I was trying decide whether or not to spend the dough on a Delta DJ-20 8"
Jointer.. The latest ToolCrib catalog has it on sale for $1299.00.. Well, I
recently looked on the Amazon website, and found that it is actually
$1234.99! Does anybody know why this is? The other day I checked and the
website did say $1299.99. Is Amazon playing with the prices? Or is the
regular DJ-20 going to get phased out? Also, I called Delta to see what
kind of difference $300 gets me between the regular DJ-20 and an X5 DJ-20..
They told me the X5 gets you a free tool (or $50), a coupon book I probably
will not use, zinc-plated knobs, and a 5-year warantee. That's it... Am I
missing something here? What does going with the X5 version really get me?
It doesnt seem worth the extra $300 (well, now $364). Any opinions?
On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 23:07:33 -0600, "Karl and Steph"
I have the DJ-20 and I'm very satisfied with it. It always seems to
be "right on." Both Tool Crib and Amazon are good companies. You
may want to check out the delivery terms, guarantees, customer
satisfaction, etc. The painted levers on the DJ-20 seem to be fine.
Not sure about the $300 tool--a useless tool is not worth having. The
DJ-20 is a heavy sucker, don't get a hernia.
Amazon is clearing out the old (non X5) DJ20's.
One of the options for a free tool is the PC 690LR router. Figure
about $150 retail. That plus the $100 delta bucks at the last NoCal
woodshow sealed the deal on my DJ20 X5.
It's a big puppy, and heavy. Get some friends to help with assembly.
Comes in two pieces - the base (w/ motor and electricals) about #130.
The jointer itself is packed in a crate, about 6'6" x 12" x 16" and
weighs in well over #300. We used a floor jack to raise the crate
to a point level with the base and slid the jointer from the crate to
the base. Be very careful doing this; add supports to both ends of the
crate as you jack it up to prevent tipping (we used lengths of 4"x6"
DF stock, stacking as we raised).
The cutters were adjusted perfectly out of the crate. Both tables
were coplaner with no sag. The fence was straight. Happy camper,
2bsure. Beats the old JJ6-CS hands down.
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