From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? #5: Been busy working, where I get paid.

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Blog entry by GlennsGrandson posted 04-20-2012 01:03 PM 2873 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Edward Wire hands Part 5 of From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? series Part 6: Tedious Tape-up... and jigs? Bed/Fence protection?? »

Haven’t done a whole lot lately, finished all the wire brushing and removing of the old pant and rust. I had to stop using the wire wheel when there was more wires flying off then paint. I got my use out of the $3 wire wheel. There‚Äôs still some paint in those hard to reach places but It’s better than it was.

Now I’m going to give everything a good wiping with some mineral spirits and tape off what’s necessary and go to town with the spray cans.

I took some pictures of the tag on the motor for DavidRoberts to look at and for my own knowledge. It still needs to be cleaned up under there. And I’m missing the back door for the base but I have some 1/4” Birch that is looking good for that. And David I had plugged it in and used it prior to the restoration with 110v and it worked fine.

MODEL: 62 -010
It’s stamped 1/2 HP, 115/230 VOLTS, 1725 RPMS, 60 CYC, 7.8/3.9 AMP, 56-3 FRAME, SCS -TYPE, CLASS B,

I saw a newer Jet 6” jointer on CL this morning, $250, barely used, open base. Sometimes I wonder…Is it worth it…I guess mine might be more solid and look cooler. Help me out here, this is a good investment of time and money, right?

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 01:16 PM

It probably isn’t a good investment time/money wise but if you are enjoying the process it is still a worthwhile investment. Not to mention that you already have as much time and money into it as you already do both of which will be wasted if you back out now. It’s a good looking machine so keep at it.

-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 01:26 PM

To me …any old tool is worth the time. Bringing back a good tool to the way it once was is what I ENJOY. (What price to we put on enjoyment) ?
Anybody can “buy” a brand new shiny one, only a “few” people want to restore them.
Pictures of what you finished will be appreciated !

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

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 12:18 PM

IMO it is worth the time n effort, you will know every nut, bolt, screw, and every piece of the tool. How many people know that much about their machines. Plus you gotta admit their is a fun factor to restoring an old tool, when it is done and in your shop and you stand back and look at it you will be pleased. I did this with a delta bandsaw and it gives me great joy when I use it. Kudos to you for doing the restore, and have fun working with your hands and making something old new again! You can’t put a price on the satisfaction of the completed project.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @

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#4 posted 04-25-2012 03:52 AM

Hey GlennsGrandson, well no 3 phase under the hood so I can’t persuade you in the VFD ways. Probably for the best. They are a piece of electronics that will eventually go bad. And really no need to rewire to 220/240V for 1/2 horse, so no new circuit breaker, plug or outlet. 110/120V will give it plenty of power. If the motor doesn’t make a sound like rocks in a can, or squeal, the bearing ought to last you a while longer. Same for the cutterhead bearings. However if you have the cutterhead off you may want to install new bearings now. They are easy to get to on the bench. I doubt the PO went to the trouble to change out the bearings, I’m just sayin. Even if the bearings don’t grind or squeal, the lubrication has dried out. Maybe a little relubrication is good for now. You are so close I can just taste a finished restoration. Don’t be discouraged by CL listings. They come and go. I’d take the Delta you have over a later model Jet any day of the week, hands down. The Delta is just a better made, more robust machine. I started out buying older equipment because of budget constraints, but quickly learned the older machines were designed and built to outlast you and me. I can promise that Delta ointer will be the first machine you and people look at in your shop, until of course you restore another oldie but goodie. Now hurry along and finish, and take tons of pics.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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