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07-13-2016 11:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

I am in the market for a jointer and found a Delta 37-315 8” one come up on CL. It looks to have very little rust, but the person that has it doesn’t know if it runs. He thinks it may be 3 phase, so he has no way of testing it. How much should I offer for a jointer that I can’t test run? What’s the worst case i guess, new bearings and a motor? If it’s 3 phase I can get a cheap VFD from work and run it off 220VAC.


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#1 posted 07-13-2016 01:35 PM

I doubt it’s 3 phase. Most likely single phase 120/240V. The motor should have a data label showing what it is. What to offer is a hard call. What’s the asking price on it?

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 05:40 PM

He is asking $300. The craigslist post says “not sure of power needed motor in lower cabinet”. I emailed him asking what he meant by that and his response was. “motor may be 230 or 177 3 phase, not sure of power needs, have not looked for or found tag on motor”.

I asked if he could snap a picture of the motor for me and am still waiting for a response. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from me so I can’t easily just stop by. I said in my email if it had a motor that ran I would give him the full $300, if he can’t verify it runs I was thinking $250.

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 05:47 PM

I’d pay no more than $200 if motor doesn’t run. Don’t offer the asking price out of the gate. Most people don’t expect to get the full asking price. Kinda to late for this advice since you already said you’d pay the $300 if running.

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 06:00 PM

I jumped on the $300 offer quick because 8” jointers rarely come up in my area for reasonable prices and seem to disappear fast. I left him a voicemail, so hopefully he calls me back.

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 06:25 PM

smart move, 8” jointers are hard to get anywhere for only $300. Sometimes deals are so good its easy to pay the asking price. Its a delta, you should be fine. Good Lock!

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 06:26 PM

I hear you. It’s easy for me to say not to offer the asking price since I’m not in the market for it.

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 06:27 PM

The basic machine without a stand/base is a 37-315… add the enclosed steel stand and it becomes a 37-317, or the enclosed cast iron stand and it becomes a 37-316. The motors offered for the machine in the 1959 catalog were 3/4, 1 and 1.5hp, and both single and three phase options were available – so there is a good chance that machine may be three phase. The single phase motors could be run on 120v or 240v, three phase was 208-220v or 440v. Just for reference, the machine was offered as a complete package (jointer, stand and motor and switch) with a 1hp motor. For a single phase machine w/steel stand, it was considered a 37-341, w/cast iron stand a 37-331. For three phase, w/steel stand was a 37-343 and w/cast iron stand a 37-333.

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 07-14-2016 12:13 AM

Just got pictures. It’s a 3 phase 1.5hp on the sheet metal base. Still haven’t got the guy on the phone though.

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#9 posted 07-14-2016 12:58 AM

Some people, my self included prefer text message or email.

It seems like the guy will respond to text or email, ask when would be a good time to come check it out & that you already went to the bank…. It works for me… Before buying it you could check the head by removing the belt & spinning it. Its a 8”, I am currently looking for one. I found a delta commercial unit posted yesterday for $750 (a good deal) but its 100 miles away & a bit more than I want to spend.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#10 posted 07-15-2016 06:18 PM

He seems to want to work over email but isn’t super timely on responses. I offered him $200 since I will need a motor or VFD. Crossing my fingers.

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#11 posted 07-17-2016 11:37 PM

Picked it up today! Not as heavy as I thought. Got it for $275. Knives are a little knicked up but the cutter turns freely. I’be got a guy that runs an electric motor shop near me and I’ll see if he has anything single phase I can swap in.

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#12 posted 09-08-2016 09:41 PM

I have that same model as a 3-Phase and as a 1-phase. I used parts from the 3-phase to get the 1-phase running. But now the transformer (D50833-91) burned up. Found another and replaced, but something else must be wrong. Let me know how you end up wiring yours to get it to run. Tracking down parts is getting harder to find. Any help would be appreciated. I had it running with a 3/4 HP Motor and have a 1-1/2 HP if needed.

Thank you.

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#13 posted 09-22-2016 03:05 AM

DsrtLeeRacer, that is definitely a different contractor from the one I have so I can’t really help you there. Have you checked the motor? You should be able to bypass the starter and direct wire the motor to a plug just to test it. I would poke around on OWWM a bit, there is a lot of information on there about magnetic start switches and diagnosing issues.

I still haven’t gotten around to wiring mine. The insulation on the wiring of the contractor is totally shot so I will have to rewire the whole things. I have a nearly brand new 3hp Leeson 1PH motor that I picked up for next to nothing I will be putting in once I get some time freed up.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good mobile base for this thing? Are the Portamate units worth the price?

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#14 posted 11-10-2016 02:18 AM

An update. Slowly but surely I’m getting it running. I replaced the 3 phase motor with a 3hp Leeson 1 phase I found for $100. Overkill, but it was the correct rpm and frame size and cheap. Rewired the contractor for single phase replacing the overloads with ones sized for the new motor. Polished and waxed the table, fence, and cutterhead. Sharpened the blades. Next up is to install a 240V circuit and find the correct belt. Crossing my fingers that the contactor works.

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#15 posted 11-26-2016 10:42 PM

Still moving slow. I got the 240v outlet installed today and the jointer fired right up. Now all I gotta do is set the knives. I checked the table for parallel and they are great. All the table cranks and fence adjustments move beautifully. So far I’ve got about $450 into the machine. Not bad considering I was looking at dropping $1200 on a new Jet 8”. This one has it beat handily in the fit and finish department.

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