I have a chance to buy an older General 6 inch jointer for $550. Assuming
the tables are flat and parallel and that the shaft bearings are OK, is
there anything else I should be looking at? The fence is similar to a
design Delta in the past. One clamp is used to secure the fence side
widthwise as well as anglewise. Does this work well? Thanks to responders.
Works well enough to have been the standard for years. Have one on the old
Delta at School, and on my 4" Rockwell. If they could afford the cure time
on the big castings and you'd pay the milling cost, it might still be the
I would not hesitate to buy the machine if all the
mechanicals are in proper order and the tables are flat and
Now, having said that, I'd rather have a rack and pinion
fence because they are easier to deal with (set up).
Now, having said that, I cannot for the life of me remember
when (if ever) I set my jointer fence for anything but a
square edge which any fence will do if the parts are milled
right. What I'm pretty much saying is, tune it, tighten it
down and use it.
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