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Posted on Newby needs help getting my new (used) jointer fixed

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 09:04 PM

I should have listened to my mentor when he told me to never by used tools.

I wouldn’t listen to him if he says stuff like that! Older equipment is generally over-built and bullet proof, not like the new plastic and thin stamped steel disposable stuff sold today. You just happened to draw the short straw on yours this time.. which happens occasionally even on new stuff.

Mig welding cast iron? I didn’t think that was really possible.

Not only possible, but very common.. cracked cast iron engine blocks are repaired that way all the time. I’ve welded engine blocks, table saw tables, machine bases/stands and various other cast parts just fine. As long as you don’t heat it up too much (make small tacks and let it cool between them instead of using long beads) you should not have a problem. Here is an example of a jointer table top that I mig welded:

That just happens to be on my little ~300 pound 6” jointer that was built in 1954! Built like a tank, works as well or better than when it was made over 50 years ago and will probably continue doing so long after I’m gone. I would not even try going the JB weld route.. from experience, it just doesn’t hold up well at all.


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