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Forum topic by jonasramus posted 05-16-2011 02:45 AM 1108 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jonasramus

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05-16-2011 02:45 AM

Ok fellas,

I bought a used DJ-20 and am trying to tune it up. The infeed and outfeed tables are significantly out of alignment, more than can be adjusted with the eccentric cams. What gives? The infeed table moves a bit if I lift the edge opposite the blades, and so I’ve been looking for some place to tighten something. I tried loosening and retightening the parallel bars that are near the infeed adjustment handle, but this didn’t help. The corresponding bars near the knives are my next option but they are very hard to get to since I will have to lift the whole cast assembly off the frame to access them. I’m not looking forward to that.

Did I buy a lemon or are there more dramatic adjustments that can be made than can be accomplished with the cams? Is adjusting these bars a viable option?

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida


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bubinga

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 03:02 AM

Do you have a manual and parts list?
I have a DJ-20 ,but never had the problem you are describing.
I have lined it up , tuned it up, and it is tricky
Do you have a quality straight edge ?
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jonasramus

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 03:07 AM

Yeah. I’m using a quality 36” straight edge and feeler gauges, but the gauges haven’t been needed yet. It’s off by 1/8” over the three feet.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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bubinga

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 03:32 AM

I don’t know if this will help you or ,not ,but,The Wood Whisperer has a terriffic video that explains the entire process:
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/jointer-setup/

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 04:27 AM

Some of them are just ‘evil’. Rarely, in the Recon shop, we would find one that could not be aligned, or repaired. We scrapped more than a couple, because they just were not fixable. If you have a good camera, send a pic or two up, of the underside… especially around the adjusters and stop blocks

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