Northfield old iron #1: Northfield 8" Medium Duty jointer made in 1950

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Blog entry by Bluepine38 posted 03-23-2016 09:55 PM 3385 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend told me that his son had been collecting Northfield machinery for his big shop and that he had found an
8” jointer in Washington that he did not need, since he had a 12” Heavy Duty jointer, but that if his father was
interested, he would check it out. I guess this is what happens when you do a good job of raising your children.
Monday, Duane called me and said his son had dropped off the Northfield 8” jointer. I asked him how much
it had cost him since a new one sells for $13,440 at the least. His reply was that his son had told him that he
had stole it from a man who did not know what he had, but just wanted to get rid of it.

The fence need some parts before it can be put on, but for a gift from his son this definitely made me green with

He has 3 phase in his shop and this direct drive shaper really hums. It needs a dust collection set up installed and
a little clean up and paint. The weird part is this 74 in long monster is listed as a Medium Duty jointer, it will be
replacing a Delta DJ-20 which will be going to the younger son.

The nice thing about this jointer is that there are not shims or adjustments needed on the infeed and outfeed table

This is the machine tore down to the base. The bearings sound good, but both the inboard and outboard bearings
have grease zerks, so the machine will probably be taken apart and the bearings checked. The wierd part is there
are bearings on both the inboard and outboard side of the cutter head, but none on the back side of the motor.
Just wanted to show you what old iron looks like and what I am going to be saving my money for just as soon
as I build a shop big enough to hold one. Duane hinted that if I was real nice he might let me use this. The
only problem is this machine will not easily handle short pieces, so we are on the lookout for a good 6” jointer
to be used for short boards, everyone should have this problem.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 10:25 PM

double post

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 10:56 PM

The old 3 phase machinery usually goes for a song. I have an old SCM 2000d 400mm over / under planner thicknesser with a slot mortising table and I would be flat out getting AU $2000. This machine was made for many many years and is a proven workhorse. This one is in very good order. I want to downsize but $2000 would only buy toys. I’ll keep it just for the mortiser.

A 470mm 2000d , no mortise table AU $1,269

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 02:36 PM

Geeze Gus, that thing is a BEAST !

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