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09-20-2018 03:57 PM

I am a new member looking for advice, thanks in advance! For sale in my area, but not super close is a Walker Turner jointer. it has a blade guard which I know is a good thing and it’s a bit rusty and I’m not worried about that, but it is missing it’s motor. My questions are is it relatively easy to find a motor and pulley to match up with this, and does the motor mount to the jointer itself, or to a base the jointer would sit on, either metal or wood? With no motor is it worth the $100 they are asking? Like everyone I’m on a budget, but if I could get a really solid jointer for $200 or so all together that would be amazing. Thanks for any advice.Pictures below.


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#1 posted 09-20-2018 04:16 PM

WT made excellent machines. But I don’t think that’s a 6” jointer. It looks like a model 715, which is a 4” model. E.g.:
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=18210

I’d pass on this one. $100 and you’ll still need to buy a motor and pulley. So you’re probably looking at $150 at least for a 4” jointer that still needs to be restored.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 04:29 PM

Thanks @shampeon that’s exactly what I needed to know!

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 07:46 PM

It would be a nice intro restoration project. I’d offer more like $60 and go to $80. Keep in mind it probably needs bearings. Tell them that. If it is missing ANY parts, emphasize that. You probably won’t be able to find parts if it is missing them. If you are not comfortable finding and replacing the bearings, better to skip it. Otherwise go for it!

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 08:37 PM

The picture looks more like a 6” than a 4” to me. (easy to confirm with the seller) Motors are no big deal and can be bought at HF or Northern for sub $100. You will need at least 1.5 horsepower. Bearings are easy to test too so just see how well it spins. It will sit on a base that you can build with lumber and casters. This is a solid and classic machine that is a bit of a rare find.

The question then becomes price and need. Do you already have a table saw and a miter saw? A jointer is down the list a ways for a functional wood shop. This is classic cast iron and once you rehab it you will have a solid piece of equipment.
Good luck.

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#5 posted 09-20-2018 08:51 PM

The knobs are the indicator, to me. Compare it to the other 6” Driver Line jointers, and the only ones with that fence attachment have handwheels to adjust the tables.
http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=808&tab=4

I think it’s P915 4” jointer from 1935 or so.
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/808/374.pdf

It’s a nice machine, but if you’re serious about using a jointer, you’re going to want at least a 6” jointer, IMO. I’m pretty sure this model does have standard bearings, however.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 09-20-2018 08:54 PM

Or a 715. http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=15581

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 09-20-2018 08:59 PM

For a cool vintage jointer, this one is a good price, with the art deco base:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/tls/d/6-delta-jointer-cast-iron-base/6671817479.html

For the low side of what you’d need to but and get up and running with that WT, you could have a totally adequate 6” Taiwan-made one:
https://brainerd.craigslist.org/tls/d/wood-jointer/6677356398.html

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 01:17 PM

I reconfirmed with the seller and it is a 4 inch, not a 6 like they had it listed. I would prefer to have a 6”when I get one and I’m sure it would be a fun project, but I have a lot of those so I’m going to look around for something more plug and play. Shampeon showed me there are some options out there somewhat locally. Thanks everyone for taking time to answer my questions!
I have a DeWalt DWE7419RS table saw, a DeWalt 10” slider, 12” drill press, and most of the basic hand and power tools, just looking at getting a jointer and planer so I can start buying some rough cut lumber and save some money on wood for projects. That plastic wrapped stuff from Menards adds up quickly!

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