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#1 posted 12-20-2011 02:45 AM

I own the Jet you are considering and I have been happy with it. I have used it for seven years now. There are three things I have found problematic. In my shop and with my work habits I neglected to wax the exposed iron and in the summer the humidity put a small film of rust on the infeed and outfeed tables. I was able to clean it up easily, but don’t forget the wax. The Delta probably would be the same, that problem was me not the tool. Setting the knives was pretty easy. More important is the adjustment to the fence. I am not a machinist and have not measured precisely, but my eye tells me the fence is straight, but it does not always stay square. The adjustment is held in place with a sheet metal bracket that is tightened with a bold against the linkage mechanism. It holds but … THe stop is a bolt with a jam nut and that has worked loose several times with the effect of having to resquare the fence to the table. I suspect the Delta probably has a similar issue, although I do not know. The third is the dust collection when using the rabbet feature. It is real handy, but only about half of the chips go into the dust chute. The rest come right out on the floor. The dust chute probably gets 98-99% of the chips when not cutting on the edge. Adjusting the knives is very easy and the knives that come with it are pretty good, I sharpen them every six or seven months and I am a weekend worker.

I chose the Jet over the Delta when I was buying based on reviews and availability. It basically came to price and availability locally. shipping costs would have been high and I was able to pick up the Jet from a nearly local dealer.

If it sounds like I am critical, I am not. I would have preferred to buy the 8” and I regret not saving and making the upgrade. It is limiting to have to glue up any board over 5 1/2”. However, I use lots of rough sawn lumber and have used it to make my lumber flat and square for seven years and have not had a failure.


-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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