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09-13-2010 11:56 PM

Does anyone know If the DJ 30 jointer by delta is a good jointer or not. I’m in the market and have to by a new one yesterday. Thanks Chris

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 12:08 AM

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad 12” delta jointer, but I would shop around, $4000 for this or any jointer is pretty stiff, unless you’re made of money.

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 12:15 AM

I was curious I believe that I can get it for 3000. I’m coming out of a powermatic PJ882HH to many problems. Do you think that with good care this delta will last me a life time “It’s over half over” , My life that is. So you think it has good chance of making one side of my lumber flat Uh? Thats all I care about flat and straight. And endurance of course. But the tables are good and all that stuff.?

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 12:30 AM

Brands like delta and few others go on over charging for name sake.
for half that price you can get a Grizzly jointer with spiral head that will out perform Delta.they have 2 at around 2k.
Heck for less that 4K you can get a 16” jointer with regular blades.
No, I don’t work for grizz and I don’t even order from them. I just don’t like to see people shelling hard earned cash for quality that’s not there anymore.

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 02:35 AM

oh yeah i looked at those as well and gave it some serious thought. The place where I bought all my pwrmatic stuff has this one on his floor. it came from a wood show for 2750.00 I figure maybe I cant go wrong. I’m rather new in this crafty line of stress so I ‘m trying to get some more opinions,”wait a minute that dont look right” anyway If I could spell I probably have a job or something .Sheeew, dont want to think about that.I need all the help that I can get. thanks chris

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 03:18 AM

Like Router said, Delta is an old brand with a solid history, but is now a marketing machine. You are paying a premium for the name, although the brand nowadays doesn’t carry the quality tag it once did. I’m not sure what problem you had with your powermatic but you would likely have the same or similar problem with a delta. the powermatic is consider top of the line. unless you have beat it to a pulp in frustration, keep the powermatic and learn to use it. with the powermatic, you’ll be glad you did, and it will last a lifetime.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 06:09 AM

The powermatic was agreat jointer for two years . i came in the shop one day and it started cutting a concave in the middle. I tried to get it out, I paid for a aurthorized So called tech to come and set the tables ,he couldn’t get it to work. so Powermatic offered to give me back my $. I purchased 11 machines from them two years ago last month. They dont want to replace the machine? I got a pretty good discount when I bought it so maybe thay come out ahead by giving me my money back v’s trading it out. I’ts the pj882hh 8”. I really could use the extra 4” on the delta. But this is why I’m asking I’m not sure so I really need some good advise. I also bought the 15” helical cutter head planer from them as well. I wish I had bought the straight knives on the planer for sure. The jointer it doesn’t matter so much. It wii cost me roughly 1999.00 to replace the powermatic with a straight knife 8” or get the delta 12” for 2750.00. If you had the choice which one would you get. Or better yet what would you suggest as far as another brand? Thanks chris

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 06:18 AM

There really isn’t a whole lot to choose from out there. Thats affordable. The general is only 1 1/2hp, Laguna I’m not sure about Iv’e heard more bad than good? dont know for myself. Oliver They say is not the same machine as they used to be. The delta has a 3 hp 12” and it’s a paralellagram for future adjusting when needed. the powermatic again is a 2 hp and 8”. I wonder if the delta DJ30 tables will last a long time or atleast stay flat.Then again I really dont know what to do.

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#8 posted 09-14-2010 06:25 AM

FYI. Jet is running a special now till Sept 25th, you can get the 12” jointer/planer combo for ~$1600 including shipping!

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#9 posted 09-16-2010 04:24 AM

I’m very glad to hear PM was willing to give you your money back. I don’t not think too much of PM anymore. I had a PM 66 that had a warped table, bad bearings, and a hopelessly misaligned worm and rack on the tilt mechanism. Someone told me they stopped caring about the 66 because they committed to the new Chinese made PM 2000. A lot of people had motor problems (as in dead in the water) with the 2000. If you read reviews of their jointers you will find they have very untrue tables. Does something beside the price change when you go to the 12”? I doubt it. As for Delta: if the their 12” is made in the U.S.A then I would think about it. If its made in China I would not touch it. Delta’s Chinese has manufacturers have made some very poor equipment (look at their band saw for instance). If your going to buy Chinese made might as well get a good Chinese made for a heck of a lot less – Grizzly. Grizzly jointers have some good things going for them. They have very flat tables and have a great price. They sell a 12” parallelogram for $1800.00 If you want an 8” they sell the very popular G0490 parallelogram for $850.00.

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#10 posted 09-16-2010 04:52 AM

this site is often painful

if “D” stands for “Delta” and “J” stands for Jointer, I paid almost as much for a new portable hand held “Makita” and it has a “4” long knife

ya ya ya

in this economy, it would appear that tools are cheap and skill is gold

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 07:48 AM

Grizzlys cast iron is junk.

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 06:01 AM

FYI I bought the DJ30 It’s not made in china, “Taiwan” some of there smaller models are made in china though. This machine is very sweet. Much smoother than my PJ882 HH Powermatic. Larger as well. I bought it from the wood show so they couldn’t sell it as new and got it for 2892.00 with another set of knives also. I shopped around and looked at every jointer on the planet earth. I refuse to give my money to the chineese nothing against against the people at all spent some time there back in the 80’s and I found them to be very nice. It’s just when it comes to casting they dont have to abide by the standards that some other countrys do. Also the dealer I purchased all of my powermatic equipment from he also works on machinery as well and he told me a story that was a complete nightmare for the customer. Eight months it took him to get parts for a drum sander that I wont mention the name brand “shop fox” oops it slipped. I dont mean to offend anyone but just passing on free news in a free country ” Atleast for now anyway”. It’s sad go and try to find a machine thats made in The great USA anymore, go ahead try to find one Ok Northfield sheww to expensive for my broke butt. I would love to have one though. One day. Powermatic really let me down. I have ten more of there machines that still has three years of factoey warranty left and they wont even call me back about my table saw. We will see iF they will answer to my attorneys letter. I’m not going to stop until I get satisfaction now . How did Rambo say it . You drew first blood. I paid the retainer fee last week and I dont waste money at all. I do appreciate all the advise though, some good, some bad, some indifferent but thats why i love this country so much. You should be able to speak your mind without anyone getting upset. right. dont much bother me except one thing people that dont do what they say there going to do.Other than that I’m fine. To all my fellow wood workers have a beautiful day. Thanks

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#13 posted 12-21-2017 12:26 AM

Got a line on a Delta 22-660 for $475. Thoughts?

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#14 posted 12-21-2017 12:29 AM

I ended up getting my 16” Baileigh jointer/planer hybrid for $3900 including freight, so $4000 for a used delta 12” seems high.

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#15 posted 12-22-2017 04:08 PM

This thread was 7 years ago…

I wonder if that Delta is still running?

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