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12-10-2012 01:02 AM

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I am going to purchase a used Delta DJ20 Jointer next weekend and need 2 questions answered.

1 – Since I don’t want to rent a small U-Haul trailer and drive 2 hours each way with a trailer in tow is the top of the jointer easy to remove from the base? I looked at a few pictures but can seem to locate the jointer mounting bolts to the base. How many bolts are there and what type? Easy to access? I have a Chevy Trailblazer so if I was to take the top apart from the base I can fit everything inside my SUV. Brought a Unisaw home along with the 52” table and legs with no problem this way.

2 – If I was to take the jointer apart from the base will it be difficult to align everything back up once home?

Thank you for your help

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 02:54 AM

No it should not be a problem to seperate the jointer from the base. Take more tools than you think you might need. Take a note book to note whare any wires were removed from. Masking tape tags on the wires are nice to write on. The jointer is heavy so make sure you have strong smart helpers to help you lift it of the base and place it back on the base. A great tool. Best of luck and work safe,

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 03:12 AM

The manual should show all you need to know. Manual is here. I bought and moved the DJ20’s less expensive brother the Delta 8” 37-380 used of CL for $525 and had to move it. I took it off the base and it was still super heavy. My brother, the seller and myself were able to get it in the back of my pickup truck, but it was tough and we are big boys. I just fit in a 6’ Ford Ranger bed. Getting it into the basement was another story. It was just my brother and I and we man handled it down but two more guys would have been better. Good luck.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 10:43 AM

thats a good looking jointer should be six or 8 bolts nothing to drastic just take it off and throw it the truck just kiddin make sure to mark the the iron when you take it off and the motor mount bolts, if its coplaner, when you put it back together it will stilll be coplaner the alignment of the pulleys that is, this is critical for reducing vibration, hope you understand what Im talkin about cause I dont, mark the motor in it’s mounted position then mark the jointer bed on the base when you put it back together get as close to the marks as possible use a sharpie or something of the nature, that is all I can help you with, good luck and enjoy your jointer it looks like a good buy

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 10:48 AM

you should be able to take the back panel off and get to the bolts they should be allen head capscrews should be metric 5mm or so take a ratchett 3/8 drive an assortment ot wrenches 8 to 14 mm extensions and a back brace the iron will be heavy the bed bolts should be 4,5,6,,mm but take a toolbox just in case and again have a good day and enjoy that jointer nice straight wood is fun to use

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 10:51 AM

make sure you test the jointer before you buy it and if not double check all blades for bein loose cause if you get home and get in a hurry and a blade is loose you just blew some hard earned cash

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 10:54 AM

you shouldn’t have to worry about any wires or electrical its all in the base nothing on the top as far as electrical just mark the motor and bed position and you should be off and running

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 01:55 PM

rebelson – I have a DJ-20 and love it. The base is easily removed from the top and removing it will not effest the important settings of the joiner itself. The base houses the motor and all you need to do to reattach it to the joiner is align the bolt holes and attach the mounting bolts and install the belt back between the motor and the joiner. Not a very big task. Good luck on the joiner. I hope that it works as well for you as mine did for me.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 07:26 PM

Don’t forget to make sure the motor pulley is lined up with the pulley on the jointer’s cutting head.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 06:50 AM

What a temptation to lift that jointer by those convenient infeed and outfeed ends. But I have heard of jointer castings breaking when that was tried. Even if nothing breaks, I suspect it would throw off your setting and you’d have to retune it.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 04:32 AM

Thank you everyone for the help. Will post back once the move is done.

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