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Forum topic by bradleyheathhays posted 04-10-2021 06:26 AM 491 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bradleyheathhays

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04-10-2021 06:26 AM

Just about to round out my first little shop here and I’m on the lookout for just a few more tools. I’ve been getting to know the used market in my area and making buys when they seem like a deal. But as I’m less familiar with these last two I thought I better get some advice. For my jointer I’d really like to find a used 8” but those don’t seem to come up too often, and really I’m not sure that the 6” ones I’m seeing are all that either. Ideally I’d like to find a cheap 8” not working so I could put a couple hundred in and have a deal, but so far that’s not looking too likely. I know for any used piece of equipment like this I can expect to replace the motor, knives and the like. What I need to know in order to avoid any (more) pitfalls is how to inspect a jointer, I’m guessing with a good square, to make sure that the tables are fundamentally square and sound. Additionally, what should I be looking for in table length for both a 6 and 8 in? Of the two tables, is the length of the output the more important?

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tvrgeek

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#1 posted 04-10-2021 11:11 AM

“Cheap” and “8 inch” are mutually exclusive. Everyone who starts with a 6 wants an 8. Jointers have not changed in at least 200 years other than adding an electric motor vs belt. Basically only two designs. Can’t say if there is really any advantage to sliding ways vs. parallelogram for the infeed. There is a newer “European” blade guard but I have only seen pictures of them.

Longer is better. I saw a tip in FineWoodwrking for a springy outfeed support. Makes sense to me. Enough spring to support the wood, but not rigid enough to throw off keeping flat to the table.

I get along with my 6 inch Ridgid as I do not have the space for an 8. Shelix head.

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Snowbeast

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#2 posted 04-10-2021 12:23 PM

Take a look at a new Wahuda 8” jointer. With what you are expecting to pay for refurbishing a used machine you can have a good quality, new machine.

This machine uses carbide inserts and has extensions that take the table to over 50”.

I only recently purchased this one and have been wondering how I got along without a jointer for so long. I have only heard good things about these machines and the company.

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Kudzupatch

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#3 posted 04-10-2021 02:26 PM

As you see 8” joiners are not common. Most people end up and stay with an 9” I had a 12” and traded to an 8” and very happy with it.
Joiner are simple machines. 1st thing I look for is that everything is there. I should say I deal with and prefer old machines and that is rule #1. Because parts can be impossible to find on some machines.

Then I check to make sure every moves and works. What doesn’t move, can I fix it easy?

Make sure the tables are flat as you said and that is about it.

My advice is when you see an 8” in your price range, RUN!

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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ibewjon

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#4 posted 04-10-2021 03:02 PM

As stated, good luck in the search. You will need to watch whenever you can check the listings. You don’t list your general location. I have been fairly consistent watching what is available on Craigslist and eBay, and rarely see an 8”. Most are the 6” Craftsman from 30+ years ago. I feel extremely lucky to have found an 8” long bed delta, and a 15” Griz planer for sale by the same guy 30 miles away. I called immediately, and was able to get both for a decent price, and in great condition with spare blades. If you spot one for sale, you must be fast, it will be gone in a flash.

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 05:41 PM

You can check tables for parallel with a long level or by using a pair of drafting triangles over the cutter head. If the triangles meet along the edges, the tables are parallel. Parallelism is adjustable though, by the use of shims if not other methods, depending on the jointer.

In some cases a jointer might have been used to store paint or heavy objects on and this can bend the tables.

When you get up into much larger industrial jointers the infeed table is often longer. I don’t know that I’ve seen an 8” with other than tables of equal length, though it was never something I paid mind before I got a 16” combo machine.

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#6 posted 04-10-2021 09:50 PM

Anything you want, someone else is looking for too. I’ve seen tools sell in as little as 15 minutes..

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#7 posted 04-10-2021 11:52 PM

Before the iron gods bestow a once in a lifetime deal on a 8 inch jointer. First you must faithfully own and use one of those crappy craftsman jointers with a fixed out table.
Only then will you appreciate a machine meant to do serious work. Many think because of the internet and YouTube they can just skip over paying dues. :)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 04-11-2021 12:18 AM

Get one that both the in-feed and out-feed table are adjustable.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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mtnwalton

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#9 posted 04-11-2021 03:45 AM



Before the iron gods bestow a once in a lifetime deal on a 8 inch jointer. First you must faithfully own and use one of those crappy craftsman jointers with a fixed out table.
Only then will you appreciate a machine meant to do serious work. Many think because of the internet and YouTube they can just skip over paying dues. :)
Good Luck

+1
Been working with wood in one form or another for over 50 years. Started buying used machines just after getting married. It’s amazing what you can do with very little if you’re motivated. I built a lot in that first garage with a combo 4” jointer and table saw.

- Aj2


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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 04-11-2021 12:54 PM

Like Aj2 says about the crappy Craftsman planers. Avoid one with a fixed outfeed table. Check that the motor works and the tables slide and nothing is missing. The knives can be sharpened many times so if they don’t have big chunks out of them, they will be fine. You’d’ want sharp ones in there after restoring it any way.

If you find 2, let me know, we need one to replace the Craftsman one( with a fixed out feed table) in our Az shop. I’ll buy the one with the helical head!!! They are simple machines so you can fix most anything on them except broken castings.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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bigJohninvegas

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#11 posted 04-11-2021 10:37 PM

I’m not sure you will ever find an 8” non working Jointer for $200.
I mean sure it could happen. And we all do stumble upon such deals. but typically not when we are looking for them.
And plenty of great advise here on what to look out for when you do find a used machine.
But, How far are you willing to travel?
There is a grizzly 8” long bed jointer in Nashville area for $875obo.
Post is 2 days old, with a 2 hour old update.
I would be shocked if it last very long.

https://nashville.craigslist.org/tls/d/nashville-woodworking-tools/7304169720.html

-- John

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ibewjon

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#12 posted 04-12-2021 12:13 AM

I would be on the road to Nashville right now. I paid $600 about 4 years ago for a delta, before the prices went through the roof. 8” machines are a rare find.

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bigJohninvegas

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#13 posted 04-12-2021 01:08 AM



I would be on the road to Nashville right now. I paid $600 about 4 years ago for a delta, before the prices went through the roof. 8” machines are a rare find.

- ibewjon

Ya me too, that’s a pretty fair price on a 8” jointer.

-- John

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