I found this on ebay. I'm not the seller, and have othing to do with it.
But I figured you guys would find this jointer interesting . . . It
clearly puts to rest the perpetual rec.ww question about which jointer
you should buy! Forget the puny little 6, 8", and even 12" jointers.
Holy Toledo! That is one humongous jointer! I wonder how much it weighs?
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss
Many old boat yards out here on the Left Coast had jointers like that.
We called them ***facers***. Most were equipped with a power feed
with knurled wheels and driven by a electric motor to chain drive. It
was rare to get ready milled lumber ie: S2S1E, in those days. Most all
was rough sawn and in thick slabs or timbers. A facer would be used to
get one good surface before putting through the planer usually a 36
incher. Then the S2S piece would be resawn on a bandsaor and the final
milling to size would be done. Favourite machine was an ORTON
traveling bed planer. It had a 'rack' or fixture to hold S2S1E stock
on edge for feeding through the planer to put the finished edge on the
other side of the boards or planks. One yard had a railroad siding
within the gates and when lumber was ordered it would come in on a
flat car from mills and be stacked according to thickness and length.
The next couple of days were spent milling a portion of that load into
the most common sizes.
"Killer" swing saw to cut to rough length, facer, planer, resaw,
Orton, stack. Sweepers filling burlap sacks with the chips and sawdust
as fast as they could. That was sold to make sawdust for butchershops,
Tales of a Boatbuilder Apprentice
That's an old one... If you really want big iron,
visit these folks who still are selling "Big Iron"...
(Note the weights)
You will want to bring your check book...
Dave Fleming wrote:
Got one, 16". Loaded it on the trailer with 2 helpers, one weighed 140 #
and the other was 74 years old. I didn't believe it could be done, but the
old man said no problem. The tables weigh about 600 each. After those were
off, the rest was cake.
I count 6 "Warning" labels in that picture. I'd love to know what they
say. I can only guess:
Warning: Do not stick hands into spinning blades while machine is turned
Warning: This machine is heavy. Picking up machine without help may
result in serious back injury.
Caution: Do not remove safety guards. Yes, that includes the red hinged
spring-loaded sheet metal one that covers up the 16" long razor sharp
carbide blades spinning at 3600 RPM driven by an electric motor so big
you had to have the utility company run a special feed for your shop.
Danger: Do not let children play with this machine.
Warning: Use of this machine while intoxicated may result in the removal
of bodily parts.
Danger: This machine is capable of carving off a 1/4" slice of hard
maple 16 inches wide. You don't think it would even slow down if you
stuck your fingers in the blades, do you?
Not surprising after the demise of several 'big arhn' makers here in
Oliver was sunk by lawsuits from 3rd. or 4th. or 14th owners of their
machinery because of supposed tampering or altering the machines or
removing safety devices or removing the safety warnings.
Tales of a Boatbuilder Apprentice
Here's the really hilarious part of the listing:
"The seller ended this listing early because the item was lost or broken."
How do you lose something like that? "Where the hell did I leave my 30"
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