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Forum topic by SawdustyDan posted 02-27-2021 10:52 PM 355 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SawdustyDan

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02-27-2021 10:52 PM

For me… this surely counts as a Tool Gloat!

I’ve been getting by alright with my li’l ol’ 1965 (S/N: DH-4344) Rockwell Delta 37-290 4” Precision Jointer, on the 50-656 R/D open steel stand. It does just fine for most tasks, but lacks the width I sometimes needed. So, I’d kept my eyes open for a similar 6” model.

Last weekend, a 1955 (S/N: BF-6763) model 37-220 Rockwell Delta 6” long bed jointer turned up on CL in Omaha. Seller said it worked fine and, upon inspection, it certainly did! It’s on a home-built stand, but has the original Rockwell motor and dust chute. It also had, wired to the frame, the original 1955 yellow “how-to-adjust-it” instruction tag! The front guard was in place, but the PO didn’t know how to ‘wind it up’. Motor was a little hesitant to start, but, after a short run and another start, it took off smoothly. Bearings a re a tad noisy, but replacements are available on eBay for about $22. Beds and fence are clean and rust-free. No cracks or damage noted anywhere.

Going to need to (at least) re-adjust the knives. I may just go ahead and do a full disassembly and cleaning on it. Paint all appears to be good and intact, so I probably won’t do anything with that. One thing I would LOVE to find would be the #667 “Art Deco” cast iron stand!! I’m a big fan of Art Deco styling and vintage tools, so why not combine the two?

  • Forgot to add the price – $400
    I felt alright with that, so it’s a fair price to me!

Dan’s a Happy Boy! :)


LOVE those handles!


Best shot I can get of the motor label, for now


Double-shaft motor, with the toggle switch (I have the on/off bar on my other jointer (but a different motor))


Looks good from any angle, I think!


Yup… needs a bit-o-cleaning


ID Label


The “How to Adjust It” label

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein


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Walker

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#1 posted 02-27-2021 11:00 PM

Nice! Looks like a fun project.

-- ~Walker

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Bstrom

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#2 posted 02-27-2021 11:22 PM

You’re gonna need a guard for that belt – excellent find!

-- Bstrom

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Aj2

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#3 posted 02-27-2021 11:44 PM

MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
You don’t see that too much anymore all caps loud and proud.
That’s a nice jointer.

-- Aj

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 02-28-2021 12:40 PM

The cool factor for that jointer is off the scale! Well done (finding it) and congrats!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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MikeJ70

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#5 posted 02-28-2021 04:35 PM

Nice find! Those handwheels are really cool. Yeah, an Art Deco stand would pair well with it. If you can’t find what you are looking for you could always make one.

-- MikeJ

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