General tools 6 inch jointer

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Forum topic by wkndwrnch posted 07-14-2020 10:49 AM 266 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2020 10:49 AM

I found a very nice condition 6 inch jointer with helical head.Judging by the ad it is very clean,looks in good condition. Would you consider owning a general tool,because of part availability? Friend of mine, gave away a nice General International band saw, after he waited a year for parts.

Like new 6” jointer with 80-100L helix style cutting head.

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#1 posted 07-14-2020 10:58 AM

AFAIK General is no longer in existence. Jointers are fairly simple machines and typically the only wear parts are the cutterhead bearings. A lot depends on whether there is any damage to the machine anywhere, as replacement parts would be difficult to find.
Only you can decide if it’s a good buy or not. Good luck.

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#2 posted 07-14-2020 01:27 PM

Check the tables for flatness. The check to see if they are still in the same coplane. A used jointer can be a great deal so long as no ones been lifting and handling the machine from the ends of the tables.
I wouldn’t consider a insert head a plus.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-14-2020 01:37 PM

General is a good brand, but parts will be an issue in the future. That said not much can go wrong with a jointer.

Helical or not, that is WAY too much for an obsolete brand 6” jointer.

I recommend you look for an 8”.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 07-14-2020 03:11 PM

Overpriced. I got an 8” Delta long bed for $600 recently in Illinois.

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#5 posted 07-14-2020 04:25 PM

in the long run, you may face difficulty finding the parts. General, no doubt a decent tools maker. But, over the years, general loosing its existence as hcbph_1 said.


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