|Forum topic by Will Merrit||posted 07-05-2016 08:50 PM||373 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
07-05-2016 08:50 PM
You ever had one of those times when something too good to be true just jumps in your lap. Well 2016 has been that year for me and my shop. First off I was GIVEN a 1970 8” Rockwell Jointer with the long beds. All it needed was a motor and I already had one. I cleaned it up, repainted it and use it weekly. It was given to me by a man that can no longer use it. Then, this past weekend I was GIVEN this Model 66 Powermatic with a fairly new 2hp Belador single phase motor….again not a thing wrong with it. All I had to do was move it to my shop (which was a chore). Me and the boys couldn’t get it alone and the old man who gifted it to me couldnt lift. So I had my oldest boy drive the 4-wheeler down to the location 1/2 mile and we drug it back on a plywood sled across the asphalt. Just as we pulled it to its spot by the shop the hole broke through the strap, perfect timing.
Then the refurb began. All of the bearings seemed tight, the ways were cleaned along with all of the gears and teeth. After cleaning I rubbed those all down with some Johnsons Paste Wax and called the guts good, she tilts and moves up and down with one finger to the wheel now. Then I began sanding the cabinet and got it all taped then applied the paint. This is a 1969 model that was green without the white stripe so painting went on easy. Then for the top, I had removed it previously, I got it almost to a mirror finish and called it good. Called over some friends who brought beer and we moved it in the shop, screwed the top on and here she sits. Right beside my 10” Grizzly contractor saw that I do love, but now it will take second place to this beast.
Any input would be helpful, thanks.