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post #1 of 10 Old 11-29-2012, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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jointer whats a good one?

I'm hoping to buy a jointer in the near future and was think Power Matices. Anyone got any ideas on whats good and worth it? Can only afford so much.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-29-2012, 05:03 PM
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Powermatic is a good one. Without the helical head it's right at $1000.00.

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Depends on your budget and what you want to do. Powermatic makes great machines and they generally hold a good resale value. However, it could be overkill for what you do. Are you thinking 6" or 8" or even more? I have a Grizzly that I'm very happy with. You could also look at what is available on Craigs List in your area.
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another 8"

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Harvest, why don't you keep a look out on CL. In recent times I have seen a few at decent prices. Look at eastern Conn. and also the RI list and the Worcester area all are within easy travel distance from you. IMO, you should look at Delta, Powermatic, Ridgid Jet, and Grizzly. Look for the longest table you can find. You want to keep with a minimum size of 6 -inch 8 is better. Jointers that are 4-inches are OK, but only of they are free. Don't get me wrong a 4-inch jointer is and was a good machine, but the extra length and width are great to have.
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I was thinking 6 or 8 is good enough for me and was looking at powermatic. It won't be right now but soon, been doing some tables and really need one. Also some cabinets other then kitchen so would really be helpful instead of going to another shop and pay them to joint for me. I don't do it for a living but working on it. Really like the feedback on here since finding this forum, very helpful.
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I have an 8 inch grizzly am really happy with it
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For what you are looking to do, any of the 6" imported planers will do - the 4' or 4-1/2' beds they have will easily edge joint an 8' long board (generally a jointer will strarighten a board 2x the bed length).
The 6" Powermatic with the 5-1/2' table is a very nice unit.
If money were no object, the 8" Powermatic PJ882 or 8"Delta DJ-20 with parallelogram tables would be my first choice.
I have a 20 year old 8" Bridgewood (no longer in business), which has served me well for for all that time; I also have an old 4" Craftsman that pairs with my 10" portable table saw for field work - its better than a hand plane.
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A used 6" jointer is usually a lot cheaper than a 8" one. I bought a PM 50 jointer that was on Ebay and no one bid the $180 opening bid. I also forgot to bid!
Called the seller and bought it from him for $180.
The sell is dealer for used/refurbished machinery.
If in FL you might look him up. Barber Machinery, in Lake Wales FL.
He has a few 8" Delta jointers for sale on his site now.
Nice guy to deal with.
When I brought the knives to be sharpened (had to nick them soon after setting it up!) I found out they were solid carbide!
He has a few Delta jointers on his site or sale, as well as lots of other goodies.
I'm sure he is set up to ship the machines if needed.
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Bought a Griz G0452 a few years ago and have been happy with it. I would have liked an 8" but my shop's in the basement and I would have had to negotiate stairs, etc. As it is, the 6" unit has worked well, I rarely need a wider one and I feel I made the right choice.

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