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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Default Delta 6" Jointer Facelift

well figured I had some spare time in the shop, picked up this 6" Delta Jointer for $100, torn it down and everything checked out prefect. A little time and paint goes a long way, I slapped new set of blades in while I was at it....
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WOW...not only did you get a better deal than I but you beat me to the facelift...

Nice job...hope mine comes out as well...I'm still in disassembly mode...


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That looks brand new Tony. Years ago I bought the cheapest 6" Delta jointer they made or should say that they sold since I'm sure it was outsourced. It was doing a terrible job, kept making wedges. I checked it over to see if I could find a reason and noticed that the cutters were curved. I pulled the blade out of one and it was straight when removed but the faces of each cutter pocket were machined with a curve. How they managed that I haven't been able to figure out. When the blades were tightened down it bowed them so that the centers were lower than the outer corners. I think that was the last time I bought a Delta tool. That was after buying a Unisaw and finding out the cabinet was off level and a drill press that had unacceptable run out.
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Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
Years ago I bought the cheapest 6" Delta jointer they made...
I always lusted after Delta tools while watching 20 years of Norm on TV. But then I began to hear of shoddy quality and workmanship. Next I read that Delta had been sold to Black & Decker. That was enough to squelch my lust, given that I had been cussing the cheap B&D jigsaw I had in my toolbox. The only Delta tool I've ever had (still have it) is an entry level miter box that I picked up many years ago "reconditioned" from Harbor Freight. I spent many hours tuning it up, adjusting the fence, miter stops, etc. It works OK but I have to stay after it.
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Hmmm. My curiosity about who owns whom in the woodworking tool industry turned up B&D's sale of Delta to a Taiwanese company six years ago. I was unaware of that. Maybe I'll have to give Delta another look. Has anyone heard if the quality has gotten any better?
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I was thinking about a point earlier in the thread about the limits of 6 inch jointers. Seems to me the main use for wider is planing wide pieces for use as panels. But an 8 or even a 12 inch planer will still require you to do a glue up for, say, a 22 inch wide door. Unless you're doing a passel of doors all the time, I think that's a little hard to justify (unless you have money to burn-some do). So hand planing after a careful job of planer use to even up the face still sounds like a good deal. Yes, it would be nice to be able to glue up, then joint and plane a wide panel, but nice doesn't always fit in my budget.

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Wow good score !
That's one tool I want to add someday . Yes , after the you know what
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I have one of those Delta jointers which works well for me. I like it as it has a good sized bed for such a little jointer. It fits well in my small shop. I don't have room for an 8 inch jointer. Yours sure looks prettier than mine. Nice job on the restore. And what a great price.

Did you happen to change the bearings in the jointer? I wondered how hard it would be.
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Toney you did a great job of cleaning that jointer up. It looks new. I hope you did an equally good job of installing the blades. Slapping them in isn't the best way. There are several videos on You Tube showing how to set jointer knives. This is how I do mine.

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thanks hawkeye10, I may have used the term "slapped them in" loosey....but I did in fact install them properly with an appropriate height above the out feed table. That magical height may differ for some people but I have set it so to avoid bowing and snipe
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