Jointer Infeed table stuck

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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 03-23-2013 01:30 AM 3013 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2013 01:30 AM

I scored a free jj6csx 6” jointer a couple of weeks ago and have been trying to tune it up. The infeed table is hard to lower and even harder to raise. At around 3/32” lower than the outfeed table, it pretty much becomes impossible to raise anymore. It doesn’t feel like a lubrication problem, it feels like a mechanical problem, if you know what I mean. The outfeed table is super smooth to raise and lower and it was much dirtier than the infeed table when I got it. I think this may have to do with the depth limiter, but I can’t get that to budge either. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?


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#1 posted 03-23-2013 02:16 AM

I went to the Jet site, but for some reason it could not find a manual, but if you just google for the jj6scx manual
Rockler and a few other sites have a pdf you can read and/or download and print out. It does not deal with
taking the tables apart and off, but it does state that the gib keys could get loose, or in your case could have
been overtightened or lubed with the wrong goop. Following the manuals instructions, loosen the lock nuts
and set screws for the gibs slightly and see if that helps.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 07:20 AM


I realize this post is nearly 2 years old, but I find myself in the exact same situation as the OP – got a blue/green jj-6csx from a garage sale and the infeed table exhibits the exact same behavior; depth limiter also seems stuck. Hoping the OP sees this and was able to resolve the problem – I downloaded the manual from Rockler and tried loosening the gib set screws but no dice.


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#3 posted 01-27-2015 07:48 AM

Don’t have that jointer, but they are all pretty similar. The typical procedure to align tables is to raise the infeed table as far up as it will go or maybe just a smidgen short of all the way up, adjust the pointer so it reads zero at that position, and then align the outfeed table to the now fully raised infeed table. Make sure your gib bolts are adjusted properly (not too loose or tight) and that your ways are clean and lubed first.

If it’s a new to you ‘used’ machine, then it really is a good idea to partially break it down, clean and lube the heck out of it, check and replace bearings if needed, align the tables and reset the knives. You never know what a PO has (or hasn’t) done to a machine, so doing the above will ensure it’s in good working order and ready to make chips. It will also let you become familiar with the machine and how it works.


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#4 posted 01-28-2015 07:41 PM

In case anyone is running into the same issue with this, I found the problem. There is a depth limiter (spring loaded pin with a round ball handle) on the back side of the infeed table that is supposed to prevent you from lowering the infeed table cut depth past 1/8”. In my case, the pin was stuck, so I removed the whole assembly (3 hex screws). After that, the infeed table now moves freely and smoothly all the way up and down. On to cleaning and calibration!

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