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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 05-17-2015 12:42 PM 1733 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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FancyShoes

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05-17-2015 12:42 PM

This is a old gigantic “Root” brand jointer! Looks like one heck of a machine! Would probably be a pain to restore. But could also be a fun project!


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mudflap4869

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 02:18 PM

Fun and pain in the same project? Sounds normal. DO IT! They don’t make one like that every day.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 05:36 PM

If you decide against restoration … give me a call. I know someone who would love to restore.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 06:57 PM



If you decide against restoration … give me a call. I know someone who would love to restore.

- Beams37

Ok, im in Indiana if that would work out.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 09:13 PM

One thing I have learned about rehabbing machinery (unsure if you would make it a full restoration, or to rehab to get back into 100% functional order), it’s fun! Give a crack at at least rehabbing it to make it useful. Hard to tell, but what size table top / knives are they? 6”-8”, or 24” ?

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#5 posted 05-21-2015 03:41 AM

Most all my stationary tools are older than I am. I love old tools. But when considering restoring an old jointer the head is the part that would make the project a go/no go for me. If the jointer head is a modern type I would definitely go for a restore. If the jointer head is an old clam shell or square head I wouldn’t mess with it. It is very costly to replace the head on an old clam shell or square head joints with a safe modern head… often more than a modern jointer would cost. I have talked to a few old jointer restorers that have had custom heads by Shelix but they aren’t cheap!

I guess you could always run an old square or clam shell head… but my fingers are pretty valuable to me!

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#6 posted 05-21-2015 04:09 AM

If it is a modern head and not babbit bearing (on my phone I can’t make it out) I say go for it. I would make sure I didn’t need to track down anything but generic parts, there aren’t a lot of B. M. Root jointers out there.

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#7 posted 05-21-2015 04:14 AM

That’s an impressive piece of steel for sure. You know what they say, “No Guts, No Glory!” Honestly, I know restoring that machine is wwwaaayyy out of my league.

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#8 posted 05-26-2015 02:21 AM

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