In addition to the very good advice you've already received, let me add this:
consider buying used equipment. Check the ads in your local newspaper, and
attend auctions. You can probably get a decent, used 6" jointer on a floor
stand for not much more than you'd pay for a new table-top jointer... and
you'll be *much* happier with it.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
He probably means a Rigid model. They have a 6" floor standing jointer
that would serve your needs just fine.
Look, just buy this:
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It's the delta JT360. Looks like with the right code you can get
either $40 off the price or a free reciprocating saw. There's also a
$30 mail-in rebate and the shipping is free. So it looks like you can
have it for $280 delivered.
If your patient, you can watch ebay or craigslist or the paper or
something like that and pick up a good used one for probably less.
I watch ebay but upu have to find something local because of shipping.
What is craiglist?
Is this Delta verry good for longer boards? I think Lowes has this for
349 stand and all. Is it better to buy something like this online or in
a actual store?
dags for craigs list
For longer boards you want longer tables. The longer the better.
Brand doesn't really enter in to this.
Yeah, it's probably the exact same model they have at lowes. The stand
is included with the machine. Only the bench top models don't have a
Whether to buy online is up to you. There's no tax online, but there's
usually a shipping charge. In this case there isn't. Amazon is also
having a good sale right now. The down side of online is that if you
want to return something, you have to ship it. You're not likely to
have those kinds of problems. Just make sure there's no shipping
damage when you unload it from the truck.
I read a few bad reviews online of this jointer. (And several good).
How does it compare to the RIGID? I went online and they reviewed
jointers. The Sunhill rated very well but I dont know anywhere that
sells it locally.
So none wil produce a perfectly stright edge for gluing?
I looked at that Delta at Lowes at lunch. I put a straight edge on the
table. At the fence there was a 1/16 or more gap between it and the
square. I assume this is bad.
It's a floor model. They're notorious for being way out of adjustment.
Also, It could have been dropped, or sat upon. Then again, sometimes
you just get a dud. And why it's not flat matters. Is the top not
flat or is one of the tables just sagging and correctable with shims?
If you really want to be sure, go over to woodcraft and buy the jointer
from them. They'll probably set it up for you and make sure it's flat.
And if it's not, they'll take it back and make it right. You won't
pay $280 though.
That's an excellent point.
For some reason, the floor model of every tool I've ever checked out has
been assembled finger tight, is missing parts, occasionally has a nice
soda can ring on the cast iron...
They're usually assembled by kids in a hurry. I bet a lot of returned
machinery end up as floor models also. I'd expect a place like grizzly
or woodcraft to have a properly set up floor model in case someone
wants to run a few boards through it. But home depot is just the
opposite. It seems like every time I play with a rigid band saw, the
blade (if it's there) is off the wheels and jammed between the wheel
and the case.
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