Funny that there was a post just before this about a Wallace shaper
asking almost the same question...
Anyway, I bought a nice old shaper this week at an auction for next to
nothing. It's big and REALLY heavy (~1000 lbs.) It has very little in
the way of identifying marks other than "Matthews" molded in large
letters into the cast-iron base. I didn't measure the spindle, but the
bearings are marked as 1 1/16" which seems about right. It's got a big
honkin' Delco 3-phase motor, too.
My question is this: Anybody ever hear of Matthews? I DAGS and came
up empty. Not even the Old Woodworking Tools website mentions anything
BTW, at the same auction a sweet Faye and Egan 16" jointer went for
$150, along with a truly massive 36" planer for the same price.