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Hey there fellas. I have a question you you. I recently picked up an old Delta-Homecraft 4" jointer from a buddy who was getting rid of some "junk" from his garage. He just flat out gave it to me, so how could I refuse :) The jointer itself is in real good shape. It's all cast iron, the bed, and fence are nice and flat. All the adjustable components seem to work smooth, and the knives look like they have never been used. All I need to get for it is a motor, and a stand (which I could make) and I would be in business. However….should I shell out $$$ for a new motor to get this puppy running, which would be about $120 (new), or is there anything comparable that might be more worth spending money on?

Thanks for any advice.



 

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this is a nice jointer but u can get one from sunhill machienery i think sunhilltools.com they have a 6" one new for the price of the motor for the one your gonna fixup. but if u want to go throught the process cool too it's just the other one is bigger and works i have one myself and thought about sellin it but then a guy called and i didn't have money to throw with the money he was gona give to get another one so i told him i sold it. I still have it to this day and it works just fine replacement blades are like around $20 or so too.
 

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Restoring old iron can be fun and it's a good way to get really familiar with how tools are designed, built, assembled, and adjusted.

The only problem I see with this jointer is that ir's pretty small. If this size will work for you, go for it. Otherwise, get something that you'll actually use.
 

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That's what I was thinking, a new one, with a larger capacity wouldn't be that much more. And all in all, probably more practical. Maybe someday I'll come across a cheap motor that I could add to this.
 

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My advice is the same as Jim's, if you can afford a new one go for it. But keep this guy around your shop, as you say maybe some day you will come across a motor. An old tool is always a great thing to have in the shop, they are nice to look at, great conversation pieces and if you can get it to work again they are wonderful machines.
 

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I would definitely get this machine working, even if you have to scout a few yardsales for something to scrap for a working motor on the cheap. They don't make a small bench top jointer of any quality anymore. most now are stamped steel made in tiawan. and for hobby guys with no aspiration of building dining room tables. these small tools are indispensable.
Lots of craftsman who make chairs, stools, etc, would never need stock more than 4"
it's too bad you are in NM, because I could use one.
 

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I have a 4" cast iron Shopsmith that is a dead-on accurate jointer. Too small for a lot of stuff, but it sure works for the smaller stuff.
I say to build a stand and find a 1/3 or 1/2 hp motor (used), clean that feller up, sharpen the blades, and enjoy. Ya ain't gonna find one any sturdier, and the price is right.
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Well guys, now you really got me thinking. I'm really thinking I might just give it a shot. Considering it won't take much to get it running, and probably fun to work on too. I'm sure I could find plenty of uses for it. At this point, most of my projects are on the smaller scale anyway, having something to true up the edge of a board would be nice. The fact that it is a sturdy little guy, would be hard to find anything comparable unless I stepped up to a bigger machine. I guess I'll start the hunt for a used motor. Thanks guys.
 

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On the Sunhill that the original responder posted about, I believe he / she is talking about the SM150B which is no longer being sold. I own one, and it is a great jointer for a bench top job, a pity they dropped it…

If you have a planer and a jointing sled for face jointing wider stock that that jointer will handle, that is a NICE machine for edge jointing your stock… Heck even with my 6" jointer, I still run wider stock through the planer / sled setup…

I'd say fix it up…
 

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I disagree, for me , one can throw as much money as he wants to an old thing, it still remain an old thing.
You may spend a lot of money fixing the jointer it still will be a small and limited jointer.
Last year I bough a 3 years old 6.00" Delta jointer for $250.00.
I would look at buying a new one or a larger used one instead of trowing money at this one.
My opinion.
 

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Jayson:

A used 1/2 or 3/4 HP motor shouldn't be too expensive. I've used the Shopsmith 4" jointer for twenty five years. With roller stands as support on both infeed and outfeed sides I've been able to joint and glue boards over eight feet long. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/12944

You don't have to have a large jointer in order to flatten the surface of a board. I use my hand planes on rough sawn boards to remove cup and twist and then run them through the planer. It's faster than most would think, and a little experience with traditional woodworking is not too bad either.

Junior is absolutely right. New small jointers are absolute crap.
 

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I have a 4" jointer of about that same era. mine runs just fine with a 1/3 horse washing machine motor that is also about 60 years old. It's quiet enough to run in the cellar while the grandbaby sleeps upstairs. Just got some new Freud 4 1/8" blades through Amazon, lubed the oilite bearings, and this old gal purrs like a kitten. I use it mostly for truing table saw cuts but it will do almost invisible glue joints too. That's why I agree with 8iowa. A new 4" jointer, with the internal motor, will screech so loudly you can hardly hear yourself think. It'll drive you right outta the house. Just utter crap, for sure. These old tools are an absolute joy to use…plus, you're not encouraging the so-called ' manufacturers' to import more Chinese crap. Does a Delta 6" give you that same pleasure to use? Of course not. It's just a soulless tool.
 
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