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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 04-29-2015 09:33 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2015 09:33 AM

There is a homecraft planer coming up soon around my area, i cant find anything online about the manufacturrer, a guy inwork with says it might be a contage delta rockwell brand.

I am hoping someone here might know.

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 01:32 PM

If you can rehab it without buying odd parts and the price is right, do it. Check the motor votage, be sure it runs.before you buy it. It should make a great planer. Parts from other heavy planers of this size may also fit or be changed to fit.could take time but be cheaper then a new planer this size..

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 02:49 PM

I had a homecraft delta tablesaw/jointer combo. The plate was red on steel.

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 05:38 PM

Homecraft was a Delta brand name… marketed more to hobbyists than their traditional line which was more industrial. They were sold from, IIRC, about the mid-40’s to sometime in the 60’s. I have a Homecraft lathe that was built sometime around 1948/49 – and while it has the standard “Homecraft” badge on the front, the serial number badge is your typical Delta/Rockwell design complete with the Rockwell logo. However, I’ve scanned the Homecraft catalogs over at the VM site and cannot find a planer ever being sold under that name. The catalogs there only go to 1959 though, so it might have been added to the line in later years. I also couldn’t find a Delta planer that looked like the one you pictured, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist – maybe it’s just a rare beast :)

One other possibility is that it isn’t a Delta “Homecraft”, but one from Arcade Manufacturing, which was bought by Delta back around 1946 and also had a Homecraft brand – but I don’t know if they ever made a planer.

If you post your query over at the OWWM site, you will probably get a more definitive identification on that machine… they live for that kind of ‘what is it’ stuff ;)


PS: The badge on the front of that machine does not look like a Homecraft one, but more like some other manufacturers badge… and is too blurry to make out the writing on it… do you know what it says?

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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