Gloat - 8" jointer up and running

A few weeks ago I took a leap on an ebay auction for a still in the box craftsman professional 8" jointer from a 0 rated seller.
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I happen to have stores in the area, happened to have a saleman who lived close by the seller. Same salesman has a pickup and was willing to be a mule to bring the jointer to the store.
From the store I have a trucker friend who runs from Spokane to Sacramento every single week and back to Spokane on a dedicated run.
Great, it looked like it would all work out. Seller was moving and wanted the item gone even though it did not meet the reserve price. I send a money order to my salesman, who picked up the jointer. I was advised it was still in the box, but the box would likely not survive further. I had them place it upon a pallet and keep it at the dealership.
The first weekend was memorial day, and routing of the truck prevented pick up as the store was closed. The next weekend the route was changed and timing on the return trip didn't work out. The third week time was again wrong and no trip was possible. I was beginning to fear I would have to pay shipping to Spokane on nearly 500#'s with the pallets. Week 4 was fruitful, my jointer was picked up, my trucker friend got a hell of a buy on LED lights we had at the store, and the jointer made it home in one piece. The crate made it off the truck and into my pickup in a couple of pieces, but mildly intact.
That night I was able to remove the jib, the fence, and a few other parts to lighten the beds, as they were all bolted to the head assembly already. The stand, motor, and hardware were in two other boxes. With the assistance of the neighbor, I was able to lift the jointer out of the truck and into the garage for the next few days.
A couple of trips to the hardware store, a few peeks at the sears.com parts website, and a bit of head scratching I got the motor mounted into the base. The switch had taken a hit from the motor at some point in it's 10 years of sitting around unopened. However, a bit of superglue fixed it right up.
Then it was a few trips to the BORG to adapt 240 to the jointer. I ended up taping off a surface mount arc welder plug with a standard sidways prong and an outside outlet box for power. Someday I will have a electrician friend let me know the code way to handle it.
After the motor was up and going, I concentrated on cleaning off all the sheetmetal with a grill pad, a scumbuster, some polishing powder, some 400 grit wet dry sandpaper, water and lots of elbow grease. It took a night to clean it all up, and some blood from running my finder right down the quite sharp blades.
Then I had to wait another week before my HTC2000 stand arrived from Amazon courtesty free shipping. It took me about 2 hours to assemble the stand over a couple of nights and bolt the jointer down to it. They work quite well and make the 300# machine easy to move around. I will buying one for my bandsaw next month.
Then I borrowed the neighbor again to lift the jointer onto the stand to try it out. After spending a couple hours looking for the damn 2 nuts I misplaced I was able to locked down the fence and face joint an 8 1/8" wide piece of beech wood I had. It was wonderful. The machine is just a bit noisy, the dust shoot is fine with a box under it. I'm working on technique to avoid face jointing snipe.
Total cost:
    $405 to buy new NOS 8" jointer     $11.00 for fed ex money     $0.90 for money order     $4.57 in bolts     $25.00 steak dinner for the freight from California     $48.46 for a mobile stand to put it on
I think a hell of a deal. A Sunhill is weeks out, $300 more, + sales tax, + shipping.
a photo of my new/old jointer:
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Nice work. Enjoy the toy.     mahalo,     jo4hn
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AHHHHH yes the obligatory sucking sound eminate from your shop....Congrats
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Very nice! Maybe try raising the outfeed table incrementally 'til the snipe disappears? Tom Work at your leisure!
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comEDY (Tom) wrote in

I did just that a bit ago in the shop, brought it up to a nats ass of the top of the knives. Definetly made it a bunch easier to face plane a chunk of beech. My experience with flatsawn beech is it warps quite well in wide pieces.
Alan
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On Sat, 03 Jul 2004 03:26:17 GMT, "Carl Stigers"
Errrrrm, you obviously missed the manufacturer's name, Carl.
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Hey Larry wha's shakin' down your way?
In my opinion, A Womack certainly took a chance since the auction showed only the cover of the instruction manual - upsidedown at that. Still, S&R or not, I sure wish I had an 8"er.
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On Sat, 03 Jul 2004 00:15:57 -0700, Fly-by-Night CC

I actually got into the shop yesterday and made some concrete dust and sawdust. I moved my sheet goods, drilled some holes in some lousy concrete (1 hole already blew out) and anchored a 4' pipe for my pivoting/wheelie sheet storage bin. I cut the tuba ate for the upright and started mortising it after installing the purty blue 3" caster on the bottom of the horizontal tuba ate. Gosh, I sure love working with pineywood. (where are my tweezers?) After I get all of that out of the way, I'll have more room and can finish the (what I thought was simple) cleanup of the mantle and put it back in my living room. It's a single tubaten redwood board with an ogee on the front top. Slipping with the scratch stock reminded me that I should have cleaned it before each and every stroke. <sigh>
What's up in the middle half of my state?

The picture was typical of Crapsman owner mentality. <sigh2> And Sr. Womack sure put a lot of time and effort into the purchase of said object. That upped the price by a couple Benjies, wot? But if he's happy, who are we to complain? (Don't answer that. It'd make the thread waaaaay too long.)
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calmly ranted:

Ah, yes, it was a concern. This jointer was made some 11 to 12 years ago, never out of the crate. The professional line appears to be a few notches above, even back then. Certainly the prices they charge are. It's a very substantial piece of iron. My Starrett, albeight too short, shows the tables to be flat and true. The fence is a heavy mother, bolted to a heavier jib. There are mounting holes in the fence for an auxilary taller to fence to installed, perhaps for large panel beveling.
Being a 240 volt motor, the normal Sears HP manipulations seem absent. They rated it at 1.5 horse with a 10amp draw on 240 volts according to the motor label, Doree.
I'm happy, and quite sure when I get to sell it to someday move up to a david marks size aircraft carrier, I will be able to get at least my purchase price, if not some appreciation. It also appears the knives are quite reasonable for a set of 3 being under $30.00.
Alan
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A Womack notes:

A friend of mine has a newer version. Actually, it's the same version, about 4 years old instead of 11-12. No differences that I can see from your photo: the newest model apaprently is a light gray, instead of black, but otherwise the same. It is an excellent tool.
People who reflexively dismiss Craftsman tools sometimes miss out on some excellent chances.

Sears has dropped some of the manipulation in certain tool areas. The new line of contractor's saws, for instance. There is some sensitivity to criticism about non-existent horsepower within the marketing department now. That's a nice reward for my bitching about it to them for a few years, telling them what many of you guys think. The lab types still defend the ultra HP ratings because under very special conditions, they can be reached. I think they're wrong to use them because they will only be reached by the user of the machine as the motor self-destructs.
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Charlie Self wrote:

And from the ancient text I have learned that Delta was one of the first to tout non-existent horse power way back in the late 30's.
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calmly ranted:

Yes, it does look better than most pictures I've seen. I haven't set foot in the tool section at Searz in well over double decades; prolly closer to 3.

I coulda sworn I saw "84 horsepower" on the front of that beastie in your picture just yesterday. ;)

G'luck!
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wrote:

You suck! There, it's been said.
About the dedicated run: A while back, I found a killer deal on a cabinet saw from a web vendor. The only problem was that he wanted $250 to ship it to CT. I had access to friend that drove a dedicated run that runs empty on the return trip to CT. He was willing to bring it up for $50.
The vendor couldn't seem to come up with a saw to sell me. <G>
Enjoy the new tool!
Barry
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Just yesterday I was in the retail arm of www.northwestpowertools.com, they were talking with a customer who did one of those deals from an ebay vendor. Was shocked to learn how much he over paid the idiot! The saw was at cost, but the shipping was 5x what they would have charged, and therefore the profit was a ways over their mail order margins.
The bummer is they won't let me pick it up on the doc and ship it to myself. I will have to check into one of the local freight companies and see what they would charge for a 4 mile delivery!
Alan
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An excellent aquisition story. You suck!
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