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AZWoody

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11-22-2017 01:42 AM

Well, I finally got it finished. I had posted a while back when 2 jointers arrived to my shop. One was a 16” and the other a 20”
It took a while to get the free time to get it all done but I finally got it all broken down, repainted and upgraded the cutterhead to a custom spiral head from Hermance Machine Company in Pennsylvania.

I’ll do this in 2 posts. This first post will have the original photos of the machine.

It is from Buss Machine Works. I am still researching model numbers, etc but this is pretty close to 100 years old, if not more.

Here is the before photos…



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#1 posted 11-22-2017 01:58 AM

looks like a big model of the USS Enterprise, minus the tower :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#2 posted 11-22-2017 02:14 AM

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 02:17 AM

and I thought my restorations were impressive

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#4 posted 11-22-2017 02:20 AM



and I thought my restorations were impressive

- Holbs

They really are. I’ve seen your work. I am able to cheat though. I have employees, plus front loaders, pressure washer and a sand blaster, haha.

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#5 posted 11-22-2017 02:23 AM

That’s awesome I’ve never used a hermance head did they say what the max depth cut is? Looks like a very big gap in between the infeed and the head. Maybe the table is slide back?
I like the blade guard much more than a pork chop.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 11-22-2017 02:27 AM



That s awesome I ve never used a hermance head did they say what the max depth cut is? Looks like a very big gap in between the infeed and the head. Maybe the table is slide back?
I like the blade guard much more than a pork chop.

- Aj2

I have the table back to show the cutterhead better. It closes in pretty close. I believe equal to what the outfeed is set at. I have not asked what the max depth is as I rarely take much on a jointer but there are very large channels in front of each row of cutters that could handle quite a lot of chips.

One thing that was an added bonus was they sent a torque wrench along with the corresponding torx socket needed to install each of cutter.

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#7 posted 11-22-2017 02:57 AM



That s awesome I ve never used a hermance head did they say what the max depth cut is? Looks like a very big gap in between the infeed and the head. Maybe the table is slide back?
I like the blade guard much more than a pork chop.

- Aj2

Also, on the blade guard, I really, really like this one. As the board is fed through, it floats up and over the top so it never moves out of position. It just rises and does not get in the way.

For edge jointing, then it can be pulled out a bit to the side to give way for the board to ride along the fence.
The 20” has a porkchop guard and I have no idea how to manage a slab that wide and use the guard. It seems a bit dangerous to try to work around it as it is all the way in the open position. I feel I would be leaning over and really reaching off balance to try to put the pressure on the outfeed side.

Here’s 2 more pics of the guard in different positions. The first is it raised up, as if a board is going underneath. The other is from the back side where you can see it swung out for edge jointing.

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#8 posted 11-22-2017 02:38 PM

Awesome!!!

-- Pete

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#9 posted 11-22-2017 08:28 PM

That’s awesome Charles!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 11-22-2017 08:34 PM

My gawd …. drool …..

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#11 posted 11-22-2017 08:44 PM

Wow! You turned that machine from an anchor for an aircraft carrier into a magnificent wood cutting, sawdust making cast iron beast! Nice job!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 09:44 PM

That is absolutely amazing!

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#13 posted 11-22-2017 09:50 PM

Wow! Nice! I mean, keeping old American iron going: Really nice.

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