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The one for $100 looks to be the same model as one I've used since '75 when I bought it new.
With a little TLC and new blades, It should serve you well.
Just make sure everything works, fence adjustment, motor, bearings, safety guard and infeed table adjustment.
It's a simple machine and easily maintained. If you need a jointer, you can't get hurt too bad for $100.
 

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Yes - that $100 one is the same my dad used for years and which I inherited. I sharpened the blades and it served me well for a couple of years when I was offered a better one for free. Now my wife's nephew has the Craftsman... still works. Check it out with Gene's guidelines and I think you got a good buy.
 

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I have a 6", and I'm on the hunt for an 8" at a good price. I'd love a 12" if I could afford it.
Honesty, buy the widest jointer you can afford. You'll be glad you did.
And it's true, a planer and a jointer work in tandem, you can't replace one with the other under normal circumstances.
 

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I have a 6", and I'm on the hunt for an 8" at a good price. I'd love a 12" if I could afford it.
Honesty, buy the widest jointer you can afford. You'll be glad you did.
And it's true, a planer and a jointer work in tandem, you can't replace one with the other under normal circumstances.
Agreed. I currently have a 6" bought off CL and it works just fine, however I too am trying to pick up an 8" if possible.

I'd go with the $100 one and definitely NOT the 4"
 
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