Rough jointer tables

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Forum topic by alien posted 11-14-2009 01:16 AM 1000 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2009 01:16 AM

I purchaseded a Delta JT160 6” Jointer, After setting it up and testing it I noticed the table is rough. You can see and feel the cutter ridges from being machined with your finger nails both infeed and out feed, kind of like a fingernail file. Is anyone else aware of this? I have looked at other jointers and the table is smooth like glass

-- Alien

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 11:56 PM

Sounds like the surface missed a step in the manufacturing process.

If that’s the case, you can certainly take it back. If taking it back isn’t an answer, then use a high quality, paste wax on the surface. That will really help fill the minute spaces between the mill marks.

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 12:17 AM

I agree it seems that it missed a beat in the Manufacturing process.

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 12:41 AM

Not that unusual on a JT160. The real question is if the tables are parallel. Sliding compound will make wood move easily across the surface.

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 12:41 AM

Call Delta, they’re probably the best at making things right. Won’t surprise me at all if they shipped you new tables and request and paid the shipping for the ones you have back so they can see what went wrong. They did that when I was having issues with the feed motor on the cast iron table on my drum sander. They wanted the whole thing back to check it out.

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