Far as I can tell, the vaunted Oliver was bought by Sunhill around
2000. The Oliver website
(http://www.olivermachinery.net/info.asp?content úq) says their
"older" stuff is serviced by an Eagle Machinery, which is located in
Grand Rapids, MI (the original home of Oliver).
Thing is, the "new" stuff looks exactly like the old stuff. So who is
making it now? And I guess more's the point, where? Sunhill claims to
be a designer/distributor, and specifically disclaims any manufacturing
They've got a 10" jointer that, in my lifetime, I will never deserve.
It weighs in at 900 lbs, and I think even the power cord is made of
cast iron. Hell, I couldn't even get it into my basement anyway.
But, ummmmm.....it's just $600 more than a DJ20, and
aaaahhhhhh.....damn she sure is purty, 'bout large enough to joint a
damn phone pole...I could always just buy a new house...