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Forum topic by natgas posted 04-30-2018 06:25 PM 587 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2018 06:25 PM

I have the opportunity to purchase a 6” Steel City jointer with cabinet for $500; it is approx 9 years old and was used ‘sparingly’ before the owner died. I can’t find a lot about Steel City but it appears they are now out of the jointer market. I have to drive 200 miles to get it and have help loading it. I believe the bed is close to 6’. Model is 40615.

Just curious what you experts think about this and whether or not it’s a good deal or should I pass.


-- Randy

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 06:53 PM

You may not need a long bed jointer, but they
can be nice to have. It depends on the scale
of the work you want to do.

Some woodworkers get aggravated by the idea
of ripping stock over 6” wide down in order to
joint it, then have to reglue it again. Of course
things like planer sleds and flattening wide boards
with hand planes are other options for the
wider boards too if you prefer not to rip them
down. Wider boards can also be faced on a 6”
jointer by flipping them around, but there is
something of an art to doing it.

Is it a good deal? Maybe, if a 6” long bed jointer
is the sort of thing you’d be happy with.

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 11:24 PM

I wouldn’t especially call that price a good deal but it certainly isn’t a sky high asking price. If I was in the market for one, I would seriously consider that jointer for that price. However, I think I would bring four $100 bills and two $50 bills with me. Offer $400 and you still have two $50’s to haggle with.

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