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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Jointer: DOA or good find

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Brad Buchanan

03-22-2013 12:04:53




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Hey everyone! I have been wanting a good jointer for a long while and after bidding on several ones I finally won this one in a GSA auction.

So the wife and I piled into the Guppie, her brand new Ford Focus and headed for Harrisburg PA.
I brought enough tools to take the critter apart (I thought).

We arrived and I found that the major parts of the machine were put together with allen head cap screws and I never thought to bring those sockets.

So, after much sweating, tugging and pinched fingers I was able to fit the machine into the rear of the car with some help from a couple of fellows from the depot (who were great) and we were on our way.

Unloading was a breeze with a forklift (thanks Glennster) and I started cleaning the rust off. It is missing the fence and some of the accessory points are broken off the castings but the tables cleaned up nice.

So for $99.00 did I get a deal or am I just spinnin' my wheels?

As usual all comments are welcome, pro or con.

Thanks, Brad

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36 coupe

03-23-2013 15:48:45




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
The first thing you should make or find is a blade guard that swings over the knife end that is exposed when stock narrower than 8 inches is run over the jointer..A friend got a small jointer with the guard missing.I sharpened the blades.I told him not to run it until he got a guard on it.He used it without a guard and lost a half inch off his ring finger.You could have bought a running used jointer for 2 or 300.00.This is a good example of false economy.

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oldfarmtractor

03-23-2013 05:48:03




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
Those GSA auctions are great. The state ones are pretty good also. I will be on my way to pick up a couple laser printers on Monday.



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Russ from MN

03-22-2013 18:59:26




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
If the motor is any good its worth $100! I just got new bearings for my 40 year old Delta today, $10.50 for both. Bearings will always be available, the fence might be a problem.



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Brad Buchanan

03-22-2013 19:08:50




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Russ from MN, 03-22-2013 18:59:26  
Hey Russ.

The cutterhead turns with some resistance and I sprayed some penetrating oil on the outside of the bearings.

The motor runs and I am inclined to make a temporary mount and spin the cutterhead up and see what happens.

Any thoughts?

Brad



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Russ from MN

03-22-2013 20:30:11




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 19:08:50  
I would replace the bearings, if they damage the shaft or the housings it could be expensive! Mine is only a 4 1/2" Delta but its a good old all cast iron one. It started sounding funny the other day in the middle of a job and when I took it apart one bearing felt pretty bad. I took one shield out of it and put some grease in it to finish the job. I could of gotten china bearings for $1 but it would of taken 3 weeks, NAPA got them for me in 1 day and it was $10.50, I'm sure these are china bearings too but what are you going to do!

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rabbit

03-22-2013 18:45:34




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
Probably can fabricate a fence out of a nice slab of wood, and some home made brackets.



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CH(Upstate,NY)

03-22-2013 14:08:38




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
If the cutter head bearings are good and the table is true it looks like a good deal. Hope you can find a good used fence (one of the most important parts). They're no longer available at searsparts. Welcome to the club, I can't get the table collar for my drill press. Anybody need a floor drill press with no table?



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NCWayne

03-22-2013 23:03:35




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to CH(Upstate,NY), 03-22-2013 14:08:38  
Hey, I've got a buddy looking for one that has a removable head. He wants to take the head off the column and put it back on upside down in order to drive a sanding disc for his blacksmith work. If you can do that with your's let me know. I don't know what shipping to NC would be, but let me know if your interested in selling and if the cost is right to him 'll hook you two up. My email is open.

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GordoSD

03-22-2013 16:12:24




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to CH(Upstate,NY), 03-22-2013 14:08:38  
A friend tipped my press over and broke the table mount casting. I did some measuring, looked at some parts diagrams online and found that a Grizzly would work. I bought the press in Japan in 1972. Brought it back on an aircraft carrier with a couple of Hondas in their crates. What diameter is your press column, and what size is the table spindle. I have a spare table here.



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glennster

03-22-2013 13:45:23




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
looks like a good find brad!!!! glad the fork lift is workin out for ya!!!



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dr sportster

03-22-2013 12:56:15




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 Re: Jointer: DOA or good find in reply to Brad Buchanan, 03-22-2013 12:04:53  
When a hand held power tool cost 200-300 bucks I figure any machine that sits on shop floor space is easily worth the same.



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