Rockwell 37-220 jointer

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Forum topic by Lakewater posted 07-28-2018 09:36 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2018 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell 37-220 jointer

I’m resurrecting my woodworking hobby, and working on adding to my large machines. I’m looking to add a jointer, planer, and band saw(over time)
I found this jointer , asking $450, and it looks to be in beautiful condition, not a spot of rust on anything, except a couple scratches on the cabinet, and back cover.
I don’t know much about the old machinery, except that if you find the right ones, I’ll be much better off than buying new.
Any advice, or opinions, would be much appreciated!

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#1 posted 07-28-2018 10:10 PM

TLI. (Too little information).

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#2 posted 07-28-2018 10:15 PM

I’m not familiar with that particular model but it sounds like it could be a good deal. Bring a straight edge or something to check table flatness and fence.
The fence is less important as the tables.
The other deal beaker would be the gib bolts.Take a flash light and see if they have been rounded over.
Some previous owner might have forgot what way they turned.
Good luck and don’t worry about how sharp the knives are.

If the tables are flat and in plane with each other and it was made in the US then the cast iron will be a higher quality then any of those things made in China.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-28-2018 10:37 PM

Thanks Aj, I will do!
Runswithscissors , love the name by the way, I’m in the process of getting more information, not sure what to ask, like I mentioned, I don’t know much about these machines. Any suggestions on what to ask about?
It’s 100+ Miles from my house, so trying to get as much information as I can through FB.

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#4 posted 07-28-2018 11:54 PM

I have the same Jointer, good machine providing its straight and square.
$450 seems steep though.

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#5 posted 07-29-2018 04:41 AM

I got a couple more pictures, the cutter head looks brand new, clean as a whistle! Compared to everything else I’ve seen, it looks like it’s been through a time warp!
From what i read on a past thread here, it was built between 1973 and 1989, I believe we’re the years.
In my area, northwest of MPLS, MN, I’m finding comparable units, but are in rough shape, varying from $150-400. I’m not afraid of doing some cleaning and adjusting, new blades and what not, but don’t want to bite off more than I can chew….
Well I guess I’m taking my self into making an offer at least..

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