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Forum topic by harum posted 12-21-2013 04:39 PM 1041 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2013 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw jointer maintenance tuning

Hello, The neighbor of ours, among many other tools, keeps a table saw (Delta) and a jointer in his garage, which he has said I am welcome to use. They are at least 20 years old, little used and haven’t been turned on for a long time (there are speckles of rust spots on the jointer table). I would like to try them for my little projects before my hand plane skills are better. What are the procedures for tuning these power tools after such a long period of non-use? Any reference will be appreciated.

I got a new 10 in. table saw blade, because there was no blade there. The jointer cutter looks great, the neighbor said the tools had only seen a few hours of use since he bought them.

Best wishes!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 05:16 PM

1st thing would prolly be to check and make sure nothing has fallen thru or gotten into the tools over the years that shouldn’t be there. Then check to be sure up/down/tilt, etc all function as they should. Then fire’m up and see if they run/function properly. Then as long as he doesn’t use the tools, I’d ask your neighbor if he’d consider selling them, cheap :o)

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 05:46 PM

You can remove the rust spots on the jointer with a maroon synthetic scrubbing pad. Sometimes a little WD-40 or solvent helps. Then remove any residue, and wax it with a silicone-free paste wax. This will help boards glide over the table.

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

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 06:22 PM

Rotate the cutterheads by hand to make sure there are
no obstructions. If the tool buzzes when you flip the
switch, turn it off and take the belt off the motor.
Run the motor under no load for awhile. If the motor
hums but won’t spin, spin the sheave by hand and
it should start to go. Let it run for awhile. Often this
brings the motor back to being able to self-start. If
it won’t learn to start on its own, it probably has a bad

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 09:12 PM

Appreciate the responses! My test hand planed or routered joints after gluing give seams that at some runs are not invisible. The gaps are really thin and filled with glue, but they are there and visible. Hope I will get better edges with the jointer.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 12:53 PM

After doing what is suggested above, I would let them run 5-10 minutes before use. The belts probably have taken a set after sitting and any other nuances that might show up.

-- Bill R

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