First, Jointer. Just to save anyone out there from a measure of anxiety, the pronunciation is Join-er. Forget the "t". This in and of itself should render this epinion useful. You can thank me later when you enter the woodworking shop and use the correct term.
Recommend this product?
Second, for your investment you will receive: jointer, motor, enclosed stand, dust collector connector, center-mounted fence, three-knife cutterhead, cutterhead guard, push blocks, and instruction manual. Expect some set-up and for those who faithfully read and follow an instruction manual this should equate to about 90 minutes maximum.
You'll have a box for the base, proudly made in the USA and a second box for the actual jointer because it is now made in China.
As is the case with all Delta stationary tools, this one will come to you by freight if ordered. If you happen to wander into a brick-and-mortar store and see this baby, the jointer of your dreams, first make sure they offer delivery (preferably straight into your shop) as it was not constructed to be portable.
Infeed and outfeed tables (these are the long extensions you see protruding at the top) measure 72 inches which will support long boards with widths up to eight inches. If you are moving up from a portable/table top model, you'll find the production capabilities here to be everything you've been missing. It's a sizable step up, in fact, from a table top model but I would dare say (and tip my hand to my bias) that it's a good step to make.
The fence is also rendered in cast iron and center mounted with a tilt of 45 degrees. Adjustments are made utilizing a "rack and pinion" system. I've found adjusting to be easy - simple - with precision to have never been an issue. As I type this it does occur to me that you'll never find 100% accuracy in a tool, so I'll leave "never been an issue" to mean I'm accurate within thousandths of an inch if not closer.
Motor: 1.5 HP, 5,600rpm producing 16,800 cuts per minute.
Warranty: 2 years covers machine, parts, and accessories. Make sure you keep the information at hand not because you should anticipate a large number of problems, but because even upon delivery you may find something has cracked or been thrown out of whack beyond your control. Often this can be a reflection on the retailer, not on the manufacturer.
Who needs it and once they have it will they love it?
If you are gradually building a workshop, whether it is for weekends only, or for some side work here and there, I would recommend a stationary jointer as your first or second major tool purchase. In the first position I'd place a high quality, stationary table saw although with the quality found in some contractor's saws I may fluctuate a bit as to whether the jointer or saw should come first.
It is really quite essential for woodworkers engaging in specialty work, furniture or cabinet building. It's not necessary for framing that addition onto your home.
Ultimately, however, the real issue is "will you love it"? Love is a strong term but I'm not too much of a male to fail to realize my strong admiration for this tool. It is sturdy, accurate, and easy to set-up. It runs rather quietly and produces a smooth result. Placing it on a mobile base will render it movable although of course it's still heavy. And if you find yourself using your bench top jointer quite often, it's an investment that will be worth the money and something that you may find yourself falling in .... ahem.... admiration with as well.
No complaints here.
figures (ex. rpms) are taken from Delta's own written information
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