My non-X5 DJ20 went together well. Unless you own an engine lift or
fork lift, get plenty of help to place the bed on the stand. We did
it with two big, strong guys and it was a struggle.
Other than a missing pulley, belt, belt shroud and push blocks, I
can't remember any real gotchas during assembly. Mine was dead flat
and coplanar out of the box, the only adjustments needed involved the
fence tilt stop pins.
At least it's an obvious and easily solved problem.
The two of us (6'1" - 230 & 6'6" 250-260) were able to lift the top.
The complications arise when lining up the bolt holes. More muscle more control. You don't want to be sliding things around, as the
paint on the top of the cabinet will get scratched. Lining things up
was not easy for us, 4 guys would have worked well.
If you're using a mobile base, try to have it ready before you
assemble things, otherwise you'll have to lift the top, base AND the
motor. Mine's not mobile, so I forgot to mention this in my other
I am a 180 -pound weakling, and I put mine together virtually alone. I rigged
six big pulleys and nice, heavy rope as a lift. I hung (hanged?) that from one
of the lam beams in my basement. While I hauled on the loose rope end, SWMBO
used her dainty fingers to keep the thing from swinging around.
Lining up the top meant lowering the jointer to within 1/4-inch of the base
cabinet, and locking off the rope. Got a couple of the bolts just started,
then lowered the jointer the last 1/4-inch.
Yeah, well, my mobile base didn't arrive till *after* I had assembled the
jointer. So back to the pulleys ...
But really, that setup worked great.
I'm not 180 and about average strength and I assembled mine alone. I
basically used leverage and platforms to raise it up bit by bit till I got
it to the proper height. Then I slid the base on it's wheels underneath and
bolted it all together.
I don't recommend this, I did it because I'm stubburn and didn't want to
wait for help to arrive. Do becarefull of your back, it is heavy. I cheated,
SWMBO is a chiropractor, hahaha.
It's monstrously heavy. An engine hoist or a couple of large men to
lift onto it's stand is recommended.
What I assembled mine, my son (15) and I lifted it. It was mistake to
that, but that's water under the bridge now. Seriously, you can hurt
yourself. Be careful.
Other than that, it's a wonderful machine. I know you'll like it.
On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 12:05:00 -0500, "Mike"
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