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cootcraig

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03-31-2015 12:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta jointer

I’m in the process of refurbishing an older Craftsman contractor saw.
and like the idea of keeping older pieces working.
The saw in the image is for sale, not too far from me. I’ve emailed
the seller for more information. He’s asking $300 right now. It looks
pretty rough to me, but I have just cleaned up the very rusty cast iron
on the Craftsman TS. I would tackle clean up a vintage jointer if it
is worth it. The advertisement just says Delta Jointer in working
condition.


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#1 posted 03-31-2015 01:06 PM

Looks like a 1950’s era jointer with that deco base to me. If it runs and the tables aren’t out of whack I think $200 is more reasonable. The beds look a little short, is it a 4” jointer or a 6”? If its 4, id pass on it personally.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 01:17 PM

It looks a lot like this one.

Delta Jointer Model No. 37-205 – 6” Jointer (1945)

Model No. 37-205

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 01:23 PM

6 inch shortbed jointer. If you think you’ll only joint shorter pieces it’s fine. $200 is more reasonable like stated above, but the bases alone sometimes go for that. Judging from the size of the cord it’s probably wired for 220 now, so ask about that before you pull the trigger.

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 01:26 PM

It sure does. If I remember correctly those a fairly sought after version with the deco base but she’s still gotta function to be a useful tool. Most likely it will need new bearings ($20 and easy to replace) and some new knives (another $20) along with a good bit of elbow grease to clean it up.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 01:49 PM

300 is on the higher end but not unreasonable if the motor is working. The base is relatively rare and highly sought after cast iron art deco style. They frequently go for 200 $ minus any jointer. Assuming the base is intact minus any cracks and all the pieces are there the price is not bad. It is a short bed jointer which is unfortunate but these are solid machines and if you have experience cleaning up one tool already then you know how they can shine up. If I was in the market for a jointer I would jump on that. I would be willing to bet it won’t last long.

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#6 posted 03-31-2015 02:05 PM

Go for it.
Motor is worth money.
4” jointer is okay.
Typically you only joint edges anyway to butt boards together or clean up saw cuts.
I also like old tools.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 03-31-2015 05:34 PM

All right, the seller came down to $200. I’ll meet him when he gets off work tonight.

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 05:41 PM

Those are nice little jointers when all cleaned and shined up:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 05:46 PM

Like my Daddy used to say, somethings worth what a buyer will take and what a seller will give.

You’ll have a neat old machine if you can get it looking like that picture.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 07:35 PM

That unit will have you headed down the rabbit hole looking for other art deco based machines. $200 is a good deal and it will be shined up in no time. Rustoleum Dark or Light Machinery Gray is usually the go to paint for those, depending on preference.

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#11 posted 04-07-2015 02:08 PM

Did ya buy it???

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#12 posted 04-07-2015 02:37 PM



Did ya buy it???

- chrisstef

Yes. So far, I’ve taken it apart so I could move into the garage. It’s
smaller and heavier than I imagined. My wood work priorities are
garage cleanup, get table saw working, then get jointer working.
I expect to get a lot of use from it.

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