Delta X-5 6" Jointer


Greetings!
I am a novice woodworker...I bought the Delta X-5 6" jointer about a year ago. I will be honest and say I am not very good at keeping the thing tuned. Over the past couple of weeks I noticed that the outfeed table has a wicked dip on the outboard side ( 1/4" ! ) The thing is so out of whack that I cant joint a straight edge. The out feed table is at a perfect 90deg. to the fence, but the infeed table is off by about 1/16". Lately, I have been using a Freud "Glue Line" blade to joint by board edges....pretty sad huh? Anyone know how to get the tables back to parallel......the manual mentioned something about adjusting the "gibs".....what the hell is a friggin gib? I followed the instructions and gave it a shot....I think I made it a little better....still not a usable jointer though. I also need to invest in a good steel straight edge....
Any help would be greatly appreciated....I am ready to pitch the thing into the snow bank outside>
Frank
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Purchase and read "Care and Repair of Shop Machines" by John White. There's a part in there that'll show you how to make a set of master bars, and they'll rival any straightedge you could buy. Good luck. Tom
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wrote:

Sources of help.
Dealer you bought the machine from
Delta Technical Service. Call customer service and tell them you want to talk with someone in Technical service that can walk you through it. For the DJ machines they have a service bulletin that they can send out on how to adjust eccentrics to coplaner the tables and adjust the fence. Yours is a wedge bed so I'm not sure they have one for it, but it is worth a call.
good luck
Frank B.
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In these days of just in time manufacturing, castings are no longer seasoned and Delta Jointer tables have been know to warp (even on the DJ20). If the jointer was fine when you first got it I can't see the gibs needing adjustment after only a year. X5 stands for extended 5 year warranty and Delta usually provides excellent service. Get on the horn to Delta.

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