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Forum topic by Huds posted 01-02-2014 03:28 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2014 03:28 PM

Hi all. Long time lurker, new member for 2014.

I’m considering stepping up to a bigger jointer, mainly to get a longer bed for longer stock. I have about 2000-2500 board feet of rough quarter sawn red and white oak that I inevitable will be getting into for furniture work. I have found that on the projects with longer members, such as beds and tall cabinets, the bed on my 6” Ridgid jointer is a bit short. I’ve got it dialed in and it’s great for short stock and edge jointing for sure.

At this point, I’m really weighing the options. I’m halfway between sticking with hand planing one face so that I can run it through my 15” planer. On the other hand, there is an efficiency factor to be considered as well. I’m looking at 8” jointers mainly, and specifically models in which you can remove the rabetting extension from the infeed table for jointing stock wider than the jointer. This is a side issue, but I have found that the rabbeting extension on my 6” jointer is a problem for jointing stock wider than 6”. What happens is on subsequent passes the unmilled part continues to ride on the rabbeting extension and more wood is removed from the portion of the stock by the fence than on the outside. Since you have to remove the guard for wide stock anyway, I think if you could remove the rabbeting extension as well, so that the infeed and outfeed tables have the same overall width, it would make milling stock wider than your jointer much easier.

I digress. Before I go much further into this, I need to get some idea of what my Ridgid jointer would be worth. It’s essentially mint, about 5 years old – no rust anywhere, gibs and ways are perfect, has not needed adjustment since my initial set up, has a set of brand new knives in it, I have a second spare set that are brand new, and I have the original knives that need sharpening. It’s the JP0610 that I’m sure many folks are aware is out there. I have an environmentally controlled shop, it’s never seen humid conditions or the like.

Any opinions on what I might be able to ask for it on Craigslist for example would be great. Are there any other sites you know of for listing machinery?

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 03:59 PM

I might be interested in your jointer depending on where you live. Shipping would, probably, make it impractical. I live in zip code 51503.

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 03:59 PM

I always read 50% of the new value. That seems to be the cost when you bought it and not the new cost today in most cases. You might be able to get a bit more since yours is pristine but I think you should be prepared to take about half the original cost.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 04:13 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

Dan, I’m near Richmond VA, so yeah, it’s probably unrealistic to ship it. It’s no huge 6 or 8 inch machine, but I think it would still require freight and packing it well would be a huge pain. Sorry, but thanks for the inquiry!

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 01:08 AM

When I see decent long bed 6” jointers on CL they usually go for $200-$300. Older 6” short-bed Craftsman/Delta jointers go for really cheap (~$100-$200), and newer Delta, Jet, Ridgid, or Grizzly ones tend to be in the two or three hundred range. I’d say $200-$250 for yours. The right person might pay $300.

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 01:17 AM

Used equipment is usually in the 50-60% range of new, but that depends upon condition, availability, etc.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 01:41 AM

I’d say Jonah is right on the money.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 01:45 AM

Sounds good. Per HD website they are listing them for $549. Mine truly is like new, frankly probably better than new because I’ve taken the time to set it up. And with 3 sets of knives, 2 being brand new, I’ll probably list if for $350 and dicker down from there. I want to be reasonable, thus my polling the crowd, but I also don’t want to give it away because it is about as nice a used piece of equipment as comes across CL.

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 09:37 PM

My dad just bought a rigid jointer of the same size and vintage for $150, but he considered it a great deal (so do I). The reason his was so cheap is that the blades were dull, and the seller didn’t know how to change them, and had read horror stories about how hard it is to do.

Your jointer is worth a premium because it has brand new blades (silly as that may sound), you have enough mechanical aptitude to know that it’s ways and jibs are ship-shape, and you have kept it in a climate controlled shop. Your target market is a woodworker on craigslist who has been waiting for 4 months for the score of the century on a good jointer, and has wasted 4-5 Saturday afternoons driving into the willywacks to look at rusted delta’s and grizzly with blown bearings.

If you put an ad in craigslist that reads “ridgid jointer in good shape $250”, you will sell it in 2-3 weeks but waste a few hours with tire kickers that offer you $100.

If you put an ad in craigslist that gives the model number, all of the mechanical items “ways & jobs” in proper working order, explains that you love the jointer but want a bigger size, and most importantly, include at least 6 high res photos, you ask $350, and you’ll get it within a week or two. Be sure to include in the ad that the price is final.

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 11:59 PM

I think Nicholas has the right idea, but I’d be surprised if someone paid $350 for it. I’d do exactly what he said and try to get $300 for it.

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