|Forum topic by Goodski||posted 10-18-2013 08:09 PM||2655 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-18-2013 08:09 PM
So once again after scouring Craigslist for months I found my next tool project with my current tool project still in progress. I found an old Craftsman Jointer for sale and steadily watched the price fall from 75 to 60 to 40 to 20 over the course of 2 weeks. So like my Jet 80’s cabinet saw that I got for 100 I figured it would be worth a try and if I failed at making it work I could at least get my money back by scrapping it. So here it is.
so far things that I have found
obviously a lot of surface rust there are a couple of places on the table that have small pits but for what I am gonna use this for they shouldn’t be a problem.
the cut adjustment handle spun freely when I tested it before I bought it what I didn’t check was that spinning it moved the table(not that it would have detoured me )
The motor runs and is pretty quiet so bearings on the motor and cut head seem to be in good working order.
the tables seem to be parallel and flat I used a straight edge but haven’t gotten feeler gauge or dial indicator to check that yet.
Other than that it runs and seems to cut pretty well ( just ran some 2 by pine to see if it would cut) Blades have some rust.
I was also able to find the original manual thanks to OWWM.com
I figured out that the reason the handle spun was a set screw on the handle it seems no matter how tight I get the set screw it will not lock the handle in but I also can not remove the handle to see how the set screw works with the shaft that is coming out of the machine.
Are the blades still good? I know this is hard with out looking at them but if they are sharpened and the rust is taken off will they still work or is it worth buying the 25 dollar freud blades off amazon.
Also any other tips for restoring the machine to its former glory would be appreciated.