Well, the search goes on. The "delta floor model 6" jointer" was simply a benchtop delta jointer on a stand. *sigh* Such is how it is when cruising auctions.
We're almost back to square one now. Here's my current hopefuls:
1) A Grizzly 6" jointer on craigslist. About all I know is that it has 2 blades and is about 15 years old, and these 2 pics.
2) Some Atlas jointer, coming up in 2 weeks at an auction. It looks hefty, and old..usually good traits in a jointer. I guess since I don't know Atlas I'd be worried about getting replacement parts or blades. And I'm guessing dust collection wasn't a big hit back then. (should I just give up on the DC dream for any older jointer/planer?)
3) For planers, there's a dewalt DW733 coming up next week.
Also, the auction with the Atlas has 2 massively huge planers as well (it's an old woodworking shop auction, apparently). But I'm a tad intimidated by them.
Finally, I'm being lured a bit to getting the http://www.amazon.com/Jet-JJP-10BTOS-10-Inch-Jointer-Planer/dp/B001O0D6OC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1280700734&sr=8-1. I've read several reviews of people using them, and they basically boil down to "it does the job", and while space really isn't an issue for me, being able to really kill 2 birds with 1 purchase is kinda appealing.
That's where I am in this quest. The good news is that my wife is really beginning to bug me about getting a planer.
I'm so grateful to kenbo for helping me get my wife addicted to scroll sawing because now that I'm supplying her with pieces from the firewood, she really wants them smoothed out before she starts cutting on them. Niiiice.