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Rockwell / Delta 37-220 Value / Advice

by Raamiah
posted 01-13-2017 02:28 PM


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smitdog

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#1 posted 01-13-2017 02:58 PM

I have this model, it’s a nice jointer with the longer bed than the standard Delta 6”. I got mine in decent shape for $175 but it had the crappy open stand, that one has a fairly sturdy looking closed base which is nice even though it’s not the vintage Delta “potbelly” style. If it is in good shape, all parts are there, minor surface rust, strong motor, good bearings and the bed is nice and flat, I’d go max $200-250. If you take the jointer off of the base you could easily put it in the back of an SUV with the back seat down. On the stand, you’d have to measure, it’s about 43” long so depending on your opening you might be able to get it in.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 03:05 PM

Serial number places it as a 1944 model, but that doesn’t jive with the picture. The badge on the front is the rockwell ‘inverted peace sign’, which was introduced around 1973 and used until Pentair bought them in 1984. They also didn’t offer that base in 1944, only the open leg and cast iron ones were available. I’d double check the S/N. Figure another $100 or so for parts (bearings, belts, knives, whatever else). $300 is not an unreasonable price, but not a great one either. I’d be looking at those Unisaws they are asking $450 for as well. If any are three phase, add in another $150-$200 for a VFD. Use the neglected condition as a negotiation point.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Raamiah

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 03:11 PM

Thanks for the responses. I see now they have added prices. Those were not there originally. And yeah, I’d love to have one of the Unisaws but I don’t have the power for it and I have no ability to add it. Will have to give it a lot of thought at $300. This being my first experience with a jointer (and honestly trying to restore these types of machines in general) I want to be sure I insulate myself and make sure my risk is reasonable.

Brad,

Could you link where you found the serial number? I looked on vintage machinery and couldn’t find it. I could have missed it though.

Thanks,

Matthew

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 03:19 PM

The Delta Vintage Project - Part One: Serial Numbers

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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bigJohninvegas

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 03:21 PM

I think $200 would be the max I would go on it. Like Brad says, add another $100 to rebuild. Jointers are pretty simple machines. If the tables are flat the rest can be cleaned or replaced easy enough. I like the mini max band saw myself. However I feel $1500 is just crazy over priced.

-- John

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Raamiah

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 04:57 PM

After some thought, I politely offered $150. Given my experience level with this, the amount of work potentially needing to be done, etc I had to limit my risk. He has others looking at purchasing the whole lot and said he would circle back with me should that fall through. I wished him the best of luck regardless of whether he works with me or not. At half his asking price, I completely understand if he can’t do the deal.

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