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Forum topic by Goodski posted 10-18-2013 08:09 PM 4077 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2013 08:09 PM

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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
So now the questions.
Any one have any experience with this jointer?

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.
anyway thanks in advance for looking and any advice that I can get

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 10:11 PM

Unless the blades have been sharpened so many times that they are ground to strips, they are still good. Just take them out and sharpen them. If you don’t feel up to that, take them somewhere. I sharpen jointer and planer blades all the time. I coat the bevel with layout dye (magic marker works too) then set the grinder rest so that the wheel contacts the center of the bevel, then carefully grind them back to an edge. You can also clamp a stop to the grinder rest to control the blade a bit, but once you get the hang of it they are pretty easy to do.

Note, you will get responses that this is impossible to do, that the blades MUST be professionally sharpened, and all other HooDoo, but my experience debunks that stuff, at least for me. The key is getting them reset in the cutter head and even that makes the jointer cut smoothly.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 10:35 PM

I think you got a good deal. My Dad had one like that and it was a workhorse. I wish I would have grabbed it when he got rid of it. Lot heavier than my Ridgid. Hope to see pictures when you are finished working it over.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 08:20 PM

Thanks for the good info. I have been busy since I got the jointer. I have been able to start getting the surface rust off in 5 min increments. I will for sure post pictures when I get it shinned up and cutting smooth.

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