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Forum topic by Jasoninsacramento posted 05-16-2018 10:46 PM 270 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jasoninsacramento

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05-16-2018 10:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer used jointer question refurbishing

Hi y’all! I’ve been keeping an eye on CL for an 8” jointer… and I saw one come up today. Guy wants $900 OBO for a Delta DJ-20 jointer that he says is in great condition. He sent me thee pictures and even a video to show the condition of the machine.

As you can see, it has some surface rust and perhaps some pitting. He rubbed the machine with some oil and steel wool (see photo) and it seemed to clean up well. I won’t know about the table flatness until I head over there with a straight-edge and machine square, but if the tables aren’t each dead flat I’ll pass (if they’re not co-planer I can fix that but I can’t fix warped or twisted myself).

I don’t know about motors, but check out the video he sent me. I think it sounds fine.

What do y’all think about the price? I have to travel about 45 min to see it, but I’m thinking about offering him $750 given what I see now. Given that I can get a similar new 8” Grizzly jointer for $985 plus shipping and tax, or a Jet for $1500, I’m not sure this is a great deal.

Whatch think? Thanks in advance for your help!!

Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kHSYhgnAZjFJNTbs78QHD3Wm74PPMnAb/view?usp=sharing


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 10:56 PM

Grizzly doesn’t have 8” jointers in stock and haven’t
had them for months.

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#2 posted 05-20-2018 11:51 PM

Did you get it? I have one just like it, I put a Shelix type cutter from Grizzly. With the cleanup work needed I’d think $800 would be my top but I’d offer $750.
FYI If you get it… the set screws that lock the adjuster is actually two set screws stacked on each other, remove one then loosen the other to make table level adjustments on the parallelogram cams.

Myles

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Jasoninsacramento

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#3 posted 05-21-2018 12:08 AM



Did you get it? I have one just like it, I put a Shelix type cutter from Grizzly. With the cleanup work needed I d think $800 would be my top but I d offer $750.
FYI If you get it… the set screws that lock the adjuster is actually two set screws stacked on each other, remove one then loosen the other to make table level adjustments on the parallelogram cams.

I haven’t yet, but it’s still available. I’m supposed to go look at it tomorrow. I’m still back and forth on it because I’m looking at an additional $450 to add a helical head – so $1350 total if he won’t budge. That’s still cheaper than a new grizzly (and as Loren pointed out…there’s a LONG wait for that), but I’m trying to weigh whether I’d rather save up and just buy a new one.

And thanks for the heads up about the table adjustment set screws!

Ja

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#4 posted 05-21-2018 12:24 AM

It’s been out there for almost a week at that price (even with his ‘make an offer’ statement)... so that should give you a good indication as to what others think it’s worth. And the link to the video doesn’t seem to work for me :(

Cheers,
Brad

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Jasoninsacramento

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#5 posted 05-21-2018 01:05 AM



It s been out there for almost a week at that price (even with his make an offer statement)... so that should give you a good indication as to what others think it s worth. And the link to the video doesn t seem to work for me :(

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Thanks, Brad. That’s a great perspective. I made the video link public, so let me know if that’s better. After listening a couple more times the motor does sound pretty smooth.

I’ll let y’all know what it looks like when I go see it. I’m just nervous about spending so much money. I’d like this to be my last jointer.

Thanks,

Jason

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#6 posted 05-21-2018 01:37 AM

It wouldn’t last around here for $900. If I needed one I’d buy it. If I wanted to flip it I wouldn’t pay more than 650$.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 05-21-2018 01:45 AM

That’s a good model jointer since it has the bushing to Aline the tables. I think your on the right track inspecting table flatness.
The Bryd head in my opinion is not a good idea in a jointer. Why don’t you try it with good quality High speed steel knifes and learn how to set knifes with a dial indicater.
unless you plan on working with reclaimed wood then the carbide insert will help.
The video with the motor sounds great.

-- Aj

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