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Forum topic by Nick posted 06-19-2019 06:24 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2019 06:24 PM

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I have the opportunity to buy a 6” Atlas 6000 jointer for $125, looks pretty original and complete, guard and everything on it. Has the original 3/4 horse motor, the guy didn’t think that the bearings had ever been done but he says it runs pretty quiet, I’m not scared of doing bearings or tuning it up if it’s not perfect. I think if I offer $100 I’ll have a pretty decent machine I can flip in the future, but does anyone think I should just wait until a bigger better machine comes along? I don’t have a jointer at the moment. I do have some pictures, but I don’t have a photobucket account.
Thanks for any advice.


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#1 posted 06-19-2019 06:28 PM

You don’t need photobucket…

I have that jointer, I got it a couple of years ago and restored it. I got it for $20 though. It’s a good, well-built machine but whether or not it’s worth $100 depends on what kind of shape it’s in. Mine is still my regular user and I see no need to upgrade for whatever that’s worth.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 06:34 PM

Still new on this forum, here’s some pictures.

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 07:26 PM

That reminds me… I actually have a 6001 which had a much more robust fence than the 6000:

In truth though, my fence is way over-engineered ;-) That one looks to be in good shape and have all its bits. The main points would be whether or not bearings (motor and cutterhead) need replaced and if the infeed and outfeed beds are parallel. Bearings are easy to replace but they aren’t free. If they tables aren’t parallel, I’d let it ride unless you’re experienced and comfortable with shimming one or the other. If it’s ready to go to work right now with no bearings required and it has good knives, I think the asking price is fair. If it needs bearings and/or table work, I’d maybe offer $75.

All that being said, mine is a workhorse and it does what it does and does it well. However, bear in mind, it is still a 6” short bed jointer. If you’re looking to joint long or wide boards on a regular basis, it’s probably not what you want. I use mine in conjunction with hand planes and a planer sled so it mostly just handles edge jointing and stock that’s 6’ or shorter. So, I would recommend it as a solid machine for sure. But, whether or not it’s enough for you is up to you. Enjoy it if you get it!

Here’s some more pics of mine just because I like to show off my first power tool restoration ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 08:16 PM

Looks good! I doubt if I’d have time to do mine that nice, but you never know.
I think it will do what I need it to, can I see needing something bigger in the future? Maybe, but I’m thinking it would be as useful as the Cutech probably more and about a quarter of the price. I’m a little limited on space, but I’ll find somewhere to stash it when it’s not in use.

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 08:29 PM

That looks like a work horse and the price is right. I would be a little concerned about the limited power of a 3/4 horse for some of the deeper cuts like leg tapering and rabetting but for the price, I think its a winner.
Good luck and happy rehabbing.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#6 posted 06-19-2019 08:29 PM

The Cutech has the advantage of size and having inserted cutters. When you have to change blades on the Atlas, you’ll have to make sure they’re set properly to be flush with the outfeed table. Not a big deal but something to consider. Personally, yeah, I prefer the Atlas ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-19-2019 08:31 PM

Also, it doesn’t look like yours really needs any restoration efforts. It appears to be in pretty good shape. I just did mine up like that because it was in pretty rough shape when I got it:

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 06-19-2019 08:42 PM

The one I’m looking at does look almost new compared to what you started with, bet you had a couple of hours into bringing that back!

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#9 posted 06-19-2019 11:15 PM

If the outfeed isn’t adjustable. You should pass

Just to be clear a jointer with a knob or lever that adjusts in the same way as the infeed is better.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#10 posted 06-28-2019 04:38 PM

I did buy the Atlas, he came down to $100, I know it doesn’t have the adjustable outfeed, but it seemed like a solid unit. Put a flat edge on it and couldn’t see any daylight under it. It could stand to be torn down, cleaned and lubed but that will be a future project. Also ordered some new knives from My Wood Cutters as the ones that came with were pretty wavy/nicked up. I will keep them and when I get some sharpening stones I’ll try to rehab them or at least give me some practice.
Thanks everyone for the advice, it’s awesome to have a resource like this to come to!

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#11 posted 07-04-2020 02:08 AM

Hey Nick,
Sounds like a great buy!
I also have an Atlas 6000 that my dad bought back in 1954.
It’s mostly intact exept for the pivot fittings for the fence and a couple of knobs.
I’m wondering if you have an address for replacement parts?
I’ve tried finding parts from several online locations that offer advice, but no leads for parts, any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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#12 posted 07-04-2020 02:15 AM

I really don’t have a source for parts, mine was all there, just needed knives which I ordered from mywoodcutters.com. Good luck with the hunt though!

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