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Transpower 6" Jointer question...

by Jim Dawson
posted 08-09-2016 02:03 AM


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 08-15-2016 10:28 PM

Do you have a link or picture or model?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 08-15-2016 11:29 PM



Do you have a link or picture or model?

- bigblockyeti


No, but it’s too late, I missed it.
But thanks.

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 12:48 AM

I was wrong, it’s still available.


Do you have a link or picture or model?

- bigblockyeti


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#4 posted 08-16-2016 01:10 AM

Jim, got your PM. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about that jointer specifically. What I can tell in the pictures is that it seems fairly robust and it’s been kept clean & free of rust so you should be able to hit the ground running without having to do any rehab work before hand. I have heard of Transpower machines before and while I don’t think they ever gained much of a market share, it is good to see that it’s made in Taiwan vs. China. It’s likely very similar to others from different manufacturers coming from the same factory which should make wear items like bearings and belts available instead of something proprietary and impossible to source. As for the dust collection, it’s likely something could be fabbed up to fit over or into where it dumps the chips and really wouldn’t have to be very complicate as you’e already got gravity working with you. If you do move on it, post pictures and let us know how it works out for you.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 08-16-2016 01:58 AM

I’m going to go look at it later this week and will keep you posted.

Thanks,
Jim

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#6 posted 08-16-2016 02:06 AM

There should be plenty of used 6’’ around. Why not wait for a more well know brand brand with a track record.

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#7 posted 08-16-2016 03:25 AM

$150 max a China/Taiwanese clone, close up the ends and bottom, with 1/4, plywood and put a 4” dust,chip collector on the back side been there, done it.

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#8 posted 08-16-2016 11:28 AM

The only other $150 6” jointers I’ve found are either junk or bench top ones.


There should be plenty of used 6 around. Why not wait for a more well know brand brand with a track record.

- AlaskaGuy


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#9 posted 08-16-2016 11:49 AM

Gotta be a Delta clone. If it’s cheap go for it. But I would NOT enclose the base – the vents are there to keep the motor cool.

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#10 posted 08-16-2016 12:29 PM

Where do the chips go? Most have a little ramp where the chips drop down and fall out the side. You can get a plastic fitting to screw over that opening and attach dust collection.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 08-16-2016 04:25 PM

my 6” jointer is a Transpower, but with a cantilever style fence (would rather have the center mount like the one pictured). The left hand side of mine has a ramp that funnels the chips but is otherwise open.
I got mine for a pretty reasonable price and it has worked out well for me. It’s not the smoothest sounding machine but the tables are flat and with a little shimming and tweaking it does what I need it to.
I think I read a while back that the company was located in southern CA and is no longer in existence.

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#12 posted 08-16-2016 06:46 PM

That’s encouraging. I’m going to look at it this afternoon and hopefully bring it home.


my 6” jointer is a Transpower, but with a cantilever style fence (would rather have the center mount like the one pictured). The left hand side of mine has a ramp that funnels the chips but is otherwise open.
I got mine for a pretty reasonable price and it has worked out well for me. It s not the smoothest sounding machine but the tables are flat and with a little shimming and tweaking it does what I need it to.
I think I read a while back that the company was located in southern CA and is no longer in existence.

- Stewbot


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#13 posted 08-17-2016 04:28 AM

Well, I went to look at the jointer and it looks nearly new. I brought it home for $100. One knife has a small nick in it so l guess I’ll search for a set of knives next. I even got a manual with it. The manual only says 6” knives but no other dimensions so I guess I’ll have to pull one out to measure it.

I’m happy!

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#14 posted 08-17-2016 11:08 AM

That seems like a pretty good deal for a c note. Most knives of that width are usually between 1” & 1 1/4” wide and 1/8” thick, hopefully yours is the same to make sourcing additional knives easy. Keep us updated as to how it performs and if you’re able to rig up the chip chute to a dust collector.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#15 posted 08-17-2016 11:35 AM

Nice job Jim. That will probably serve you well. Get your new knives and install them. Then take the old ones to get sharpened. Then you’ll always have a sharp set on hand. They’re probably 6 1/8” long. Pictures or it didn’t happen.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#16 posted 08-19-2016 12:43 AM

This turned out to be as pretty nice first jointer for $100. My new knives should be here Saturday. The only thing I notice is that it chatters a bit when cutting. That may be the junk wood I tried it on or the bad knives, we’ll know Saturday.

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#17 posted 08-19-2016 01:00 AM

Wow, that looks great.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#18 posted 08-19-2016 04:40 AM

Even needing new knives, you got a helluva deal for $100!

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#19 posted 08-20-2016 05:50 PM



$150 max a China/Taiwanese clone, close up the ends and bottom, with 1/4, plywood and put a 4” dust,chip collector on the back side been there, done it.

- nightguy

I’ve been playing around with dust removal today. I haven’t figured out how to seal the ends yet. I want to do it on the inside as it spews enough chips out the ends that it packs it in around the mechanism that raises the infeed table.

There is no ramp to direct the chips to I added one temporarily with duct tape and it seems to direct it towards the dust port I added but a lot still comes out through the end.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jim

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#20 posted 08-21-2016 04:23 PM

I received and installed the new knives and what a difference it made. I think this $100 jointer will do whatever I need for a long time.

I also mocked up a dust collector that seems to get about 95% of the chips. It seems that the end packs with chips quickly and no more come through so I think I’ll leave it alone.

Someone in an earlier reply cautioned against enclosing the base because of motor cooling. I don’t know why it would be any more of a problem with this jointer than with the many that come mounted on an enclosed cabinet, especially with all the air movement created by the 4” vacuum.

Thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions.

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#21 posted 08-25-2016 04:25 PM

I got my home made chip/dust collector done and it works great. I would say it gets 95% of the chips with just a few dropping to the floor. I made an internal chute from plywood and aimed it into the “funnel”.

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