Long time reader, 2nd time poster.
Last Saturday while out doing a food drive with my 2 cub scout sons, I
saw a "free" sign and some items next to it, as I got closer, there it
was. A Rockwell/Homecraft 4" jointer and an electric motor.
Photos are posted at:
Does anyone have an idea where can I find a manual for this machine?
The jointer bearings need some work, possibly replacement. Any idea of
the age? The motor works great.
thanks in advance.
Here's the closest I could find at OWWM.
The parts diagram shows a little different casting but the picture on
the first page shows the same lower casting as is on yours.
Although this from the South Africa division, my guess is they are the
same or very close.
Must be a gazillion of these jointers out there.
Make sure the sheave on the jointer is steel, NOT die cast.
Die cast will rattle and need replacement with in a short time.
Uses 1/8 x 4 cutter knives.
Cutter head should operate around 4,000 RPM.
Select sheave ratio accordingly.
Have fun, it is a neat bench top unit.
Am totally clueless about a manual, but there isn't much to the tool.
Looks like a close cousin to a Craftsman machine I got in a garage
sale about 20 or more years ago. It was on a home-made wooden stand
and the motor was mounted on a simple, but effective, hinged platform
with a screw/wingnut arrangement for belt tension adjustment.
Previously used by a trim carpenter. The main difference was, as I
recall, it had small handcranks instead of the knobs for adjustment.
It was a pretty good little machine that served me well until I got my
Powermatic. If my brain had been attached I would have kept it or
passed it on to our son. I have lost track of part numbers but you
might try the Sears site. In the 60's, and before, Craftsman was a
fairly respected brand in woodworking machinery.
Just to put things in perspective, Harbor Freight sells a Chinese
knock off 1 ton arbor press for $50.
A 12 pack of "Little Greenies", the pride of Holland, will go a long
way toward getting this job done on a barter basis.
You will need a couple of double sealed ball bearings, probably basic
203, available from any bearing supply house.
They can probably can also point you to toward a machine shop who can
Don't know anything about that model jointer, but if the bearings are
on a shaft integral with the cutterhead, won't a set of gear or
bearing pullers work to pull them off the shafts? A cheap set like
these worked quite well to pull the bearings on my Jet 6" jointer.
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