my new delta dj20 jointer:)

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Blog entry by shelly_b posted 11-26-2012 12:47 PM 3148 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i finally got a jointer!! Yayy!! With the advise of you guys I bought the DJ20 for $800 off craigs list. I asked him about it on a wednesday, but didn’t have a day off until saturday. I thought for sure he would sell it before then so i asked him to tell me if he had another offer and i would try to find someone to come get it for me. well, we all know how people are on craigs list with no call no shows, so the more you guys talked good about this jointer, the more worried i got that it would sell. so, i texted him on thursday to make sure everything was still on for saturday and he said yeah…and i was thinking i need to personalize my self some so he thinks of me as a real person and not just a CL liar. so i asked if i needed help loading, how far away he was, etc. i am from a really small town and he was up in our state capitol columbus, so i thought for sure he had never heard of our little town nelsonville. when i told him where i was from though, he said his grandpa and uncle were from here. well, then we were trying to find out if we knew each other and it came about that i was an RN, and his wife is also an RN. He actually thought it was one of his family members playing with him lol. so because of all that, he felt it was meant to go to me and he held it for me:) When I got up there it was in a box truck so we just put the ramp in the back of my truck and rolled it over. the only bad part was that meant i couldnt see it run. he did have a video of it running before he put it on the truck though and jointed a peice of wood and brought the wood too. he did offer to drive it down the road so we could plug it in but it was sooo darn cold that day i said no thanks lol. i fugure even if i do need a new motor it’s still going to be cheaper than a brand new DJ20. so i don’t have any doubts that it runs. i still need to run a 220 outlet so i have not gotten to use it yet. so, i spent all weekend getting it cleaned up. it appears as the original owner didn’t clean the packaging grease off, so there was gummed up saw dust everywhere! one of the photos shows that. I wish i would have taken more pics of the gunk and not just the rust lol. I actually only took the 2 pics of it so i would remember how to put it back together lol. so, here are my before and after pics. i have never owned a jointer and have only used one once, so i apologize for not knowing the names of the parts and refering to everything and the round thingy or the long bar lol.

Every peice looked like this…as you can tell I already cleaned the inner bar part. I took all of this apart and scrubbed them with mineral oil. i took the bars out of the doughnut things and every little screw out. i don’t know if it was the packaging grease or if the just put the wrong lub on it, but it sure made a mess!! although it may be a good thing b/c there was no rust on the inner parts.

all clean:) my only worry is that i have cleaned something too good and it is going to cause rust if i didn’t re-lube all the right parts. now to get a 220 outlet in and try it out!

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 01:20 PM

Congrats Shelly!! Im oficially jealous that you have your own battleship in your shop. Youve got a might fine machine there. Allow me to break in your thread with a giant LJ’s “You suck!”.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:41 PM

lol thank you chrisstef:) i am pretty excited to try it out! too bad it came at the same time as deer season so i don’t see in 220 outlet within the week lol

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 02:55 PM

Well unless a serious tornado hits your shop it aint goin anywhere. Ive still got my 3hp tablesaw sitting due to the same lack of 220 in my shop. While it sits you might want to send the blades out for a sharpening then you can seriously fine tune that beast. I suggest thewoodshisperer’s site for jointer set up and calibration. It’ll take a couple of hours but once its set up, dont touch nothin, and itll be good to go for quite some time.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 03:50 PM

looks like you did a heck of a job cleaning up that monster, you made a great buy, that should last you forever.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 04:11 PM

I was about to get a 8’’ jointer from CL for $250. But someone got it before i did, but I called first!!!!

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 05:09 PM

Congratulations on the jointer Shelly_B!

Very nice clean up and may you get years of reliable service with your
new to you jointer.

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 05:13 PM

You have gotten a great machine. As we say. (You Did Good)
Keep the surfaces waxed with Bowling all wax and do it every 3 to 5 months and you will keep the rust away.
When you get some more money, I would put the Byrd Co. Head on the jointer. They are great. There is a article in Fine Working Magazine “Tools & Shop” that talks about these Jointer Cutters. They do a great job and I like them a lot.

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 05:54 PM


since it is your jointer

hence forth we shall use the terms

the round thingy or the long bar
(just so we are all on the same page)


please do yourself a favor
and make a good push block
with a ‘heel’ sticking down
to hook the board for face work
as those plastic and rubber ones
skitter around in use
and can be dangerous

when doing face work
never put your hand over the cutters
rather hold the board flat down
and move your left hand out to the outfeed side
and keep it flat there (the board)
while pushing forward with the push block
hooked to the end of the board

if you push down in the middle of the board
it can flex down and plane flat
then spring back to it’s original shape
still curved but thinner

also if the board lifts at any point
it will stay up there and not continue flat

well you know where we are
just call when you might need something
or have a question

and do get some good suction going
those curls can get under the board
and lift it up too
and can clog things up real quick
don’t count on the chute to do all the work
it needs help

well i do have one last word of advise


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 06:44 PM

Hey, that looks like a nice one and good job on the cleanup.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-26-2012 06:50 PM

thanks everyone! i def need the advice since i pretty much have no experience with a jointer. I plan on putting a spiral head on it as soon as i have some extra money and nothing else important to buy at the time. i was thinking about taking the blades out, but didn’t b/c i am worried i wont be able to set them up right, although they may not even be set right now lol. and i wanted to clean under the tables too, but i thought i should learn how to adjust everything and get some time in working with it before i did that. I know how to set a 45 angle so i figured i was safe ripping all the components to the fence apart. i have already put a coat of T9 on it, but still plan on putting a coat of wax also. i will be reading all your suggestions for set up soon! the cutter head also had quite a bit of rust, but the blades look good, so i didn’t touch it hoping the spiral head will be coming soon. if i start working with it and realize the tables are off then i may take it apart further, but i took the back panel off and the motor looked great, almost new except for some cobwebs. i really need a dust collector…maybe i’ll get one for xmas! i have a shop vac right now with the dust deputy seperator. it works great, but i don’t think a 5gal bucket is going to cut it with this beast. thanks for everyones advice:) i would love to hear what anyone else has to offer too!

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 07:03 PM

well if you like shelly

i will trade you all the advice you need
for a spiral cutterhead

maybe you can get a twofer
since it’s the discount holidays

if the table haven’t been removed
and the knives either
maybe just leave that alone for now
as you say

if you have never done an adjustment before
they can be time consuming
and frustrating

that’s where the spiral comes in
once they are set to the outfeed table
(just by raising or lowering the table

they are always right
and can be swiveled with a turn
and tightened again quickly

when i have done angled passes
i found that turning the fence in
over the table to be best
as it traps the board in a corner
and it keeps the board from walking away from the fence
which can be dangerous
as well as making a wandering angle
if it slides away from the fence

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 11-27-2012 12:18 AM

thanks patron:) I’ll let ya know as soon as i find those buy one get one free spiral heads;)

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 06:35 PM

Have fun my dear and enjoy your new wonderful machine. Alistair ps happy new year to you and all here and their families too. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 11:40 PM

I dont know if folks were payin’ attention here, but she’s a nurse, a woodworker, and a HUNTER! So she can make a stock for your rifle, shoot a deer with it, and if you fall out of your tree stand she can nurse you back to health!

Guys, That’s better’n a Two’fer… that’s a THREE’fer :-)

Nice job on cleaning the jointer. It’s been over a month since you posted this. Have you gotten it powered up yet?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 11:43 PM

Nice jointer.

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