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02-15-2016 02:57 PM

I purchased a jointer at an auction yesterday. It will need new blades. I was hoping someone could identify it from these pictures. I would like the make/model and age if possible./Users/albertson/Desktop/IMG2861.JPG

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 06:07 PM

Your links don’t open…

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 07:22 PM

use the “img” icon to browse and add pictures. If ever adding pictures, always good idea to then “PREVIEW” button to ensure things are uploaded in their spots.

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#3 posted 02-15-2016 11:28 PM

Yes, we can’t see your desktop – you actually have to put the pictures online for anyone besides yourself to see them :)

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 02:07 AM

Here we go. I think these made it. Thanks for the help with the photos!

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 02:55 AM

2 more photos: backside and beneath.

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 03:02 AM

That think looks like it weighs a ton! They don’t make em like that anymore! A beast…

Is there any writing cast into it?

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 03:06 AM

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 03:29 AM

It doesn’t match any model I know of. The fence is similar to a lot of models from walker turner, to craftsman, to old rockwells. But the base is very different. Most older jointers have dovetailed ways for the beds, this one is a smaller jointer clearly but its beds are raised up off of the main casting. That is usually something only seen in larger jointers.

Try posting it at (old wood working machine forum) those guys will figure it out real quick.

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 01:37 PM

Looks like it had an oval badge – Sprunger? Think you need to just troll the jointer images over at the Vintage Machinery site.

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 09:36 PM

No writing or casting whatsoever anywhere. And d you’re right I think there is an outline of an oval badge. I’ll try Thanks so far guys!

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 09:48 PM

Why do you need a model number and make? All you need to do is take the old knives to a sharpener and ask them to make you a set of the same knives…. It’s so easy even a woodworker could do it…...... The knives are made from HHS, probably 1/8×3/4” x 4-6-or 8” depending on the cutter head. That’s all you need to do to replace the knives. No manuals needed. If you want to replace the bearings, remove the old ones, and go to a bearing house or auto parts store. It’s that simple…... D

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#12 posted 02-16-2016 10:13 PM

Why does he need a make? Because it’s a cool old piece of iron. You wouldn’t want to know what company it came from or the history? Of course he can get knives and pulleys, but it’s nice to have a reprint of the manual and know when the machine was made. Why not?

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#13 posted 02-16-2016 10:17 PM

Why do you need a model number and make?

If for nothing else, to get a manual and/or parts diagram.
Head on over to and scan through the jointer photos to see if you can ID it.


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#14 posted 02-17-2016 01:50 AM

Found it on – thanks for the tip Mr Unix. Here’s the quote from the site: “This 6” jointer was made and marketed by Backus Machine Company Power Tools of Boyd, Wisconsin. It is listed as having a 47” bed and SKF ball bearings. Backus appears to be one of the manufacturers of woodworking machines which sprung up after WWII. Backus advertised in the small print ads in the back of Popular Science from late 1947 through 1949. I have not found any reference to Backus after that period. Backus also made a 12” band saw, an 8” tilt top bench mount table saw, and a small spindle shaper.”

Might be tough to find a manual. A quick online search didn’t reveal any.

Thank you for the suggestion on the knives Jerry. I’ll do that. Looking forward to getting the thing cleaned up and put into use. Everything’s there and nothings locked up or stripped out or out of whack!

Thanks again everyone!

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#15 posted 02-17-2016 02:51 AM

Check out They don’t have it listed but you might contact them.

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