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    As I look to outfit my shop, one tool on my list that would come in handy on some upcoming projects is a jointer.

    Should I be looking for a new unit or can I turn to Kijiji and try and pick up one there on the cheap? For instance:

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-power-tool/ba...der/1260922239

    This one looks a bit older and not sure $425 is what I'd offer, but would something like that be reasonable for a novice wood working to start with?

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    Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

    Used equipment is fine, most of my shop is made up as used. Make sure you can try it out first. I find those prices on the high side, but I am a bottom feeder.
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      Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

      all of my machinery is used, most of well used and older than most(if not all) of us

      some used machines are better bets than others, mechanically simple stuff like a cast iron jointer is a good bet, a heavily used lunchbox planer is not
      my shop is a beaver lodge
      steve, sarnia, ont



      1940's Beaver Jointer

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      • #4

        Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

        Of coarse it's safe,just be a informed buyer. Most jointers are built to last many decades,and are easily refurbished . If it wasn't for used,I really would not have much in my shop

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          Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

          That Craftex is generally the same as some of the Delta's, King, and Ridgid models. Good starter jointer, I have the comparable Delta model. As long as built correctly and well maintained is perfectly fine to use. Have them turn it on and run some wood through. should run fairly quiet with out and rubbing or metal hitting sounds. I'd say a fait price would be more along the lines of $3-350.

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            Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

            Originally posted by EMSbyDay View Post
            That Craftex is generally the same as some of the Delta's, King, and Ridgid models. Good starter jointer, I have the comparable Delta model. As long as built correctly and well maintained is perfectly fine to use. Have them turn it on and run some wood through. should run fairly quiet with out and rubbing or metal hitting sounds. I'd say a fait price would be more along the lines of $3-350.

            I agree. I have the Ridgid version. It works fine.

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            • #7

              Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

              Mike,
              I agree with the previous posts about buying used. It is a great way to save money and there is not much that can go wrong with a jointer if it has not been abused. The jointer you show is a 6" model which is fine, but if you are willing to spend a bit more, I would recommend looking for an 8" unit. I'm a fan of the parallelogram design such as the Delta DJ-20 because of the ease of alignment of the tables.

              Good luck with your search.

              David



              you should be able to find an 8" jointer

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              • #8

                Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                I used to have that exact same model when I lived in Ottawa. It worked just fine - easy to adjust, not too noisy, and powerful enough to do every job I needed it to. I must have run thousands of board feet of various hardwoods over that thing without any trouble at all.

                That price seems a little... optimistic? For the seller, I mean. That's almost what I paid for mine when I bought it new. Prices change in 10 years of course, but I'd have thought 300 would have been a fairer price.



                dkaardal

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                • #9

                  Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                  How does a 6" Delta X5 series jointer for around $400 sound? Steer clear? Price OK?

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                  • #10

                    Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                    Depends on whether you are buying or selling.
                    Rob

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                    • #11

                      Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                      Originally posted by iamtooler View Post
                      Depends on whether you are buying or selling.
                      Rob
                      Haha, I'm looking to buy my first jointer for a small garage shop.

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                      • #12

                        Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                        There is also a 6" Chui Ting (never heard of this brand?) locally for about $150-200 that looks like its been well taken care of.

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                          Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                          never heard of it either

                          if i needed a jointer id be looking older northamerican machines. rockwell, beaver, general, poitras, delta just to name a few

                          plenty of them around and better made

                          parts? you may ask. my 1940's beaver hasnt needed any and chances are it never will
                          Last edited by stevem; 05-19-2017, 07:14 PM.
                          my shop is a beaver lodge
                          steve, sarnia, ont



                          1940's Beaver Jointer

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                          • #14

                            Re: Safe to buy a used jointer?

                            Originally posted by mwarning View Post
                            There is also a 6" Chui Ting (never heard of this brand?) locally for about $150-200 that looks like its been well taken care of.
                            The Chiu Ting Company manufactures for many of the better known wood working equipment sellers according to this article :

                            http://www.portercable.com/uploads/P..._article16.pdf

                            It might be worth a read ....

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