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Forum topic by Rockytop posted 09-19-2016 04:55 PM 189 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2016 04:55 PM

So, i just found an old Rockwell manufacturing( i believe to be Delta) jointer. He has it listed as a planer on craigslist but it’s a jointer. Anyway, I’m trying to find out if I’ll be able to but parts before driving acc hour and half to look at it. He gave a serial no of az1801 but couldn’t find the model. Anyway, with that info, i can’t find ANYTHING. Question is, for those who know about the older tools, will I be able to get parts as needed, such as knives?

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 05:09 PM

Knives and bearings shouldn’t be an issue IMO. A jointer is a pretty simple machine as long as youre not messing with dovetailed ways or a replacement cutter head. Have you tried

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 05:27 PM

According to the serial number, it was made in 1954, at which time they offered two jointers – a 6” and and 8”. Both are solid machines and were the basis for many asian clones. The 6” model would be a 37-205 (cast iron base) or 37-207 (open steel base). 8” model would be a 37-300 (jointer alone) or a 37-301 with a cast iron base. Both sold without the motor or switch, which were optional. Knives and bearings, as mentioned, are pretty generic and easily obtained.


PS: Delta = Rockwell. Rockwell bought Delta in 1945 and they owned it until sold to Pentair in 1984.

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 05:54 PM

Thanks to both replies. I’ll go check it out! Sounds like i may have found a good deal. Thanks for all the extra info MrUnix! Should make things in the future easier to find!

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