Old Delta 6" jointer

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Forum topic by Bluepine38 posted 08-22-2010 07:57 PM 3245 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2010 07:57 PM

Was out running around and there was this sign by the side of the Stuff for Guys sale. Could not resist.
there was an old Delta 6” jointer on a rickety wooden stand with a 1/3 hp motor and and old and solid
Sears molding machine with a 1 hp 11.4 amp electric motor, $50.00 each or both for 99.99. I forgot to
collect my penny change and loaded them both into my pickup, thinking if nothing else I could put the
1 hp motor on the jointer. I know the motor would sell for more than $100 on Ebay. A fellow wood
worker wants the molder so I may have to get another motor for the jointer. It looks like the old
model 37-305 and 37-307, except both of those were sold with a stand. Stamped on a plate was
Model 2-961. From experience with an almost new 1950 era Delta Lathe (it is younger than I am) I
am aware that tracing this type of model number is an exercise in futillity for me. Can anyone out
there help me with getting exact model and operating instructions on this machine. I have not even
started on the Craftsman molder yet. Thank you for any help.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 01:07 AM

hi there.
definitely check out

they have extensive registries of all these old tools, and all the forum members can set you straight on whatever you need, too.

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 05:13 AM

Checked with them and they do not have anything listed on this machine, thank you for the thought.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 01:20 AM

I have the same problem—just inherited a jointer from a family member. No serial #s, most of the little plates, except the depth indicator, missing. Think I have one of the two models you listed. I’ve been trying to find some kind of parts diagram or something to ID it by eye. Let you know if you find anything. If you find something… please keep me in mind.

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 01:29 AM

Try ereplacementparts. Theyve got a lot of decent info.

-- "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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#5 posted 01-08-2013 06:54 AM

I wonder if that Sears molder is the Foley-Belsaw (6” width?). It may have a universal motor, which would not be my choice to put on your jointer.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 07:14 AM

If you can find a patent number on the thing anywhere plug it into Google patents. Not an instruction manual, but usually you can get a decent working drawing that way. And often by seeing who filed the patent you can figure out some more abut it. I bought a ‘J-line’ jointer as a garage sale a while back. Turns out J Line was an in-house brand of another company, Broadhead Garret that marketed the machines to schools, and probably manufactured by yet another company.

Anyway my point is that the jumping off point was actually a patent date stamped on the jointer fence.

-- Ted

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 03:20 PM

I’d say you’re looking for something in the 1930’s. Delta started keeping records of their serial numbers in 1941 starting with serial number 13-0000.

Here a couple of potentially useful links:
Pre-1941 6” Jointers

If your old Delta Jointer is anything like my old Delta Drill Press, Lathe, and Bandsaw getting a manual close the year (a decade) is often times close enough. Here are a couple I found:
6” Jointer Manuals
1943 –
1949 –

Lastly you can look at their OLD catalogs here:
Select “General Line catalogs” under Filter by publication type, then you can click on “Pub Date” can that will filter those catalogs from oldest to newest.

If you have specific questions go to (not .com). That is their forum site. Those guys have knowledge about this stuff that is baffling and can get you through an tune up and repair.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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