I picked up this jointer for $55 at a live in person auction. No one else wanted it much because it came in pieces (many probably did not even know it was a jointer) as you can see below. What I found odd, was there were no handwheel components and misc items just simply….gone. Who takes apart a jointer? And why removed components? Mystery unsolved.
I “thought” easy replacements parts from eReplacement website. Not the case. I contacted Loma Tools, where after internet research, were the last GeeTech distributors in the USA. They put me in contact with Oliver Machinery. I still do not understand the relationship between GeeTech, Loma Tools, and Oliver Machinery. Something about a single person having good contacts with the Taiwan manufacturing industry for replacement parts. Due to summer events going on, Judy at Oliver machinery had events (show & tell at conventions). So the parts would be slow coming. After 2 months, the parts arrived. Eh…about $120 in parts and $100 shipping (I am sure there were some profit margins in place so did not make a fuss). I had to get the cutter guard and 1 hand wheel, for example. The parts arrived this week. So now ready to begin.
I de-constructed my Rigid 13” Planer / 6” Rockwell Delta jointer fliptop mobile carcass and reused the bottom frame for this jointer’s mobile cart.
and now… everyone’s favorite… Rust Removal time!! whoopie! I have not figured out how to remove this extensive of rust on a 32” x 8” piece of iron. Either make dams or flip it upside down and let soak in the EvapoRust like I did with my Jet 15” planer beds.
I’ll start this restoration project today or tomorrow. I’m just glad to have upgraded from my dinky 6” jointer which has served me well, to 32” long infeed and outfeed tables and an easier dependable fence system.
-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter