|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 07-10-2015 10:11 PM||692 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-10-2015 10:11 PM
I’ve been negotiating with the owner of a circa 1905 12” jointer (American WW machinery co).
I haven’t gone out to look at the machine yet. It is in need of a new motor, so I won’t be able to see it actually joint some wood.
Claims the bearings (“babbits”) have been “re-poured” (near as I can tell from my googling, this basically means the bearings have been re-manufactured to more or less new).
Supposedly has a 3 knife cutter head. Don’t know what condition the knives are in. Anybody know if I would be able to retrofit some new knives into this ancient beast without replacing the whole cutter head? Also, would it require major machining to take a modern helical head and make it work in such a machine?
If/when I go out to look at this thing, what all should I do to thoroughly kick the tires? (as I said, won’t be able to run it)
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.