New Jointer

Just got home from shopping, I got a Sears Crapsman model 152.217060 6 1/2" jointer. It looked like a solid enough piece of machinery on the sales floor, heavy cast iron, beefy and ergonomic controls, big enough (I hope) motor, and was on sale for 360 bucks. It's in the back of the van, in a box. I'm afraid to take it out of the box. WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME ITS OKAY TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE BOX ? Please??
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Doesn't Sears still have a "satisfaction guarantee"?
In any event, the proof is in the pudding ... the only way you're going to know if it works for your purpose is to use it. Judging from many tools today, it is probably made in the same place in Taiwan/China as some of the better known brands.
I'd say "go for it" ...
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Only one way to tell! Try it and take it back if you don't like it.
I have never used craftsman, but I have a delta benchtop jointer and I am unhappy with it. The beds are too short. In fact I just ordered the Grizzly G0500 8" with 75" beds.
For the same $ you spent, you could try this http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?itemnumber=G1182HW
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is it this unit? http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid921706000
aka http://tinyurl.com/3dmz8
if so, it looks like a pretty generic Taiwanese jointer. should be fine. set it up and check the tables for flat and true, and make sure the blades can be adjusted properly. I set up a taiwanese delta very much like that one which had an aluminum cutterhead with bad machining. it wouldn't cut flat.
if the machine has any problems, take it right back.     Bridger
On 27 Dec 2003 16:11:46 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (BUB 209) wrote:

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If you are already dissing the tool name, why did you buy it in the first place?
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I need it! Now! Sears is 6 blocks away! I have a credit card! It'll probably work fine! From previous experience with their stuff (I'm thinking about the router table "universal" adapter that really isn't, and the plastic handle on the tool box that fell off) I have the green light to use the vernacular. However, if this jointer is ok as it well may be, I'll give a complete refund on the profanity, no questions asked.
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Typically Craftsman is less expensive than others and you get what you pay for. If Sears is convenient and you are satisfied with the price, then just use the darn thing.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (BUB 209) wrote in message

I'm sure sears will take it back even if you use once or twice over the weekend. Last weekend I just bought the Craftsman 13 planer that was priced down because someone returned after one day (Sears rental plan?). It was listed at $439.00 new and they marked it down to $373. There was an extra 10% off for a Christmas sale and I talked the guy in to taking another 10% off because I had a Craftsman Club card (He said he wasn't supossed to becasue it was already 10% for the day). That took it down to $298. It was still in the box and still had the add stickers on it. He said the repair shop put new knives on before they put it back on the floor. I love it.
Craftsman 13 in. Planer, Bench Top
Features 15 amp, 2-1/2 hp max developed motor with 8,000 rpm cutterhead speed. 2 double-edged knives of HSS deliver 16,000 cpm. Dust collection system with half bag for use with a plastic bag.
Greg
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If it makes you feel better I seriously thought of buying one too. I probably would have if they had been on sale at the time I bought my Jet. My feelings are it is one of Sear's better tools! Greg
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Did you get the rebate for the free set of knives? Check the attachment, it is a link to the farm. Greg
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (BUB 209) wrote in message

I was at sears a couple weeks almost fell into that temptation it was there I could have it in the shop that day,,I went to the wall bang head against it came to senses went home and ordered the 1182Z from grizzly got vit three days later,,,IMHO craftsman are not any better power tools than harbor freight tools
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I donno man, I have seen some of the Grizzly tools, and the Harbor Freight tools. The Sears jointer is comparable to a Grizzly. Certainly above HF! I will agree that most Sears power tools are low quality. Greg
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I buy a lot of Craftsman tools but then I'm not trying to make a living with my tools. They are not the best on the market but you don't go broke buying them. What I do like about Craftsman is that I know what I'm getting. They have a good warrenty and they more than meet my needs. Since I don't use them ALL THE TIME they last me a long time. In the past 10 years I had a switch go out on a reciprocating saw and Sears replaced it for free. That is the only problem I have ever had with a tool I bought at Sears. I bought a router from HF and it was a piece of crap. One of the little plastic knobs that sets a stop broke the second time I used it and the handle for the plunger hold-down seems like it will brake the next time I use it. It was maybe $20.00 cheaper than a Sears router of similar power and size. Never again will I buy from HF.
Greg
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