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Forum topic by BeardedDog posted 05-15-2018 10:25 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2018 10:25 PM

So I’ve been scouring my area for quite some time now looking for an 8” jointer. Surprisingly I’ve found quite a few! Not surprisingly, by the time I get ahold of them, they’ve been sold. However, it seems the 8” jointers have been moving a lot slower across the border in California. It just so happens the predicament I’ve found myself in is deciding between a PM 60B and a Delta DJ20. The DJ 20 looks a bit rougher in the photos than the PM and also has a higher asking price. I’m curious on everyone’s thoughts between the two. Below are the links.

Side note, I know this is my first post and I am a hobbyist, however, I am starting to mill my own lumber to build slab furniture. It’s been a slow process in the making but I’ve finally put together a near fully operational shop.

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#1 posted 05-15-2018 10:41 PM

Powermatic is three phase, so add another $200 to the purchase price. It’s also a wedge bed design, while the Delta is a parallelogram design, which a lot of people prefer.


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#2 posted 05-17-2018 10:37 PM

Thanks for the response Brad. I’m pretty sure I have 3-phase power in my shop, I’m scheduling an inspector to come out to be certain. I’m tracking the preferences between the wedge bed and parallelogram designs. Honestly, I’m a bit indifferent between the two so long as the tolerances are still tight and true. I guess what input I’m really looking for is two fold. 1) is asking price reasonable? 2) I’m trying to determine if my train of thought is solid. 3-phase equipment is exponentially more difficult to sell second hand. I might be able to wait out for a steal on the Powermatic. Assuming the inspector confirms my suspicion my shop is 3-phase, the tolerances are tight, and surfaces are decent (little to no pitting and straight). I figure, worst case scenario, my shop isn’t 3-phase and I can start with a low offer for the Delta and work towards an agreed upon price. If the shop is 3-phase I might be able to sit on the Powermatic until he’s desperate.

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#3 posted 05-17-2018 10:52 PM

If your shop is located at a residence there is a 99% chance that you do not have 3ph readily available.

The DJ20 looks like it has surface rust which is easily remedied. If I had to pick I’d go dj20. Parallelogram design allows you to adjust the beds instead of shimming the ways of a wedge type.

That being said. I think you’ll never have a problem with most wedge type.

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 10:58 PM

I’d definitely go the Delta route. I’d start at around $650 asking price and if you can get it for $750, you’d have done well. Not a steal, but a fair price. He’s willing to negotiate.

I don’t think it will last that long to be honest so you shouldn’t wait too long.

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 03:35 AM

$750 for a 3-phase machine isn’t a great deal. You’re going to be into the thing for nearly a thousand bucks when all’s said and done, and that’s a lot of money for a jointer, no matter how good.

The parallelogram beds are great and all, but it’s not uncommon for lesser 8” jointers to go for closer to $500 around me, and not unheard of to see them at less than that. They’re generally Taiwanese Powermatic model 60 clones with dovetail ways, but honestly there aren’t a lot of moving parts on a jointer so I’m skeptical about paying a mint for one.

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 11:51 PM

Thanks gents.

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