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Forum topic by EricH4964 posted 04-03-2018 02:26 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EricH4964

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04-03-2018 02:26 PM

Good morning all. I’m looking at a Jet JJ-16-3 16 inch jointer on an online website currently and debating on bidding on it. Thing is, it was on a different auction site where it sold in June 2017. I waiting to hear back from the 2017 auction company to see if they can give me any info on it.

The current listing agent said he doesn’t know where it came from but couldn’t tell me even if he did know. I understand the privacy aspect and didn’t expect to get far with that anyway. He did say that quite often he will auction off the same piece of equipment several times. He presumed people (a) buy something, find it’s broken, then sell it to get rid of it; (b) buy something in order to flip it; (c) buy it to use it then figure out they can’t use it or it just isn’t the right tool for them; (d) a hundred other reasons we all do what we do that may or may not make sense. He also said they don’t test run the machines but it ‘looked’ to be in good condition and that the cutter head seemed to spin freely.

The motor is a 3 phase, 5hp, 480v motor that I’d need to replace with a single phase, 5hp, 220v for my shop. Not that big of a deal so I don’t care if the thing didn’t even run from an electrical stand point.

My question to you all is, does anyone know if this is a good, quality machine that is worth buying if the price is right?

Thank you much,
Eric

-- Semper Fi


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William Shelley

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 03:27 PM

Things I was looking for in a jointer:

1. Helical / Spiral carbide insert cutterhead
2. Parallelogram adjustment

These are absolute must-haves in my book.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 05:30 PM

Thank you William. I agree that the helical carbide cutterhead is the way to go. A 16 inch jointer with that cutterhead is going to be fairly pricey. I have meant to read up on the parallelogram adjustment feature but haven’t had a chance to yet. Is there a short synopsis of why that is a nice feature?

Thank you,
Eric

-- Semper Fi

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 06:47 PM

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#4 posted 04-03-2018 07:11 PM

I can’t tell from the pic if it’s a direct drive or belted.
If it’s direct drive your probably not going to want to change the motor. But 3ph motors are better then single phase.
It’s a awesome looking jointer very simalar to Oliver’s 189bd. Also note that direct drive machines don’t spin as fast as belted. But make up the difference with a larger diameter cutting circle.
Set up right you will not be able to improve that machine with anyone’s aftermarket mumbo jumbo.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 04-03-2018 07:36 PM

Loren and AJ, thank you for the input. I read through most of the blog and learned that a parallelogram may not be what I want after all.

AJ, here’s another pick, I presume of the belt drive. I say presume because, while it looks like that’s what it is, I don’t want to assume!

Thanks again.

-- Semper Fi

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 07:48 PM

What a awesome machine I like the Captains wheel. Belt drive all day long…...

-- Aj

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 07:48 PM

I think machines of that class and general
designs are used in factories all over Asia.

I wouldn’t be spooked by it. I have an older
JET wide belt sander and it is built very heavy.

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#8 posted 04-03-2018 08:22 PM

Thanks again AJ and Loren. My buddy and I bought a 24”, I think an early 1900s American Tool(?) jointer several years ago and that is in his shop where I worked on my projects a few years back. Just starting to get at it again and have the good fortune, and even more important approval from my wife, to be able turn our 32×40 garage in to my shop. Even though I still have access to the 24”, it would be nice to have a jointer of this size in my shop. I am not afraid of the older tools and think it’s pretty neat to look at an old piece of machinery and think of all the projects it has helped to make over the years.

-- Semper Fi

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