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Forum topic by fisherdoug09 posted 02-22-2013 11:15 PM 1308 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2013 11:15 PM

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I saw a Delta X5 jointer on Craigs list for sale. Does anyone know how long the bed is? And if you own one what do you think about the preformence. I really would like an 8” jointer but they are a lot more money and have not seen a used one here locally on Craigs list. Thanks Doug

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 11:23 PM

They’ve got a couple of different X5 models….what size are you looking at? The 6” is pretty standard length….~ 46” or 47”. It’s a nice enough jointer, but the rack and pinion fence mechanism takes up extra space.

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 02:19 AM

if you already have a jointer I would hang out till you can find an 8”. I have an older (mid 50) delta/Rockwell and it has a 44” bed. It works great but I have been searching for the 8” as well and I am failing to get lower than the $550 range. I have been trying for the $375 range. for me it is the bed length I am after. patients, I searched for over a year to find my planer and final got a 20” for $675 (I had to drive 300 miles RT). you just have to be patient and the right deal will come along. when it does you have to be ready to pounce on it.
3pz is always an option. Premade panels can be bought on e-bay for less than you can get the parts and are almost plug and play with a 3 year warranty.
happy hunting

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 06:32 AM

Check to make sure the fence and the tables are flat. I bought an identical, but earlier model of this jointer, and both the fence and the tables are slightly concaved. It works with a little extra effort, but I always wonder if I could have done better.


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#4 posted 02-23-2013 01:30 PM

I’ve got the X5 model and am very pleased with it. I also would like to have purchased an 8” model but just don’t have the room or it. When I need to edge joint something long I just use my router with a straight edge. I find this method very easy to do. When it comes to face jointing a wide board I do as many others have said and make a planing sled for my surface planer or a router sled. Maybe some day I’ll find a way to put an 8” jointer in my narrow shop.

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