|Forum topic by CaptainKlutz||posted 88 days ago||655 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
88 days ago
Title has the big question. Please cast your opinion. Details and pictures below to help you decide.
Picked up an 23yr old Chiwanese made Elephant brand WJ-200 1.5HP 8” jointer from a bankruptcy auction for about same $ as a typical used 6” jointer on local CL. Have no manual, but my investigation revels it very closely resembles the current Jet JJ-8CS exploded parts views, and has a lot in common with the older Grizzy G0856 (although the Grizzly fence adjustments are a little different).
BTW – If anyone has any information on this jointer please post, or PM me.
First the good stuff:
It cuts well, is flat/square, all the fence and table adjustments work easily, table gibs are clean and tight, is wired for 110V/20A with a newer (not original) start switch, has a set of sharp blades, belts are in decent shape, motor is smooth and quiet, and top still even had wax on it when I picked it up.
Now the so-so stuff:
Came from a cabinet shop. One of the former employees told me they only had it ~8 years (so they may have got it used), but it has been trouble free. Top has some minor black rust markings, but no major pitting. Many of the black oxide fence adjustment bolts have a fair amount of surface rust, but none are frozen. The blade guard is not smooth, is missing a hold down retainer due misuse; and needs to be replaced. Table edges near the cutter head are nicked up from some heavy handed blade changes, but it doesn’t seem to effect use. A few cutter head gib nuts are slightly damaged, probably due an SAE wrench used instead of proper metric (won’t know how bad till I remove the blades). The base cabinet has typical pro shop surface scratches. There is some light surface rust on the removable back panel, and with the back fence bolts being rusty; makes me think is might have been placed near the always open garage doors in the shop. It is an fugly blue/green/grey blend paint color overall. More I look at it, think it may been repainted once before. There are 2 colors evident on the base: blue/green/grey with red base (primer?); while the cast iron top has 4 color layers: blue/green/grey, red (primer?), white, red(primer?).
Does anyone know what the original Elephant color scheme was?
What I have done so far?
Cleaned off the dust, waxed the top/fence, checked all adjustments, put wd-40 on all the bolts and exposed bare metal, and sprayed a coat of Extend rust stop on the painted rusty locations.
What I plan to do :
Clean tape residue of the base where they attached their make shift dust collector head.
What else do you think I should do?
- Replace all the rusty bolts?
Look forward to your spirited discussion. :)
-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!