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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 09-14-2013 12:35 PM 2253 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2013 12:35 PM

I just inherited a 12” Crescent jointer, not sure how old and it does need a little work. I will be fixing it up ~ month and a half maybe, but I don’t know if I should keep it or my Delta DJ-20. I have only found myself needing a wider jointer once or twice with my DJ-20, but if I already had a 12” jointer I know I would be pursuing projects where it would be needed, if only because I could. Any advise, opinions?

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 12:54 PM

My only concern would be the bearings. the DJ-20 has ball bearings. I am guessing the cresent had lead babits. babits last a long time if properly cared for, but are not maintenance free. If it were me I would chose the machine that has the longer bed and had easier maintenance. I don’t face joint so I would keep the DJ-20.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 04:16 PM

The crescent was at some time upgraded with ball bearings and looks to be very well aligned as far as the tables and the cutter head go (I’m still assuming some fine tuning will be required). I’ve heard on here that even when face jointing narrower boards, if you have a wildly figured grain, on a wide jointer you can skew the board relative to the cutter head with the adjustable fence that this and several other older jointer have to reduce tear out. While I’ve never tried this, the idea does appeal to me. The crescent also has a much longer bed than the DJ-20.

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 04:27 PM

I would keep the Crescent if I had the room. You can make
a skew fence for those surfacing cuts you’re interested in.

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 04:39 PM

myself I would keep both for awhile and play with the crescent, fix it up and get it cutting good, with the 12in you will have it when you need it with an 8in you can only wish I would love to have a 12 just for that day when I really need that special wide board. plus you can edge joint all over the span of 12 in not really stuck on just one spot but I try to edge joint the length of the cutter tryin to keeep the wear even on my knives. have a good day make some dust

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 04:39 PM

I have a dj20 and I like it a lot but given the option I would go with the Crescent.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 04:47 PM

I kinda do want to keep both for a while, but with my limited space, having both for a while I might start to feel a little claustrophobic. That being said, my DJ-20 has been very reliable for such a long time I don’t want to let it go for something a little less proven (to me anyway). Any idea on what a DJ-20 in decent shape might be worth?

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 04:54 PM

That DJ-20 is worth more than I can afford most of the time. They do not last even a day around here. That
Crescent would make me think I had died and gone to heaven if I had the shop to put it in. Congratulations
on both machines, and will be waiting to hear about your progress and fun.

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

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 05:29 PM

For what it’s worth my DJ-20 was made in Brazil, not sure how that compares to the ones made in China or the US in terms of used value, but I would guess somewhere in between maybe?

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#9 posted 09-14-2013 06:50 PM

The dj-20 would be gone in a heart beat! We have one at work and I don’t see whats so special about it. It doesn’t joint a board any better than my grizzly.

Keeping the 12” crescent will let you pursue those other larger projects.

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#10 posted 09-14-2013 09:44 PM

Bigblock, if your dj 20 was made in brazil it is a delta invicta and is a cut above the asian machine. It is a keeper, well they are both keepers.

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#11 posted 09-14-2013 10:22 PM

Knowing the cresent has BB, and longer beds I would keep it.

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#12 posted 09-14-2013 10:28 PM

The DJ20 is bulletproof. I loaded mine on a trailer with a forklift. The forks couldn’t lift over the ramp on the trailer, so we lifted the jointer with nylon straps by the jointer beds.
The infeed and outfeed tables didn’t budge, and it was still coplanar within .002” once back in my shop!

I guess it comes down to your needs.

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

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#13 posted 09-14-2013 11:23 PM

Put both on CL at the same time for reasonable prices and keep the one left after the first one sells. Personally, I would keep the Crescent for the longer bed.

-- Art

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