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Forum topic by TedSherman posted 03-24-2015 04:14 AM 1432 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2015 04:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

What can you guys tell me about this jointer?
http://huntsville.craigslist.org/tls/4933983585.html

It’s only $750 and supposedly in great working condition. That’s more than I’m looking to pay, but if the price is a steal and the machine is highly regarded, then… It’d be a bit of a drive, but that’s ok.

-- Ted


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#1 posted 03-24-2015 04:18 AM

I’d try poking around vintage machinery.org and owwm.org. Vast amounts of knowledge on older equip there.

Edit: tables look waxed, it looks like it’s in good shape. If the motor works I’d go for it. Hell I paid 700$ for an 8” jet.

Prob still worth it if the motor doesn’t work.

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 05:18 AM

That’s a half ton plus monster! Northfield is still in business, so you shouldn’t have problems getting parts or info. Their website is http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com/
Page for that jointer is here: http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com/jointers/medium.htm and it’s considered one of their ‘medium’ sized models!!

Additional info can be found at the VM site: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=601

The guy says he’s open to trades and offers, so make him one! Only problem I see is trying to figure out how to move that beast to your shop :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: They had a rebuilt radial arm saw that sold for $8,000,000 according to their web site!

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 11:08 AM

I’d sure be going to look at it. I’ve been wanting a larger jointer for some time, such beasts never show up for sale around me.

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 05:16 PM

If that’s running, I’d buy it right away! Maybe check to ensure it’s not 3 phase first? I have an 8 inch jointer I paid a little less for. Occasionally I’m taking the guard off to use the full width. But with a 12 inch jointer I can’t imagine exceeding its capacities.

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 05:40 PM

Nab it

Or for comparison

A new 6” Grizzly is around $894.00 shipped to your house:

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 05:41 PM

Specs on the web site say it’s a 3HP motor, and that 3 phase is standard, so if it is (and you don’t have 3 phase available where it will be run), figure an extra $200 for a VFD. That would actually be a really nice setup with the extra functionality a VFD would provide.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 12:29 AM

I had a Northfield 8” jointer, after extensive work it was a great smooth jointer. The price is not bad but I would try to get him down to 500.00 since thats a babbitt bearing machine and probably a 2 knife head and I doubt it spins too fast. You could do what I did and take it to a machine shop and have it converted to ball bearings and spin it up a little. They a very solid jointers

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 12:36 AM

It’s single phase, 2.5hp. Thank I’ll be driving to Huntsville this weekend. It has two knives. Several folks are looking at it—if it hasn’t sold by Friday, I’ll probably drive down Saturday.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 12:41 AM

...probably a 2 knife head and I doubt it spins too fast.

4 knife cutter head spinning at 3600RPM (DMD) or 4500RPM (belt). Not sure which one that may have though. They also offered a 5 and 7.5HP option. And apparently, they don’t make the 8” jointer any longer.

Good discussion about Northfield jointers over at OWWM recently can be found here:
www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158637

Cheers,
Brad

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#10 posted 03-25-2015 01:21 AM


...probably a 2 knife head and I doubt it spins too fast.

4 knife cutter head spinning at 3600RPM (DMD) or 4500RPM (belt). Not sure which one that may have though. They also offered a 5 and 7.5HP option. And apparently, they don t make the 8” jointer any longer.

Good discussion about Northfield jointers over at OWWM recently can be found here:
www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158637 thats a non ball bearing machine, your info stated is not that machine listed, the babbit caps are visible from the pictures. Some of those machine back then ran off of line shafts at low rpm

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 03-25-2015 01:37 AM

don’t get me wrong, you can still square up wood with that, but I would be leary of face planing lumber on a 2 knife head, although they must have done it originally. I think I ran mine at 4500 with ball bearings. I would check the play on the cutter head up and down and see how freely it spins. Maybe the owner would pull one of the caps off to inspect the shafts

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#12 posted 03-25-2015 01:43 AM


It s single phase, 2.5hp. Thank I ll be driving to Huntsville this weekend. It has two knives. Several folks are looking at it—if it hasn t sold by Friday, I ll probably drive down Saturday.

They must have changed the head.. hmmm… Anyway, my current jointer and planer both have 2 knives and I get glass smooth cuts, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the number of kinves. But if it’s anything worth while, I’m betting you make a post in a few days saying it had already been sold :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 03-25-2015 10:31 AM

what rpm are your machines running at? They didn’t change the head, thats normal for that era

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