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synergiesabound

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02-18-2016 03:05 PM

Hi Y’all,

I picked up an essentially brand new DJ-20 37-350, Cat# 52-671 for $300 but it’s missing the fence assembly.

Does anyone have any ideas about how I can go about getting a replacement, OEM, aftermarket, or another manufacture’s fence?

I love the 37-220 6” but the 8” is in another class for more reasons than just the 2 extra inches.

Any info on these machine would be very much appreciated. I have a 1948 unisaw but I’ll post info request in another thread, thanks.

Love these machines!

Thanks!


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Ger21

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 03:39 PM

Your best bet is to either have one made, or try to find a damaged one.
Or just fabricate your own from wood.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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JAAune

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 02:08 AM

Making your own is probably the best solution. I know I’m not about to sell the fence of my DJ-20 and I doubt there’s a bunch of surplus fences available on the market.

There’s nothing special about the original fence either. It’s decent but sometimes gets knocked out of square.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 03:13 PM

You might be able to buy a fence for another make and modify it (or have it done) to fit your jointer, but I’m pretty sure there won’t e an easy solution.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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DavidTTU

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 03:58 PM

Not sure if your DJ still has its guard. Mine didnt when I bought it but here is my homemade take on the DJ-15 guard. As for the fence, I think these guys are right, home made will be your best bet.

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synergiesabound

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 05:48 PM

Thanks Y’all

Definitely not a lot to be found when it comes to replacing this fence. I’m new to this woodworking thing so making a fence might be a stretch at this point. Maybe not, but I’m not sure where to begin with that. I read Joe Maday’s post over on the sawmillcreek site where he talks about simply bolting on a Grizzly G0490 fence. Not sure if that included the whole assembly. It’s not been easy to find the specs for the bolt holes specs on the Grizzly model.

Thank you for your replies People! Nice that you were able to customize a fence, and wow – that fence sure looks nice (huh!). Cheers.

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 05:59 PM

Looks to be currently available at toolparts direct.com
http://www.toolpartsdirect.com/delta-37-350-8-jointer.html

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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synergiesabound

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 06:03 PM

I tried that and they cancelled my order. They list it as back ordered but it’s actually discontinued.

Nevertheless thank you very much!

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Kennyl

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 12:36 PM

Give grizzly a try,delta and grizzly are the same machine,if you can get the parts you need just paint them,to match your delta.I bought a grizzly carbide head and installed it on my dj20 it fit perfect,other parts should work equally well.

-- Kennyl

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synergiesabound

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#9 posted 02-23-2016 04:18 AM

Thanks Kenny – I’m hearing from many sources, except Grizzly and Delta, that the machines are for the most part interchangeable. I’m trying to locate a Grizzly 0490 machine to hopefully see in person and take measurements of the mounting bolts, at minimum. Any thoughts on trying to find someone in my area that has one? Thank You!

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 02-23-2016 12:14 PM

I didn’t see on your profile where you’re located at, but checking Craigslist for a G0490 would be one way to find one in your area. I bet put out enough feelers you’ll be able to find a fellow lumberjock that has one and would be willing to measure theirs for you. I wish I could help, but I too have a DJ20.

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PeteStaehling

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#11 posted 02-23-2016 12:41 PM

In August of 2014 when I needed parts for my 14” 1990s Delta bandsaw, I got them from Delta. http://www.deltamachineryparts.com

They were quite helpful and on one part (a trunion) they even suggested a different part from another tool because it was sturdier. If you don’t find the part online call them and talk they may be able to help.

I had heard rumors that they were no longer a parts source, but they still seem to be open and to have a lot of, but not all parts in stock.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 02-23-2016 12:55 PM

It seems to me that (years ago) if you wanted to see a Grizzly tool that was of interest, they (Grizzly) kept a list of folks with that tool that would allow you to visit and inspect it. They may have quit doing that, but on the other hand it may be worth asking them.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bigblockyeti

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#13 posted 02-23-2016 01:05 PM

^ That sounds kinda like what Woodmizer does not, but with the market being far more saturated with Grizzly tools it might be like Ford keeping a list of F-150 owners in case you wanted to take a look. Though it’s free to ask, I doubt they still do that.

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synergiesabound

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#14 posted 02-24-2016 03:19 PM

Hi Bigblock, got a shoe box myself (62 Nova)! I’m still looing for someone with the Grizzly willing to take a couple measurements.

Pete – you’re right about Delta parts availability. Kind of hit and miss. I need a riser block for a delta band saw which is also really hard to find. Seems like some associates are much more helpful than others but I guess that’s life.

Thanks for the suggestion Fred however I’d hate to bug anyone like that. Kind of a weird way to do things in this day.

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chiseler

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#15 posted 02-26-2016 08:50 PM

I have the 8” DJ-20 and what ever you decide make sure it’s safe.I just chewed off the end of my finger on mine last week,because the spring on the pork chop guide is worn out and of course carelessness on my part.That’s one of the reasons I say “they cut meat too”.

Be safe and learn by my mistakes.Good luck

-- Scott.Triangle,NY Becareful and don't forget...They cut meat too!

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