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Forum topic by bradleyheathhays posted 04-03-2021 12:44 AM 379 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bradleyheathhays

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04-03-2021 12:44 AM

Eyeing this jointer for sale, auction actually, and I can’t tell if it’s 6 or 8”; I want to say 8. Also, is it worth buying?...only 3/4 HP motor.

-- 'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later.' ~ Mark Twain


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Ocelot

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#1 posted 04-03-2021 12:50 AM

Maybe it’s 7.

Anyway, this kind of planer is called a jointer.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 04-03-2021 12:53 AM

$150 would be about top dollar.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 04-03-2021 01:30 AM

Those are 6” short bed jointers. It’s a nice tool but you might hold out for something longer at least. Craigslist tool sellers have gone kind of bonkers with their asking prices in my area so in comparison if you resold it for $150 you probably wouldn’t have that much trouble finding a buyer.

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#4 posted 04-03-2021 04:54 AM

Check Craigs List as far as you are willing to drive. I’m in a fairly well populated area, and there isn’t squat for sale, if you have unsold listings, act accordingly. If you bought that for 150, in 2 years you could probably sell it for that. For many people jointers are a tool that gets traded up, usually bigger. 6” is not the basement, but it’s entry level, usually they are everywhere, but with this Covid crazy we are seeing, not so much right now.

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#5 posted 04-03-2021 01:10 PM

On the plus side, that jointer would be great for smaller projects if you have room for it. Still, maintaining multiple tools is just more work.

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tghs

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#6 posted 04-03-2021 01:31 PM

actually a nice solid jointer compared to newer stuff.. I have one in the 4” version udated with a newer motor and link belt.. big bearings, well built.. just use as a jointer,, get a planer to do planing you’ll get better results.

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bradleyheathhays

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#7 posted 04-04-2021 12:17 AM

Thanks everybody, lots to think about. I think in the end I’ve always felt ok with buying used stuff like this because you can generally sell it for what you paid for it. The auction still has about 4 days left and top bid is $140 right now so I guess we’ll see. What’s the most you would pay for something like this if it was 6” vs. 8”?

-- 'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later.' ~ Mark Twain

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#8 posted 04-04-2021 02:54 AM

That’s a good machine. As the future of made in America gets squashed by the radical left. I predict vintage machinery to get eliminated when they have runout things to hate.
I have several vintage machines that are a joy to use. I can take apart my tablesaw with two box wrenches and a two Allen wrenches. So simply made .
Consider it good fortune if you get the opportunity to own a delta/ Milwaukee jointer.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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bradleyheathhays

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#9 posted 04-07-2021 06:22 PM

Thanks Aj2 I’m with ya. I’d much rather work with a well built older machine. Just like the nostalgia maybe. I didn’t get the chance to see this one before auction so I’m gonna err on the side of caution on this one and pass it up.

-- 'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later.' ~ Mark Twain

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azwoodworker

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#10 posted 04-08-2021 05:35 AM

Looks like the Bed is 8 inches wide but the blades may be much shorter. The plate starts with JS6, which tells me it is a 6-inch planer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bivn2rFo67w shows it as a 6-inch jointer the guy rebuilt. Resembles yours to a t. Also shows it as 6 inches.
Delta at 8 in those years had a much wider enclosed base. In promotion, they show the 6 and 8 inches side by side and the 6 looks exactly like this while the 8 has an enclosed base.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=36786 Show 6.

Looks like a good jointer with a lot of adjustments for accurate jointing. Had a 6 inch for a long time and served well till everything I was doing was longer than 8 feet I switched to 8 and now looking for a 12 to 15 inch.
Ebay has a rusted model for selling for 299.

They still make blades for it and the belt is standard so it could go right into use. Win a or lose a few bucks if your need is not long wide boards it will suit your needs.

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