Just to put my opinion in perspective, I'm a newbie to ww. I'm sure there's others that can give you more comfort on the Jet. The Jet 6CSX was my second "large" machine that I bought (TS first). I sort of fell into it by accident. I was looking for a jointer and had done a fair amount of research on it by the time I found it at an estate auction. It was nearly new - still had the box, and probably hadn't had 30 bf put through it. Got it for a great price....
I really like it - I had been looking at Delta, Powermatic, and Bridgewood. The price I got this one at was a big factor in my decision. But, after doing the research, I was already leaning toward the Jet. Anyway, it's a really great tool - does everything I ask of it. The only two negatives I have, is it's a bit touchy to adjust the knives. However, I think that is mainly because I'm a newbie and not really experienced. The knives are easy to access and remove, etc. I'm just a little slow to learn the fine points of setting it all up. The second is that after doing several projects and planning several others, buying wood from a local mill, I wish I'd have found an 8". Not sure I could have afforded it, and given how much I wanted one, I'm not sure I'd have waited to find a used 8" anyway.
The other big factor after price was the wheels vs levers issue. After doing my homework on Google and this newsgroup, I was set on wheels. MUCH easier for me, given my level of experience, to make those fine adjustments. I have to echo Chef's advice about the limitor - I've ran afoul of it once, even though I read about it in the instructions and had come across it in my research before buying it.
Bottom line, IMH(newbie)O, it's a great machine. If I had to do it over again, I'd definitely buy another one, only maybe I'd get the 8".
face=Arial size=2>...</FONT></DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>> Looking at a 6"
jointer to add to my shop (tired of gaps in my panels) and<BR>> have settled
on one of these two. Both are ~$550 at Amazon with free<BR>> shipping,
though the Delta includes a "freebie" with it (router, jointer<BR>> stand,
cordless drill or a brad nailer).<BR>> <BR>> The Jet has the wheel
adjustment vs. the levers on the Delta (wheels look<BR>> like they might
provide more precision), but the Delta fence provides for<BR>> finer
adjustments with the carriage assembly. Having never used a
jointer,<BR>> I'm not sure which setting I would fiddle with more when using
this? The<BR>> reviews I've read about the Jet and the Delta don't
really show one<BR>> radically different or better than the other.<BR>>
<BR>> Any personal experience with the "levers vs. wheels" or fence
adjustments on<BR>> either of these?<BR>> <BR>> </FONT></BODY></HTML>