Delta DJ-20 8" Jointer #1: How do you remove the tables?

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Blog entry by Sarit posted 01-16-2012 06:13 AM 7493 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Delta DJ-20 8" Jointer series Part 2: Finally got the tables off »

I got a good deal on a DJ-20 w/ a Byrd Shelix head on Craigslist. Because there are a several spots with rust on it, I’m planning to do a full restoration. Question is how do you remove the tables from the body? I can remove the plates that clamp the pivoting rods at the end where the table adjustment levers are, but I don’t see how you can remove the plates closer to the cutterheads.

Here is a pic of the adjustment lever assembly. I have loosened the socket cap screws and turned the black plates 90 degrees. Now this end is free, but the side close to the cutterhead is not.

If you look carefully at this next pic, you can see the back set of socket cap screws. They cause similar plates to clamp to another rod at that end of the table. I just can’t figure out how to loosen those screws and secondly how would I re-install the tables once I do get them out?

Also notice that there is a spring that counteracts the weight of the tables to ease adjustment. I’m not sure how I can remove and later re-install that either.

Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 06:40 AM

Someone should be able to help you in their directory. I didn’t see anything about your specific question though. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 02:10 PM

Try too get parts list from delta, sorry dont know how.
You can look at grizzly on line they should be close.
best guess here , need long allen, or 1/4 hex driver with insert possibly ball end driver to get to those screws.
Springs could be just hung on small shafts just pry side way and pop off, ? how to get back on.
After other screws are loose and remove table height lock on out side , it should lift up, would not loosen screws with out some else holding up table just in case it falls after loosing.
Do you need to take off, spray with penatrating oil, work table get it in all moving parts, wipe and air blow off extra.Give time to dry , spray with dry film lube and use, just a thought.

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 08:40 PM

I tried emailing Delta 2 days ago, but still not response.
I then took another look at the parts diagram and I think there are openings in the bottom of the bed. Unfortunately, that means I have to unbolt the the bed from the stand and flip the whole dang thing over. I’ll have to wait until I can get someone to help me lift this.

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