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#1 posted 03-11-2014 05:32 AM

Here’s the info I was going on. I knew I had it somewhere! LOL!

Time frame is from 1889- 1916, but looks to be a model from 1900-1910.

The company was the Greaves & Klusman Co. The manufacturing facility was located at 65 & 67 Plum Street. Cincinnati, OH. In 1889 William Greeves left his partner Herman Klusman and went to start a new company Acme-Greaves Machine tool Co. A few months later he left to form a new company with his 3 sons and renamed the company Greaves Machine Tool Co. The company was later acquired by J.A. Fay & Egan Co. the year in which that happened is not stated in the archives. Some of the records kept were not diligent and depended on the manufacturer as well.

Greaves & Klusman jointer’s are not a common machine found in the OWWM industry today. They were modest in scope but were quality machines.

They made a 12/16/20/24 & 30”. The bearings on the cutter head are of Babbitt design, Ball bearing/sleeve did not come out until the 1920’s. it is a forged 4 slot square cutter head and could be used to install 2 shaper blades as well for moldings with out removing the 2 straight blades.

The tables on both sides are a ribbed construction and the rear table is slotted for rabbiting. the weight on the jointer is 1600lbs +/- a few and when it initially came off the production line they were powered off a main ceiling mounted line jack shaft . The motor that is with my jointer is of vintage era GE The date is hard to say but I think around 1920-30’s.

The only other info I’ve found reads as F&E acquired the company around 1900 so I think that’s the maker. Who knows? LOL!

Also, notice the motor mount swing arm. Mine has the hole in the base (both sides) but the arm is long gone

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