LumberJocks

Rockwell 37-220 Jointer using non OEM parts

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by DDWW posted 11-13-2019 03:15 PM 155 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View DDWW's profile

DDWW

118 posts in 1187 days


11-13-2019 03:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell jointer old tool jointer oem parts

A friend who works at a school grabbed me this jointer they were throwing it away. It had been sitting for years to waiting to be disposed of but the custodial crew said it was to heavy. He grabbed it and drove 3 hours to bring it to me. An incredible guy! This one was from the maintenance shop and very lightly used.

Its in pretty good shape, started slowly but runs well on the original 1/2 HP Rockwell branded motor.

There are are some small issues I’m addressing, If anyone has a better ideas I”m open to input.
Oem parts can only been had on Ebay at a premium or not at all.

The Upper pulley has been replaced by a 3 way pulley and the guard was elevated to accommodate the oversized pulley. It worked ok but It puts the bottom drive pulley very close to the end of the shaft and creates some vibration. I was able to order cast iron 2 3/4” pulley from Surplus Center and that should restore it to Stock size and put the original guard back on. It looks like the guard must have been attached with threaded clips or something that is missing. In the manual I’ve found it is bolted on but I have no bolt holes. I will drill for bolts.

It has one pork chop guard, but no spring mechanism to hold it against the fence. Again OEM parts aren’t available so I’m looking at parts for other jointers on grizzly with similar mechanism and will attempt to retrofit that. I don’t have a guard for the backside but I think Im fairly safe using it with out one. In fact I’ve never seen one accept in the manual.

Its missing a knob handle for the fence I can probably just thread some rod and make or buy a knob, though it looks like I can operate it as is. I need to add a dust port. I won’t find an exact size so I’m going to try a larger size from Woodcraft. I will have to drill some mounting holes or try auto molding tape.




5 replies so far

View BlasterStumps's profile

BlasterStumps

1473 posts in 1000 days


#1 posted 11-13-2019 03:46 PM

Nice friend, nice jointer. My shopsmith jointer uses a spring on the post for the guard. You wind it up a little before placing it in the hole. Maybe you could copy that type somehow.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

View bigblockyeti's profile

bigblockyeti

6115 posts in 2281 days


#2 posted 11-13-2019 04:26 PM

That’s a very nice jointer, I’d hold off drilling any holes in it until you’re absolutely certain that it’s necessary. Find as many pictures as you can and Old Wood Working Machines should have a bit of information on it for you. I wouldn’t worry too much about using OEM parts such as pulleys or knobs but finding as much of the original style porkchop guard spring would keep it looking (and working) the best.

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

View DDWW's profile

DDWW

118 posts in 1187 days


#3 posted 11-13-2019 05:11 PM



That s a very nice jointer, I d hold off drilling any holes in it until you re absolutely certain that it s necessary. Find as many pictures as you can and Old Wood Working Machines should have a bit of information on it for you. I wouldn t worry too much about using OEM parts such as pulleys or knobs but finding as much of the original style porkchop guard spring would keep it looking (and working) the best.

- bigblockyeti

This thing actually has a rockwell branded belt on it and new knives. Mostly I just cleaned pine tar and saw dust, there was nothing I’d call even surface rust. And given my hobby level a 6” jointer will work well for me.

I agree with you about drilling holes I will probably make flange mount for the dust collector that fits existing holes.
I did a similar thing for my Unisaw. It would kill me to put holes in that.

The manual I’ve found is for a later version and it says to bolt the pulley guard but there are no mounting holes. The guard has holes for them, but the base does not. There are some existing random holes that look factory made but are in different places the machine. I could also build a flange to use some existing holes that are on top.

My hope is that because there were lots of copies of this machine that use the same mechanism for the pork chop spring that I will find one that bolts on. If the Grizzley doesn’t fit, I’ll keep hitting eBay.

OWWM was great for the pulleys as parts list don’t often specify size. Mine is 2 3/4” and 7” on the motor.


Nice friend, nice jointer. My shopsmith jointer uses a spring on the post for the guard. You wind it up a little before placing it in the hole. Maybe you could copy that type somehow.

- BlasterStumps

View DDWW's profile

DDWW

118 posts in 1187 days


#4 posted 11-13-2019 05:14 PM



Nice friend, nice jointer. My shopsmith jointer uses a spring on the post for the guard. You wind it up a little before placing it in the hole. Maybe you could copy that type somehow.

- BlasterStumps

Same method on delta, the pork chop has the split shaft, I just need the springs knob and mount that will attach it to the machine. I”ll look and see there is anything from Shopsmith that works, Definatly more Shopsmith parts around.

View Richard Lee's profile

Richard Lee

256 posts in 1336 days


#5 posted 11-13-2019 06:31 PM

Nice Jointer for the price ! Head should run about 4500 -5000 RPM
1/2 HP motor is a little small but will work.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com