8" Woodtek Restore #1: Great Deal from Craigslist

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Blog entry by s2h posted 10-21-2012 05:46 AM 1530 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of 8" Woodtek Restore series Part 2: Restore Complete. Or 95% Complete anyway »

I bought this jointer on Craigslist for $160 delivered! It was in need of some TLC, but wanted to check it out to see if it was fundamentally okay. When I went to see it, I took a close look at the flatness of the table and it still looked great despite the surface rust.

I spent some time with some BP blaster and some scotchbrite pads, and turned up with this.

and this

I took the spindle apart and found the bearings nearly siezed on both sides.

I found the part numbers and ordered replacement bearings and knives.

I still plan on taking the table tops on each side off, and cleaning the dovetail joints and crank mechanisms. I will remove the paint and put some color scheme on there. I haven’t decided if it is going to be the original scheme or something new yet.

More to come!

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 12:14 PM

good job

-- Joel

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 02:41 PM

You have come a long ways on having a great machine.
Have you thought about getting the Byrd Co. Sheiix cutters. I think your new Bearings will work. Maybe Grizzly still has the size you need on sale. The people at Byrd are great to work with. I changed to the Sheiix cutters on my Jointer and thickness Planer and now they are a joy to use. I wished I had found them years earlier.
I looked up the 8” cutter head Grizzly to see what the price is. These cutters are much quieter than the knifes and puts less load on the motor.
H7765 8" Shelix Cutterhead $385.00 This is the price
Grizzly Tell your wife you would like the cutter head for early Christmas.

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 01:14 AM

Thanks for the tip Bigrock. I found the bearings through Amazon. For the bearings, I believe that the grease was a combination of completely worn out and clogged up with wood chips. This makes sense because the standard bearings were the shielded kind, which doesn’t positively seal the grease from wood chips. I bought replacement bearings of the same size, but sealed instead of shielded. For the Woodtek they are the same size on both ends (they are different sizes on the Grizzly version)
The sealed versions require a little bit more power, but will keep all that dust and grime out of the bearings.

The knives I also purchased on Amazon (much cheaper than through the Woodtek website). I would like to get a helical cutter, but want to keep this restore cost as low as posslbe just to see what it takes :)

I plan on restoring the spindle and balancing it for smooth operation.

I also am thinking about sanding and painting with Rustoleum based on comments from this thread, but again don’t know what color.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 01:24 AM

You’re doing good!

... big job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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