Transporting a jointer? Reliant 6" Jointer (DD39C)

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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 08-14-2013 01:46 AM 5052 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2013 01:46 AM

This weekend i’m going to take a look at a Reliant 6” Jointer (DD39C). My uncle has a pick up truck i can transport it in if i purchase it. How should it be lifted, and tied down? I would like to keep it as assembled as possible because i want there to be as little set up time/effort as possible. Also, searching for this jointer hasnt yielded much. Can anyone give me info on it if you have or have had one?

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 02:04 AM

If the back is flat, and most are, just lay it on it’s back in the truck. Bring some blankets to cushion it. That reliant looks a lot like my HF jointer. Been a real nice addition to the shop. Hard to work around though, but can be used to store 5/4 lumber off the floor when not in use.

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 02:10 AM

When I transported the grizzly that I bought I just removed the fence apparatus which was held on with two bolts and laid the rest over on its back. No problem.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 02:12 AM

I don’t have that model, but it’s pretty much the same for all smaller jointers. Take the fence off and put it inside the truck cabin on the floor, perhaps wrapped with a moving blanket. Remove all knobs, levels, wheels, etc. Put in box in cabin.

At this point, the jointer should be fairly easy to lift for two people. If not, it looks like the jointer separates from the base. Take it apart and put each piece in the truck. Watch for dust tubing, wiring and the motor belt.

DO NOT lift by either the infeed or outfeed tables. You run the danger of bumping the tables out of alignment, or breaking something. You should have the jointer as low as possible in the truck. If you have separated it from the base, obviously it is already pretty low. If it is not separated, you might consider laying it on its back for the trip home. Obviously, either way, you need to secure it pretty well and maybe cover it with moving blankets.

I transported my 6 inch delta home in the back of a Honda Accord and schlepped it down stairs by my self, so it isn’t that hard. Awkward, yes. Mine was in parts, so it wasn’t as big as it sounds.

Good luck and happy planning!


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#4 posted 08-14-2013 11:34 PM

thanks guys. I have a ton of blankets that i can use as well as tie downs. Any secrets to setting up a jointer like this? from my research this jointer doesn’t have jack screw under the blades, curious how i might go about setting the knives.

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 11:54 PM

When I transported my new-to-me 8in Grizzly jointer 60mi home, I stood it upright in the bed of the pickup and used several tie-downs to keep it that way. Worked like a charm. I unloaded with a ceiling mounted chain hoist.

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 12:32 AM

i’m going to have to get creative on how to get it in and out of the pickup truck. since i dont have an engine hoist. hmmmmm

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#7 posted 08-15-2013 01:29 AM

Knives probably have springs under them. Have to loosen bolts and move knives around and then retighten blades. Just did mine. Kind of tricky since when you move one end it affects the other. Mine had a little tool with it but it was pretty useless.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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