When I got this machine home, I used it for many months (many, many months) and became more and more dissatisfied with it’s performance. We are committed 100 percent to our dealer network … Their knowledge and responsiveness to the marketplace is incredible.” He also reports that Delta’s current fill rate to distributor showrooms is well over 90 percent,” and that’s welcome news: demand for Delta products is growing now, as post-recessionary housing starts and home values continue to strengthen, along with buyer confidence.
We always used the jointer first in order to get a perfectly straight edge, because It didn’t mater what process came next ( weather it be ripping timber through the bench saws, moulding the edges on the spindle moulders, running it through the planner, or getting set up for gluing up) THE VERY FIRST THING, before anything else, was that you needed a perfect straight edge or face, to work from!
After the last cabinet I built, I made a committment to myself to stop working with sheet goods and focus on building furniture made from solid wood so my planer will definately see more use; however, its still so much more efficient to put a flat and square side on a piece of stock even if I’m going to turn to using hand planes that I doubt I’d ever stop using my jointer.
But the advantages of the jointer (can flatten one face dead flat-this dependent on how wide the jointer is), it can make perfect straight edges for gluing-jigs for planers cannot give the consistency that jointers do for edges, you control what gets cut on the jointer (pressure, where you start the feed-planer takes that control away), and finally the jointer allows the ease of producing 90 degree corners to the flat face or even other angles for bevelling-very handy.
Always plane ( on the jointer) the surface of a board to get one true flat side. It’s important to note, however, that some smaller and low-end jointer planners have out-feed tables which are actually part of the base casting, and cannot be adjusted. Most woodworkers know that you need both a planer and a jointer to get the most out of rough lumber (at least for power tool users). Among them are the family of Delta Unisaws as well as a new line of four 10-in.
For those who own older Delta table saws or other tools that are no longer part of the current Delta product line, Carr encourages owners to understand that, while Delta will continue to try to help locate parts for out-of-production machines, those supplies must eventually dwindle. Either way is perfectly acceptable, but if you use a wood stick, be sure to use the same face of the stick as your reference for all adjustments, and make all of your knife adjustments in one session. And speaking of thickness, a jointer will not allow you to easily thickness boards to a precise dimension. I wouldnt touch a Delta with a ten foot pole..and my shop is half full of the brand.
Where it used to take a skilled craftsman a half hour or so to flatten a board with a handplane, a jointer can do it in a few quick passes. Serious surfacing of rough wood will tear-up lunchbox planers in my experience… they are really disposable tools with too many fragile parts compared to a real, all metal planer. I would agree with you if you do light jointing work or if you don’t mind changing a bit every time you want to smooth a piece of wood. These are available from Delta for additional cost, as they are with many machines.
I’ll follow up when resolved.Follow up:Delta customer service is still first class. If I ever get serious about using that jointer a lot, I may consider making a new gibbed cutterhead to replace the clamshell. I did ALL of the jointing (face and edge) and the planning on ALL of the wood required for Marcs chest of drawers in a couple of hours that afternoon. Using a planer or jointer to get it there fast (and then a plane to get the finish beautiful) is much faster. I think it would be a whole lot easier to flatten a board using planner than a jointer. There is much to be said when it comes to having a jointer that has as wide a cutting head as your planer.
While I never made much practice of jointing plywood to remove saw marks when making cabinets, some people do and it really wrecks the jointer knives. The 1 1/2 horsepower motor runs at 3,450 RPM with a cutting head RPM of 5,500 and can handle pretty much any job you throw at it. This is a bigger size than the 6 inch jointer models, and the price reflects that. Rehab it and put a good iron in it and you will be good to go. Since I bought my LN #7 and LN #71/2 my jointer gets very little action. The table on mine came with mill marks on it and was very hard to slide wood over.
For starters, Carr says that while some other woodworking machinery manufacturers have recently been acquired by hedge funds, private equity firms or have brought on new investors, Chang Type has enabled Delta to remain independent and financially strong, and we’re getting even stronger as our volume grows,” he says. To avoid tearout, you should be aware of the grain direction on the board, and run it over the jointer with the grain running downhill.