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Forum topic by athomas5009 posted 03-28-2016 07:03 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question jointer

Well today I pretty much sealed the deal on my new jointer, well new to me that is. A member of my local WW guild announced he was selling his fully restored vintage JA Fay Egan 12” jointer from around 1910. I’ve seen it before and have always thought it was bueatiful but told myself my next jointer would be a new parallelogram helical jointer.

Well I viewed and gave it a test run earlier today. It ran great especially for being a 2 knife head. So I himhawed for a few and agreeded to buy it for 900$. The machine is full restored, good user but not musame resto, comes on a heavy roller base, sharp knifes and a remachined clamshell 2 knife head. I guess the danger with clam heads comes with age/use. Also has brand new Babbitt bearings so I’ll be set there for 20+ years.

So what do you think? It’s not a new 8” helical but it performs great, can always buy the head for 1000 down the road and it’s dead sexy. Pics attached.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.


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#1 posted 03-28-2016 07:47 PM

Having a 12” jointer is a luxury. Didn’t know there were any 2 knife head jointers. If it runs and cuts smoothly then it’s a good jointer. I have used different jointers; 8” Delta and Powermatic, and a 16” Oliver. Each had straight knives and they cut smooth and clean. I set my jointer to take 1/32” cut to prevent tear out. I wouldn’t spend more money for a helical head cutter.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 08:11 PM

Yeah after seeing it run I’m definetly in no hurry to up grade the head. The 2 blade heads got mostly phased out by the 20’s. They work the same just have to feed a lil slow. The 12” feature definetly wasn’t a must have for me but my thought was it would be nice so I kept my mind/ eye open for any deals. So I ended up finding one for 600 less than the grizzly I’ve been eyeing. It’s made 100 yrs and doesn’t miss a beat, the Grizz was prob a solid machine as well but I don’t think it will make it 100 plus.

What really sold me is that nostalgic feel I got looking at it. And the fact it’s ready to run.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 10:30 PM

I think you did better than good! what a beast huh? Now just curious…with a 2 knife set does the cutter spin faster than a 3 knife set (just a function of pulley sizes I think)? Congrats…

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 12:27 PM

It runs at 3500. Usually with a 2 knife head you just feed the stock a hair slower to allow for extra cuts. I read some where that you could also install different pullys to speed it up. But it’s not recommended unless the bearings are high grade and it’s set up properly. I’m just going to leave it as is. When I saw her in action it cut fine and only took a few seconds longer.

If you were in a production setting then the slower rate might be a hassle. If I every reached that point I’d just upgrade to the Byrd. But it’s amazing how smoothly she runs, almost vibration free, ear plugs are prob optional.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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