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Hate to put this here but i can’t figure out the blog . I have a chance to buy a 4” rockwell jointer like the one above for $100 and don’t know enough about them to know if it is worth it or not. Any help would be helpful.

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 12:34 AM

You know, I kinda like it. This jointer appears to have both adjustable outfeed and infeed tables, and a center locking fence. It appears that the guard is missing, and if so this is a serious negative.

You might place a straightedge over the infeed and outfeed to see if the tablrs are co-planer.

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 12:57 AM

That is an older Delta Rockwell 4” jointer on factory stand with casters. The parts alone are worth well over the $100 asking price. As for the usefulness of the jointer it depends on what you are planning to build. It is large enough for your needs? If so, go for it!! Without a good pic of the serial number its hard to tell the year. Just a ball park I would place it as late 50’s or early 60’s. The older Delta stuff is bullet proof and will last forever with a little tlc and maint. My shop is mostly older Delta, 60’s, and I love it and have sold all the new shiney plastic tools as a result.

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#3 posted 06-13-2010 01:24 AM

Just check the main functions of the jointer the both sides the in-feed and out feed work and as Biowa said if the guards gone that can be a big problem and a big safety hazard to run it with out one.

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#4 posted 06-13-2010 01:36 AM

Here is the stand [about 1/2 way down the page] And this looks close to being the manual , and this is close to the same age of jointer model 37-290 or this one – or this one

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#5 posted 06-13-2010 01:40 AM

if it’s to have it as a collectible – maybe.

if it’s to have a usable jointer – I’d opt to hold off and find at least a 6” jointer. I got my delta cast iron for $70. so there are good deals out there. personally I pretty much almost always flatten a face which is wider than 4” and know that a 4” jointer would really be limiting.

then again – it depends on what you do, and what you would use it for :)

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#6 posted 06-13-2010 03:03 AM

I have a model 37-290 and is really a sweet little jointer. I also have a 8” for face planing wider boards. I love the little 4” for working with smaller projects. The throat is smaller and I think it is somewhat safer especially for small boards. I agree you do need a guard but I think you could fashion one out of a piece of plywood that would work just fine. After looking at pic again it looks as if it does have a guard. Be sure to check all castings for breakage or cracks.
I don’t think most of these jointers recieved enough wear to hurt them very much.
It does look like it needs alot of work from the pics but it should cleanup very nice.
How is the motor and bearings in the cutterhead. I wish I had that factory stand. If everything looks sound I would go for it. You can’t get hurt at the price.
good luck

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#7 posted 06-13-2010 03:45 AM

Is that a “HomeCraft” model ? I just picked one up but it doesn’t have a model number , just a serial number on it. It needed bearings and I found them in CA for half the price including shipping than the locals could provide. Mine cleaned up really nice and is solid as a rock. If everything is in working order on that antique , I would buy it if it met my needs. As mentioned earlier , the throat is smaller than the 6” size and you can joint shorter stock with it more safely. The guard is available on ebay and other sources , so don’t let that stop you : )

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 04:55 AM

I’d buy it and fix anything that needs fixed. then decide if it’s what you need if not list on e-bay you can probly make money…......................Schloemoe

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#9 posted 06-13-2010 06:44 AM

I have one just like it in the restoration queue. Definitely worth $100 – original stand, casters, belt guard (all of which are missing on mine – so I guess its not just like it). This is a fine old piece of American Arn. It puts any recent 4” or even 6” jointer to shame. If you need to surface large boards, yeah look for a bigger… but if you just want to joint edges for gluing there ain’t no finer! Like others have commented here – adjustable infeed/outfeed, rugged cast iron construction and just a fine precision piece of machinery. They even blanchard ground both infeed/outfeed tables after assembly to make sure they were in perfect alignment.

Check out OWWM under Delta/Rockwell/Homecraft 37-290, but first, grab that puppy for $100!

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#10 posted 06-13-2010 01:27 PM

I just slowed down enough to reread your post…this isn’t the actual jointer that you want to purchase ?
A couple folks have mentioned “casters” , but all I can see are the feet on the stand in this photo. What if anything is missing or broken on the unit that you actually want to buy and is this one for sale ?

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 07:05 PM

The casters are inside the feet they can be raised and lowered via the teeter totters on the legs. Worth $100 probably “puts any recent 4” or 6” to shame” unlikely.My 6” Delta has adjustable infeed/outfeed tables,a 3 knife cutterhead decent dust collection,longer infeed/outfeed, and tables not pitted by 50 years of oxidation. Will it work? Think of it this way the boards you are jointing (even just the edge) should be no longer than 2x the length of the infeed/outfeed. That one looks like it is about 26”-30” so if the longest stock you work with is 5’ then it will probably work fine.If not buy it as an investment and get a new Powermatic 6” with the long beds.

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#12 posted 06-01-2011 02:22 AM

I have a 6 inch one that looks exactly like this one, minus the stand, and belt guard. It is a 40’s model and it works like a charm. They are a great peice of machinery.

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#13 posted 06-01-2011 05:03 AM

I have a friend that has a Rockwell 4” and he used it a limited amount. I didn’t understand that until I was working with him one day and I used it. His seems to turn too slowly. I think the sheaves are wrong or something like that. He finally bought a used Sears 6” and he likes it. So if he likes the Sears jointer better that tells you something. I didn’t care for the Rockwell at all. Just my opinion about 1 jointer.

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