good deal, especially if he delivered it. FYI a 6” jointer will fit into most any car if you take the top off the base.

You can get replacement knives from Freud, Infinity, or any one of a bunch of other resellers. Just be sure to get accurate measurements of the knives.

As for setting the knives, I use a HF dial indicator and magnetic base. It takes some finicking with the setup to get it right, but it works.

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#9 posted 06-20-2017 04:39 AM

Craftsman’s use of the term “jointer/planer” annoys the heck out of me. People often say they bought a jointer/planer. No they didn’t. They bought a jointer. I think Craftsman coined that usage simply for marketing purposes, to suggest to naive purchasers that not only were they getting a jointer, but a planer too. What a deal!

They were also the ones who started the horsepower inflation wars. They like to con you by saying the tool “develops” 5 horsepower, or “delivers” 5 hp. All this power from a 13 to 15 amp. (120 volt) universal motor. Fat chance.

Okay, enough of a C’man rant for today. I could go on and on, but . . .

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