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Forum topic by guitarchitect posted 02-28-2012 01:48 AM 1369 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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guitarchitect

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02-28-2012 01:48 AM

I found a rockwell 37-220 on kijiji in my area for $450. I feel like that’s too high, even though it looks pristine (here’s a shot: http://imgur.com/7E45V). What’s a fair price for one of these? I may offer $200 to start, but not sure how high it’s worth going… but man, it’s a looker! Should I start even lower??


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#1 posted 02-28-2012 02:19 AM

I had a 37-220 with closed base for years. It was a very reliable machine. As I recall it didnt cost that new but that was in 78-79, somewhere in there. the bed is a tad short, but did fine for my use. I think the price is steep unless it is a complete rebuild incl. paint, bearings, knives, motor,etc, well there isnt much more than that but your 200 price seems a proper offer. Let us know what happens.

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guitarchitect

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 03:39 AM

well, just got off the phone with the guy. really nice and sweet guy! he said it runs well, is probably from the 60’s (original motor). there’s a nick in one of the blades but he’s always cutting thin stuff so it doesn’t affect him, the belt could probably stand to be replaced, bearings are original but in good condition. he did a full restoration job otherwise – everything was cleaned, polished and brushed to look brand new. he was willing to go to $350 and even offered to throw in some guitar parts that would run a hundred or two down the road (I’m planning to build my first guitar in the fall, he just happens to be a master luthier… great coincidence!)

it’s still a really, really hard call for me though. my budget has room for $200, maybe $250 for a jointer and I’m just not sure if the shorter bed will be as good for what i’ll be doing (which is, mostly furniture pieces). but it looks so, so nice, haha!

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 03:45 AM

I understand. Thats a call only you can make, but as a Luithier I would think that would be an ideal machine and even at that price I dont know of anything new that would come close to it in quality. Fwiw, I now have a grizz 8inch with spiral head, etc. and It is not anywhere close in quality the rockwell was, just a little wider and longer, thats all. If hell meet you halfway on the deal youll do ok. Good luck ! JB

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 03:47 AM

It has a ~4’ bed, so you can joint 8’ lumber. Will you build anything that would require lumber longer than 8’? Most people don’t. $350 is a fair price. Not a steal, but you are not getting raked over the coals either. If I were in your shoes, I would probably go for it if it checks out OK. They literally don’t make them like that anymore. :)

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guitarchitect

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 04:15 AM

yeah, I’ll probably max out at 6’ I think. problem is it’s a solid $150 over my budget, $150 that could go to the clamps that I don’t own! haha. but I guess blowing one’s budget on woodworking equipment isn’t a new phenomenon, eh? :)

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 05:36 PM

Budget is budget. If it makes the pocketbook tight, then it is no bargain. You found this one, you can find another one. It is just a matter of how long it will take.

If you can comfortably buy this one though, it will likely last until your grandkids retire it because they replaced it with a CNC router with vacuum assisted table and assembly robots or some weird wood that grows into CNC defined shapes. :)

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Loren

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 05:53 PM

Make a final offer and tell him to keep your number. That machine
is worth about $250 tops in my opinion. With the flood of Asian
8” jointers 6” light industrial jointers just don’t have much value
on the second-hand market anymore.

If you’re building acoustic guitars in any kind of hand-made manner
you don’t really need a jointer. Electrics with their laminated
bodies and necks benefit from a jointer but really you shouldn’t
need more than 4” often.

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