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Forum topic by Duality240 posted 03-09-2013 07:41 AM 2492 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2013 07:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta planer jointer used bench top portable question

Was browsing CL for woodworking tools and came across a Delta 12” Bench Top/Portable Planer and Delta 6” Bench Top/Portable Jointer. I have wanted to purchase a jointer and a planer for a few months now, but could not justify the cost. It doesn’t seem like any of the bench top models (all I can afford and all I have room for) are worth a hoot. Anyway, long story short, I could live without a jointer and a planer for now, but if the ones I found are a good deal, I don’t want to pass them up as I will surely need them in the future. The guy wants $100 each. I can see by the pictures that he doesn’t take very good care of his tools. Well, you’ll see for yourself. What I’m wondering is, can anyone give me an idea what model these are (seller has no idea apparently) and if you have any experience with them.

I don’t mind cleaning them up and putting a little more money into them, but If they weren’t worth a hoot when they left the factory, I need to know. Thanks in advance for all the replies I am sure to get :)

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 11:40 AM

The planer is likely a 22-540, that was pretty well regarded as a solid work horse….I’d guess ~ 12-15 years old. AFAIK, there’s no dust chute and no cutterhead lock though, so you get lots of chips and increased chance of snipe. $100 is tops I’d pay….since it needs some TLC, can’t hurt to offer less.

I’d pass on the benchtop jointer and hold out for a cast iron stationary model with a belt drive induction motor.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 01:07 PM

I agree about the planer…it appears to be the 22-540, the first bechtop Delta marketed. I had one for quite a few years, and it is a fairly good planer. The knives are double edged, and resharpen-able and you might have trouble finding them…try the after market suppliers. They do have a snipe problem, and I made a DC hookup. I sold mine in for mine using the existing chip deflector. I sold mine in 2000 with 3 sets of new blades for $125….good deal then. But now I’d think it is a sub-$100 planer, depending on condition. Not familiar with that jointer.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 01:40 PM

i bought a 22-540 with spare blades for $50 last year, and i wouldn’t go above 75 for that one.

-- Joel

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 02:25 PM

Jointer looks like a JT160 and they are notorius for being very difficult to keep square. Also, they have mostly aluminum surfaces, which brings in other issues. Like knottscott, I’d pass and look for something better. There are old cast iron jointers that pop up for similar prices and are much better machines.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 02:15 PM

Thanks everyone, I passed on the “deal”. i will wait until I have the money to buy new. I’m just too paranoid to buy used, don’t know what I was thinking.

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 02:23 PM

Nothing wrong with buying used, in fact it can be a great way to build up your tool chest. You did the best thing, after finding the deal asking if it was worth the effort. Keep watching CL (I hit it a couple of times a day), you’ll find a bargain in due time!

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 02:29 PM

Agree with Samurai, there is nothing wrong with buying used, just do your homework like you did here. I just wouldn’t encourage a serious woodworker to buy that particular model of jointer, new or used.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 06:24 PM

Samurai is right, build up your tool assorment as you can. I started as a 20 year old with some poor tools that I got here or there. I called them “C” or “D” tools, and I am still working my way to having all “A” tools and I am now in my 50’s.

I had that planer at one time, you did make the right choice to leave it there….keep lookong ang asking here, you are aon the right track!!

-- Mike

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