LumberJocks

Delta 6" Jointer Purchase

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Andy posted 07-19-2018 09:41 PM 453 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


07-19-2018 09:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer equipment craigslist used advice

I’ve been in the market for a jointer for a while, trolling through Craigslist as usual. I’m looking for a 6” as I don’t have
a 220v line right now, and it’s not practical for me to get one at the moment.

In any case, I found this “new” Delta for $275 and i’m just curious to get opinions on it. Worth it? This looks to me like the JT 360 although the poster doesn’t say. What do you all think?

I’ve read through a lot of other posts on this site and others where people say you should try not to pay over $250 for a used jointer (especially one that’s on the cheaper side of things like this one), but for whatever reason they just don’t seem to come along that often down here in Southern California, which seems counter intuitive to me. Maybe they all just get snatched up, who knows.

Side note: There’s also this really old Delta for sale that is kind of tempting me. Old, American made, and really rusty.


13 replies so far

View ColinWW's profile

ColinWW

10 posts in 144 days


#1 posted 07-19-2018 11:10 PM

I buy that the jointer is probably new, but that stand looks a little beat up. Doesn’t matter much, it just makes me wonder about the jointer too.

As someone who is in similar need as you, I’d say $275 is something I’d strongly consider paying if that machine came up for sale in my area. The open base stand is kind of a bummer, but if 6” jointers are few and far between for you I’d go give it a look. Make sure you see it working.

The Delta is super cool, but obviously represents more of a potential project. My personal preference would be to pass, but if you’re into the idea of restoring it, go check it out.

-- Just a newbie finding my happy place in the wood shop.

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#2 posted 07-19-2018 11:18 PM

Thanks Colin. Looks like it’s a moot point after all though. I gave the guy a call and he said it sold this morning. The search continues.

View knotscott's profile

knotscott

8145 posts in 3573 days


#3 posted 07-19-2018 11:30 PM

It looks to be in nice shape. $275 isn’t the deal of the century, but its not bad IMO in today’s market. If it suits your needs, I wouldn’t walk away from it at that price.

This Jet is overpriced at $400 IMO, but it could be worth an offer of something closer to $300 if it checks out.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

View Aj2's profile

Aj2

1867 posts in 1995 days


#4 posted 07-19-2018 11:34 PM

The older delta is a far better machine in that class then anything made in China today. As I said before check the tables for coplane. Before you hand over the cash.
If you don’t have a reliable straight edge then take a couple s4s maple boards with between 3 & 4 ft long and see how close you can get to a gap free joint.
Don’t worry about a little surface rust on the tables it will scrape off easy.
Lots to choose from out here in the inland empire.
Good luck

-- Aj

View Andybb's profile

Andybb

1477 posts in 801 days


#5 posted 07-19-2018 11:48 PM


Thanks Colin. Looks like it s a moot point after all though. I gave the guy a call and he said it sold this morning. The search continues.

- Mruniqueid

Rule #5!!!

P.S. Don’t forget Offerup.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#6 posted 07-19-2018 11:55 PM



The older delta is a far better machine in that class then anything made in China today. As I said before check the tables for coplane. Before you hand over the cash.
If you don’t have a reliable straight edge then take a couple s4s maple boards with between 3 & 4 ft long and see how close you can get to a gap free joint.
Don’t worry about a little surface rust on the tables it will scrape off easy.
Lots to choose from out here in the inland empire.
Good luck

- Aj2

Yeah, that old one is looking pretty tempting. I’ve emailed the guy to see if I can go take a look at it, and also to ask if it currently runs. I’m okay with doing some surface restoration, but i’d prefer not to mess with the motor if I can avoid it.

As for checking the tables for co-plane, isn’t that something that’s usually adjustable on most jointers? Are you saying to make sure they’re just not too far out of whack, or would you not consider it if they’re out at all relative to each other? I was under the impression that you really want to make sure each of the tables is flat in and of itself, but that sometimes things need to be shimmed to get each in alignment with each other.

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#7 posted 07-19-2018 11:57 PM


Rule #5!!!

- Andybb

Noted Andy. Thanks! (i’m an Andy too…)

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#8 posted 07-20-2018 12:18 AM



It looks to be in nice shape. $275 isn t the deal of the century, but its not bad IMO in today s market. If it suits your needs, I wouldn t walk away from it at that price.

This Jet is overpriced at $400 IMO, but it could be worth an offer of something closer to $300 if it checks out.

- knotscott

I was eyeing that Jet too. I’ve emailed him to see if he’s flexible. I’d shell out $300 for that, given it’s in good condition.

View jonah's profile

jonah

1910 posts in 3496 days


#9 posted 07-20-2018 12:25 AM

If the tables aren’t coplanar, it’s a lot more hassle to dial the jointer in. Not impossible by any stretch, but you have to mess around with shims in the dovetail ways. It sucks to have to do.

The old one at $200 isn’t a very good deal if you compare it with the “new” one at $275. I’m not sure when the last time Delta made a non-benchtop jointer, but it was a long time ago. It might be “new” in the sense of “never used,” but I’m betting it’s been sitting around for a decade or so.

Jointers are really, really simple machines. There’s not much difference aside from maybe thinner castings and slightly worse fit and finish between the old one and the new. The fact that the old one will require a lot of elbow grease to clean up and may not even run is a red flag for me.

View Aj2's profile

Aj2

1867 posts in 1995 days


#10 posted 07-20-2018 03:35 AM

I just checked the Inland Empire Craig’s list and it’s kinda slim right now. But it will pick up be sure to mis spell jointer/ joiner also look at planers. Sometimes other woodworking machines will have a jointer hiding in the listing.
Don’t shy away from a vintage machine they are built to last.

-- Aj

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#11 posted 07-20-2018 03:05 PM



...be sure to mis spell jointer / joiner…

- Aj2

Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t think to do that before… Good tip!

View Planeman40's profile

Planeman40

1306 posts in 2958 days


#12 posted 07-20-2018 09:46 PM

I have that “older” Delta jointer. I bought it new back in the 1970’s. It is a wonderful jointer you would be very happy with. Mine has given me over 40 years of trouble free and accurate service.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

View Andy's profile

Andy

11 posts in 476 days


#13 posted 07-20-2018 10:01 PM



I have that “older” Delta jointer. I bought it new back in the 1970 s. It is a wonderful jointer you would be very happy with. Mine has given me over 40 years of trouble free and accurate service.

- Planeman40

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’ve emailed the guy about that one, but no response so far. If I do get to look at it and it doesn’t seem like too much of a project, i’d be happy to pick it up.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com