I just went on the sears website to see if I could find blades for this
old jointer. I saw on clearance a jointer on clearance for 239. It was
before 399.99. It can be shipped to the store for free.
I wish I had known about this before I bought this old one. Should I
keep going on trying to get this old one going with new knives, belt,
etc or shoudl I cut my losses? Will I be as happu with this old jointer
as the new one?
You should feel comfortable with the purchase you make at the time you make
it. Don't worry or anguish over what you will find in the future as you
will always find a better deal. Waiting for the "very best" deal will
always cause you to miss out on something you can be enjoying now.
I would put the old one on Craigslist (or similar) for $75 and buy one that
works; either the Craftsman for $300 or a used one for $200.
But that is what I would do. What you should do might be entirely
Having you around is great; you are like the little idiot brother I never
Must be great to feel so superior to others.You must really feel like you are a king because you don't ask for advice instead of jumping head long into a decision you might regret. To have so much extra money that researching before you make a purchase is unnecessary. The world has truly blessed you.
Don't feel sick, finish rehabbing the jointer you have and subtract the
cost of its refurbishing from the $239. Then buy that much lumber.
You'll be so much happier with the final outcome.
Seems to me, you'd be better off with the one you have. First, because you
have it. Second, because you're going to learn quite a bit about what a
jointer is, how it works, and how to maintain it, by getting it into working
order. That's valuable knowledge, gained at relatively low financial risk.
Nobody here can tell you what to do, you'll have to make that decision
Somebody else noted there's a lot of value in learning something about
refurbishing old equipment--assuming, of course, you're interested
enough in woodworking that you're going to continue to do some. For
me, there's far more pleasure in getting something back in shape than
just buying a new gew-gaw, but that's me.
As for knives for this machine, you can measure the knives you have and
any knife of the same length, width and thickness (VERY important!)
will be fine. Sears, in general, would be about the last place I'd go
looking for tooling.
As noted in other response, unless these knives are in very poor shape,
resharpening them would be my first choice.
I actually like working on machines like this but it would bother me if
I spent alot of time and it still did not cut as good as that new one.
Also, It is easy to spend omoney on tools, etc more than the cost of a
new one. For example, been reading a dial indicator is the best way to
set blades. They are 34 bucks at sears. The magnetic base for it is 44.
That adds up quick!
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