Delta 37-195 jointer

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 04-26-2010 04:25 AM 5868 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2010 04:25 AM

Saw one of these on craigslist and was hoping to get some opinions on it. I searched the site but the only review I found wasn’t very helpful. Google seems to think it’s a pretty good machine for a hobbyist, and I have a small hobby workshop where it would only be used occasionally, so I was thinking of calling the guy to take a look at it.

The ad says it’s about 10 years old, and he’s asking $450 which seems a bit steep to me. What would something like this normally go for? Based on the pictures, it’s in good shape and comes with a mobile base. When I look at it, what are the things I should I check?

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 04:54 AM

Sounds almost fair, a good price resellers charge is around this. If this comes with a mobile base then by all means get it. As far as things you should look for is it should have it’s guard first of all DO NOT BUY IT IF DOES NOT HAVE A GUARD !!! One reason I emphasize this is obviously safety the other is some people remove the guard to hide bad bearings in the cutterhead assembly, also run it and listen for excessive noise. Next bring squares and a straight edge to check tables for squareness and flatness, rust is OK giving it has no pitting.
Unplug the jointer look at the belt pulleys are they warped ? Lock the guard back and with gloves try to move the cutter head side to side to test bearings and shaft play some less than 1/8” is acceptable. \
Also give the electrical system a good look at, check cords, switches and plugs any signs of overheating are never any good!!!!
I worked in industrial maintenance and these are common problems for all machines :)

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 01:02 PM

$450 seems very high to me. Retail was in the $550 range, IIRC. The 37-195 is a good machine, but is functionally comparable to the many others…Griz, Ridgid, Jet, Rikon, etc. It’s also worth noting that it uses a rack and pinion fence adjustment, which works well but takes up extra space out the back. A couple of years ago, Amazon blew them out for $322 shipped with a free mobile base. For $450 I’d be looking at a new one with a warranty. I wouldn’t go over $300 for a used one, and would prefer to see it in the $225-$250 range.

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