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Forum topic by jimleigh1313 posted 01-08-2012 12:43 AM 1605 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2012 12:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer restoration cast iron

I have come upon an old sears jointer that I am attempting to restore. One of the things that needs to be replaced or repaired is the rubber belt that connects the cutter head to the motor. It has lost its flexibility. Is there any way to recondition this or do I need to buy a new one? Where can I buy such a belt?

Also, I accidentally broke the cast iron fence taking it apart. It was so rusted that I tried to use a hammer to persuade it to budge. I’ve tried jb weld to no avail. Gorilla glue seems to be working better, but it doesn’t seem like a permanent fix. Is there a better way to pull this back together? I’ll send a picture if needed.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 12:58 AM

A GOOD machine shop can braze the casting. It will have to be resurfaced, but is fixable. Make sure that they have experience repairing cast iron. It can be wierd stuff.


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#2 posted 01-08-2012 03:34 AM

Just about any tool can be made to look and operate better than new. The trick is choosing one that is worth the effort and expense. Quite often you can spend more to get junk working than a functioning tool will cost. Check out . Learn as much as you can from it but be careful not to inve$t more than you should. Good luck. -Jack

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 05:15 AM
This guy was rebuilding a craftsman 6 inch jointer. He got to the end and said he bent a pulley and wasn’t going to spend anymore money on it ….at least that is the way I remember the story. You might private email him and see if he answers. he said he was going to part his jointer our. he got it for $50 off Craigs list I think.

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 11:40 AM

I bought a 2003 Delta X-5 Jointer which was outside since the date of purchase. It was under a carport like structure but it wasn’t deep enough in to stop all rain contact. The base was almost completely rusted and everything on it was rusted.
I completely rebuilt it. Every single screw was taken off, every bit of rust removed. I then painted everything. It now looks almost as good as the day it came out of the factory.

As Jack said earlier, be careful not to invest more into the tool than it is actually worth.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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