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Forum topic by Thuzmund posted 11-20-2016 05:01 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thuzmund

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11-20-2016 05:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walker turner jointer

Hi everyone,

I’m curious if anyone can provide info about an old 6” Walker Turner Jointer, serial number 12-240.

The internet says that several people have provided pictures of this serial number, but does nothing to date it or link to a model number. The serial number catalogues I have found seem to exclude this serial number. It is not in the ranges they provide, and otherwise they say sometimes the serial will indicate the year of production in the first two digits.

Mine looks like this:

I also have one more question. The cutter has 3 seemingly-identical pulley wheels attached. As in, three slots for a pulley, all the same diameter. This seems odd to me—completely unnecessary. Does anyone know why there are three pulley slots, instead of just one?

Thanks for any info you can share about this old tool. I really enjoy learning about vintage tools and machines, it is half the fun of owning them!

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 05:16 PM

http://vintagemachinery.org/. According to the brochure, the 3 belt drive was a feature to promote “efficiency and long life”.

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 08:26 PM

Haha, well that explains it. I think this is the link: http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/808/6120.pdf

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#3 posted 11-20-2016 08:27 PM

It’s either a model P908 (considered a ‘portable’) or model P910 (‘floor’ type) from sometime between 1940-1950. Back then, the serial number wasn’t really a unique number but more of a model designation. The one in question above is most likely a model P910 which included the “De Luxe” features such as the multiple groove drive pulley and dual purpose guard (as opposed to the more standard pork chop). You can see both in the WT catalog, such as this one from 1940. Manual can be found here.

1940 Catalog listing:

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 11-20-2016 08:33 PM

You’re fortunate to have the guard. Those are
nicely designed jointers.

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#5 posted 11-20-2016 08:43 PM

Thanks for the info guys! I suppose it was just odd that it wasn’t labelled with the model number, if that was the designation intended. I don’t think I’m the first person to ever ask about W-T serial numbers. I sure do appreciate the info and links. I’m still setting it up so I can only hope it works well. Looking forward to using that blade guard, as well.

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