VINTAGE IRON: YATES-AMERICAN 30" JOINTER
Big Mama of the American family goes back to work.
SHOP OWNER: William Kerfoot
LOCATION: Conowingo Supply,
I know you titled my last submission "monster jointer" but this one is bigger, though certainly not a monster or even a beast. It is a Yates-American #1 30" with 96" bed length. A fence had to be found because this machine never had one, it was always used as a facer with a Jackson and Church overhead feed. I sold it to The Irion Co. in Christiana, Pennsylvania. They do eighteenth century reproductions and restorations. In that line of work they use one piece carcase sides occasionaly up to 26" wide. They face joint the board to establish a flat face prior to thickness planing. To tour their online showroom, CLICK HERE.
This machine, which runs on a 15-HP direct drive motor, was built in 1929 and has been sandblasted and repainted, and the tables reground. New bearings were installed in the 5" diameter four-knife head. The large ship's wheel will raise the table easily with a flip of a spoke by way of double lead screws advancing the infeed wedge.
For another Shop Shot that features a member of this family, Dave Heinlein's 8-in. American jointer, CLICK HERE.... William Kerfoot
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