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10-20-2016 02:40 AM

Can anyone shed some light on this older Delta/Rockwell planer? The current owner said he inherited it from his uncle who had a professional woodworking shop on the 1950’s and 60’s. The base looks like it was replaced later though. Any help would be appreciated, as his price seems fair enough at $125.

Thanks a lot, can’t wait to be a part of the forum!


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#1 posted 10-20-2016 02:46 AM

Got a serial number? And yes, that is not the factory base :)
Off hand, I’d say it looks like the Delta 37-290 4” jointer from around that time period.


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Brad

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 03:29 AM

From an ex Rockwell employee, if it works buy it, you will not get anthing better for your $.
P.S. Dont be fooled by current Rockwell tools either its not the original Rockwell

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 03:38 AM

If you are happy with a 4” then go for it. I’m kind of an 8” minimum person.

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 04:15 AM

Thanks everyone, and yes that does look similar, minus the base of course. The owner says it is a 6” though, but I will try clarify. Sounds like it’s a good deal though, so I’ll probably make the drive to go check it out at least.

Thanks again!

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#5 posted 10-20-2016 05:48 PM

It looks exactly like my vintage 6” Delta jointer. It’s a solid machine, buy it.

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#6 posted 10-20-2016 05:53 PM

Short bed jointer c. 1960s. Walker-Turner/Sears
had one that is virtually the same proportions.

I think the bed is 36” instead of the 42” or 48”
more common on new 6” jointers these days.

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#7 posted 10-20-2016 06:13 PM

It looks exactly like my vintage 6” Delta jointer. It’s a solid machine, buy it.
- muleskinner

I think the bed is 36” instead of the 42” or 48”
more common on new 6” jointers these days.
- Loren

If it’s the 37-290 4” jointer, it (according to the catalog) only has a 27-1/4” table length. The 6” jointer of that time period, and I’m using the 1959 catalog as a reference, was 42.5” long. The 6” jointer also had table adjustment handwheels on the front of the machine, not cranks under the beds like the one shown. Pork chop guard is also mounted differently between the two. Would make it easier to determine if the date was known (via the serial number).

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 10-20-2016 07:09 PM

Thanks again everyone. I am still waiting for model/serial number info. I do know that the current owner said that he made that base to help make it portable as well as more efficient in dust collection. Pretty sure I am going to move on it though…it’s between this and an older taiwan-made Jet 3/4 hp JJ-6CS for $300. Not sure of the age on that either.

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#9 posted 10-20-2016 08:43 PM

As long as I am asking questions, any opinion on this Jet JJ-6CS ($300) vs. the Rockwell above for $125? The Jet is purportedly in like new condition

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#10 posted 10-20-2016 09:03 PM



As long as I am asking questions, any opinion on this Jet JJ-6CS ($300) vs. the Rockwell above for $125? The Jet is purportedly in like new condition

- jigbim

Personally, I’d prefer the longer bed on the Jet. It looks like it’s in decent shape but $300 might be a bit steep. Maybe there’s room for negotiation.

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#11 posted 10-21-2016 12:41 AM

Ok, serial number is 84-4940 for the Rockwell jointer. Does that help with an ID?

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#12 posted 10-21-2016 01:08 AM

Dang, older than I thought – that does make it a 6” jointer, made in 1950! Delta only offered one jointer in 1950, the model #37-207:

It’s a solid jointer and IMO a pretty good price for it. It’s one of those lasts a lifetime tools.

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 10-21-2016 01:13 AM

Thanks so much, I really appreciate the info. Sounds like I’ll be picking up a new tool!

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#14 posted 01-30-2017 11:26 PM

I think I have a circa 1961 Rockwell jointer, can anyone confirm it’s vintage.

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#15 posted 01-30-2017 11:32 PM

6 inch shortbed. If you plan on doing long boards you MAY want to look for the longbed version. You could buy a jointer back then without a motor or stand, so the home made stand doesn’t really mean anything.

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