I've found a local supplier of North State 8" jointers for under $900. Does
anybody know anything about them? Googling has been amazingly unproductive,
which worries me. On the other hand, it is a 2 HP 220V jointer with a 66" bed,
made in Taiwan and supposedly a Delta clone copied from the older Delta
You can see the one I'm looking at:
I posted something else in another thread but either nobody saw it or nobody
knows. Anybody got any input?
You must be in the Charlotte area. As far as I know, Northstate is a
Taiwanese knockoff that is
made for and sold by LeNeave Supply in Charlotte. I have had one for about
3 years and have
gotten good service from it. The only trouble I have ever had was the set
screws worked loose
on the cutter head pulley and let the key slip out. I pulled the cover,
slipped the key back in,
put a couple of drops of Loctite on the set screws and tightened them up.
No trouble since.
I have been well pleased with it. Much easier to use than the 6" machine I
I've got quite a bit of other Northstate equipment in my shop (bandsaw,
table saw, edge and spindle sanders) and have been pleased with all of it.
Like most of
the Taiwanese equipment you may need to take a file and knock off the
edge or do a little minor tuning but I've had to do the same on some of the
I have in the shop.
If you are willing to drive to the Monroe area you are welcome to try mine
out before you decide.
Greg, Jeff, and Larry are great guys to work with. They are knowledgeable
and will take the time
to help you. I have been doing business with them a long time and have
always been well satisfied.
The store kind of reminds me of and old time hardware store. Lots of
equipment sitting around to
look at, so of it in dis-array, but if you ask one of the guys for something
they always seem to know
right where it is at.
Hope the info helps,
Yes, I finally found a bunch of stuff about it. The actual manufacturer is
GeeTech who also makes stuff for Sunhill and Jet. After talking with the older
fellow at Leneave's yesterday, I took a more critical eye to the Delta I was
contemplating at Blume's. This morning I went to Blume's to find out how much
their "show" discount was and the Delta was going for $995, marked down from
A few things that stuck out: the mechanism to raise and lower the bed on the
Delta was managed by levers as opposed by handwheels on the North State. The
starter switch on the Delta is non-magnetic; the North State has a magnetic
starter. The Delta has a 1.5 HP motor; the North State 2 HP. The Delta has a
slightly longer bed: 72" as opposed to the North State at 67". Both of them
could herniate a buffalo.
Too late. I put the money down a couple of hours ago. I won't actually collect
my jointer until Monday as they'd moved all their stock out to the woodworking
show at the Merchandise Mart for the show this weekend. The jointer, a mobile
base, dust collection plate, and tax came to $950. Just the same, your comments
are welcome. I'd have felt terrible if you'd said buying North State was the
worst decision you'd ever made. <G>
Yeah, I hate to say the place was a dump. But he had no problems coming up with
what he needed. The walls and floors took me back to my grandfather's
sheetmetal shop in the Bronx. Obviously the place has been there forever. Mr.
Leneave told me the business was started by his father in that location back in
1957 when dinosaurs roamed the earth... and I was three.
Blume's has a prettier store well set up for retail: they're on South Blvd just
a little bit south of Remount Rd. Leneave's is like somebody else said: it
reminds you of an old fashioned hardware store. Going north on South Tryon St
until you get to Morehead St. Turn left (west) and it's three blocks down on
the left. 305 W. Morehead St.
I went by LeNeave's this morning to pick up my 8" jointer and the older Mr.
LeNeave showed me pictures of your workshop. All I can say is, if you die
tomorrow, you won. (He who dies with the most toys wins.)
I've seen professional shops that had less stuff. And yours is clean too. Very
Speaking of impressive, my buddy and I were very impressed with the weight of
the jointer. What a beast. I'm gonna stencil "CVN74" somewhere on it in honor
of a deck large enough to land an aircraft. It seems appropriate.
I'm taking my time with it. Today I put together the mobile stand, mounted the
base, then set the bed on top and bolted it down. The belts are installed along
with the dust port. Tomorrow I'll finish up with the magnetic switch and see if
Did I mention how heavy it is?
I haven't heard on them either - but am interested if anyone else has.
I am in the market for an 8" jointer, but can't decide which myself.
I also (today) found out about another taiwanese that is supposed to be
the same as a DJ-20. It's a Oasis Machinery J1008C. I'd be interested
in hearing anything about it as well.
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