I've found one for sale locally less than $100, including an extra set of
I read from various reviews that knife setup can be somewhat of a pain.
I currently either use by Delta 13" planer or router table, with the outfeed
fence shimmed forward.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, but take a straight edge to make sure
the tables aren't bowed. If they are straight, you should find it has
enough adjustment to align everything to your satisfaction with some
I bought a used one for a bit more and managed to get the tables
aligned to within a few thousandths after some experimentation with
the infeed gib screws. With a good straight edge, dial calipers and a
feeler gage you'll be able to do just fine for a 6" jointer.
Also, with your straight-edge and a machinist square, make sure the fence
is straight and not twisted. I had a 37-190 a number of years ago; the
fence was twisted greater than 1/32". Made getting a jointable surface a
bit of a challenge.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Sounds like a good deal assuming the beds are flat, fence is straight,
motor works, etc.
That's pretty much the case with all of them that use regular knives.
I've only needed to do it a couple of times, in the two years I've
owned a jointer. It's a bit tedious, but not too bad. Unless you
use it a lot or ding one of the blades, you probably won't have to
change them out that frequently. Also, get a hone for the blades
and that'll help reduce the frequency with which you need to change
out the blades.
Here's a tip for you, that may not be in the manual for your
jointer--it wasn't in the manual for my Delta jointer: take the belt
off the pully when you're changing the knives. There's *nothing*
about this in my manual, and with the belt on, it makes manually
turning the cutter head and getting it to stay in one spot difficult.
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