Stella Mathews Jointers August 17th, 2018 - 18:17:05
Assessing the quality of used finger jointers follows the same four-part process of assessing other used industrial woodworking machines. First, you should only shop for a used finger jointer with a professional seller of used wood working machines; otherwise, the jointer's state of wear may not be properly assessed. Second, always investigate a seller's reputation at the Better Business Bureau, avoiding seller's that have unresolved customer complaints on their record. Third, always be sure to ask for a copy of a jointer's official maintenance record to assess whether or not it has been properly maintained. Fourth, conduct a firsthand inspection of the jointer before you buy it, or have a trustworthy third party conduct the inspection on your behalf.
Because high capacity finger-jointers can be expensive-easily costing six figures-many growing woodworking companies consider shopping for used finger-jointers, and even large companies purchase used finger-jointers to increase their bottom line. Nevertheless, some woodworkers (most of them beginners at the commercial level) remain convinced that purchasing used woodworking machines is a bad idea when starting out new at commercial woodworking. But, while not all industrial grade used woodworking machinery offers quality, it's important to remember that industrial grade woodworking machinery is designed to stand up to commercial level use for decades. As a result, the main of issue of buying an industrial finger jointer used is not whether its used state decreases its dependability and efficiency, but the dependability and efficiency offered by a particular used finger-jointer.
Gaps might not be a problem in building homes or in some woodworking projects, but in trying to produce two or more boards of equal widths with perfectly straight and square edges, a lot of new lumber must be reworked.
As with most woodworking machines, the type of jointer need by a woodworker depends mostly on the production demand of his or her woodworking operation. For hobbyist woodwork or small woodshops, smaller jointers that have a 4 to 6 inch width of cut are usually sufficient, while for larger, multifaceted woodworking operations, a larger jointer with an 8 to 16 inch width of cut is usually recommended.
Assessing the quality of a used jointer follows the same four-step process of evaluating other used woodworking machinery. First, you should avoid amateur sellers of used woodworking machinery (e.g. eBay merchants and company auctions) and buy from professional sellers that are capable of accurately assessing a machine's value. Second, you should avoid purchasing a used jointer from a seller that has unresolved customer complaints at the Better Business Bureau (BBB).