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Raymer

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03-08-2019 12:08 AM

I just spoke to the guy, it said it’s in perfect working order, has an extra set of Freud knives and joints true. He was asking $695, but I told him I could make the 2 hour drive, but I would be a buyer at $550.

He said if I come tomorrow he will run it for me, put a straight edge to the table to show it’s all in plane do some runs through it to show how well it runs. He said he will throw in the extra new set of Freud knives and load it for me for $575.00

Any reason not to jump on this?

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.


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TungOil

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#1 posted 03-08-2019 01:02 AM

Sounds like too much money for a 40+ year old machine. Iā€™d pass unless you can negotiate something lower. I had a few Rockwell/Delta machines, they were all solid.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#2 posted 03-08-2019 01:05 AM

Buy it. Art deco cover. Pork chop guard. Buy it now. 8ā€ (!!!) to boot. Start the friggin car n buy it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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onoitsmatt

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#3 posted 03-08-2019 01:33 AM

Yeah. That’s a cool jointer. That art deco base is the bee’s knees. Get over there and buy it. 23 skidoo!

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#4 posted 03-08-2019 01:47 AM

If ti’s everything the seller says it is, buy it. Seems like a good deal to me.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Raymer

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#5 posted 03-08-2019 02:01 AM

Does anyone know how hard it would be to get parts for it? Say for instance it needs a new cutterhead at some point? The guy is using Freud blades.

Also, could this thing possibly be compatible with a Helical or Shelix cutterhead?

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#6 posted 03-08-2019 02:05 AM



Buy it. Art deco cover. Pork chop guard. Buy it now. 8ā€ (!!!) to boot. Start the friggin car n buy it.

- chrisstef

This will be my first jointer and don’t want a benchtop and want a long bed. With that said, I am 47 but my wife calls me Old Man Raymer haha, because I love old American stuff, in particular old tools. This jointer looks just dusty in the photos, but it looks solid. Guy said I can run it and he will show me everything about it, including swapping knives etc. For $575, if it is as he says, cant see how I can get hurt with this purchase.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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Raymer

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#7 posted 03-08-2019 02:11 AM

Here are a few more photos. Looks like it doesn’t have the original power switch box and possibly newer motor? Not sure if that matters as long as it runs like a champ.

It has a plate that says Milwaukee Crescent on it.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#8 posted 03-08-2019 02:56 AM

Looks like the motor runs 115/230. Any idea how he’s got it wired?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Ripper70

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#9 posted 03-08-2019 02:59 AM

Here’s the owners manual.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Raymer

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#10 posted 03-08-2019 03:00 AM



Looks like the motor runs 115/230. Any idea how he s got it wired?

- Ripper70

220V single phase

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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Raymer

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#11 posted 03-08-2019 03:01 AM



Here s the owners manual.

- Ripper70

Thank you Ripper!

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#12 posted 03-08-2019 04:24 AM

I like those jointers too. I hate that color green.
Post back when you get it.

-- Aj

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BalsaWood

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#13 posted 03-08-2019 05:52 AM

Depending on your area, it can be very difficult to find good prices on 8” jointers. Even 6” jointers can be hard to find in some areas. I’d buy that jointer.

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Richard Lee

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#14 posted 03-08-2019 01:14 PM

If its in good shape,square and flat its a good deal.
It will out live you.
I put a Shelix on my Delta Rockwell , even if its not available of the shelf they can make you one for about the same price.
Looks like a 37-315 Delta, look here.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1141&tab=4
headsforJointers/SHELIXHeadsforJointersby_DELTA

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Raymer

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#15 posted 03-08-2019 01:52 PM

Well, I am calling this guy this morning and need to ask him about a dust collection port. The manual makes mention of replacement parts of dust chute, but I can’t find any pictures online or in his ad that shows where dust collection would be connected. I am hoping it has that, otherwise I will probably have to pass on this, which would suck.

My shop is my garage and I absolutely can’t be running a jointer all the time without dust collection, could never keep anything clean.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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