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TomLee model 55 jointer

by OldManRiver
posted 03-19-2018 12:43 PM


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Aj2

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#1 posted 03-19-2018 02:00 PM

Looks like a nice stout little jointer. The Knifes don’t look right to me.Maybe its the angle of the picture. I just dig the oversized cutting circles old jointers have. Even small ones.
Back to the Knifes the bevel angle looks wrong or they are too thick. Be careful with that part could be a booby trap.
Nice looking little machine.

-- Aj

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 05:04 PM

I look forward to the progress. It’s a handsome little jointer.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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OldManRiver

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 09:32 PM



Looks like a nice stout little jointer. The Knifes don t look right to me.Maybe its the angle of the picture. I just dig the oversized cutting circles old jointers have. Even small ones.
Back to the Knifes the bevel angle looks wrong or they are too thick. Be careful with that part could be a booby trap.
Nice looking little machine.

- Aj2


I plan digging into the knife isses a little more on this. I can take a more direct picture of the knives. The pictures were from the original craigslist post.

I spent the most part of last night working on the tops and I am amazed at how much they shined right up. Is it new? No but it is starting to take shape. I will post some more pictures of the cleaned tops and of the knives. Maybe some imput on a perfered wax for the top and some imput on the knives.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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OldManRiver

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 09:34 PM

Thanks woodknack I look forward to posting my progress.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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OldManRiver

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 10:00 PM

So here are the pictures of the knives and the tops for anyone interested.

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OldManRiver

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 10:56 PM

I have done some digging around and found an old advertisement for the TomLee line of tools and found out that this jointer is to run at 5000 rpm… Is this common? Now the berrings turn good but at 5000 rpm I might think of replacing them to be on the safe side.. What does the lumberjock community think?

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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AlaskaGuy

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 11:09 PM

I believe 5000 RPM is good. My Felder runs 5200 and I see the Powermatic straight knife jointer run @ 5000.

Powermatic Helical Head run @ 7000

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Aj2

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 11:16 PM

I looked up that jointer and it’s also made by a Toro. The bearings are the least of your troubles the knife gib parts are very similar to the ones craftsman used.
Not a great design in my opinion
Your knife shouldn’t be thicker then the gibs. The gibs are held by two screws that wedge the knifes in the knife pockets. I think your gibs are not original.
I’m confidant the knifes shouldnt be more than 1/8 thick.
Good luck be safe.
That’s all I got for now.

-- Aj

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OldManRiver

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 11:31 PM



I looked up that jointer and it s also made by a Toro. The bearings are the least of your troubles the knife gib parts are very similar to the ones craftsman used.
Not a great design in my opinion
Your knife shouldn t be thicker then the gibs. The gibs are held by two screws that wedge the knifes in the knife pockets. I think your gibs are not original.
I m confidant the knifes shouldnt be more than 1/8 thick.
Good luck be safe.
That s all I got for now.

- Aj2

I jumped to the conclusion that the gibs had 3 screws holding the knives in but I have not been that far in my tear down. Any recommended knives I should look at? Thanks for all of the imput so far!!

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 03-20-2018 12:03 AM

Give this guy a call. He’s has a good reputation and hangs out over at the WoodNet forum.

https://www.holbren.com/jointer-planer-knives/

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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OldManRiver

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#11 posted 03-20-2018 11:44 PM

Today i got home from work and pulled the knives out and measured their thicness, they are 1/8” thick and the gibs are 1/16” held in by three set screws. Should I be looking at different knives [r are these going to be ok? What angle should my edge on my knives be? Thank you everyone for their time!

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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ramdab

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#12 posted 05-11-2020 12:25 AM

Hay guy I have a tomlee 6in jointer that I am working on and can’t find any info .mainly looking for how the knifes are installed…not very good with thos forum stuff any info would greatly be appreciated thanks in advance

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Aj2

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#13 posted 05-11-2020 01:18 AM



Hay guy I have a tomlee 6in jointer that I am working on and can t find any info .mainly looking for how the knifes are installed…not very good with thos forum stuff any info would greatly be appreciated thanks in advance

- ramdab

It’s pretty darn important that you install the right knife thickness with the gibs so that wood doesn’t get caught between the knife and gib. The gib is the part that holds the knives from flying out and cutting your face off.

-- Aj

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BRolls

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#14 posted 12-17-2020 01:27 PM

Hi OldManRiver, Now I’m new to the forum. I just picked up a 55 this week. I have everything but the shims that sit against the blades in the cutter head. Any idea on their dimensions? If they’re square and not tapered I figured I could find replacements from another make and/or or make replacements. Thanks!

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BRolls

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#15 posted 12-17-2020 07:09 PM

Never mind everyone. The seller found them in his garage. Phew! Here’s the before picture, as I plan to restore it.

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BRolls

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#16 posted 12-17-2020 07:12 PM

Never mind everyone. The seller found them in his garage. Phew! Here’s the before picture, as I plan to restore it.

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#17 posted 12-17-2020 07:43 PM

$20 is a steal IMHO. I’d buy a gal. of Evaporust and put the components (tables and fence etc) in and let them soak overnight.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BRolls

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#18 posted 12-18-2020 04:12 PM

I paid $75 for mine. The blades are brand new. They even have the “Tomlee” brand name on them. It sounds and feels like the bearings need replaced. Other than that, it’s just reasonably flattening the faces, making the faces and fence true, cleaning it up, and then setting the blades. I haven’t decided if I want to repaint it yet.

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