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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 02-18-2012 07:55 PM 5293 views 1 time favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2012 07:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell 37-220 jointer restore

I picked up this 1970’s rockwell 37-220 6” deee-luxe jointer off the craiger about a month ago for $240 .. which in hindsight might have been $40 too much but whatver. I came equipped with a new switch box and cord and newer 3/4 hp Dayton motor. It sat in a shed for a few years after it was decommisioned as a high school shop machine and of course it was rusted up pretty good.

I dimantled everything except for the tables. I gave em a look and decided that i shouldnt get myself that deep into something without all the knowledge and tools to put er back together. The small parts got a soak in evaporust, the fence and tables got a few coats of naval jelly. Sprayed it down with simple green to get the grease and crud off. Replaced the bearings on the cutter head. It was painted with CRC enamel spray paint in machine grey.

Overall i had a pretty good time working on an older piece of machinery. It was my first refurb and im pleased so far. Ill be installing a new HF link belt, sharpening up the knnives, and an overall tune up this weekend so hopefully ill be throwin some chips soon.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk


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#1 posted 02-18-2012 08:15 PM

I used CRC brand spray paint in “machine grey”. I found it at the same store i bought the bearings at.

To clean up the base i just used simple green and paper towels. Knocked off any high spots or gunk with sandpaper. Wiped it down with a rag with mineral spirits before i painted.

I havent gotten around to tuning it but i definately noticed that when i crank down the fence the end kinda jumps up a bit. I havent looked any deeper into it yet though.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 09:14 PM

Nice.. The price is a little high for my area, but looks like a nice long bed and a solid machine

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 09:19 PM

Yea, stretch i probably overpaid for it but i was hungry and he had the food. I havent seen a much better deal in my neck of the woods but i probably could have held off and got a better deal but this one did have upsides. A newer 3/4 hp motor was nice instead of the stock 1/2 hp. Tables are almost dead flat and the 5 knives were basically usused but a bit rusty. I put in probably another $75 in bearings, paint, and other tools. All in all $315 and a piece of steel that wont rust away.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 09:20 PM

True that.. and compared to a modern one, its probably better built (and a bit cheaper)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 09:24 PM

The SOB is solid … the original manual says 245 lbs and i believe it .. ill be happy to not have to mule it around the shop any more.

I tell ya id do it (refurb) again in a heartbeat. I find that i learrn the most about something when i take it all apart and put it back together. It lets me see what does what exactly without just fidgiting with screws and such. I think the next refurb is gonna be a tablesaw but we’ll see when that money tree can be shook again.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 10:07 PM

It looks great, and for “maybe” overpaying by 40 dollars, well if 40 bucks made me happy, I’d spend it.

Really nice job on the external refurb. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery. I hope you get it tweaked and running soon!

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 12:22 AM

Nice job on the jointer.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 12:43 AM

I think the price you paid for a 6 inch longbed with an enclosed base is just fine. I see lot’s of these jointers on open stands for that price, so I think you did good. Upstate NY is a depressed area – apples and oranges. Have fun with it.

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 02:54 AM

bullet – im with ya $40 worth of happiness is cheap in my book. And your right externally she looks good but ive got some tweakin to do for sure. Ive got 4-5 hours of time monday sert aside for it. I took a quick peek with a straighedge and things are darn close, looks like the outfeed table has a small dip in the back end but no twists or cups.

CJ – thanks man, your shop is coming along pretty nice, i cant wait to see the smile on ur face when you move your tools back in.

Dhaz – Im happy with it so far one way or another. Money will come and go.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 07:14 PM

Harbor Freight jointer is $300. No where NEAR as nice, and probably no where near as smooth and accurate.
Old iron is the way to go these days unless you just won the lottery.

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#11 posted 02-20-2012 12:45 AM

Chris, the rehab looks great and the iron is so so clean. Nice job. When it comes time to set your knives there is plenty of information here. “nobuckle” has a nice two indicator set up he made. I’ve seen others using rare earth magents that seem to work well too. Keep us posted and get a moble base for that beast.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 02-20-2012 01:30 AM

I spent most of the morning making a jig ala garagewoodworks and sharpening up the knives and tommorrow, with any luck, ill be setting the knives and truing up the tables. Ive got some rare earth magnets so im about to test out my search-fu and try to find that jig. Thanks for the comment Dan.

Ive been mentally planning for 4 new mobile bases with the addition of the jointer and soon to come dust collector i need to rearrange and clear some space in the shop. Ive got all the guys at work on the hunt for angle iron and castors.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 01:40 AM

way to go chris some day i’ll have to come over and check it out

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 02-20-2012 01:46 AM

ill have the beers cold n ready or the coffee fresh n hot .. which ever way the wind is blowin.

Its on to the hard part though, dialing it all in, because in the end it can dance and sing but its gotta go to work to make the money.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#15 posted 02-20-2012 02:34 AM

Did someone mention Cold Beer!

I’ll be over and you can save the coffee for morning, when I wake up from passing out! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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