Jointer Infeed table length

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Forum topic by RipFence posted 06-13-2015 06:46 PM 585 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2015 06:46 PM

Hello All:
I have a Delta DJ20 with a fairly long (43” infeed table). But I currently have my eye on a really cool vintage 8” Yates American jointer with 30” infeed table. Those you with experience with longer and shorter infeed jointer tables: How much will I regret giving up the extra length of the DJ20? Big issue? Non issue?

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#1 posted 06-13-2015 07:45 PM

The old stuff is cool, but I don’t think I’d upgrade from the DJ20 unless it had more capacity…even if it still had shorter beds. The DJ20 is a great little 8” jointer.

From what I understand, outfeed table length is more important. I think you could comfortably joint boards twice as long as your outfeed. I’m considering a 12”-16” combo and the table length is my primary concern (it’s the only reason I’m considering 16” machines).

I’d be curious to hear other’s opinoins.


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#2 posted 06-14-2015 02:27 AM

I’ve got an old short bed General 380 (8”). I bought it as I have a fairly small shop and like the added space. Previously I was working out of a shop with a 12” full size commercial unit. I can’t say I miss the long infeed/outfeed tables, but I generally deal with wood 4’ in length or shorter. I have done the odd 8’ piece, and while I paid a little more attention to keep it flat on the table, I wouldn’t trade my short bed for a longer one.

That being said, if you have a perfectly good working tool, replacing it with a vintage model may not be the best idea.

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