Old Craftsman Jointer Worth It?

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Forum topic by SSotolongo posted 04-23-2019 03:43 PM 367 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2019 03:43 PM

Found this listing on my local Offerup.

Then I found this Youtube video where one like it was rehabbed and it didn’t seem too difficult.

Doesn’t seem like it’s too difficult to fix up nor too expensive, if its just replacing the knives. I’m just starting out as a woodworker. Doing it as a hobbyist only, so is it worth it, or am I going to use it very infrequently that it’s jus not worth the trouble?

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 04:12 PM

No not good because it has a fixed outfeed table. Do yourself a solid and find another.
Unless you want to learn how a jointer works the hard way. :( :)

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 04:18 PM

adjustable anything on power tools will make your life so much easier.
+1 on the suggestion to find one with adjustable outfeed.



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#3 posted 04-23-2019 04:49 PM


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#4 posted 04-23-2019 05:21 PM

Nope, I’ve got an antique 6” craftsman. It works well. Sometimes you can find them for a very low price. They’re a big heavy chunk of metal. If the motor and bearings work well then for the right price it can be good. The one you show though is very narrow and with a non movable table. Not being able to adjust it is pretty much a no go just on that point alone.

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#5 posted 04-23-2019 05:42 PM

Sounds like a unanimous no. Thank you everyone. I guess maybe thats why it was so cheap. I can see where not having an adjustable outfeed table can be a pain but I would never have known had I not asked. Thank you.

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 05:50 PM

I’d think if you could get one very cheap and clean it up cheaply then it would be worth it. You could always sell it later to fund a better machine and then in the mean time you have a tool to work with

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#7 posted 04-23-2019 06:19 PM

I personally wouldn’t get it just cause its 4”, besides the other concerns.

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#8 posted 04-23-2019 07:13 PM

To me not worth the trouble. cause it’s only 4” and the maximum length board this is good for is about 2 feet long.

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