Delta Jointer Problems

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Blog entry by flatboarder posted 11-28-2010 03:51 AM 1204 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 05:03 AM

I’m not 100% sure on that. When this happened I tried to re adjust the tables . The next day was Thanksgiving. Then On friday I was called by a tech that delta had contacted to come and try to figure out what the problem was. He told me that he would be here even Friday afternoon or Saturday. i never heard another word back from Him. From the conversation I had with the man I could tell that he didn’t know too much about jointers But he said that atleast he could report back to Delta and tell them what the machine was doing. I already had done that. Anyway I worked on it some today. I’m really frustrated at this point i want to even get a machine that works properly are get my money back. I would like to speak with someone who has one though ,then maybe he or she can shed some light on the correct numbers to set this machine up too. I did take a pencil and scribe some diag lines across a 9” wide board, set the machine to take a .012” cut and ran the board over the knives. There was pencil marks still left on the board just a little over halfway on the rear side of the 30” board and on the fence side about 2” in from thee end almost all the way down the board. What would you suggest I do?

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 05:08 AM

Jointers are the one woodworking tool that can get you banging your head against wall. What I have done in the past that has work for me is I take a straight edge and I first bring the out feed table up to cutter head and using a feeler gauge and make sure the out feed table and cutter head are square to each other then I check the in feed table doing the same Then going back to outfeed table I than check the knifes same as the steps before make sure the knifes all are the same

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 07:17 PM

If you can joint the first four inches in width and nothing any wider two things come to mind the first the easiest to find/ fix

1. check the knives sounds like you may have a high// or low knife grind measure end to end to see if it is ground flat across .

2.Is more difficult to fix as one of the rack mechanisms has shifted, this happens with larger jointers and can be caused by a number of things a.k.a buddies or employees sitting on one of the infeed /outfeed tables is a great one :)

Check the knives first along with the Gib bars/ cutter head
I hope this helps :)

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 07:49 PM

This makes sense. The knives are dead even all three are within .00015 from each other so I can rule out this. They came with the new cutterhead that i just put on. I do know that the infeed table was hit by something pretty hard because there is a dent on the very end. it was painted over I guess when this machine was reconditioned in Jacksonville,fl I’m sure the whole machine was painted at that time then put back together. When stanley bought Delta they probably found these machines sitting in the back of the warehouse and told them to get them ready and to sell them. The reconditioned date on the machine was 12/16/98 so where was this machine for 12 long years. Now they have pawned it off on me. It’s a good thing that it has a warranty. The tech center has been real good at helping me they have sent me two sets of knives, an new cutterhead, and a new motor. The pullly did not come with the motor and I damaged the one that was on it trying to get it off with a pully remover. They said it will be sometime in Jan before they can get another one. I’m going to ask for my money back or a new machine. I would perfer the later but we will see. Thanks for the knowledge. Not many people know that thats called a rack that the table attatches too.

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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