First Shop Purchase: Delta Rockwell 900 (or 990?) and a 4" jointer

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Forum topic by McFly posted 08-04-2015 03:01 AM 736 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2015 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta rockwell ras super 990

First post here. Finally bought a house with a garage, so it’s time to setup my workshop. Currently, I do everything around the house with hand tools, so I’m pretty stoked to finally have a dedicated space to work.

Got a call from my Dad asking did I need a Delta Rockwell 9” RAS & a 4” planer for $250. Said hell yeah, I need a Delta Rockwell 9” RAS & a 4” planer!

Bought em sight unseen to be picked up this Friday. Seems like a decent price to me. Rockwells have a fairly decent reputation for accuracy and if the planer is in good shape, these will definitely improve my joinery projects.

Checked out the saw and it seems like it’s in great shape as far as I know; turret arm rides smooth, the stops are all tight, the saw swivels smoothly and locks right into place, no hum and a pause on startup. The table top is in rough shape and will need to be re-decked. Fortunately, I have a solid supply of cabinet grade hardwoods ready to rock.

Planer works, but I still have to check that the fence is square (and stays square) before starting any projects.

So whaddaya think, did I snag good deal or did I overpay?

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 11:47 AM

9” blades might be an issue. You can always use 8 1/2”. Good blades, proper alignment, new table, and you’re in business.
Clean up the jointer, sharpen the blades, fence squared. Ditto.
What motor hp rating on the jointer?


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#2 posted 08-04-2015 03:13 PM

Saw also came with 15 brand new blades and a dado set, so I’m ok there for awhile.

All i know about the planer is it’s a 4” Delta Milwaukee Homecraft. Not sure on hp, model/serial numbers yet. I doubt it’ll be more than 1hp.

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 03:51 PM

I used to own a 4” Delta/Milwaukee jointer, it had 1/4 HP motor, it was good enough for small projects like picture frames, small rail/stile workpieces. it is a good quality /precise jointer for any one staring the hobby but in my case ,after a while it didn’t earn the space it was occupying so I got a 6” jointer instead.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 04:13 PM

Sounds about right. I plan on running it until it craps out and then get something bigger/better/faster.

The RAS is pretty cool, so I plan on having that one awhile. I’ve seen some guys modify the 9” guard to accommodate a 10” blade, but I prefer to leave the saw as is without any mods that could detract from the value in the eyes of a diehard Delta guy down the road.

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