I can't answer the question adequately, since this is my first "real" 6" jointer.
Well, I did have a Craftsman that I got from my Dad. That had a fence that was
so bad it was almost inconceivable.
The rack and pinion fence seems to be robust. I would worry about excess
about the center compared to a two-point support system, but the mount is heavy
and seems to maintain allignments well enough. I have not checked it to the
that I checked parallelism for the infeed and outfeed tables, however.
I'm happy with the machine. It is alligned well, finished well, and runs
There is indeed a lot of hardware on the back side of the machine - it doesn't
get particularly close to a wall when parked.
James T. Kirby
Center for Applied Coastal Research
I really like the Delta fence - stays square as far as moving back
and forth across the table which I do regularly to try to keep the
wear on the knives even - but I always check it whenever I change the
angle back and forth from 90 deg.
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