DJ15 jointer advise.

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Shawn Masterson

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10-05-2013 10:50 PM

I have seen a DJ15 posted on CL a few times. He is asking a little more than I was looking to spend. I was wondering if anyone had any input for me, also I was wondering if anyone knew the bed length? He’s asking $750 I know where I can pick up a dj20 for $850. The only reason I am looking to upgrade is for more bed length. I was really hoping to stay in the $500-$600 range.

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 11:00 PM

The first part of my answer is in the form of a question. How much or how frequently do you anticipate using a jointer? Many a woodworker, myself included, have purchased high-end tools with good intentions only to use it several times a year. Basically…I’d recommend ‘right-costing’ the price of a tool relative to the frequency with which you’ll use it.

Second and directly to this tool…that seems like a bit much. One rule of thumb that I see frequently here is never spend more than half of what the tool would cost new.

If you really like the tool then I’d offer him your max offer and be prepared to walk-away. Nice thing about CL…there’s always another tool available if you’re patient.


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#2 posted 10-05-2013 11:05 PM

Price seems higgh to me, but the page I found these specs on wants $850 for theirs, so I don’t know. I do know if you can get an 8-jointer for an extra $100 bucks, then you are wasting your time looking at the 6”.

For the dj-15, From a sales site:

6” Width capacity
1/2 HP Motor, 4800 RPM spindle speed
(3) Knife straight cutter head
1/8” max. Depth capacity, 1/2” rabbeting capacity.
6” x 55-3/4” Cast Iron Table
45 degree tilting fence
5”x 36” w/ positive stops at 90degrees and 45degrees.
Includes: Swing out guard and dust collection chute
Voltage: 115/60/1 phase

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 11:47 PM

Go for the DJ-20. It will be the best $100 bucks you will ever spend!!!! Two inches more is a lot more capacity on a joiner. I have had a DJ-20 for 7 years and love it!!!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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Shawn Masterson

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 03:33 AM

Thanks joe thats the info I was looking for. When it comes to the price it has been relisted 3 times. I figure since it is sitting he may want to move it. As for how much I use it. I buy all my hardwood from a local sawyer. My prices are as follows ;[email protected]$1 BF, [email protected]$1.50BF, [email protected]$.75 BF, [email protected]$1 BF, and walnut @$1.25 BF. I normally joint a board after every rip. I would say 60% of the time the mid 50’s delta/rockwell I have with a 42” bed does the job, but anything over a 6’ board can cause trouble. I have never needed face jointed so the width isn’t really a concern. My dream jointer would be a 6” with an 8’ bed. All the cabinets, builtins, raised wall panels, and trim in my house has come from the sawyer and was processed in my shop. The house is only half way done. Jointing a 12’ 1×8 is a mess by myself, I ended up having a neighbor help me.

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 03:38 AM

I was really searching for the $500 price range. If I were to move up into the $1000 range I really liked this one. I just can’t pull the trigger. I always wondered why the fence was so short on the larger machines. Also I have a 10HP RPC, so 3phz is not a problem

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 04:28 AM

i picked up a DJ15 that was 99% NEW. (an older man had it and only ran a few pieces of wood through it… )
i paid 300$ and it came with the origional manuals and a mobil base.

it was a smoking deal..

and…. Grizzly is making there version of the DJ15 for 750$ NEW (G0604X)
so you might can talk them down….

but if i could swing the DJ20… i would go for it haha

-- David Henley

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 05:12 AM

I paid $550 for my DJ-20. There are just too many times you will want to joint a 6.5” board. My best looking lumber is usually 6-8” wide. Once in a while I get 12” wide stock, but it is usually flatsawn and has big cracks down the middle. In that case I don’t mind ripping it with a bandsaw to make two usable boards.

I had a 6” jointer for a couple years, and it worked. However, I think an 8” jointer hits a sweet spot of value and real world performance. FYI I sold my 6” Jet for the same price I paid for it. So it probably doesn’t matter much, just find a nice one and give it a go.

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