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#1 posted 01-28-2018 01:52 AM

I think that sort of thing didn’t catch on
because those companies used stamped
steel to keep the weight down, and perhaps
the production costs. I think Belsaw made
a jointer attachment too but I couldn’t find
a picture of it.

As I recall Woodmaster and RBI were started
by descendants of whoever started Belsaw.
There’s a lot of shared dna in the planers.

I had a Belsaw 684 jointer/planer for awhile.
I thought it might be useful for hauling to
job sites. It was about as easy to move as
a contractor’s saw, so it wasn’t a 1-man job.
The folded steel jointer tables weren’t very
long and about 8” wide. I ran a few boards
across it to test it. It was ok, but every aspect
of its manufacture spoke of economy.

“Good” J/P combination machines like they
make in Europe never caught on with American
makers. The 684 was derivative of them

I’d say this stuff is interesting as items of
curiosity and to keep an eye peeled if it
interests you. I’ve bought a bunch of oddball
machines over the years and resold most of
them when my curiosity was satisfied.

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