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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 319 days ago 1200 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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319 days ago

On a whim, I checked out possible joiners on craigslist to see what might actually be out there. Low and behold I found this. I had to chuckle at the ‘works like new’ bit from the look of the picture. Is this even worth rehabbing??

Then I actually found an older Delta that looks a bit better for 10 bucks cheaper. The age doesn’t bother me since I have a table saw and a band saw about the same age :) About the only thing I know about joiners is to know how good the motor is and the number of knives it has. I don’t mind cleaning them up… guess I should see if replacement parts are still available for either model as well. Any input would be appreciated!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#1 posted 319 days ago

It’s way overpriced IMO….didn’t even see a motor. That Delta looks like a better buy to me.

So does this…

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#2 posted 319 days ago

Hm – thanks Scott- I missed that – guess I’m not as awake as I’m pretending to be ;) Newark isn’t too far away – bout an hour for me. hmmm

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#3 posted 319 days ago

I have a older Delta Joiner that works fantastic. Like they say ” They do not build them like they use to.”

-- Coach Mancuso

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 319 days ago

I’m using an older version (I think) of the one Knotscott referenced. Bought it new 30 or so years ago. It’s a solid machine and easy to adjust.
Just check the beds for flatness.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 319 days ago

I used to have one of these, definitely not worth rehabbing at any price

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 319 days ago

That Delta jointer looks to be more than 6” wide, at least to my eyes; I’d for sure check it out. The tables do look awfully short, but still may be a very useable jointer.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Shawn Masterson

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#7 posted 319 days ago

do you ever come towards South Bend, IN??? I have a mid 50’s delta/rockwell 6” jointer with the art deco stand. I just went through it last winter with new knives, bearings, and paint. I really don’t know what to price it at. it looks like this but has a new polar white urethane paint job, and has the orignal spring for the gaurd.

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#8 posted 319 days ago

I have a craftsman jointer almost identical to the one shown. It was
my father-in-laws. I have “rehabbed” it. But it is still not that great and is
very limiting in that the width is so small. (About 4”) Certainly way
overpriced in the condition shown.

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#9 posted 319 days ago

Sometimes you can find replacement parts at the following site:

Here’s a $100.00 6” jointer off of Craigslist. Keep looking and
good luck rhybeka!

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#10 posted 318 days ago

I’d go with the Delta since it has a stand and motor. Surface
rust on used machines has never been a problem for me –
I knock it off with a wire brush and leave the mottled brown
patina underneath.


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#11 posted 318 days ago

I have a delta jointer, but that one looks like a death trap. I don’t like equipment with exposed motors and belts.
If you spend a little more you could get a standard 6” or 8” jointer that will be easy to find blades and parts for.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 318 days ago

Hmm, overpriced, but otherwise would be well worth restoring.
These aren’t exactly Swiss watches, y’know. Better yet if it can do rabbets on the back edge.
I’ve got three of these, I’ve never paid more than $25, and when cleaned up, they purr like a kitten.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Shawn Masterson

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#13 posted 318 days ago

I would chase that delta at that price

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#14 posted 317 days ago

I’d be all over that Delta for $100.00. The Craftsman is a much smaller machine and looks to be 4” jointer, the fence is too low to allow accurate jointing of wider boards. A little elbow grease and the Delta will be quite nice and you’ll like the added length of the end mounted fence

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#15 posted 317 days ago

I like how it “works like new” without a motor! Lol

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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