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Are they worth anything running. Guy down the street is selling it and a Delta portable saw.

I had one in the early 80's but got rid of it.

Any worth?
 

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I don't know, every machine you acquire takes up space. I have both a 6" and 12" jointer which I use and have been thinking of getting rid of the 6" because of space issues. Probably the only reason I haven't done it already is the 12" jointer runs on 3 phase and I have to go turn on the phase converter before using it. Lot of trouble if you only have one or two small boards to joint.
 

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He's got it sitting outside with a sign on it. I didn't see enough driving buy to see how much. I may take a look later when I can...

I'm thinking $25 I might mess with it and any higher I have no interest...

The small won't require much space. I need it for chairs..
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He's got it sitting outside with a sign on it. I didn't see enough driving buy to see how much. I may take a look later when I can...

I'm thinking $25 I might mess with it and any higher I have no interest...

The small won't require much space. I need it for chairs..
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Curious question. I have a couple underneath a work bench that belonged to my father. These are quite old, I believe both are delta's. They have the pulleys on them to be ran off a remote motor. They would be nice to set up and stay adjusted to just take a whisper off when you need to just fine tune something. DO you know what the operating RPM's should be for them?
 

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Not off hand. I would think most small jointers would run the same. You might do a dedicated search on jointer RPM...
 

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Curious question. I have a couple underneath a work bench that belonged to my father. These are quite old, I believe both are delta's. They have the pulleys on them to be ran off a remote motor. They would be nice to set up and stay adjusted to just take a whisper off when you need to just fine tune something. DO you know what the operating RPM's should be for them?
A quick google search will get you the answer.
 

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I started with a 4" jointer. They are fine for edge jointing and is about all I use them for. The main problem is that they are short (at least I have never seen a long one). So, it is difficult to accurately joint long boards.
AFAIK, they should run at about the same rpm as the big ones.
 

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I have an old Craftsman 4 inch jointer. As stated the problem is they are toooooo short--only about 12 inch infeed and outfeed. I tried to build table extensions, was a little better but not much. Personally, it is a bigger pain than it is worth, I can get a better edge by using a table saw jig.
 

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I understand it's size. I understand it's operation and it's limits. I was curious if it has a value.

I've been using this for chairs. I can't see a 4" jointer being worse...

But unless the price is right I'm not going to mess with it..
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I understand it's size. I understand it's operation and it's limits. I was curious if it has a value.

I've been using this for chairs. I can't see a 4" jointer being worse...

But unless the price is right I'm not going to mess with it..
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Are you using a while melamine/MDF for the surface of your router table?

I made my router table with 3/4" MDF for the work surface and it is starting to wear a bit. I was thinking about replacing it at some point. I was curious how yours has held up?
 

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Kitchen Laminate. Waxed here and there will last a long time..

If you can find a cabinet shop local they often have pieces hanging around they will sell. Usually off colors but useable...
 

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I understand it's size. I understand it's operation and it's limits. I was curious if it has a value.

I've been using this for chairs. I can't see a 4" jointer being worse...

But unless the price is right I'm not going to mess with it..
Understood. But, what we are trying to explain is that value is relative to usefulness. If a tool will do the job for you it is more valuable to you. If you are comparing it to a router table for jointing purposes, then yes, it will do a better job more quickly and more conveniently. Just don't try to joint very long heavy pieces. I jointed some 4-5" wide x about 4 foot long boards on my 4" jointer once. I was able to do it, but it was very awkward and tedious. If you are working with small work pieces, a 4" jointer will do just as well as the big boys.

If the jointer you are looking at will do the job for you and you can get it for $25, jump on it. Almost any tool is worth that much just because it is a woodworking tool :love:

By the way, I really like your router table. Very similar to mine. Did I use a light switch placed horizontally on the right? Yes. Did I use light Formica for the top with hardwood edge? Yes. Did I make a split fence? Yes. Do I use "C" clamps to lock the fence down? Yes. Alas. Mine does not have brass and ceramic handles. Sniff :(
 

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I drove by there a minute a go and it wasn't outside anymore. He has taken things and put then in the garage and put back for ssle at a later time. Maybe I'll catch the guy outside one day and see if he still has it.
 

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It varies for most depending on what you use it for, plus you may be tall with long arms. For me 5'7 , 12" still leaves me in control...
 

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It varies for most depending on what you use it for, plus you may be tall with long arms. For me 5'7 , 12" still leaves me in control...
Ok, thanks. mine is 18". It not overwhelming when I run wider board and table tops, its pretty comfortable, but smaller stock is bit of a reach or at least seems so.
 
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