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Blog entry by stuk4x4 posted 03-10-2010 10:29 PM 1533 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made what I feel to be a great buy on Craigslist today. For $25 I purchased a 6 inch jointer. After geting it home and pulling the Model number off it I was able to find out some specifics and even track a parts listing down. It is in OK shape, so I need to clean it up and mount the motor to it. The jointer itself is mounted to a very sturdy cabinet that is also mounted on casters. having it mounted on casters is a huge plus for me as I have limited space and am always moving stuff around in the shop. It is a solid cabinet and will be cutting a door and adding shelves for storage. The motor is a 1725 rpm GE motor. I was really hoping for a 1750 but will make due for $25! I was reading the operating instructions that i found online and they stated that 4500 rpm is the best speed. I have to measure the motor pully to see if it is going to get me where I need to be. I was planning on getting a link belt to use for power transfer between the motor and machine. Has anybody used these and are the reliable? Stay tuned to see how this turns out.
Thanks for looking
Walt

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!



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jm82435

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 10:47 PM

I have never heard anyone say anything bad about link belts, they seem to be the way to go. To be a true gloat, we need pictures rubbed on our noses. You know what they say; “pictures – or it didn’t happen”...

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 11:32 PM

That sounds like a very good deal. I coubt the torque difference will mean a whole lot and certainly not for $25. Besides, you might pick up a 1750 for little $$$ also.

-- jstegall

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 01:25 AM

I have a 6” craftsman jointer circa about 1980 or so. It’s handled a ton of wood, mostly red oak and does a super job.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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stuk4x4

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 01:27 AM

jm82435- Like you I have not heard anything bad about the link belts, but always like to research stuff. I will be posting pictures in the morning.

John- Your right I probably will not see much diffirence in the 1725, however I am going to have to research the pulley sizes to make sure I am getting as close to the right rpm as possible.

Walt

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 03:41 AM

I have link belts on my table saw and band saw. They work great. Reduce vibration and you don’t have “memory” as in your standard v-belts so this cuts down on the vibs.

I had one of the Craftsman 6 inchers. It worked great. The only drawback on the model I had was that the outfeed table was fixed and made setting the knives a little harder to set. I sold it and replaced with a Delta model that has movable tables on both ends. Now granted I have to set my Delta outfeeds about every other time I use it because I have to move it around in the shop because of my limited space. But for $25, you got a GREAT DEAL.

Did you get it from a little ole widow woman that only used it on Sunday? :^)

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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stuk4x4

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 06:14 PM

Well I spent about an hour this morning cleaning up my new “toy” and now posting progress thus far. I will update all the ends and outs of this morning later this afternoon. For pictures please check them out under projects. I am still trying to figure out how to upload them to the blog. Thanks for looking.
Walt

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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stuk4x4

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 05:39 PM

No work on the Jointer today as we are out of town. Hope to order a Link belt today. Once that is received I will go to work mounting the motor. After looking on line quite a bit I did determine that this particular model was manufactured between 1947 and 1959. Thanks to owwm.com this is a really good site if you are into old tools. Hope everyone has a good weekend.
Walt

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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stuk4x4

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#8 posted 03-16-2010 03:07 AM

I am now awaiting the Link Belt, then it is on to mounting the motor. I plan to work on the cabinet tommorow, hopefully get the shelves and motor mount in work. I did get a little work done today on getting the fence trued up. That turned out to be very easy, as it appears the face and fence are not damage at all.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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