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09-29-2017 09:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer delta

I’ve been in the market for a jointer. Not really in a rush seeing how most of my time is spent chasing after a toddler. There are two Delta’s in my area that are up for sale, each for about 220.

I’ve never used a jointer before and I don’t know all too much about them. I’d appreciate any thoughts on the two above. Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 09:30 PM

The one with the open base has a mobile
base. The other one doesn’t. A cabinet
base can be nice to have but doesn’t serve
any real function. They both have chip

Prices for used woodworking machines vary
a lot regionally and according to seller
motivation. I you need a jointer to grow
your abilities I wouldn’t argue with that
$220 6” machine is at all overpriced. Sure,
you can find one cheaper sooner or later,
but if you’re more interested in making
things than in machinery just get one.

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#2 posted 09-29-2017 09:40 PM

What is the length of the infeed and outfeed tables on each unit? Just know that it’s much harder to process long stock on a short jointer. If you work with 30ish” and shorter stock, though, shouldn’t be an issue. Make sure you can find replacement knives pretty easily.

I’ve used the $600 Ridgid jointer extensively. It’s a good unit if you wanted to spend more…a little bigger than those pictured I think (although I am not sure).

Having a jointer is much better than not having one. But they are finicky, and it can be frustrating to get tables aligned, knives aligned etc—especially on the cheaper units. Watch lots of YouTubes. I’ve also fumbled my way through jointer jigs for the table saw. They work in a pinch, but they’ve been hit or miss for me. Or maybe I suck at making jigs…

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#3 posted 09-29-2017 09:47 PM

Basically the same jointers… take your pick of which ever one is in better condition. Those didn’t change much in design for decades.


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#4 posted 09-30-2017 06:42 AM

Both good jointers, blade can be picked up easily, good for starting out and learning setup. Word of caution as you progress 6” jointer will be leave you wanting bigger! Then there is the option of helical head carbide cutters? Get the biggest and best you can afford to prevent having to upgrade to often or too soon.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 09-30-2017 11:30 AM

If both are in comparable condition, I’d go with the X. The X has a beefier fence support, and has more mass due the enclosure.

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#6 posted 09-30-2017 02:27 PM

p.s.: Almost forgot…there’s a 1/4hp difference between the motors too. 3/4hp for the open stand version vs 1hp for the X.

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#7 posted 09-30-2017 02:39 PM

The closed base does help to control the shavings spread, at the cost of having to clean it out periodically. I prefer a cabinet base to an open base, personally. There’s a bit more stiffness there too.

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#8 posted 09-30-2017 08:13 PM

Another vote for the X

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#9 posted 09-30-2017 08:21 PM

I’m with these fellas.

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