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Forum topic by Kyheadhunter posted 03-01-2014 10:23 PM 1469 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2014 10:23 PM

I’ve been on a quest for a jointer since before Christmas. I located a PM 8” and an Oliver 8” but could never get the deal closed. I just located a Yates American 12” jointer just north of my location. Its belt driven, a Yates American #1 jointer with a 3 phase motor. I’ve seen pictures and it needs a bit of cleaning, but hasn’t been run for about 10 years, was running when put up. Owner is asking $1000 for it, was wondering if that price is in the ball park for that particular jointer.

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 10:58 PM

That’s a fair price, priced to sell I’d say.

Ball bearing I assume.

Do make sure it has a gib screw cutterhead or educate
yourself about clamshell cutterheads.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 11:07 PM

I am a big fan of Yates American equipment, and have owned and restored four different #1 wedgebed jointers built by them. You’re not getting hurt at that price at all, assuming you don’t have to spend a ton of money getting it operating.

Clean it well, including rust removal with WD40 and a razor blade, followed by a green scotchbrite pad. Those machines were built to last with heavy castings, and are better than anything being offered today that you would typically find of asian descent. That machine will really hog wood if you need it to.

Check the bearings on the motor. If they are noisy, inspect and re-grease (if good) or replace them. Most 3 phase motors are extremely easy to work on, and opening them up and giving them a good cleaning, removing all the built up sawdust and grease will make them run forever.

If the motor has been sitting that long, the grease has probably hardened inside the bearings. If they are open grease-able bearings, clean and re-grease (assuming they are good with no pitting). If not, just replace them. In most cases, they are reasonably cheap. PM me for a great source for bearings.

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 12:18 AM

Yes, Ball bearing Loren. Jeff, thanks for the info. Biggest challenge will be getting it loaded and unloaded. I figure the weight would be about 1600 lbs.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 03:09 AM

I got a Sears POS I inherited from my Dad. $50 and it’s your. Come on and get out of my Garage. Please!!!

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 05:16 PM

would love a YA 12” jointer!. one of my quest machines as well!

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 05:28 PM

If the seller has a forklift you’re in luck. Otherwise it will be a
hassle to load. I would take it apart, myself.

The last jointer I moved is a 16” pre-war one with a cast iron
pedestal stand. The seller had a forklift and loaded it but to
get it out of my vehicle I removed the tables (at least 150#
each) and maneuvered the body out with an engine hoist.

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 06:49 PM

I really like the idea of taking it apart. Are they pretty simple to take apart?? I never looked at them close enough to see how simple/hard it is.

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 07:12 PM

Yes, they are simple to disassemble. Watch for thin shim stock
falling out and note where it was… if somebody in the
past really got the machine dialed in you can try to put
the shims back and get close to the same precision.

Often on larger jointers the tables slide in or out from the
cutterhead and can be removed. They alone will be heavy.
Then underneath you have those triangular support castings
which move up and down on the angled faces of the base
casting. Those can also be removed.

With the tables and support castings removed that jointer
body will probably be around 500-600lb. I moved mine
in a closed van and the small headroom made unloading
with the hoist a slow process. An open trailer would have
been easiest to unload.

Do find out if the seller has a forklift beforehand, or several
guys on hand.

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